You guys, I am so excited about the guests who have agreed to stop by Live Wonderstruck lately! I just want to jump up and down with each new "yes."
Today's guest is Alisha Sommer, a writer and mom with probably the best Instagram feed I've ever seen. Be sure to follow her there and on Pinterest (where her pins make me swoon). Links are at the bottom of this interview.
Enough from me. Please welcome Alisha...
What have you been wonderstruck by recently?
I have three beautiful children but the youngest, the 2.5 year-old, has a speech delay. Over the past year we’ve worked with a speech therapist once a week to help him learn how to form sounds and words. A few days ago he started saying “bye-bye.” It’s such a simple little phrase but it sounds so sweet coming from his mouth. There are so many conversations we can’t have and questions he can’t ask, but every tiny piece of language he acquires brings us closer together. Every new word leaves me wonderstruck.
What part of your day are you grateful for?
Even though they now feel more rushed since my oldest entered kindergarten, mornings are my favorite part of the day. It’s one of the quietest times of day for me; I get to sit with a hot cup of coffee, write my morning pages, and I love, love, love getting to watch the sun rise. It’s a reminder for me to breathe in the freshness of a new day and to set intentions.
What part of your day is tough? How do you move through it?
The afternoon is my hardest part of the day. My body and mind tend to get sluggish right around 2 o’clock which is also the time I have to wake up the baby, pick up the oldest from kindergarten, and then rush to pick up the middle child from preschool. To help me move through it I use music and I bring paper and pen to do some writing while I wait in the lines. When we return home I get a cup of tea and try to find a place to hide in our (tiny) home to reset.
What do you wish your were more conscious of?
I wish I was just more conscious in general. That’s a broad statement, but the truth is that I spend a lot time in my head. I’m an over-thinker and a daydreamer. There are times when I stand outside of school with other parents and talk, only to get back in the car and have no idea what I said. Or I walk into doors and countertops and I bang my head. I love being a creative person, and at times I am very much a Type-A Perfectionist, but I also wish I were more grounded.
How do you stay focused on what is truly important to you?
Writing is how I process everything in my life—questions, goals, dreams, desires. If I don’t write it down, it will either drive me crazy or I will forget. I believe that we often already have the knowledge we are seeking when it comes to solving a problem. Doing the morning pages every days brings me the clarity I need in order to move forward. When I don’t write is when I lose focus. I also keep several vision boards and inspiring quotes tacked up around the house. It’s so easy to get lost in the business of the day so being able to see little reminders around the house as I move about the day is really helpful in keeping me centered and focused.
About Alisha Sommer:
Alisha Sommer is a writer living in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and three children. She loves fresh-baked bread, laying in the sun, and the smell of the sea. When she's not knee-deep in laundry and lunch-making, she edits and publishes BLACKBERRY: a magazine, a literary magazine featuring black women writers and artists. She is the co-creator of liberated lines, an Instagram-based poetry course, and a guide in the upcoming writing collective, Our Word. You can find her at her favorite playgrounds, Instagram and Pinterest.
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