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 writer Rabia Gale.
What have you been wonderstruck by recently?
I am constantly amazed by my children’s capacity to learn, and to do so with joy. Whether it’s teaching themselves how to play cat’s cradle out of a book or making the huge leap into reading independently, my children show me every day how to try, fail, and try again—and to do it all with a smile and utter unselfconsciousness.
What part of your day are you grateful for?
The post-lunch Quiet Time, where we all have a chance to wind down in the middle of our often-busy days. This is the time for journaling, reading, writing, doodling, quiet play, and recharging for the evenings.
What part of your day is tough? How do you move through it?
The evenings! A lot of activities are crowded into the evenings, along with the preparation and eating of dinner, end-of-day cleanup, and bedtime routines. At least my husband is available during that time, so we often divide and conquer.
Some days, though, only the thought of chocolate peanut butter cup ice cream and an episode of Warehouse 13 at the end of the day keeps me moving!
What do you wish your were more conscious of?
I’m a planner, so I’m always looking ahead. Sometimes I get so caught up in divining and organizing the future, I forget to enjoy the present moment. I wish I spent more time living in the now instead of the what might be.
How do you stay focused on what is truly important to you?
Connecting with God through prayer and scripture helps me get a better perspective on my life. It also helps me to focus on people instead of things and schedules.
About Rabia Gale:
Rabia Gale breaks fairy tales and fuses science fiction and fantasy. A native of Pakistan, she currently resides in Northern Virginia. She has recently published two short story collections, Shattered: Broken Fairy Tales and Unseen. Visit her online at http://www.rabiagale.com or find on her on Twitter (@rabiagale).