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 gnawing sense that the wonder and awe I feel when growth spurts occur will one day be gone. I continue to think that one day I will take it for granted and it won't have the same luster. But it doesn't. To see what is possible for people in their lives as new light fills their eyes, their hearts, their souls, as energy, vitality, and hope return, is a constant source of amazement for me. I am fortunate and grateful to be able to see the miracles I see in people's lives.
What part of your day are you grateful for?
The mornings, which is surprising. The majority of my life has been spent as a 'night person' dreading mornings. That's changed as I shifted the focus of my life and now my morning routine including coffee, prayer, and meditation have turned it into my favorite part of the day.
What part of your day is tough? How do you move through it?
I don't have a regular part of the day that seems tough. I do sometimes experience that mid-afternoon sluggishness but a quick walk with my dog tends to snap me right out of that. Prayer also works. Always.
What do you wish your were more conscious of?
I'd like to be more conscious of the power of the little things. I'm a person who tends to think big, so I'm attempting to become more aware of the little things from the impact of a smile to the smaller daily shifts that lead to big changes in our lives.
How do you stay focused on what is truly important to you?
Every morning I pray, meditate and study. I also review my vision and goals every day. But 'my people' are integral to maintaining focus. I have a small group of people who know me intimately, as I know them, and we give each other license to share and to remind each other if we're getting off track.
Deb Owen blogs & VLOGS about spiritual power tools and practices in practical daily life at debjowen.com. She works with women one-on-one, and also leads a monthly group online called Grace Surfer. She is currently working on digitally downloadable programs, as well as a 6-week program that will debut in January. For updates on her upcoming projects, click to her website and sign up for the newsletter in the sidebar.
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