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Hi.

Thanks for visiting Joy42. Follow along on my adventures as an American Expat, a newlywed, and someone trying to figure out how to take care of myself. I hope to encourage you to seek out the little joys in your life.

LAUGH | New on Shop Joy42

LAUGH | New on Shop Joy42

Two months ago, I launched my online store, Shop Joy42. I'm so thankful to those who have checked out my shop and those who have purchased from my shop. It's been such a fun endeavour so far and I'm looking forward to what's to come.

Today, I'm launching a new capsule collection that I'm calling L A U G H.

My first collection, I N S P I R E, came to life from my desire to share positivity and encouragement. Likewise, this collection has come to life from my desire to make people laugh and share my sense of humour and what brings me joy. It's a smaller collection, but I've drawn inspiration from some of my favourite shows and I'm so please with how everything has turned out. I've also dabbled a bit in (digital) hand-lettering and water colouring, which you'll see in two of the prints.

INSPIRED is a quote from one of my favourite TV characters of all time, Leslie Knope from Parks & Rec. She's a feminist icon, she's the posterwoman for happiness, she loves waffles, and she kicks butt at work and in her relationships. Since Leslie works in government, I decided to do my own take on a campaign poster, and hopefully one that will make you laugh and motivate you to be inspired by yourself. 

LIMBO is a quote from The Office's Michael Scott. And who doesn't love Michael Scott? He's a bit of a fool, you kind of feel sorry for him, but every now and then he says something so profound you think he should definitely finish his book, Somehow I Manage. This quote is one of them. I knew I wanted to include a quote from The Office since no matter how many times I see it, I always laugh out loud, but it was a struggle to choose just one, or even narrow it down to one character. This one is one of the quotes that stands the test of time and truly deserves to be hanging on your wall. This print is partially hand-lettered by me!

MASCULINITY is one of the catch-phrases, so to speak, from my favourite podcast, My Favorite Murder. I knew I wanted to include something from that podcast since I just spent the last five months listening to it almost every day. Karen and Georgia have so many one-liners and offer so much great life advice, mostly about how to stay sexy and not get murdered. That podcast has truly changed the way I perceive the world and the people in it (for the better!) and allowed me to do a lot of introspection, learning a lot about myself. Not to mention they're sure to make me laugh. So much of what they say is at least loosely murder-related since it is a true crime podcast after all, but this quote seems to transcend true crime and just simply makes sense, doesn't it? 

QUOTE is just plain satire. As I create things for you to hang on your walls, I also want to laugh at myself a bit. Look at it as the [insert inspirational quote here] piece your perfectly curated gallery wall is missing. 

YES is probably my favourite piece from this collection. I can't even begin to explain to you how much I love Liz Lemon from 30 Rock and Tina Fey from real life. And this quote just speaks to me as I become more and more of an introvert and a hermit every day. 30 Rock definitely got weird over the years, but it was always good for a laugh, and occasionally good for a new life philosophy. I created the lemon slice pattern that serves as the background, which was such a fun experience.

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