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.
I'm so excited this week to have Marla Stahl as my guest. I've known Marla since I was a little girl. In all of that time I've never seen her without a smile on her face. She is one of the most upbeat, fearless women I know. Her blog, the Warm Sunshine Blog, is among my favorites.
What have you been wonderstruck by recently?
There was a sweet little angel-- a baby girl -- in church Sunday who was all dressed up in her little white gown before church, waiting to be baptized. She was plopped in front of the altar and just sat there with the most sweet, innocent, absolutely angelic look on her face! Everyone fell in love with her--there was a collective, "Awwwww!" She took my breath away! I was wonderstruck by her angelic-ness (is that a word?), her sweetness, her trusting soul, her innocence...she totally grabbed my heart. Babies, puppies, and kitties do that to me, but this little one was special for some reason!
What part of your day are you grateful for?
Coming home and being greeted by my adorable, loving, happy little pup! And playing with her with wild abandon. It's so nice to receive such unconditional love. She gets that excited to see me every time I come in, even if all I've done is take out the trash! : )
What part of your day is tough? How do you move through it?
Around 8:30 pm, I start running out of steam and my thoughts turn from their characteristic positivity to being somewhat negative or worried. I do two things: Sit on the couch watching HGTV , preferably House Hunters (it's almost always happy!) and if all else fails... go to bed! Nothing like a good night's sleep to improve one's outlook!
What do you wish your were more conscious of?
People used to always say I was a good listener, but I feel that recently, with lots of my own challenges in life, I've become more self-focused than other-focused. I want to regain the skill and practice of making each person I have a conversation with feel like I think they are the only person in the universe when I am listening to them.
How do you stay focused on what is truly important to you?
My faith plays a big role in just about every aspect of who I am and what I do. Being in a church band, I get a mid-week "fix" of positive perspective through the words we sing. Then I get another "adjustment" on Sunday!
Marla is a happy, energetic person who loves to learn new things, especially things most people don't do... like studying Russian and Chinese in college, learning to be a drummer at age 50, or becoming a tour guide for a major league baseball team. She likes to make life interesting! : )
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Marla's Blog is called Warm Sunshine Blog. How could you not want to read that? Find it here: warmsunshineblog.wordpress.com