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What's Going On Here?

Have you been wondering? First I take a long bloggy break for the month of January. Then I return for a week only to disappear the next week. Then I come back again and don't even post an interview on Wednesday. Now here I am throwing in a Thursday post. What the heck?

Maybe you're not wondering at all and you're reading this thinking... whatever. Wonderstruck me already.

Hmm... "wonderstruck" doesn't verb as well as I'd hoped.

Anyway, let explain. You probably already know about the January bloggy break. Last week's break was just me feeling brain dead and drained for energy thanks to what my doctor called "more than cold," which apparently means cold on its way to sinus infection and bronchitis. Between being sick and being on cold meds, I could barely stand up for 5 minutes, let alone form a mildly brilliant sentence. (And yes, I'm feeling mostly better now.)

As for today's interview... well, I'm a procrastinator. You may as well …

The iPhone Update That Wouldn't End

I spent a good part of yesterday trying to update my iPhone 4. There was a system update that I hadn't been able to get for a while because it required 2.5 GB of free space and I only had 500 MB.

To make space, I deleted apps I don't use, which got me to 1.2 GB of free space. I had recently cleared most of the photos off my phone, but still have a bunch of videos. There wasn't a quick, easy way to move those, so instead I opted for temporarily ditching my music.

I synced the phone to my computer telling it not to sync the music, then waited. The syncing process took a full half hour, mostly during the backup phase. (Why so long?) When it was finally finished, I unhooked the phone and set it to pull the system update.

Another half hour ticked away while it downloaded the update, installed it, restarted and whatever the heck else it was doing. I used that time to create a new playlist on my computer for music I wanted to put back on my phone.

Once the update was finished, I hook…

Word of the Year: Listen

Has the shine of the new year worn off? Did you have resolutions? If so, how are they coming along?

I don't make resolutions. They're kind of notorious for being hard to keep. For four years now, I've followed Christine Kane's practice of choosing a word for the year. With this method I choose a single word to reflect on throughout the year. It sets an intention. What do I want to invite more of into my life?

In 2012, my word was Clarity. And yes, I gained some. I became more clear about what I want to do with my life and what directions I want to explore with my writing.

At the beginning of 2010 I was very pregnant awaiting The Little One's arrival. I couldn't begin to imagine what my life would look like that year, so I simply chose Joy. Then I tried to find ways to bring more joy into otherwise difficult new mom moments.

This year I considered the word Wonderstruck (appropriate, right?) but when I thought about how I wanted to grow, a different word kept returni…

How Hurrying Works Against Us

Never hurry. Hurrying leads to oopsies like dropping things or spilling things and other accidents.

Slow down. Give yourself a few extra minutes if you can. If it's too late for that, give yourself permission to be late. Or maybe even to cut out an activity entirely.





Weekend Inspiration - Real Love is Messy

Love. Talk about a complicated beast. There's a whole holiday dedicated to forcing couples to be nice to each other. Did you ever think about it that way?

This Valentine's Day was pretty good. My husband surprised me with a fruit arrangement full of grapes, strawberries, and heart-shaped pineapple, along with a box of chocolate-covered strawberries. In the attached note he said, "You're pretty and you smell nice." No, I'm not kidding and yes, I thought it was adorable. We're weird like that. (Mutual weirdness works well.)

Since love is in the air (and the stores), this dose of weekend inspiration is about just that. But as you may already know, love isn't always perfect. It rarely looks like the fairy tales or romantic comedies.

Real love is hard work. Sometimes it's awesome. And sometimes, well, sometimes it kind of sucks. It's messy and complicated. It's also fun and supportive.

That being said, here are a few posts that tell it like it is.

R…

Valentine's Day Giveaway Winner

Happy Valentine's Day! As I announced in Monday's post, I am sharing the love this week by giving one reader a copy of The World Needs Hope.

I am thrilled to have been a small part of this book. It's a wonderful, inspiring reminder of all the hope that surrounds us. It's a great gift for someone special, even if that someone special is yourself, so check it out on Amazon.

I wish I could give all of my readers a copy. I appreciate all of you so much.

Alas, I can choose only one. Selected by an online random number generator, our winner is...



commenter #2: Shari! Hooray!

Shari, you will be receiving an email from me so we can work out delivery details. Check your inbox today. Congratulations! The comment you left was filled with hope. It sounds like this book has found its way to a wonderful home.

Thanks again to all of you who make your way to my little website. Wishing you all lots of love and hope this Valentine's Day.

Interview: Richard Monro

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’s interviewee is writer Richard Monro.

What have you been wonderstruck by recently?

This past spring I was wonderstruck by the altruistic interaction of the different creatures that inhabit this magnificent planet. In this case, the interaction involved a hummingbird, a baby wren and me.

During the many beautiful afternoon days we have here in Arizona, I like to work in my backyard or sit on my patio and read. One day while trimming my trees, I noticed a diminutive hummingbird nest with two tiny eggs. It was located just below eye level on a branch I was about to trim. Forgoing that planned action, I became an observer. Over the days that followed the mama hummingbird and I developed a relationship. She must have realized I meant no harm, and eventually let me approach within eighteen inches …

Giveaway: Sharing Hope for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is this week, which means you have probably already been inundated by commercial reminders to show your love. Flowers, balloons, chocolates, stuffed animals holding stuffed hearts. My local grocery store was pushing heart-shaped ravioli. Here's wishing some of these tokens make their way to your home, courtesy of a special someone.

As for me? I want to show my love for you. You show up here at Live Wonderstruck. You read my words. Maybe you even leave some words of your own. I love you for that. Knowing that you navigated the rampant internet waters and paused here... magical. Thank you so much.

So, in honor of you and this time of year, I am sharing some love in the form of my very first giveaway! Woohoo!

Here's the scoop. I am giving away a copy of The World Needs Hope. Created by my best friend Sara McClellan, this book is filled with beautiful words and artwork to remind each of us that hope is all around.

Read a few lines, journal in the margins, meditate …

Where I'm Finding Inspiration

In the past few weeks, a number of readings have caught my attention. Here are some that I found particularly inspiring:

This is what you need to remember when life is hard by Heather Plett - The title says it all. How to find hope to get through the hard.

Jealousy & Regret Are Great Teachers by Shauna Niequist, in which she says...
But there were too many trips and meals and conversations and experiences that I was too busy and too overwhelmed to really experience and appreciate. That’s what I regret: the days when I was there but not fully there, the conversations with people I love during which I gave them half my mind and a sliver of my heart because I’d spent it all already, because I was empty and fragmented from the sheer amount of things I was trying to experience.
Not fully there... a state I find myself in far too frequently. Shauna suggests slowing down- that has also worked for me. I need to remember to build in downtime so I can fully appreciate the... um... uptime?

What I…

Enhancing My Calm

How things look on the outside of us depends on how things are on the inside of us. ~Park Cousins
I'm thinking a lot about calmness today. I started this week off with the most amazing sense of inner calm. The business of January culminating in frantic basement work in preparation for a Superbowl party left me feeling harried. Then Monday morning came and I awoke to only the usual obligations: taking care of my family, my home, and myself.

It was soothing to know there was nothing extra to be done. I could breathe.

In the middle of the week, things started getting busy again until last night I was feeling frantic. Again. I hate that feeling.

So today, I'm placing a lot of focus on maintaining my inner calm. Despite the fact that my little boy turns 2 today. Despite the approaching snow storm. Despite my teenager's as of yet unnamed "spectacular funtastic" plans.

This morning I woke up a bit earlier than normal and I got in the shower to wake myself up. When my husband…

I'm Back

Hi! Thank you for your patience during my bloggy break which has now been for 5 or 6 weeks. Whew!

Sometimes you need to let some things go for a while. There was too much going on since the holidays. I had to let go of some activities to allow others to finish.

January is often a big transition month. This year was no exception. I needed to resolve and clear some things to restore balance.

Now I'm feeling refreshed and ready to dive back in here at Live Wonderstruck. I've done some reflecting and wondering, planning and dreaming (or dreaming and scheming, as I like to say).

There are some changes underway and more in the works. Did you notice the new blog design? Yes, I know I changed it only a few months back, but sometimes you can make changes and it still doesn't feel quite right. You have some of the right elements (colorful butterfly, purply pink links), but it's missing something. Do you know what I mean?

Well, I've kept the right elements and brought in a forest …