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 Tami Clayton, a writer of young adult and middle grade novels and an avid traveler.
What have you been wonderstruck by recently?
While there are things out in nature that always amaze me, I am constantly wonderstruck by the things people say to others and do for others. The generosity and kindness given so freely often brings tears to my eyes. Recently, a friend I've known since high school said the most touching thing to me over the phone. I, of course, cried. It totally made my evening. I've continued to reflect on it since and am so thankful for her friendship.
What part of your day are you grateful for?
It's difficult for me to pinpoint just one part for which I'm grateful. I love that first sip of coffee in the morning. I love seeing the sweet, innocent, sleeping faces of my kids just before I wake them for the day. I love seeing my awesome officemates/friends at work and getting the chance to "check in" with them. Coming home at the end of the day and seeing the friendly faces of my cats always warms my heart. I'm grateful for those times I'm in the kitchen cooking dinner, listening to some good music and sipping a glass of wine. And I love when the house is quiet in the evenings and I spend it writing, watching a favorite show, or reading.
What part of your day is tough? How do you move through it?
The hardest part of my day is getting up out of bed. Seriously. I have such erratic sleep anymore and am always running a sleep deficit that it's quite the challenge to drag myself out of bed most days.
What do you wish your were more conscious of?
I am working on being more conscious of how my silence affects others. I spend so much time in my head sorting through my thoughts and feelings as well as listening to the thoughts and feelings of others that I can sometimes be oblivious to how little I've said when I'm in a group of people.
How do you stay focused on what is truly important to you?
I believe the truly important stuff comes down to the people in your life and the connections you have with them. It is the core of our humanity. When I notice I'm too focused on things and outcomes and the trivial banality that I let take over my life, I have to remind myself to pause, get out of my head and reconnect with the wonderful people in my life.
About Tami Clayton:
I am a YA and Middle Grade writer with a passion for travel, all things dark chocolate and coffee, and reading everything I can get my hands on. I am a child and family therapist by day, writer by night, and a dreamer of far off lands where I can explore new cultures. I am currently working on my first novel.
You can find me at my blog: www.tamiclayton.wordpress.com
Or follow me on Twitter: @TamiClayton1
Or hang out with me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tami-Clayton/260685870667371