Asked And Answered: And Lemons

Asked And Answered, my scripted comedy question and answer talk show, is back by unpopular demand!

In this month’s video, find out what I’d do if life gave me lemons, what I think of golf, how I might have scammed my way into a free cruise, and more!

Want your question answered in a future episode? Comment your question below or email it to wonders.in.the.wind@gmail.com

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Waiting as a Gift

img_20161007_181058877-2Every so often we experience times when our circumstances feel out of our control, when uncertainty is the only thing of which we can be certain.

I am presently in one of those times. In the past when I have had to wait for things, usually I have known what I was waiting for. This allowed me to plan ahead. But right now I find myself unable to plan, because it will be about two months until I hear the answers that will determine where I will be living for at least the next three years of my life. In addition, the answers will significantly alter the course of my life from here on out. My applications have been sent in. All I can do is wait.

In my situation there are four potential outcomes: one involves graduate school in a new town in my home state, two involve graduate school in the same area I went to college, and the final one involves moving back to that area but not attending graduate school. I’m not sure which one will become reality. I can hope, but there are pros and cons to every option, and no amount of hope will change the outcome. Another difficulty is that it is nearly impossible to know which of these options is most likely to come true.

Right now I am living in this weird state where I can’t plan my future. As a planner, this is incredibly frustrating. Not knowing what a large part of my life will be like for the next three years is irritating. The next few months of my calendar are eerily blank. In a way this situation feels like the season finale of a television show. I’m waiting in suspense for the big reveal. Yet this is not a season finale. This is not just some story I can watch and walk away from. It is a story that I will have to accept and then live. Continue reading

2017 Posting Schedule (One Year of Wonders)

This is the final post celebrating the first birthday of Wonders in the Wind. As this year draws to a close, I want to explain what you can expect from this blog once the new year begins.

I will continue to publish a new post every Thursday; however, the type of post will vary throughout the month.

New Posting Schedule:

  • 1st Thursday of  the month: A new Authentic Living post
  • 2nd Thursday of the month: A new episode of Asked And Answered, your scripted comedy question and answer talk show
  • 3rd Thursday of the month: A new Thankful For… update
  • 4th Thursday of the month: A new Experiments post (this could be a new Unquote, Unseen Magazine cover, satire post, comic, DIY card idea, or something else comedic or satirical in nature)
  • 5th Thursday of the month: When the month has a fifth Thursday, a bonus Experiments post will be published. Lucky you!

For another way of looking at this, here’s a fun chart. Well, I guess it’s just a chart, since all charts are fun.

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Thank you so much for reading and commenting on this blog over the past year. This has been a wonderful experience. I look forward to what the new year has in store for Wonders in the Wind. With the passing of each day may we continue to move towards the alignment of our thoughts and actions.

Enjoy the last few days of the year! I’ll be back next Thursday for the first post of 2017!

Hey, Statistics (One Year of Wonders)

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Honesty is very important to me. So as I spend this week celebrating one year of blogging, I’d like to take some time to be honest about my statistics.

Above is a screenshot of my monthly views for the last year. You can see changes over the months; the main trend seems to be the average monthly views settling at just above 100.

On a different note, Wonders in the Wind has been read all over all the world. Here are all of the countries from which people have read this blog: Continue reading

One Year Recap (One Year of Wonders)

277-2Wonders in the Wind is now one year old! To celebrate I’m running a special series today, tomorrow, and the day after that reflects on this past year. Kicking things off is a collection of some of my favorite quotes from past posts. I’ve also provided links in all of them so you can read the post the quote is from.

“The inevitability of change can empower us to truly savor every moment that brings delight. It can also help us to appreciate the tough situations in life, as they too are not forever. Accepting that things won’t always be the way they are now can inspire us to live in a more intentional way.”

-From Accepting Change

“There is a difference between having a position and being unwilling to listen to anyone else. There is a difference between holding to our beliefs and attacking the beliefs of others.”

-From Dangers of Absolute Answers

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Dayenu & Contentment

032-2About a year ago I was introduced to the concept of Dayenu. I learned that in Hebrew the word means “it would have been enough”. I read that Dayenu is a song Jews sing during the Passover holiday to express their gratitude to God for the wonderful things God has done for them. The song names specific historic events, stating how it would have been enough if God had only done one of those things.

In a world full of materialism, consumerism, individualism, and self-centeredness, I think Dayenu has much to teach us about contentment.

Put briefly, I think Dayenu shows that contentment is about rest.

It is not saying that everything must be as we think it should be in order to be content. No, Dayenu is about stepping back and saying that we have enough. It is about reflecting on where we’ve come and celebrating the progress we’ve made. It is renouncing the idea that we are entitled to more. It is about not placing value in things. It is a conscious decision that however unfair and messy things are at the moment, somehow we have enough. Continue reading

Thankful For…Week 26

Some things on the thankfulness radar as of late:

Graduation eve!

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Checking things off my calendar

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Fun moments during the busy last week of school

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Snow blanketing the trees and ground

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Ethiopian food

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My final final

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Libraries providing access to sweet books

Thoughts In Transiton

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I am graduating from college in one week. It is an important milestone, but it is merely the setting for my current outlook on life. The graduation ceremony will only last about two hours; it is a moment fixed in time that will pass and maybe one day be forgotten. However, what the ceremony represents has introduced thoughts that are likely to stay swirling in my mind for some time.

I think of the many lasts. This is a sad thought, but somehow good, I think. No matter how strange it may be that this part of life is about to end, I don’t want things to stay the way they are forever. I really enjoy life right now, but I am also excited to move on to different things. When things end there is a danger to romanticize the past. The familiarity of the people, places, and things we’re about to leave can mask the negative qualities they hold. It’s important to remember those things so our memories are not mistaken. Continue reading

Thankful For…Week 25

I am thankful for the opportunity to ring handbells for many people this week, something that brings me much joy.

I am thankful for sleeping well, something that has been more of an issue recently.

I am thankful for singing in the car.

I am thankful for the way memories can be attached to certain foods.

I am thankful for the way paper snowflakes unfold.

I am thankful to be graduating from college in a few short weeks.

I am thankful for calendars with beagle puppies.

I am thankful for the opportunity to pour bronze once again in my sculpture class.

I am thankful for windshield wipers on rainy days.

I am thankful for access to clean water.

What can you be thankful for?

NaBloPoMo Closing Ceremony

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To the best of my knowledge there are no traditional closing ceremonies for National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo). No choreographed dances, no waving of flags, no parades.

Which is fine. NaBloPoMo is not the same as the Olympics, or is it?

No, it most definitely is not. Here’s why.

1. NaBloPoMo is about twice as long as the Olympic Games.

2. My NaBloPoMo experiences were not featured on television. But that was not for lack of trying.

3. No one had to pay higher taxes just so I could participate in NaBloPoMo.

4. People pretend to care about swimming and gymnastics for a few weeks every few years, while people pretend to care about blogging every day. As if I’m going to believe that all of a sudden you’ve always been a fan of swimming.

5. Enormous demands were not placed on the host (me) to be a perfect shining city of gold that has no problems.

Because you didn’t ask, and for the sake of transparency, here are some reasons that show my actions during NaBloPoMo were quite different from the actions of a certain U.S. swimmer at the 2016 Olympic Games who will remain nameless because I don’t want his name on my blog.

1. At no time during my NaBloPoMo experience did I lie about being robbed at gunpoint to cover up the things my stupid drunk self did.

2. None of my behavior this month resulted in the removal of my sponsorships. And that’s not just because I don’t have any.

3. My NaBloPoMo posts did not cause the public to lose faith in me as a role model.

4. At no point during this month did it become clear I would never be as good as Michael Phelps. If you’re wondering, that point came many years ago.

5. My actions did not prompt anyone to call me an ’embarrassment’, an ‘oaf’, or a ‘dumb almost-Michael Phelps’.

6. And lastly, none of my posts this month became a trending topic on twitter, nor was a clever hashtag created to talk/rant/complain about me. Really bummed about this one.

If you’re thinking this post is just a not so subtle way of revealing my thoughts on the Olympics and a certain swimmer who again will and must not be named, think again. As in think that again. As in keep thinking that, because that thought is correct.

On a very similar topic, NaBloPoMo was a treat. I successfully posted something every day of this month. While I am looking forward to getting back to the normal once a week schedule, it was interesting putting something out there each day. I created most of the posts prior to this month, so as a whole my NaBloPoMo experience was relatively stress-free. I’m not sure if I will ever do something like this again, but I am very happy I got to share so many things with you all.

Before you head elsewhere, I would really appreciate if you would stop to comment on what you liked most from my NaBloPoMo efforts. Thank you!

Sentimental Sunday: Cow Costume

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Before you ask any questions, let me set the scene: I took this photo about seven years ago. I was tagging along for one my brother’s college visits, and it was Halloween. We were getting close to the school when I saw this person in costume. I think it’s hilarious. How often do you see a cow on a motorcycle? Additionally, this photo reminds me of the time I first visited the school I would later attend. As I near the end of my college career, I look back on this photo for its humor, but also knowing that I was about to get a glimpse of my future. 

DIY Card: SOS Sympathy Card + Giveaway!

I love to make cards for people on special occasions. I like dreaming up a new idea to express a particular sentiment. This month on DIY Cards I will show you how to make some awesome cards for friends, family, and loved ones. It was unintentional, but all of the cards have a nautical or pirate theme, so bear with that.

The cards are fairly simple to make, and will certainly make the intended recipient’s day knowing that you made the card yourself. Making cards is such a little thing to do to show that you care, and they can mean a lot to people. After all, it’s not everyday one gets special homemade card. And lastly, these ideas are not fixed. Add some changes to put your own personal spin on it, so it fits the materials you have and what the recipient likes. If you ever make them, I would love to see pictures. Happy card-making!

Be sure to enter the DIY Card Giveaway for the chance to win all four cards I’ll show this month! It’s really simple to enter, and is totally free. The giveaway closes at the end of Sunday, November, 28th, 2016.

Here’s the link: a Rafflecopter giveaway

This sympathy card design is a wonderful way to show someone close to you that you are there for them during the difficult times.

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Thank you so much for looking at the various DIY card designs this month. I would love to see you giving them a try, and putting your own spin on them.