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Interview: Deb Owen

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Each Wednesday is Wonderstruck Interview day. Hearing other people’s stories is a great way to see things from a different perspective and perhaps find something new to apply to our own lives.

This week our interviewee is Deb Owen, a spiritual director and coach who guides women in transition in their life to a deeper, more profound understanding of faith intersecting in real life, bringing about authentic transformation and authentic living. I've followed Deb around the blogosphere for four years now. I've looked to her for all sorts of advice and I participated in her very first ecourse, Creative Pathways. She is a wise and compassionate woman. Here is her interview.

What have you been wonderstruck by recently?

I am stunned by people's resilience and the ability to be not only transformed, but freed, in their life. Given that the majority of my life and vocation revolve around working with people seeking transformation for one reason or another, I constantly have this gnaw…

Live, Dang It!

Memorial weekend just finished here in the States, culminating in Memorial Day, a day to remember the men and women who have died in our military.

This weekend traditionally marks the start of summer and usually involves barbecues or beach trips. For my family, it always means my stepson has a baseball tournament, my husband is coaching, and I am sweating in the stands marveling at their ability to do anything active in this heat. Add to that chasing around a toddler who isn't keen on sitting still to watch the game. We got some projects done around the house and finished the weekend with a cookout with friends.

There was a part of the long weekend, though, where I started to feel nervous about not having a post yesterday. Granted readers in the U.S. probably weren't online much anyway, but what about the rest of you?

Sunday night I realized that Monday was almost here and I hadn't yet scheduled a post. Reading and relaxing felt more important, more needed, in that moment, so…

Hula Hoop Girl

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On Fridays I like to look back at what has held me wonderstruck during the week. This week it is hula hooping. Weird, I know.

In the past few months I've stumbled across a number of hula hoop dance videos. Did you know you could dance with a hula hoop? I did not. So, I've been mesmerized, wonderstruck even, by videos of women dancing gracefully and joyfully with what I thought was just an annoyingly difficult kid toy.

Take, for example, this woman... (then keep reading because there's more after the video)



Now I want to learn how to dance with a hula hoop. It looks like a really fun way to exercise, blow off steam, or just get creative. So when my husband asked what I wanted for my birthday earlier this month, I gave him a link to a "professional" hula hoop for beginning dancers, because apparently you aren't supposed to try this with a small kiddie version from a big box store.

Because I have an amazing husband, my stepson presented me with a card on my b…

Interview: SJ Driscoll

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Each Wednesday is Wonderstruck Interview day. Hearing other people’s stories is a great way to see things from a different perspective and perhaps find something new to apply to our own lives.

This week's interview is with writer and science editor, SJ Driscoll.

What have you been wonderstruck by recently?

The enormous growth of international communication on the Internet, which in my opinion has revealed two things: people all over the globe are enormously creative, and most people, no matter where they live, need and want liberty.

What part of your day are you grateful for?

The morning. If I wake up early enough, I can daydream in bed for a few minutes, then have my cup of tea on the back steps, overlooking the woods, while I write a page or two.

What part of your day is tough? How do you move through it?

I work as a science editor and my job requires deep focus. By mid-afternoon it sometimes becomes hard to maintain that focus. It's a great help to run downstairs to get another cu…

Movie Talk at Laird Sapir's Place

What have we here? A post on a Tuesday? How rebellious.

I just wanted to let you know that Laird Sapir is hosting me on her blog today for a little movie talk. What is my favorite bad movie of all time and why am I laughing right now just thinking about it? Hop on over to Laird's site to find out.

Also, if you haven't already, please consider "liking" my Facebook page at facebook.com/smhutchinswriter to keep the wonderstruck conversation going all week long.

Thank you! Wishing you a wonderstruck day!

What's Really Important

Have you taken time recently to think about that?  About what is really important to you?  To your family?  For your well-being?

During the day we get swept up in activity: work, housekeeping, errands, feeding our families, making sure homework gets done, and doctor’s appointments are kept.  Then there are the continuous phone calls, email, and text messages to be answered.

Now, you may be thinking I’m going to say something like, “Throw away your schedule and obligations!  Group hug!”  I’m not.  Well, not that first part anyway, because we all have obligations and responsibilities.  We do what we need to do to keep things afloat.

By all means, keep things afloat!

What I’m really asking you to do is look at your day to see if you acknowledged what is really important.

Did you smile at your spouse or partner this morning?  Or did you complain about it being morning already and rattle off a list of reminders?

Did you embrace your children and look them in the eye before sending them off to sc…

Restart. Repeat as necessary.

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It was an otherwise ordinary day. I was going about my routines, doing the things that needed to be done. I took a moment to share a link on Facebook and saw this from a friend in my news feed:
Happy for the option to restart my day...as often as I need to. :)
Wow.

This was a great reminder. (Thank you, Kristie!) How often do we get off to a bad start and everything goes downhill from there? Then, maybe even before lunch, we write the whole day off as crappy.

What if it didn’t need to be crappy for the whole rest of the day? What if we could hit a reset button?

The image above has been floating around the internet for some time now.  I can't find whom to properly credit, but the sentiment is so important.
At any given moment you have the power to say this is not how the story is going to end.
That's a powerful realization.

Sometimes we need to be brave enough to say, “You know what? This is NOT the day I’m going to have.” Even if we need to take it an hour at a time, or a minute at a …

Interview: Carrie Daws

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Each Wednesday is Wonderstruck Interview day. Hearing other people’s stories is a great way to see things from a different perspective and perhaps find something new to apply to our own lives.

This week our interviewee is Christian author Carrie Daws.  Her debut novel, Crossing Values, was released in January 2012 and is available both in bookstores and online. It’s sequel, Ryan’s Crossing will be out this summer!

What have you been wonderstruck by recently?

Living in a military community can be tough as people come and go with new assignments. Working in a church office can be just as tough as we often see people in the low points of their lives. Recently, when word came through that a soldier of our church had been killed on duty, the church family and military community united and renewed my hope in the hearts of people. Dinners for two weeks were organized and still people wanted to know what else could be done. I watched as people volunteered to provide paper products, toilet paper,…

Happy? I'm Too Tired to be Happy

In the interest of mutual learning, I think it’s time we moms tell it like it really is. I haven’t been as happy as I thought I would since having the baby. There, I said it.

What with yesterday being Mother’s Day and all, I thought we should jump right in to the big stuff.

It’s sort of a universal assumption that women will feel complete when they have children and that stay-at-home moms, in particular, should be happy to be home all day with their little ones.

I have been home with my baby since he was born over a year ago. My husband and I had planned and saved money so I could do so. I was really looking forward to it.

I envisioned floating around feeding and changing a baby, cleaning my house, puttering around, cooking real dinners, writing books, playing peek-a-boo and smiling all the time.

Are you laughing? You must be a mom.

So as you might imagine, it’s pretty much been nothing like this. I was sorely ill-prepared for the near constant attention babies require, making all…

Happy Mother's Day

In honor of moms everywhere, I'm slipping in an extra post.

Mothers come in all shapes and sizes.  Some are biological, some are stepmothers, some are adoptive mothers, some are mother-like figures for children's friends, and some are a combination of these.

Mothers hug and heal.  They bend down and lift up.  They teach and they listen.  They know when to hold tight and when to let go.

As a mama and stepmama myself, I understand how hard it is.  You don't always know what you're doing, yet there's pressure to appear that you have everything under control.  So, you do your best and hope your children are better for it.

In the book The Middle Place, Kelly Corrigan explored the dichotomy of being a parent while also still being your parent's kid.  After publishing that book she created a video with Borders (so sad they are gone!) sharing a story about her own mother.  I watch it every year and every year it makes me laugh and tear up at the same time.  Today, I'm …

Colors of Spring

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Did you catch any wonderstruck moments this week?  I did.

A lot of mine centered around vibrant colors outdoors.  From the blue jay that landed on my deck railing every day to the bright orange mohawk stripe on a woodpecker.  From the deep green taking over the forest behind my house to the saturated pink of a daisy.

Seriously, look at that daisy. I don't think I've ever seen such a rich, unblemished, solidly pink bloom.

Nature is one of my favorite places to look for small wonders.  If I am truly noticing my surroundings, I can usually find at least one thing worthy of awe.

Spring delivers all sorts of beauty to awake us from the dullness of winter: blue skies, flowers in bloom, plentiful green, fresh produce, warm sunshine, and cleansing rain. And like I said, this week it was color.  

Gorgeous colors turned up everywhere, even in the sangria I served for mom's book club.  (As in my book club with other moms, not my mom's book club.  You know...)

In fact, I was also wo…

Interview: Shay Fabbro

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Each Wednesday I will post a Wonderstruck Interview.  Hearing other people's stories is a great way to see things from a different perspective and perhaps find something new to apply to our own lives.

For our very first interview I am delighted to have Dr. Shay Fabbro, author of the Portals of Destiny series and the Adventures of Alexis Davenport series.

What have you been wonderstruck by recently?

By the complexity and complete miracle that is the human body! On top of being a writer, I also teach biology classes (basic biology, anatomy, pharmacology, biotechnology, neurodegenerative diseases). The more I learn, the more I am in awe of our creation!

What part of your day are you grateful for?

Oh gosh, most parts actually. I usually try to find things to be thankful for even in the midst of the worst stress or frustration.

What part of your day is tough? How do you move through it?

I can’t honestly think of one particular time of day that is most tough. I guess I would have to say the t…

Bring on the Wonder

What if adults kept their sense of wonder from childhood?  What if we could add a little magic to our day right now, right we where are?  I'm giving it a try.

Welcome to Live Wonderstruck, a project I’ve been quietly working on since mid-winter. Launching now in spring, the day after my birthday, feels magical.

Last week as I prepared to launch this site, I realized that in all of the writing I’ve done so far, I’d yet to write the first post, the beginning. And even now, I’m humbled (ok, scared) that the right words feel out of grasp. Sometimes the things that are closest to our hearts are the hardest to express to others.

Here’s what you should know. This blog isn’t about me. It isn’t a chronicle of my life. It isn’t me-as-expert teaching you-as-student.

It’s about us. All of us. It’s about the shift in consciousness, or lack thereof, I see everywhere I go in others and in myself.

We’re distracted. We’re rushed. We’re so busy moving from one scheduled task to another, scrambling to ch…