Thursday, July 8, 2010

50 Questions

Live What You Love: 50 Questions to Ask Yourself

Probing into myself isn’t easy. I’m so thick-headed. I can adequately probe someone else, but when it comes time to ask myself, “what do I want?” I always come up blank. So as an exercise for myself and you, I’ve created a list of questions to ask ourselves to help define that passion. They are not in any particular order, except for my own random stream of consciousness. I tried to avoid common cliche questions, as I’ve never found them helpful and you probably wouldn’t either.
  1. How do you really feel about what you are doing right now at this exact moment?  I honestly feel stressed, happy, successful, and creative.
  2. What is your fondest childhood memory? Who was there? What was going on? I'm at my Grandma's house watching Matlock eating cabbage after Summer Adventures.  I miss those days.
  3. How comfortable are you in your home? Very.  I've made my home what it is and it's a good reflection of both myself and Ben.
  4. How comfortable are you in your town/city? State? I really don't like this place at all.  The part we're in is disgusting and full of crime.  The illegal people here think that everything should be handed to them while they fill the town with crime.  I'm all for welcoming people over to our country, but not these types of people. 
  5. What kind of weather do you like? The weather today is perfect.  It's sunny and warm with a cool breeze that blows at just the right time.  (Although I must admit that I really enjoy a loud thunderstorm.)
  6. Do you believe you can have your cake and eat it, too? Why or why not? Why couldn't you?  If you've got something and have worked for it, you might as well enjoy it to the best you can.
  7. What is one quality about your parent(s) that you really loved? My mom worked her ass off my entire life.
  8. What is one quality about your parent(s) that you really do not like? My biological father is a loser.  He has no morals and lives a life of crime.
  9. Do you like what you are doing for money? I had better, it's what I went to school for!
  10. What do you feel is your greatest skill? I'm able to accomplish whatever I set my mind to.
  11. What do you feel is your greatest personality trait? I'm incredibly loving and empathetic....almost to a fault actually.
  12. Do you feel like anything in your life is holding you back from ultimate joy? List everything. The only thing holding me back from ultimate joy is myself.  As soon as I find self actualization and am able to articulate my feelings in a more effective way, I know I'll be happier.
  13. Write a paragraph or two about your ideal weekend/time away from work. Include location, sights, smells, food, activities, and people. My ideal weekend would include my mom, dad, husband, and all of our friends.  Anyone with a negative attitude or surly personality need not apply.  We would spend the weekend going to the zoo where we would get to interact with the animals and feed them.  Then we would head off to an amusement park for a day full of fun!  After all of that, a bonfire in a wooded area would be lit and stories, laughter, and games would be heard.
  14. How close are you in proximity to the people you absolutely adore the most? 11 hours away.
  15. What do you want out of life? To have love, give love, and be happy.
  16. How do you think people will remember you, when you die? Sarcastic, loving, and a wonderful friend/family member.
  17. How do you want people to remember you, when you die? The same.
  18. Write your epitaph - the sentence you would want to appear on your grave. An amazing person, an amazing life.
  19. What is one thing you could do today, this week, this month, or this year to get a step closer to creating the legacy in #17? I'm living it.
  20. How do you feel about your home furnishings? I love most of them, I'd like to get a new living room set, but I'm content with what we have.
  21. Do you have a hobby that you like to do but you don’t get paid for? What is it? I paint.
  22. Does money hold you back from anything? What does it hold you back from? Be very specific.Growing up without money has really left its mark in me in that I have a hard time spending any money on things that are not necessarily needed.  I have a deep fear that I will be poor again.
  23. What do you think of passionate people? I respect them.
  24. Do you know anyone who you feel is living their dream? Who? What do they do all day and night? Be very specific. I think everyone is on their way to living their own dreams.
  25. Do you think you can be completely satisfied living where you do right now? NO. 
  26. What do you want to accomplish? I want to have a successful career and start a family.
  27. Do you want to change your career? No.
  28. Do you wish you lived closer to a certain someone or group of people? I wish I was closer to MO.
  29. Do you wish you lived in a foreign country or a far away state? We are moving to Japan in October and I'm looking forward to that.
  30. What are three things that you do everyday that make you totally happy? My husband, my dogs, my family.
  31. What do you want to pass on to your children? The ability to see things in another person's viewpoint.
  32. What is something you have never tried but would like to? I'd like to skydive!
  33. Are there things in life you wish you could reverse or make right? I won't delve into specifics, but everyone has things such as this.
  34. Do you feel like you have enough money to live the way you want to?Yes.
  35. Are you happy when you think about the upcoming day and all that it comes with? Yes.
  36. What do you find challenging? Expressing my emotions without fear of a fight.
  37. What do you find thrilling? Life.
  38. What are three memories you haven’t yet created but you would like to? Birth of a child, buying a house, moving close to family.
  39. Do you feel energized when you work? Yes.
  40. Do you feel creative when you work? Depends on how many political hoops I have to jump through that day.
  41. Describe what you consider work, and what you consider play. What are the differences? Work is the part of my day that I spend doing things for the state/federal government.  Play is when I am interacting with the kids helping them learn.  I don't think I need to list the differences.
  42. Do you feel blessed or lucky to wake up each day? How can you get to that point? Yes of course!  Do what you love.
  43. If all of your debt was forgiven tomorrow, and you had a completely clean slate, what is the very FIRST thing you would change about your life? I wouldn't necessarily change something, but I would have a weight lifted from my shoulders!
  44. Where are three places you have always thought about living but never did? Hmmm, not really sure about this one.  I've always been interested in living in the areas surrounding Kansas City. 
  45. When do you want to retire? When I'm financially stable enough to do so.
  46. Is there an award or accolade you have always dreamed of winning or being recognized for? Not an award, specifically, but my work should be recognized.
  47. If you could learn how and money was not an issue, is there anything else you would do for work besides what you are doing now? Be specific. I'd love to be a skilled artist.
  48. List three things you would immediately change about your work day if you were the boss (assumes you are not the boss). I would get rid of a certain person I worked with who is NOT good at his/her job but sucks up when the boss is around.  Well, that's about it.  That's really the only thing I have to complain about my job.
  49. List three things you would immediately start doing on the weekends if you had the money. Traveling to the PRETTY places in this state.
  50. Imagine it is a big holiday and you are with your loved ones and you are living what you truly love. When they ask what you have been doing, what do you say in reply? Living and loving my life.

1 comment:

Tia said...

I wrote this big long comment and then lost my Internet connection. :) Oh well, it was probably too long.

You're amazing. I can't believe you answered all 50 questions. I haven't even been able to answer them all yet. But even just getting through a few is inspiring. It is so cool when we figure out how well we really know ourselves.

I love your blog. :)