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Maria C Wheeler
Maria C Wheeler Author Interview

Lost in the Circle, Found on the Line is an motivational self help journal that encourages readers to consider the precious moments and essence of each decade of life. Why was this an important book for you to write?

My intention behind the writing of “Lost in the Circle, Found on the Line” was to empower the motivated reader and participant to wake up yet slow down, and…Be Found!

As a motivational self help book it provides a hands on methodology towards gaining that most important perspective in our lives: figuring out who we really are in order to live our most satisfying life on earth. Each one of us have unique gifts to offer, yet busy schedules often preclude and exclude us from our true selves. We work without conscious thought of the larger picture with the unfortunate squandering of what could be a dynamic existence during our short time on earth. It is proven that the mind hand connection is a powerful way to open our consciousness to creativity, which in turn leads us to personal growth. I want to share what helps me through my journey by prompting artistic expression which ultimately leads to visualization and insight. It is quieting, it is centering, and it is an effective way to become mindful: Live the life of your dreams.

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?

The one thing I hope readers take away from my book is that each and every one of us has something exceptional to offer based on the fact that each and every one of us is absolutely unique from anyone else. Think about that and you’ll see that’s truly amazing!

Discovering that gift will fulfill you and lead to living your most satisfied life; your life of being, of who you are. Getting in touch with core values reveals the direction your life will take. You begin to understand your character and your strengths and realize your life has its own beautiful story, meant to enhance the world. The quotes, poems and art prompts in the book are meant to inspire and encourage little habits which will ultimately bring success.

I loved the poetry and imagery included in the book. What were some sources of inspiration for the pieces in this book?

As an ecologist and garden designer, the natural world provided sources of inspiration for my book, as well as for my life. I believe nature is the way to show us the path to stillness and beauty. I chose the book cover artwork from calligraphy based on a quote about the importance of mans respect for the planet: ‘If all the beasts were gone, man would die from great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to man.

All things are connected; whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth ‘. The use of the circle through out the book is symbolic of many things: the cyclical nature of the seasons, our lives lived in the full circle of life with no beginning and no end, the circle ring representing unity and infinity, and as a vehicle for centering ourselves as we circle back to connect the dots to our life’s patterns. Each chapter of the book is divided into values crucial to that specific decade of life. As such, Decade 8 chapter on Compassion is represented by a Tear Drop Garden pen and ink watercolor as a significant piece to my accomplishment of this book. It acknowledged a painful disruption in my life which had to be accepted and seen as ultimately a positive vehicle for growth and moving forward. Decade 10 on Patience as the final chapter illustrates the extraordinary design of Dumbarton Oaks by Beatrix Farrand, a landscape architect of the Country Place era when great gardens were designed for beauty and pleasure. The drawing of this plan extracted blood sweat and tears from me as I toiled to document the exceptional design. The quote by May Sarton sums it up: ‘Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into slow circles of nature is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.’

Do you plan to write more book on this same subject?

Although I could envision another interactive journal that encourages free thinking and multiple aspects of creativity to inform an intentional life, I have no plans to write a sequence at this point.

I have begun working on a series of early reader children’s books to accompany graphic t- shirts. With twelve designs drawn, and only one story written to date, I have a little bit of work ahead of me; slow and steady is my mantra.

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Do you feel lost in the circle of life? Do you know who you are and where you are going?

This self help journal gives rise to your life’s story as a curated record of inspirational quotes poems and art. Its design is an interactive format chronicling creativity into a keepsake of your life – honoring yourself and ultimately bringing respect to you and those around you. 

Based on ten Master values, this book is organized as prompts to encourage you to consider the precious moments and essence of each decade of life and how your hopes and dreams evolve into the person you want to be. Because the sundries of living often preempt our focus, the format jump starts procrastination, encouraging thinking through your personal writings and artful additions.  

Add to the poetry, include photographs, paintings, drawings and collages using the natural world as inspiration. The result is a gift for yourself, to yourself, and the world beyond.
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