"Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so some people have entertained angels without knowing it." - Hebrews 13:2

Monday, October 28, 2013


Happy Monday! Today, I am turning Gatepost over to an awesome lady and friend. I met Wendy Paine Miller through blogging. She has one outstanding blog - Thoughts That Move  Her way of thinking about life and expressing it through her writing is refreshing...always moving. She leaves me with that tasty morsel to chew on the rest of the day. Good stuff. I highly recommend you visit her blog.

Earlier this month, Wendy's book The Disappearing Key was released. It's on the top of my TBR list and getting excellent reviews. I am so happy for her! Please welcome: WENDY PAINE MILLER!

Author, Wendy Paine Miller.
Isn't she beautiful?

When Do You Feel Most Alive?

Somewhere along the way in the process of creating my bio I decided it would be a good idea to add times when I feel most alive.

It feels like my list keeps growing.

Or I keep changing it the second I think of additional things that breathe life into me.

So far reading, writing, running, speeding in a boat, laughing, encouraging others, making others think, refurbishing furniture, and being immersed in conversation have all made the cut in one bio or another.

It’s an important question. One everyone should ask themselves periodically.

Apparently, I ask myself on a regular basis.

So, what of it? What’s the benefit of asking yourself this question?

When do I feel most alive? Or put another way, what makes me feel most alive?

I know for me, my answers reveal  what I care about—what fuels me, restores me, what I consider exhilarating.

Too many women (especially moms out there, can I get an Amen?) don’t take the time to think about what motivates us.
What lights us up with life.

And it matters.

Because we only experience one of these jangly things called life. And the more alive we feel, the more we’re likely to pump others full of life.

How would you answer this question—when do you feel most alive?

Bio: Wendy lives with her husband, their three girls, and a skunk-dodging Samoyed. She feels most alive when she’s laughing, speeding on a boat, reading, writing, refurbishing furniture or taking risks. She’s authored ten novels and is currently writing what she hopes will be your future book club pick.

Her work has been published in numerous anthologies and online sites. Wendy graduated with a BA in English from Wittenberg University, where she earned an Honor of Distinction for her accrued knowledge of literature.

She’s represented by Rachelle Gardner of Books & Such Literary Agency.

Visit  http://thoughtsthatmove.blogspot.com/ or connect with Wendy on Facebook or Twitter @wendypmiller

Thank you, Wendy! It's been a real treat to have you here!

I feel most alive in nature. God created such beautiful wonders for us to see and experience on His earth. His sunsets are my favorite.

Between you, me and the gatepost,



Melissa Tagg said...

I love your post, Wendy. Thanks for hosting her, Loree. (And just have to say, I loved The Disappearing Key SO much. It's currently in my "hurry up and write a review" pile. :) )

I probably feel most alive when I'm laughing with family and friends. :) And just this weekend, I started working on a new book. Honestly, I was nervous about it. Rewrites on my last book kicked my tail and I was hesitant to start all over again with a new book. But oh man, it was SO fun writing this weekend...totally rediscovered the joy. Which means today I can say writing makes me feel alive, too. :)

Jessica R. Patch said...

Hi ladies!! I'm stealing Melissa's answer because I do feel most alive when I'm laughing with family and friends. And also when I'm fulfulling my gifts. Nothing makes me more alive than when I'm most satified in God!

Loree Huebner said...

Great thoughts, Jess and Melissa! I do feel fulfilled and alive when I share myself with family, friends, and even strangers. There's nothing more important than people. On a one to one with God, I feel Him in the breeze, or the warm sun on my face, hear Him in the creak of a tree in the wind, and see Him in the colors of the sunset...I'm alive.

Victoria Lindstrom said...

Thanks to Wendy for those great insights!

I would have to say I feel most alive when I'm walking in the woods. The tall timbers always make me feel bathed in God's love.

Sandra Orchard said...

Lovely post. I feel most alive when playing with my grandkids, although walking out in the early morning light on a beautiful autumn day with the bird's chirping, the wind whispering through the trees and the horse nickering at the sight of me approaching with an apple comes a close second.

Wendy Paine Miller said...

Just wrote a mega long comment & it got erased...trying again.

Melissa, So excited to read that review someday! I'm glad that it got through to you. I got the chance to write for hours on Sat. night and I just kept telling my husband how rejuvenating it felt.

Wendy Paine Miller said...

Jessica, So love that our God is a God of laughter! Fulfilling His purpose makes all the difference in what I'm doing.

Wendy Paine Miller said...

Loree, Thank you so much for inviting me to post here today! I just returned home from work and I wanted to hop on here as soon as I got in. You touched upon the one thing that makes me feel most alive time and time again--nature!

Wendy Paine Miller said...

Victoria, I love the woods. I used to play in the forest behind our house as a kid all the time. Would wander for hours.

Wendy Paine Miller said...

Sandra, Seems many of are greatly impacting by nature. Aw...and grandbabes. Not at that stage yet but I've heard it is one to treasure!

Karen Lange said...

Congrats, Wendy! Wishing you well on this journey. So excited for you! :) Thanks, Loree, for hosting! :)

Wendy Paine Miller said...

Thanks Karen! It's been such a learning experience! Appreciate your comment!

Misha Gericke said...

Mmm right now, fencing, my kittens and horse riding makes me feel alive. Hopefully writing will join the list next month. :-)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Loree and Wendy,

I just finished Wendy's book and enjoyed it. The characters and plot twists kept my mind engaged.

I feel most alive when I'm worshiping the Lord through a sign language special.

Susan :)

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

What a wonderful post, Loree and Wendy--Thank you. And congratulations, Wendy.
I feel most alive when I am writing, reading, or doing something that helps others in some way.

Loree Huebner said...

Karen, Misha, Susan, and Cynthia, loved reading what makes you feel alive. It's so important to do those things that give us great joy. As always, thanks for stopping in!