I moved to Cleveland in August 2013. This weekend I realized that I’m falling dramatically in love with it. The people, the shops, the food, the architecture, the city life.
During my time in India earlier this year, I learned to recognize the small gifts available to me every day – all fine-tuned to me (see One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp). When I notice these tiny presents, I’m overfilled with joy. Joy that someone knows me and is generous enough to design and offer me such beauty. Joy that I’m able to experience perfect love right here.
In a foreign culture, it’s easy to pick out the gifts. You’re incessantly searching for something familiar you can cling to. When you find it, you’re relieved and grateful, and already looking for more.
The Difficulties of Home
But in a city like Cleveland – often ridiculed and close to my Northeast Ohio home – I’m not always looking for joy. I have more that what I need: a cute apartment, fellowship, and some money to spend on activities. Thanks to the city’s bad rap, I’m just looking for ways to defend living here (if only to make myself feel better about it).
The beauty is here, though. And there’s something designed to exactly fit my unique desires, to perfectly match your specific personality.
CLE + Joy
And so. This week, I start to document the joys of Cleveland. These are the things designed for me. There are many gifts ready to be enjoyed, created to every individual’s preferences, intricacies and eccentricities. And I’m excited to find the ones made for me.
Come back throughout the week for the beauty-filled places, food, scenes, images, people and culture of CLE that fill my hunger for love.
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