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 addiction expert and writer Veronica Valli. Veronica is currently working on a book called “Why we drink and how to stop” that she hopes to have out as an ebook in the next couple of months.
What have you been wonderstruck by recently?
Watching my husband with our son. I know it’s an unoriginal answer but becoming a parent has been magical. He is my first child and my husbands 3rd (his eldest are 28 and 25). I never thought he would be as, well, wonderstruck as I am. But he is, and I love watching him, he is such a great father.
What part of your day are you grateful for?
Holding my son on my chest as he falls asleep. Its usually been a long day and my son still needs to fall asleep on me before he goes in his crib. He snuggles and I can smell his hair and feel him breathing. I know this is going to go so quickly and I just breath him in and savour him, inprinting the moment on my memory so I can treasure it forever. He is a miracle baby and my gratiude knows no bounds.
What part of your day is tough? How do you move through it?
Ha! That’s easy. My beautiful boy is not such a great sleeper. The worst is when his diaper leaks (usually around 4am) and I have to change it, which wakes him up and he thinks it’s time to party. It can take up to an hour and a half to get him back down again by which time I am too exhausted to sleep. I get through this by telling myself if I didn’t have this exhaustion and sleep interruption I wouldn’t have my son and he is everything. I also remind myself this is just a phase and it will pass soon.
What do you wish your were more conscious of?
Hmmmm. I honestly don’t know how to answer that, I feel very consious, very alive, very present, very awake (sometimes a little more awake than I would like, admittedly!)
How do you stay focused on what is truly important to you?
I take regular inventory. I look at what’s going on in my life and what needs my attention, what I need to work on and where I need to take action. I find this allows me to keep focussed on what really matters and not get caught up in the details of life that were never really important anyway.
About Veronica Valli:
I’m orginally from the UK where I worked as a therapist and Life Coach. I specialise in treating people with addicitions. I have overcome alcoholism and addiction and am 12 years clean and sober.
Learn more about Veronica here...