Feeding the Soul and (just a little) Inspiration

“All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost.”

~J.R.R. Tolkien

Happy Friday IPOM readers and fellow blogging friends!

Yesterday was a fun day of travel for work, evidenced by the relaxing seaplane trip I took to do my business, and the slight break in me and the families normal routines.

Days like yesterday are truly refreshing.

I dare say they are also quite inspiring.

“Promise me you’ll always remember: you’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

~Christopher Robin (to Pooh)

Especially when my surroundings are cloaked in fresh ocean air and brilliant morning sunshine.

Fuel comes in so many forms, doesn’t it?

Our food is certainly our primary source of energy, and nothing could be more inspiring (or deliciously promising) than a basketful of greens and a few spare hours to create in the kitchen.

My main source of inspiration and an art form in itself!

Turn up the tunes, widen the smile, get on your (kitchen-friendly) dancing shoes, you favorite tattered apron, and away you go…

But as much as I love those times (and I LIVE for them) – give me a sunny day, a pen, a few empty pages, and a fresh outlook and I’m fed on a whole new level.

I often fast on a travel day too – making sure to catch up with healthy sustenance when I really feel hungry and hydrating with lots of fresh water and herbal tea for comfort if I feel like it.

The day seems to fly by when I do this and before I know it my mind is clear and so is my body.

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart…”

~William Wordsworth

I am curious to know with all you fabulous and inspired (and in turn, totally inspiring!) bloggers out there, just what feeds you outside of the wonderful food we all share and revel in?

A nap is always a welcome treat. Especially on the top of a mountain.

A Recipe for Inspiration (all items optional):

  • (1-2) good shots of fresh espresso
  • (1) ball point pen
  • (1) clean notebook (I have sooooo many)
  • (1) good sleep the night before
  • (1) bottle of fresh water
  • (1-2) rays of sunshine
  • (1-2) long deep breaths of fresh air
  • (1-2) moments of silence

These few simple ingredients make for a super calm, super relaxing time – no matter where you may be! Of course you can add or delete as you wish..

With all we have to do in life, it’s not always practical to get away on that much needed vacation in the sun, and it’s not feasible for many of us to just jet away on that silent meditation retreat we think will do us a world of good (ever tried just not talking?!).

Sometimes the best we can do is to work with what we have right in front of us.

This moment. Today.

So with that thought,  I’d love to know your recipe for inspiration, and what feeds you….

“I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.”

~Vincent van Gogh

Coming up for your eating and cooking pleasure:

  • Summer smoothie
  • Lentil curry
  • a little something with chocolate and coconut!

As always, I absolutely adore your comments…feel free to share with us below!

I hope you all have a truly inspiring day!

Yours in Less,


Filed under Aspirations, Fasting, Inspiration, Photography, Rejuvenation, Travel

30 responses to “Feeding the Soul and (just a little) Inspiration

  1. inkspeare

    Loved your post, just reading it made me feel so joyful 🙂

  2. Your post feels like spring! Beautiful!

  3. Happy friday to you too, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  4. Happy Friday and thanks for sharing! Here’s to a Great Weekend!

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  6. I really enjoyed reading this post. And I love the recipe for inspiration.. simply wonderful and what I needed to hear today

  7. “When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”
    “What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”

    “I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.

    Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.”
    ― A.A. Milne


  8. What a lovely post Shira! I love that you also love writing in a notebook. I don’t think I will ever be a computer convert when it comes to writing, it’s just so satisfying to see the words printed, like they mean more that way 🙂

    I would have to say I am fueled by quiet moments just breathing in fresh air. My favourite thing to do (on days I don’t work too early, or else it’s still dark lol) is bring my mug of tea outside to the backyard and just sit there for 15 min just enjoying it.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  9. I enjoyed reading your post, it was inspirational in and of itself. My recipe for inspiration is an early morning, a quiet run and the feeling that I’m the only one awake on the block, hot coffee, and the sense of promise in the air. Oh, and a whole some muffin… always a muffin.

    • Love this – thanks! I adore morning runs but really struggle with mornings (I run at night typically)…I dream of being able to do just what you described here – pure bliss! Happy Friday – and thanks for the lovely comment! 😉

  10. I just shared that Tolkien quote with a friend earlier today! thanks for a great Friday post here; I find that I must have a certain quotia of fresh air (and sunshine, as long as it isn’t December & January in Alaska!) every day or I am so much more likely to be tense and impatient. My daily journaling and running also certainly help, but just being outside makes life so much more beautiful.

    • Oh that’s just too funny – what a coincidence! So glad you enjoyed this post..as much as I adore food I sometimes need to lament on my other loves in life (there are just so many!) – I am the same as you when it comes to fresh air..actually both me and my husband are the same – without fresh air daily we get grumpy!! Couldn’t agree more and I am a runner through and through too! Happy Friday – I hope you have a fab weekend!

  11. What a lovely post Shira. What I wouldn’t give for a good dose of the ocean air!

    For me, watching the birth of a new season is heavenly and inspiring. It’s good to find time to slow down and simply wake with the seasons. (:

    • Hi Hillery – yes the ocean IS wonderful and for sure one of the reasons I would never consider leaving Vancouver – so wonderful to share in the magic & inspiration of springtime! I couldn’t agree more with your sentiment – thanks and have a wonderful weekend!

  12. rose

    My recipe for today:

    * windows open to a chill in the air
    *leftover slightly bitter coffee from my husband who left for work early this morning
    *an afghan thrown over my legs against the chill
    *birds singing
    *reading blogs I follow
    *no one home but me
    *four hours left just for me before I leave for work

    I’m ready to write.

    • What a perfectly wonderful recipe and an equally wonderful picture you paint, Rose! Your morning sounds divine…ENJOY! Thanks for stopping by too! 😉

  13. As you know, I am inspired by so many things every day. Mainly nature, and the beautiful scenery around me. My pastel colored arugula salad was inspired by the cherry blossoms blooming all around me this past week. I think walking around the city is such an inspiration as well. All the raw, eccentric materials around….makes me want to create something gritty and tough! 🙂

  14. Mm. Sigh. Lovely. Thank you.

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