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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.

Okay, Let's Do This

Okay, Let's Do This

After a little over a month hiatus, I'm back. Hopefully better than ever! Over the last month, I've tried to focus on both finding my voice here on my blog, as well as finding my (online) look. After blogging for nearly a year and a half over here, I've been trying to zero in on something that I can use to build a foundation here and continue through the years as my blog evolves. Something that I'm completely okay with shifting a little bit down the road as my life changes, though.

I've seen a bit of what works here, what people respond to well, and I've seen a bit of what doesn't work as well. From that, I want to focus on writing about topics that people who visit this space actually want to read and taking photos that people who visit this space actually want to see. 

To be honest with you, I had big hopes of doing a complete makeover on my site. Instead, I'm focusing on my content and photos for now and will celebrate with a new blog look when I've hit my goals. In the meantime, there's at least one change here. If you click on the drop down menu on the top left corner, you'll notice I've added new pages. You can now check out posts filed under my five main categories and a sixth bonus category:

Life | Travel | Self Love | Marriage | At Home
Commentary

Under the Life tab, you'll find pretty much anything that doesn't fit into the other categories. You'll find my journey in moving to England, life as an expat, recipes, celebrations and holidays, and musings about style and media. (Media as in books, movies, TV, podcasts, etc. Not media as in all that political drama. That's later.)

I'll give you one guess what you can find under the Travel tab. I've sorted those into two (sometimes overlapping) posts: trips and travel tips. So look for our trip recaps, including short day trips around the country, as well as travel tips and the posts I've written about visiting England specifically. You can also scroll down for a post on my favourite restaurants around Colorado. (Send me a picture when you get a sushi burrito!)

I think the Self Love tab is what I'm most excited about going forward on my blog. Lately I've been really interested in investing in myself. I 100% buy into the idea that you can't pour from an empty cup. So I've been trying things to take care of myself mentally, physically, and emotionally. You'll find things that I'm implementing into my life in the name of treating myself better, you'll find ways I've been inspired to be my best self, and you'll find the goals I've written about over the last year or so, including things like my Christmas Bucket List because gosh darn it, I deserve to see The Nutcracker if that's what I want to do!

Of course you can read all about us under the Marriage tab. The posts I've written about our relationship, the posts I've written about wedding planning, it's all under there. After our wedding in May, look for the recap(s) on this tab. And if you're confused about us being married and yet planning a wedding, check out my F.A.Q. page.

I debated which of the last two to put more emphasis on, but I ultimately decided to go with At Home, labelled as such to try to reduce confusion with my home page. I really liked decorating our house and I really love the home that we've built together. It's not our dream home, but it is our first home and my hope is that while I occupy this space, we'll find our dream home, even if that may be a bit down the road. I'm excited to document that journey and to showcase Luke's hobby in woodworking as he makes things that are exactly what we want for our home and uniquely ours.

My little bonus tab is Commentary. I've really thought about how much I want to include my social and political commentary here on the blog. In this political climate, I am absolutely someone who is incredibly attentive to what's going on and can't look away from all the news. Two of my can't-miss podcasts are political podcasts and they put out at least two episodes a week each! But I also realise that politics are extremely divisive right now and a lot of people are looking for an escape from the endless news cycle and constant political tension. So I decided that I'll limit myself to one commentary post a month, at most. If you're not interested, feel free to skip that one. If you would like to have a genuinely civil conversation about differing views, I happily invite the opportunity. Those are definitely muscles I want to work on developing. 

So please bear with me as I find footing on this semi new ground. And please, as always, let me know of anything you'd like to see here on this space.

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