Despite having completed French immersion in high-school, I sometimes still find myself thinking of a word in French and not able to remember the English word (this literally happened to me last Sunday). Joie is the French word for Joy, and also the brand name of the very cute shoes I am wearing. Unfortunately (and as per usual), it snowed again since we shot this so I won't be able to wear these sandals again for who knows how long (Edmonton problems).
I love languages, in addition to French, I speak a bit of Portuguese (from the time I spent in Brazil) and can read/write basic Arabic (hence a bit of the inspiration behind my Arabic Definition of Love (Hub) sweatshirt). Arabic is a very interesting language; the same word can actually have multiple meanings. The root word of 'hub' (love) in Arabic, is actually 'qalb', meaning heart.
I had a dinner date/business meeting with Reemah from Zada Jewels the other evening and she was explaining to me that the word 'qalb' (heart) can also mean to flip - like to flip flop back and forth. Doesn't that make perfect sense when we think about how our hearts and feelings are constantly changing? By now, you would think we would all be used to our moods and feelings changing, but I always find myself surprised to not be in a state of joy 24/7. This Rumi quote is kind of the perfect reminder:
"This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor...Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”
Happy (sort-of) Spring lovelies!