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Start Your Day By Filling Your Soul Cup

How do you start your day? Do you have a routine?

I don't have much of a routine. I usually try to shower before The Little One wakes up. Most of the time I succeed.

Other than that, sometimes I go outside and water the garden or just sit on a blanket. Sometimes I write. Sometimes I read. Sometimes I turn on the news or America's Next Top Model if it happens to be a marathon day. Sometimes I help my husband get out the door for work. Sometimes I just sleep until the baby wakes.

Some of these days turn out better than others. The days where I go outside or write first thing in the morning often turn out to be better. Starting with television is almost always a mistake for me. Those tend to be my least fulfilling days.

I've heard people say to start the day with what is important to you. It's called setting an intention. Some say how you start the day signals to the universe what you want.

Maybe.

I think it's simpler than that. I think we are like cups and we can share wha…

Interview: Veronica Valli

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 breath…

Summer

Summer is half over. At least as far as school vacation is concerned. I can't believe how fast it's going.

Theoretically, summer should be a slower, lazier time of year. It's a time for friends, barbecues, swimming, lounging. Actually, my teenage stepson has embraced the summer lifestyle (between baseball tournaments, anyhow).

But it's been a busy summer for us adults and now July is nearing its end. It's hard to fathom.

Soon enough we'll be back in the throes of schoolwork, business building up as the end of the year approaches, and holiday planning.

Okay, I didn't mean to make anyone panic. Don't worry. It's still summer. If you're anywhere near me, a step out your front door into the heat will confirm that.

My point is this. We still have half of summer to go. What are you going to do to make the most out of it? Have you taken that family vacation? Did you do that thing (whatever it is) that you said you would do this summer?

If not, the time is no…

Blueberry Crisp, Kind Words, Pretty Toes, and Zac Brown Band

This week has been wild. A little up and down. That hasn't stopped me from finding wonderstruckness, though. Here are the moments that stood out for me:

As you may recall from last week our freezer lost power. Earlier this summer I had gone blueberry picking twice and I refused to throw out all that work (even if it was fun work). There I was with about 6 pounds of thawed blueberries and no idea how to go through them quickly enough.

A couple days later writer Janice Heck came to my rescue with a post called Got Blueberries? Be sure to check it out. She talked about how good blueberries are in New Jersey (and you thought all we had was Snookie...) and she gave 4 recipes for enjoying those blueberries. Thank you, Janice! I made blueberry crisp, which may just have been heaven in a bowl. YUM!

While eating that blueberry crisp, I had to get back on track with wonderstruck interviews. Don't worry. There are lots of amazing people coming up and their answers have already started rolli…

Interview: Kyeli Smith

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's interviewee is Kyeli Smith from Connection Revolution, also known has half of the awesome World Changing Writer leaders, Pace & Kyeli.

What have you been wonderstruck by recently?

lately, I have been wonderstruck by the magic of connection. when we open our hearts, wholy and fully allowing ourselves to be open, we are in the flow with the universe - and magic happens. connection happens. and I'm finding myself open and in awe.

What part of your day are you grateful for?

I am grateful for mornings: in the morning, I get to wake up thanks to my beloved wife, and spend time with her every day before she heads to her job. I am grateful for afternoons: in the afternoons, she comes home and we begin to work together. I am grateful for evenings: in the evenings, we have dinner togeth…

The Sky

There are times when words don't come. I try, then I wait, then I try some more. I look at notes. Nothing feels right. This has happened for days. Now here it is halfway through Monday and I have nothing.

Instead, I offer a couple photos of the sky. I just finished reading chapter one of The Richest of Fare by Phyllis Strupp. Chapter one focuses on the Cosmos. That's why I am choosing sky.

Happy Monday! Remember to look up throughout the day to see the display the sky is sharing with you.



What Happened While I Was on Vacation

Looking back over the week, I realize I am wonderstruck not so much by things that happened this week, but by things I learned this week that happened while we were on vacation.

Somehow when I go away, I expect things to be the same when I return. After all, it was just under two weeks. What can happen in that amount of time? It turns out quite a bit.

At home (besides all the muck that happened), my garden flourished. The corn is now almost as tall as me. I found zucchini, peas, green beans, and peppers ready to be picked. Cherry tomatoes began to form. Carrot tops pushed out of the ground. Potatoes sprouted. All of my flowers bloomed.

Also at home, I learned The Little One has taken on a new trait and may soon find his name changed to Sir Whiny Pants. I’m skipping by this quickly in hopes he will do the same.

In my neighborhood a pothole was filled and a tree was lost, presumably in a storm.

I found out one of my friends is moving out-of-state. I'm sad to see her go. I was hoping we&#…

The Restorative Power of the Outdoors

Sorry, folks. No wonderstruck interview today. I messed that up while on blog break. I still have some great people lined up though, so we will return to regularly scheduled programming next week.

As I mentioned on Monday, I just returned from a glorious two week vacation with my husband (no kids!) in Italy. We divided our time between coastal towns, Tuscany, and even an island.

We hiked, swam, and boated. We ate and drank wine. We went to a horse race (THE horse race... the Palio in Siena). We sweated. A lot.

We spent a lot of time outdoors. Even when we were eating, it was often at an outdoor table.

One such day, it was a table by the lake where we watched some mama ducks and their ducklings swimming about. Soooo cute.

Since coming home I’ve been making a point to get outside every day. Since I don’t like the heat, I get out first thing in the morning and sometimes go out again in the evening.

For me, being outside is restorative. The fresh air, being in nature (our yard backs up to …

Earning Vacation

Sometimes wonderstruckness looks a little more like dumbfoundedness. This is one of those times.

I have just returned from a two week vacation. 11 days to be precise, but close enough. My husband and I went to Italy and left the children at home with my mother-in-law. This was a true, get-away-from-everything, vacation. I’m not sure I can explain how recharged I feel right now.

I’ll talk more about the trip another day. Today, I need to vent about a weird phenomenon.

It’s been my experience that the week leading up to vacation always makes me earn that vacation.

Prior to leaving for Italy, I came down with a bad cold that drained my attention and sapped my energy. I had trouble doing what needed to be done in a steady time frame throughout the week and, instead, found myself rushing through it all in the last two days during which my stepson was playing in a baseball tournament. Oh, did I mention that my husband was tournament director? And he caught my cold just in time to run himself…