Do you remember stumbling upon something that seemed magical when you were a child?

When the world couldn’t quite be explained with an ordinary answer? Let’s head to a place where this kind of wonder brought joy to those who encountered it.

Gnome homes: the Little Owl home at the bottom of a tree with a small green door

Source: The GNOMIST

In a small, relatively average Midwestern town, the local forest and it’s walking trails became home to a mysterious colony of gnome homes.

This Saturday Around the Globe, we head to “Firefly Forest,” a place where wonder and awe graced a town and served as a reminder of the importance of small acts of kindness.

This is, “The Gnomist“, brought to us by an incredible channel that we here at EWC have come to absolutely love, Great Big Story.

Beyond gnome homes…

We have the power to make the world a beautiful place for others. To inspire people, to instill wonder, to give them a chance to see the world with fresh eyes.

We don’t have to be night time gnome home builders or public officials, we can simply be kind, and recognize that the smallest things we do to make life better for other people are important.

Most of us have those inexplicable moments in our lives that we will remember forever. Moments which left us speechless or inspired us. What keeps us from trying to create more of those moments for others?

What an amazing world it would be if moments of magic and wonder could be a part of our everyday lives!

If you want to read another story of people paying it forward to make the world a little better check out our article House Calls for the Homeless.

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!



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  1. “The Gnomist.” YouTube. Great Big Story, 12 Nov. 2015. Web. 20 Apr. 2016. <>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

CEO of Ever Widening Circles, Founder of EWCed

Since 2015, Liesl has been a writer, editor, and is now the CEO at Ever Widening Circles. She is a life-long camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often root-tripping—outdoor enthusiast. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV