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.
Today is a treat for me because I got to interview my best friend of... ahem... well... as she told me earlier this year, "our friendship is now old enough to drink." Phew. That's a lot of years. We've been friends since high school despite living miles and states apart. Meet Alina Weldon: a defense contractor in Washington, D.C., mother to a fierce (in the awesome way) daughter, and a heck of a dancer.
Oh, and for the record, I chose this photograph because I love the pure happiness that shows all over her face when she laughs. So much joy!
What have you been wonderstruck by recently?
My Wonderstruck moment recently was during a morning walk. I had to kill about an hour before I could pick up my loaner laptop. I was given the gift of having a quiet moment to walk along and watch people running around. Rarely am I able to step out of my hustle bustle life and to be an observer, was a gift. I strolled, listened to music, looked at all the colors, stopped to chat with a lady and her dog, and most of all find that rare stillness inside of myself.
What part of your day are you grateful for?
The part of my day I am most grateful for are the quiet moments with my daughter, Samantha. Chatting about her day, the issues of the 10 year old world. Her gymnastics, school, hopes, no boys - luckily. Time moves so quickly that moments like that are what helps me see her at each stage of her life, and not blur. It's a hard juggle to shape and guide her to be a well rounded person with still really listening to what she is saying and wants. Those quiet moments help her words become clearer.
What part of the day is tough? How do you move through it?
The toughest part of my day is having to drop Samantha off at her Before School Care so early, 6:15am, in order to make it to work on time. We start so early and end so late. I would love to work closer to home to allow the day to start a little later.
What do you wish you were more conscious of?
I would love to be more aware of my moods. I know how they affect others around me. I can pull into myself easily and I see, once it's too late, how Samantha is mimicking my moods. It also changes how others at my work interact with me. In order to make positive changes is to start within myself.
How do you stay focused on what is truly important to you?
Staying focused on what's important is an easy one for me. When I'm feeling that work "burn out" and I start feeling like hiding, all I have to do is look at my Samantha and my focus comes back. She gets up so early, handles the rough waters of school and tween girls, gets her homework done in time to go to gymnastics practice for 3 hours at night - all while maintaining all A's and B's. Maybe her room isn't as clean as I'd like, but then neither is mine. There is always room for improvement!!
I am a mother with an amazing daughter. I am writing my future story everyday, hoping to find out who I am, and becoming.