I believe in

I believe in

I believe in libraries and secondhand book stores. I believe that travelling with someone can make or break a relationship. I believe in compromise.

Two couples in Nice, France

I believe that every person should have a passport, and that they should use it. I believe in taking risks. I believe in waking up with natural light, not an alarm clock.

I believe in the value of cheap flights. I believe in splurging on a glossy magazine for any and every plane, train or bus ride. I believe that fresh orange juice cures all ills. I believe in wishing on shooting stars and passing hay trucks and when the clock strikes 11:11.

Good luck flower on May Day in Nice, France

I believe in picking up one piece of trash every day. I believe in looking up words I don’t know in the dictionary.  I believe that whoever cooks shouldn’t do the dishes.

I believe in stainless steel water bottles and reusable bags. I believe in hand-written thank you notes and postcards, and pretty postage stamps. I believe in flossing and wearing sunscreen every day.

I believe in friendships that will never fade, that will always end in laughter and inside jokes even when you haven’t seen each other in months. I believe that “in spite of everything, people really are good at heart.” If Anne Frank can believe that, I can believe that.

I believe that it’s important to make my bed every day. I believe in saying “bless you” when someone sneezes, especially if it’s a stranger.  I believe in goals and plans and bucket lists. I believe in punctuality.

Laundry blowing from a balcony in Nice, France

I believe in saying “please” and “thank you” in the language of whatever country I’m in.  I believe that everything happens for a reason, even if it’s not the reason you want.

I believe in chivalry and politeness. I believe in never going to bed angry, and never waking up in a bad mood. I believe that every day is the first day of the rest of your life, and it’s never too late to change.

Beautiful clouds in Stockholm, Sweden

I believe in lying down in the grass and watching the clouds. I believe in the restorative power of sunshine.  I believe in using real butter.

I believe in good grammar and proper spelling. I believe that sunrise yoga is the best way to start the day. I believe that a hard, sweaty workout is the best way to get over a bad day.

I believe in the power of a smile. I believe in surrounding yourself with positive people. I believe in doing the best you can, and then to hell with it.

What do you believe in?

(This post was inspired by Where My Heart Resides.)

  • Love this, Christine. These are all good things to believe in! 😉

  • Tonya

    I belive in surfing at sunrise… Great post!!!

  • Anonymous

    I believe that friends can be family. I believe that the fragrance of salty sea air is restorative.

    Loved reading what you believe in. It totally made my morning!

  • This is a really great list of things to believe in, love it. I should really take some time to make my own list.

  • Beautiful post, Christine. And a lot of great things to believe in.

  • tiffany curci

    great list, christine. 

  • i believe in cooking one new dish every week. i believe in running or dancing under the rain. i believe in photographs. and lastly i (strongly) believe in my self =) 

  • Cat

    I believe in all that plus I believe in eating chocolate when you’re sad, dancing in the kitchen and bright red lipstick.

  • I believe that *not* getting the thing you want can sometimes be the best thing to happen to you.

  • From Paris with…

    I believe that love should be made with passion, that there should be strong attraction, and that it should preferably be done in new places, like Paris…

  • What a great idea for a post!  I believe if you don’t take chances you will probably miss out on the most amazing experiences you could have had in your lifetime!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you so much for the inspiration! Yours just put me in such a great mood that I couldn’t wait to do my own 🙂

  • Anonymous

    If only I practiced my surfing a bit more…I could definitely get behind that 🙂

  • Anonymous

    One of my favorite quotes: “The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.”

  • Anonymous

    It was definitely a fun post to write–totally recommend it 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Thank you, Amanda! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Thank you, Tiff! Hope that all is well with you–made my day to know you read this 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I definitely need to get back into cooking one new dish a week–that’s an awesome thing to do 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Totally agree with you!

  • Anonymous

    Everything happens for a reason 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Very true! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  • Kate

    This is such a wonderful list. If you ask what I believe in, it’s pretty much the same things that you do.

  • I believe in discovering the world with kids eyes. I believe in love at first sight. I believe in the bliss of tipping my toes in a body of water. I believe in tasting every flavor in an Italian lasagna. I believe in the tickling of glasses cheering.

    Such an inspiring post, Christine! Love it! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Glad you liked it–and I LOVE your additions!!! 🙂

  • 🙂

  • I believe in equality and cultural sharing. I believe in travel and
    education and universal access to technology. I believe in women’s
    empowerment. I believe in a revolution in humanity when we finally realize we’re all
    essentially the same. We want the same things, we love the same things,
    and we’re all connected.

  • Anonymous

    Great things to believe in 🙂

  • I love everything about this post. 

    I believe that there’s good in everyone too, it never fails, no matter what has happened. Also, that kindness will always be appreciated even if it’s not the way you expected. 

  • Lschwarck (Louise)

    I believe in coffee first thing in the morning. I believe in rivers and their ability to make me happy. I believe in letting your inner nerd out despite the laughter of others. I believe in the power of sunshine in the early hours of the morning. I believe in people’s willingness to help eachother. I believe that this is the most wonderful blog post I have ever read.

  • I believe this is a fantastic post! Thank you for sharing it with us, it’s lovely! 

  • Martinamicko

    I believe a day without laughter is a day lost… Awesome post!!

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    🙂 I believe in lunch-time coffee breaks to get me through the rest of the day!

  • Anonymous

    Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Anonymous

    Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  • Anna Cleal

    I believe to my absolute core that we are all the same.  I believe in thinking with your heart before your head.  I believe that you don’t get to choose what you love, but that it finds you.  I believe you should look inside, not in a mirror.  I believe in travel and that it has positive impact on the world.  I believe in me (well, most of the time!)  Your post is stunning Christine 🙂

  • I love this post. And thanks for linking to Where My Heart Resides a while back. I’ve really been enjoying her blog. 🙂

  • Joya

    Love this post! I believe in following my gut even when the decision doesn’t seem so great.

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  • I believe in making your mark on the world in any way you can.

  • Anonymous

    Love all the things you believe in, as well! Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t she fabulous? One of my favorite blogs AND bloggers! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Intuition is so key…glad you liked the post!

  • Anonymous

    Agreed 🙂

  • I totally believe in splurging in a trashy magazine at the airport. Makes the trip go by quicker, especially on a Ryan Air delay…!

  • Anonymous

    Exactly! I only indulge in gossip magazines in waiting rooms, on the treadmill, or on flights!

  • Merima

    I absolutely agree on the “I believe that travelling with someone can make or break a relationship” My additions would be: I believe in sunshine after the rain, I believe in a smile curing all awkwardness and in believe that there are still gentlemen out there who open the doors for the ladies (my husband is one) 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I used to date a guy who ALWAYS opened my door AND the car door. He set the standards verrrrry high–but I hold out hope I shall find another like him! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I used to date a guy who ALWAYS opened my door AND the car door. He set the standards verrrrry high–but I hold out hope I shall find another like him! 🙂