February 15, 2011

Little Joys


                                                                                LIVE Simply 

                                                                               GIVE MORE

                                                                                Expect LESS 

I believe that our lives are made up of simple little moments which arrive UNEXPECTEDLY ... and we must be fully aware not to miss them  We also should trust our lives for everything has a purpose.

Almost seven months ago, I was looking at my Facebook Homepage where Erica Bauermeister, the author of The School Of Essential Ingredients, posted a link to a blog HOME IS WHERE THE BOAT IS. Exploring the blog, I was simply amazed of the way books, food and photography cross their paths and become pure Art.  In fact, I've started  regularly visiting the blog and taking joys in these delicious book reviews...
One day in January 201, imagine me like Julie from the movie ''Julia & Julie ", demonstratively declaring:  " I have thoughts ! I can write a blog !' ... and I did it;  having no clue what I was doing and having no expectation at all ...

One  cold morning, checking the comments on only my  fourth  post  and, of course, visiting Home is Where the Boat Is, I  saw my name and the name of my new blog there - at Mary's blog !!!  I was winning her giveaway in celebration of her one year blogging anniversary. WOW! There were no words then, and there are no words today to express how I feel. You may say it is a coincidence, but I know it is not.

So ,
Dear Mary, thank you for this wonderful gift.
Yesterday I received a package from Amazon with a book that has been on my wish list for a long time:


The next cold morning, while I was checking the comments on only my  fourth post,  I was notified that my blog had been featured on Kathy's blog A Delightsome Life.  She used the word '' Exquisite " to describe my efforts.
There were no words then, and there are no words today to express how honored I feel.
Dear Kathy, thank you  very much !  



Yesterday, on Valentine's Day,  I received the March issue of Country Living  Magazine (a subscriber for a long time ).  I can't find words to describe how surprised I was when I saw my name on page 10 

the whole story  started during the Christmas time when, inspired by the magazine, I made a simple Christmas decoration using scrabble tiles.  Happy with the outcome, I posted a picture on their Facebook page expecting nothing. A day later I had a letter from Ashley Womble,  the Web Editor of the magazine, saying that they love my version of the scrabble craft  and want more info. I wrote a response,  and there you go, my letter is published in the magazine as they keep the right to use the picture.

 I guess, what I am trying to say today is that Everything in Life Happens for a Reason.

There are no ordinary moments in Life.
Every single simple thing should be treated as a special moment,  worthy of our full ATTENTION.

Don't overlook these simple joys in a effort to see what lies ahead.
I know,  it's not easy,  but we can try! 
Expect less and you will be constantly surprised. At least, I am!

Give to others,  love and help those who cross your path and HAPPINESS will be your reward !  


    Free your mind from worries 

    Live Simply 

    Give More 

    Expect Less

Thank you for the visit , Dear Friends !

I am joining http://tracys-trinkets-treasures.blogspot.com/


          Sylvia’s  Simple Life


  1. Beautiful flower photos and that chocolate heart cake looks so yuumy and pretty. Thanks for linking to the party.

  2. Your blog is special, and I am glad you found me so I could find you :D
    Let me know if you like freedom. My friend Bonnie and I will be co-hosting a monthly linky party about what we've been reading starting on the twentieth. Please join us!
    Thanks for such and inspiring blog.

  3. I so agree with Kathy, the word "exquisite" is perfect for your beautiful blog. Congratulations on all the special moments you have had this month. I was going to follow you, but, lol, I already have done that the first time I read your blog. The beautiful simplicity is just stunning in depth and meaning. Truly speaks to my deepest soul of what is truly important in our lives. Thank you for a masterpiece.

  4. love your sweet post the flower looks beautiful and it is so very simple nice to step back from life and ponder for a moment

  5. This is so wonderful, Sylvia!!! I LOVE your posts and am so GLAD that you blog!

    There are days when I wonder why I'm blogging. By choice, I live my life so differently from others. But when I saw your words

    "Live Simply, GIVE MORE, Expect LESS"

    well, I know I've found a kindred spirit. :)

    Wishing you much joy,

  6. I heart all of your images!!

  7. Hi Sylvia! I had NO idea you found my blog thru Erica Bauermeister~ what an unexpected surprise for me! I agree with Kathy~ your photos & words are exquisite! Blogging is a eye opening journey for me too...

    How FUN too that your idea was featured in Country Living! I hope you enjoy Freedom, I haven't read it...let me know what you think. I'd love for you to join us at Food for Thought with a review.


  8. Hello Sylvia,
    I love that book! I can't remember how I came across Erica Bauermeister - but I think that was such a well written book - loved the references to relationships and to cooking - changed my way of cooking rice because of her! I certainly hope she writes more!
    Congratulations on your mention in Country Living - Fantastic!
    We actually played two rousing games of Scrabble the other night with the family - my favorite game -
    Hope you have a wonderful day,

  9. Sylvia,

    I wanted to come over and say "hi" and tell you how glad we are that you found us At The Picket Fence! Thank you for linking up your beautiful post! It is very "inspiring"! :)

    Can't wait to see all of the wonderful things you have to share!

    Heather @At The Picket Fence

  10. Wow, what a great month you have had. I have just started receiving that magazine. It always arrives late having to come all the way to Oz but when it comes I will be sure to look out for you!

    Best wishes for a fabulous week,

  11. Dearest Sylvia,

    Thank you so much for visiting my gray post! In many ways, I am simplifying my expectations of who I am, who I am becoming, and what my life is comprised of. Besides being a French teacher, I am an artist at heart and I try to convey my messages through images that I see. Gray for me indicates a peaceful environment of the state of mind and heart, a place to contemplate and be satisfied with the simpler things in life....finding happiness in the bloom of spring, living in the moment with friends and those you love, and excepting growing older. It really is true; as we grow older, we simplify. It is wonderful, and your post is GREAT! Anita

  12. Your blog is beautiful, amazing pics, and congrats-enjoy:@)

  13. Hi Sylvia! This was a beautiful post and congrats on your winnings and being mentioned in Country Living! I have that one so I will have to go back and read it! :) Your blog is so beautiful and inspiring and I believe in the simple things in life are what makes us the happiest. The moments that we do not expect and the love that we do not expect. Thank you so much for you kind words and visiting me, I truly appreciate it and it is so nice to meet you. :)


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