On Sharing, Life, and the Little Things

Remember when it was your turn for Show & Tell?

“Wear the old coat and buy the new book.”

~ Austin Phelps

Happy Easter everyone!

Ever stopped to think about all you can do and why that makes you great?

I hinted a little in my last post about the grade 2 artwork that was on display (proudly I might add) in the hallway for all to see at my daughter’s school this week.

Each child was assigned a few questions, and their answers were posted with a photo of themselves and their proud, handwritten answers to (what I gathered) were questions like this:

  • What are you good at?
  • What do you like about yourself?
  • What hobby or sport do you do well?

I bet you all can relate to this one with me (just a little) – (or a lot).

Do you get tired when you run? I think everyone does. I wonder if this girl lets getting tired stop her from running.

With self-discipline most anything is possible.

~ Theodore Roosevelt

It seems all so simple and refreshing doesn’t it? Celebrating the simple things.

The gifts we are given, and the skills we learn. Elementary stuff really.

I loved this one especially.

“Anyone can cook”

~ Chef Gusteau, from the movie ‘Ratatouille’

With all we do, and all we see, do we celebrate our own simple qualities and skills enough?

Everyday holds the possibility of a miracle.

~ Elizabeth David

Is it possible our joy is always right within us – in our own talents, gifts, and interests?

The ones just waiting to be shared?

I know it sounds simple. But I like it.

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

~ Winston Churchill

I think blogging is a bit like grown up show and tell – where we can share our creations, our thoughts, and what we are excited about.

The beauty is we don’t really have to wait our turn like we did as kids.

That’s pretty awesome, isn’t it?

Here are a few of my favorite things from this week.

It starts in my garden, where my magnolia tree finally decided to start blooming (it’s crazy late this year).

A host of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

~ William Wordsworth

One of my most favorites is cascading rock cress. This is not my garden (though I wish it was).

We are starting to plan this trip. Three whole weeks in France this August for the family.

Like a child I am getting giddy already and the conversation around the dinner table tends to focus on this (just a little).

There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.

~ Nelson Mandela

This is not a small thing.

It is a big thing.

You can bet we’ll be revelling in the lead up and planning a ‘less is more’ trip.

I’ll be sharing a lot more about this in the coming months.

You can bet on that!

I’m stoked about these moccasins. And happy to have feet that take me places.

I am grateful we can enjoy simple foods like when we were kids. Homemade mac’n’cheese makes me a popular mom. I don’t mind that at all.

Passion rebuilds the world for the youth. It makes all things alive and significant.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I know I’ve been waiting for spring to come and save me, to renew me, and fill me with that sense of youthful promise we long for (maybe just a little) once we are grown.

Could it be that staying youthful is all about just sticking to (and celebrating) the basics?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

I hope you all have a most wonderful spring weekend – whatever it is you do to celebrate Easter. We’ll be hunting for eggs and gathering around the table as always.

I think this year I might just make (a little) toast to myself. You know, for the little things 😉

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.

~ Robert Brault

Happy holiday weekend dearest IPOM readers – I’m looking forward to what YOU have to share this weekend….and thank you all for the blogging inspiration, feedback, and enthusiasm!

You all just make my day.

Yours in Less,


Filed under Aspirations, Children, Family, Happiness, Hope, Inspiration, Photography, Rejuvenation, Success, Travel

44 responses to “On Sharing, Life, and the Little Things

  1. My kids are grown adults but I still enjoy the little things they do or say.

  2. Love that Paris map — I’ll be going in June. Pretty magnolias and daffodils, too.

  3. inkspeare

    Excellent post, and so refreshing. Happy Easter to you as well 🙂

  4. Beautiful… how do you come up with such inspiring posts Shira? You must have experienced something profound to share something so profound in such a simple way. I love the photograph of the whiff of clouds… HAppy Easter!

    • Thank you Ishita! I am so lucky….to be able to share just some of it makes me happy – we all have our share of experiences that led us to where we are now, and taking that and making the best of it just seems the only way! 🙂 I’m just glad to have folks that will take the time to check it out, it really makes it all worth it! So, thank you! Happy Easter to you too! xo

  5. This is a wonderful, wonderful post! I think my favorite of yours so far. It’s sending my mind over all of the little and big things that make my life (life!) incredible. Thank you, Ms. Shira! Have a beautiful weekend – –

    PS yay for France!!

    • Thank you Ann! I love all the inspiration trading between our community of super charged passionate blogging people! Happy Easter!
      There will be a lot of France talk coming up I think…! 😉 Cheers! xo

  6. From top to bottom, I love this post!! I also run but I get tired! Sweet notes. The shots of the flowers are gorgeous! So is your Paris map. I’m looking forward to reading your France posts. Will you file reports from the field?! Yes, blogging is a great deal like show and tell. Blogging and springtime renewal are wonderful and marvelous. Thanks the reminder! Happy weekend! Theadora

    • Thanks Theadora!! Yes I do plan to post from Paris and my other lovely destinations. There will be too much inspiring to bottle and take home with me – plus, since we’ve mainly rented apartments, I’ll be able to ‘live like a local’ as much as possible…definitely the way we like to travel.
      I can’t wait either!
      Happy Easter! 🙂

  7. This is such a lovely post Shira! I 100% agree in celebrating the little things and maintaining that child-like wonder we tend to lose as adults. I try to channel my inner kid- the one that was so happy chasing bubbles and was intrigued by the bug on the ground. Life is that simple and that wonderful, we just have to remember!

    Yay for France! I went a couple years ago and I was most excited for the food. It didn’t fail- it was exceptional! I love planning trips and I can see you are the same 🙂

    • Thanks Gabby! There’s just something about kids…I wish I could bottle them up!
      So stoked for France again..and you are so right about the food!
      Happy Easter weekend to you! 🙂

  8. So excited for your trip to France I lived in Paris for 10 months back in ’08-’09. I’d love to answer any questions if you need help!

    • Sounds amazing! Would love to hit you up as the questions come – we were there in 2010 but only briefly and without kids (was amazing!) – we booked our apartment in the Marais to be central! So stoked..

  9. the artwork is so cute! I strongly believe everyone can cook as well, and I have proved it to my friends on several occasions. Seeing my friends, who swore they can’t cook, successfully making a dish always brings me joy!
    Happy Easter!

    • Totally – it’s true! Anyone CAN cook, right? These kids give me so much inspiration, they always make me smile 🙂 ! Happy Easter to you too!

  10. Oh oh oh! LOVE this post, Shira. Just love it.

    I have a couple of Paris bits ‘n’ bobs that I can e-mail through to you. What a wonderful trip to look forward to! 🙂

    • Oh so happy you like it!
      I will patiently await your bits’n’bobs! Seeing we like so many of the same things, I am certain that will be wonderfully helpful, J! Send them on over when you get the time! xo

  11. Alexiasana

    happy easter and thank you for a lovely post!

  12. Those quotes are adorable!!! Really puts everything into perspective

  13. Young Kids can Sometimes be the most inspiring ones :]
    Happy Easter xx

  14. There’s so much to absorb in this post Shira! The photos of the flowers are beautiful, I love the quotes, and the theme of enjoying simple things. Love the Robert Brault quote! So true – there’s power in the little things. I wish i was discussing plans for France at dinner! All I have to say is: Versailles. And buy the museum pass to avoid the queues. And find me some great macaroons and croissants. And… and!!

    • Thanks Marina – wouldn’t it be great to scheme a trip like this together? (Hehe!) We were in Paris in 2010 briefly (4 days) and are excited to go back – we’ll have 8 days there all in before we head to Burgundy and Provence. Food, wine, art, the good life —- I simply cannot wait!
      I’ll be blogging too from there so should be so much fun! xo

      • Most definitely the good life! I’m happy to know you’ll be blogging from there 🙂 Enjoy the process of planning – maybe share some of your thoughts with us on a planned itinerary?! (That’s so selfish of me! I just love planning trips)

      • Of course! You bet I’ll be sharing! So far we are 8 sleeps in Paris, 4 nights in Burgundy (Beaune), and a week in Provence in an apartment….perhaps a night in St. Tropez to see friends squished in at the end! We’ll finish in Paris for a few more nights before flying home! Will be strange as my hubby will stay on for work so the girls and I will land at home to re-group..!:)

      • Sounds amazing, and make St Tropez happen if you can! I absolutely fell in love with Cannes, close by.

      • We are lucky to have friends who live there – it will be great to visit them! Cannes must be beautiful too! 🙂

  15. So many wonderful things in this post! 🙂 love it!! Thanks for this “dose of good!!” have a great weekend, Shira!

  16. From someone who does not have children, it was wonderful to see the simple truths in their messages! Great inspiration for today. Thank you! 🙂

  17. Thanks for sharing all those wonderful pictures; it is wonderful to see things with the simplicity of a child; I love that about working at a preschool! Your flower pictures are gorgeous. I miss magnolia blossoms! Have a wonderful Easter. 🙂

    • You must see this kind of stuff all the time! My kids are getting (just a little) older so I try to soak it all up while I can 🙂 Thanks – and glad you enjoyed! Happy Easter to you as well! 😉

  18. a wonderful post shira. Every now and then we need to get back to that age to really appreciate who we are and the things we have. such words of wisdom. love that pretty cascading cress. Have a great day!

    • Thanks Richa! I always love your comments – glad you picked up on the cress – it makes my heart stop every year 🙂
      Enjoy your Monday! xo

  19. How fun! I love going through memories



  20. Beautiful post – thanks for sharing!

  21. makingfire

    Have an amazing time in Paris! 🙂 I think I’ve read that you’ve been before? I went for the first time in October, it was fantastic! 🙂

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