Photo a day May – My life in snapshots

Joie de vivre 

Being alive & delicious in the moment.
Joie De Vivre is a French phrase often used in English to express a cheerful enjoyment of life; an exultation of spirit.It can be a joy of conversation, a joy of eating, a joy of anything one might do – Joi De Vivre may be seen as a joy of everything, a comprehensive joy, a philosophy of joy.
I love it. I just love that word. I had actually found the word on my latest ‘me’ trip to Bali and knew instantly that this phrase and I would have a long and happy life together. To be alive and delicious in the moment. How beautiful that is. We live in an amazing but incredibly fast paced world. A world that sometimes, if we blink, makes us miss moments. Precious moments. Exciting moments. Sadly enough, sometimes even surreal moments. Joie de vivre reminds us though that it doesn’t have to be like that. The beautiful thing about this life, our life, your life, is that you control it’s destiny and have every opportunity to live it to it’s fullest potential, I believe to do that can be as simple as being in all of your here and now moments. Putting it simply. Being present. That might mean turning up your favourite song when it comes on the radio. Watching the sunrise or sharing the sunset with a loved one after a long day. Catching up with a friend and listening about everything that is exciting in their life right now. Smiling when you see two strangers in love or simply just realising, that each and every day, all you have is the right now, this moment. If lived correctly, it would mean you’re not in the pursuit of happiness – you are happy. I took part  in the photo a day May challenge because a) I already had a healthy obsession fascination with instagram (you can follow me at annabelle3) but mainly because b) I loved the idea that for 30 days you got the seek out the beauty in your life and share it as you went along, I felt it encapsulated Joie De Vivre, encouraging you to live in the moment of your day if only for a fleeting moment as you snapped the photo. Below are a snapshot of my 30 photos from this challenge (which is a great view of my world through my eyes)- you can join in on Junes challenge (all the details are here), but be sure to let me know so I can follow your own Joie De Vivre through Instagram.


  1. Cara Reply

    What a beautiful post! It’s a great reminder to slow down and take in the beauty of the world. That parrot picture is hilarious and I love that you have your 25 before 25 on a board, I should have done that for my 30 before 30!

  2. Anya Volkov Reply

    I tried to do this in March but stopped half way through haha. I am determined to try June! I have no excuses now that uni is coming to an end next week. P.S loved seeing your May photos on instagram, so many pretty ones 🙂

  3. Anna Reply

    @Cara – you could always do a 35 before 35 list 🙂 Just means more years for more things!!

    @Anya – I am so in for June as well, there are some really fun and lovely ones in there..and thank you!! As I was going through them I noticed I have an abundance of sun and water shots – lucky they’re my favourite things! 🙂

  4. Anne Reply

    Beautiful photos Anna! Hope you are having a good week:)

  5. Sam Reply

    This is so beautifully written…I find inspiration in your positivity 🙂 I need to apply the concept of Joie de Vivre to my life more often. Loved the photo with the clouds and the cute one with the birds.

  6. Martha Reply

    You transmit your joie de vivre in all of these photos Anna 🙂 I especially love your 25 before 25 list, there are a couple of those things in my imaginary list as well hehe. I can and I will= positivity+determination= happiness and success 🙂
    Martha xx

  7. Martha Reply

    You transmit your joie de vivre in all of these photos Anna! I especially love your 25 before 25 list, I have a couple of those goals in my imaginary list as well 🙂 I can and I will= positivity+determination= happiness and success 🙂

    Martha xx

  8. O Reply

    Joie de vivre indeed! Love the diary in pictures! xoco

  9. EverythingPrettyGirls Reply

    I love that! I think i might type it out and put it above my computer so i can read it everyday. SO true. And Anna, beautiful pictures!! Are these all instagram or a camera? So beautiful!


  10. Maryam Maquillage Reply

    I love your 25 before 25 list!! it’s inspiring me to create my own :)))

  11. Belinda Reply

    I adore that last photo so much. It’s the epitome of Joie De Vivre!

  12. Lindsay K Reply

    Love this list- I want to steal a few items for my own:)

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