Every so often I like to share some of the people and projects that are inspiring me.

This week the boys and I watched SHARK GIRL, an amazing documentary from the Smithsonian channel.  Madison Stewart is exceptional and inspirational.  It was great to see a young woman able to follow her passions, do research and change the world.  Right now the full episode is available via the link above.  If you have cable, SHARK GIRL will be airing on the Smithsonian channel at 8 pm and 11pm on Wednesday July 16.


IMG_0966I’ve read FIMBY by Renee Tougas for a few years now.  Renee and her family strive to live consciously and with purpose.  They are a homeschooling / unschooling / project based learning family living in Quebec.  Over the years they have chosen to hike and camp together as a family instead of having the kids in team sports.  Renee’s husband, Damien, had a dream to thru-hike the AT and this year the family is making that dream a reality together.  The Appalachian Trail is a 2,200 mile (3500 km)  foot path that stretches through the peaks of the Appalachian Mountains from Georgia to Maine.  The trail is quite remote which means the family is carrying tents, food and other supplies with them and stopping to resupply at approximately 5 day intervals.   Did I mention their kids are approximately 15, 13, and 11?   I am completely blown away by their ability to get up and walk with a heavy pack EVERY DAY.   The planning and organization that went into this trip is just incredible and now the physical and mental fortitude required to stick with it is astounding. You can find periodic updates by following FIMBY on Facebook OR even better you can subscribe to their video series on Toe Salad (Damien’s blog).

code doodles

Back in November a friend of mine shared a post about “The Hour of Code“.  The challenge was for kids across the country to spend one hour learning how to program a computer.  The boys really enjoyed the first hour and readily did the “Beyond One Hour“.  Recently I got a bug to do use the artist section of the “Beyond One Hour” to make some doodles.  It was sort of like spending the afternoon with a spirograph, but easier to make designs in multiple colors and shapes.  If you haven’t had the chance to visit yet, I highly recommend it.  They also have lots of links to kid friendly sites that promote learning code in a fun way.

Scott and Boys At Yellowstone

Sometimes inspiration is personal.  I would be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to my husband.  He inspires me to stay fit so we can do fun active things as a family.   He doesn’t nag me to work out more (which I should), instead he sets a good example by staying incredibly fit himself and being disciplined about his food choices.

What stories and projects are inspiring you right now?

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5 thoughts on “Inspirations

  1. I like FIMBY too. It’s one of those blogs I don’t remember how I came across but Renee’s writing and style – lifestyle, I suppose – are so refreshingly different, aren’t they?
    Your “spirograph” designs are very cool. One of these days I will get around to fiddling with that stuff myself. For now I seem to be guitar-obsessed (how very old-school of me). But as long as we’re following our inspiration I guess it doesn’t matter too much where it takes us. 🙂

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