Quote of the Week: The Impossible

This week’s Petit Elefant Quote of the Week is from the poet Theodore Roethke.

(If you’re just getting started, we’re on week 6 of the new inspiring quote series.  If you’re interested in catching up, here are links to week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5 and week 6 of the Petit Elefant Quote of the Week.)

This week’s quote, isn’t just a Quote of the Week, it’s also part of Shot@Life’s Blogust 2015—a month-long blog relay—where some of North America’s most beloved online writers, photo and video bloggers and Shot@Life Champions will come together and share inspirational quotes for their children. Every time you comment on this post and other Blogust contributions, or take action using the social media on this website, Shot@Life and the United Nations Foundation pages, one vaccine will be donated to a child around the world (up to 50,000).

So please, pretty please, comment, share, take social media action, and help us reach 50,000 vaccines.  Last year I asked for your help on behalf of my sick daughter Sofie.  Not only did you help raise money for a record number of vaccines, you lifted up my heart in a tricky time of my life.  I’m happy to report that Sofie is doing much better than last summer, and my hope is that in sharing this, I can pass that hope and love onto other children who have no medical care available to them and who literally die every day across the globe without lifesaving vaccines.  Use @ShotAtLife and #Blogust in all your social media shares.

THANK YOU in advance.  And thank you for all you do, for being a part of this community, for being a conscientious human on this planet we share. Truly, I adore you.

quote of the week

Petit Elefant Quote of the Week


What we need

are more people

that specialize

in the


-Theodore Roethke-


( p.s. remember to use @ShotAtLife #Blogust when you share on social media !)

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Erin :

    Great quote. Love your handwriting, nail polish and work on behalf of Blogust 2015! Thanks for being involved!!

  2. Linda B :

    Great quote! Thanks for sharing it… and for your support of Blogust 2015 and SHOT@LIFE.

  3. REK981 :

    Yay for another round of Shot@Life! It is such a wonderful campaign!

  4. TraceyClark :

    Yes! Love it. xo

  5. Diane Glasgow :

    Your quote reminds me of the gripping true movie, “The Impossible,” about a Spanish lady M.D.’s family surviving the tsunami in Phuket, Thailand. It shows the importance of caring which Shot@Life is all about, too!
    Warmly, Diane
    Shot@Life Champion in TN

  6. SS :

    Yay for vaccines!

  7. Sili :

    I love this quote. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Nicole Melancon :

    Gorgeous quote Allison! Hope to see you again at the Social Good Summit! Let’s do more good!

  9. Caryn/The Mid Life Guru :

    Writing a comment is not that hard or impossible — and does so much good!!

  10. Julie Marsh :

    Funny how the impossible can become reality with a little belief in ourselves and others.

    So glad to be with you on this #blogust journey, my friend. xo

  11. Katie :

    Commenting for a shot!

  12. Polly Palumbo :

    Here’s to more impossible! Thanks for sharing.

  13. adrienne :

    Glad to hear that Sofie is feeling better!

    Thanks for giving me the easy opportunity to keep another kid safe from preventable disease.

  14. M :

    So true!

  15. Lynn J :

    Beautiful! Thank you so much for helping kids!

  16. Delores Van Horn :

    Another wonderful quote. Saving to use with other groups and places.

  17. jyl from @momitforward :

    Yes to this quote! And yes to making a huge difference through small and simple steps.


  18. Nicole :

    Such a creative way to show that amazing quote. Love this.

  19. Kendra Frampton :

    Great quote! Thanks for sharing

  20. Dresden :

    I’m mesmerized by your fingernails! Such a great quote for a fantastic cause.

  21. Paty :

    Hi! I selected your Travel board on Pinterest for our weekly roundup, here : http://goo.gl/pP0Fbq
    hope you like it!

  22. nate bradshaw :

    Thank you for moving such an amazing cause forward!

  23. jana :

    This quote is fantastic. Happy Blogust!

  24. Christine Crank :

    I totally agree, we’d have a lot fewer impossible things in the world if people would challenge the idea of its impossibility. What is the Lewis Carroll quote? “Try and do 3 impossible things a day.”?

  25. Allison Czarnecki :

    I like that, I didn’t know that one yet, thanks for sharing!

  26. Emma :

    Strangely, I encountered this quote for the forts time very recently – maybe the universe is trying to say something!