Truth, Love & Insight – Micaela Maxham

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This week is flying by! The Sparkle Swap is underway (come on, you know you’ve got to sign up!) and my 3rd year of blogging begins on Monday.

There’s so much I want to do—prioritization has become a major pain point for me recently. I’m letting the tiny waves of anxiety wash over me. These are exciting times. My aspirations might try to get the best of me, but I know that the dust will settle and what’s most important will bubble up to the surface.

Today’s Truth, Love & Insight interview with Micaela Maxham will make your heart soar. Last week’s post featured Hope Wallace Karney—isn’t her creative approach to life fantastic?

I’ve followed Micaela’s blog Dolce Vita for a long time. She’s one of the kindest, most genuine people I’ve come across on the web. If you aren’t subscribed to her delightful posts, I recommend you check her out. Here’s a little introduction from Micaela, in her own words:

Hello lovies! My name is Micaela and I’m happily visiting from my little corner of the internet, Dolce Vita. I’m a Texas girl with a heart that belongs in Europe. A newish wife, vegetarian, lover of films, the written word, and everything vintage.

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1. How did your blog get started?
I was going through a huge change in my life — a new job in the middle of devastating heart-ache. I needed a place to wear my heart on my sleeve and I just wrote… even now at my happiest, i like to go back and remember that girl I was. I wish I could tell her that everything will work out beautifully and blogging would become one of the best gifts to myself.

2. What motivates you to continue sharing your story with the web?
My readers, many who have become dear friends I know I’ll keep for life, and a handful I’ve been lucky to meet in person. We share our lives together, not just through posts but phone calls, texts throughout the day, emails, and good old fashioned letters. It’s surreal to think it was blogging that brought us together.

Even the silent readers who may never comment motivate me to keep sharing my story. I believe in connections, in being inspired, in relating.

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3. If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself as a budding blogger?
I can sum it up in this quote I read in What I Know Now: “You’ll get to the point where you’re just pleasing yourself. When it’s all about where your heart is, that attracts a lot of energy. Everything else follows… Becoming completely raw always works.” (page 50)

4. If you could go forward in time, what is one question you would like to ask yourself? How do you imagine you might answer it?
Q: Was it worth it?
A: Absolutely.

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5. What are your favorite creative resources?
Lyrics, excerpts in books, art, blogs, my husband. I piece together typed quotes that have stayed with me and bits of art into collage postcards (I believe in keeping in touch even if it’s a quick hello).

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6. Who inspires you online? Offline?
Online: my favorite bloggers, including my twin sister and best friend / etsy.com / the selby
Offline: my husband / thrift stores / used bookshops / my family

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7. How do you make every day an extraordinary adventure?
I wake up blessed to enjoy another sunrise– just that puts everything in perspective.

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Images via: Micaela Maxham

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