From BayArt – I read this on the blog and decided to give it a go……
Here are just 26 questions that open the door to having a real conversation with yourself. I want to ask you to answer these questions honestly for yourself.
When you are ready to do this, copy these questions into a text document, quiet all outside distractions, take a few deep relaxing breaths, make a great cuppa tea, clear your mind of noise and clutter and dive in.
Know that there are no right or wrong answers. There is only you uncovering the process of building a closer relationship with the person within.
Questions to help you know yourself better:
What are my strengths? I did this one last. I don’t know if I can list my strengths. I don’t know if I’d just be blowing smoke up my ass. Um, I care. I am not afraid (anymore) to try something out of my comfort zone. If I trust you as a friend, that says a lot about you – is that a me strength or a you strength. I am loyal to a fault.
What are my short-term goals? Long-term goals? Short term goals are gym based and beating my time from last years Spartan Sprint at Fenway Park. Long term goals would be to work on my self esteem and believe in myself more.
Who matters most to me? Who are my support people?My family and friends are who matter to me most. My support circle, however is small.
What am I ashamed of?The fact that I don’t believe in myself and don’t see myself as worthy of the friendship and love given to me.
What do I like to do for fun? Read, write and go to the gym.
What new activities am I interested in or willing to try? What new activities…hmm, well I just checked off a 5K and would like to do one again without having to stop and walk. I wouldn’t mind trying yoga.
What am I worried about? I think a better question is “What am I NOT worried about?” I’m worried about not being a good parent and spouse. I struggle with being a good friend.
What are my values? What do I believe in? (consider politics, religion, social issues) I do not believe in any organized religion. I don’t believe one religion can be the “one” and the rest not. I believe everyone has the right to be married to who they love and adopt children or have children.
If I could have one wish, it would be To not be asked that question
Where do I feel safest?Home and with those that I trust.
What or who gives me comfort? My family and knowing I made a difference in someones life.
If I wasn’t afraid, I would ….Wow, that’s hard. If I wasn’t afraid I would finish the book I keep starting. I wouldn’t care at all what people think.
What is my proudest accomplishment? My children
What is my biggest failure? Lack of confidence in myself
Am I a night owl or an early bird? How can I arrange my life to better suit this part of my nature? I’m an early bird. If I truly wanted to, since I get up at 4am I could go to the gym in the morning instead of after work, or do more housework at that time.
What do I like about my job? What do I dislike? I love all parts of my job, but the one thing that bothers me is the politics of education.
What does my inner critic tell me? My inner critic tells me what a failure I am.
What do I do to show myself self-compassion and self-care?I’m getting better at this and making sure I take time to do something for myself. Better, but not better better.
Am I an introvert or an extrovert? Am I energized being around others or being by myself? I’m an ambivert. I lean more to the introvert side, but because of my job I have some extrovert tendencies. I could sit and watch people all day.
What am I passionate about?Geekdom
What is my happiest memory?There are many, but hearing my then 2 year old son do the “woo woo” part of “Sympathy for the Devil” is in there
What do my dreams tell me?That I have some unsettled issues
What is my favorite book? Movie? Too many to list Band? Number one would be E-Street Band Food?Mac and Cheese from Whole Foods Color? Indigo Animal? Dog
What am I grateful for? redemption and forgiveness
When I’m feeling down I like to write it all out. I’m getting better at that than overthinking
I know I’m stressed when I OVERTHINK