photo by Livia Meneghin

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Welcome to my blog. I'm spending a year capturing happiness, and I invite you to come along as I journey toward a more joyful living. I also write about travel, food, and matters of the spirit. Hope you enjoy!



Let's just take a moment to BEHOLD THIS PHOTO.

I hope the exceptional Petra, who's in Hawaii right now, doesn't mind that I pilfered her photo to use for my blog because I saw it on facebook and had to stop what I was doing to just behold its beauty. (It was a "Facebook Live" event, so when I saw it, even the waves were rippling, which is the only way I can affirm that it is real.)  

*slow clap for God in the Heavens*

The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of His hands...

Today's moment pales in comparison to the sunset--which is pretty epic considering I wasn't even there to witness it! 

Nevertheless, TINSTAAFL. This is the only thing I remember from my high school economics class, other than a supply and demand graph showing that when one goes up, the other goes down. 

Spoiler alert: my grasp on economics is fairly limited

However, our teacher would always repeat: "TINSTAAFL, TINSTAAFL! There's no such thing as a free lunch!" And today I received a free lunch. 

Granted, I'm sure somewhere along the economic chain I did pay for the lunch, but it felt free because I walked into the building after staff fellowship with two friends, and the security guard said, "Would you like a free lunch? We made 200 for only 100 people, so I've been giving the rest out. Please take one!"

And get this: the one right in front of me was labeled "Greek salad wrap."


So, yeah. I think that was my joyful moment, particularly because Carla, Beth, and I had just been talking about Greece on our walk down the hill. (This may come as a surprise to you, but there are moments in my life where I'm not talking about Greece. This, however, was not one of them.) 

I really miss Greece, by the way. A special shout out to all of my friends there.

Mou leipete


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