Give Joy, Get Joy (Video)

People sometimes ask me if I have any friends my own age. I always find this a great opportunity to explain that I have friends of all ages, but I am especially privileged to have incredible older men and women in my life. Over the past three years I have become great friends with 91 year old Ilona Royce Smithkin. We get together at least once a week to enjoy wonderful conversations about life, love, and our creative ventures. I always love to share Ilona’s wisdom. I hope you enjoy our latest small video above, where Ilona explains why we shouldn’t worry about perfection.

  • She's the finest!

  • Absolutely brilliant. What a lady!

  • She rules! Amazing soul! I wanna be this way in the future!

  • What beautiful words of wisdom, and just what I needed to hear today. Thank you so for sharing it.
    The sound of her voice is so lovely.
    I've just come across your blog,and I am enjoying it so.
    Thank you again,

  • Rebecca

    I will keep Ilona's words in mind whenever I feel like complaining about an ache or pain. Thank you for such an uplifting video filled with wonderful advice for us all.
    Ilona is my role model of aging with spirit and joy.

  • She's very unique!

  • What a lovely woman, and such a beautiful voice. thank you for sharing her.

  • Where is Ilona from originally?

  • I hope to meet her in May!!!

  • Thank you for this…It's honestly exactly what I needed to hear, right now. This woman is absolutely inspiring! (With her colours, her spirit, her words) Thank you.

  • those eyelashes, amazing!

    helen @ thelovecatsINC

  • I love learning about Ilona. She is such a fascinating and lovely person. I always end up sharing the links of her with all my friends.

  • Maggie

    This is my favorite Ilona video so far. She is SO inspiring. I wish I could meet her every week for lunch like you do (but I live in far off California). Thank you for sharing this, Ari.

  • RJS

    I like her real radiance.

  • I love IIona! I want to take her out for cosmos's and girl talk!!!!

  • What an awesome blog!
    The elderly too can rock fashion!
    Felix from Les Neiges

  • i love her!!! She is so inspiring!!!! <33

  • I just found your wonderful blog this morning. What a refreshing change – Thank You!

    Ari, you are bringing to light, here in the US, that aging is something to be treasured, honored and…admire.

    I am looking forward to reading & watching your previous post as well as your future ones.

  • What a treat to get to hear and see Ilona talk about life and love. I wish she had her own REALITY show!!! Thank you for letting us get to know her.

  • She is fantastic and inspirational.

  • Love her! I found a smile creeping onto my face as I watched the video. 🙂

  • She is truly inspirational, beautiful inside and out. You are blessed with knowing so many wonderful people, and we are fortunate that you share them with us!

  • fabulous blog!!! I love all those woman style, full of personality! We must lern from them 🙂

  • I really enjoyed this video. I really appreciate the words she spoke. It's the perfect way of thinking and you can tell that is how she lives. You're so lucky to have met her and I'm so glad you share this with us =)

    ~ Kieli ~

  • what an amazing, inspiring woman. She makes me look forward to growing older!!!!!

  • what a beautiful woman… The picture on the top is so on the top!

  • I love this so much, respect for the older generation <3