Monday, January 5, 2015

Self-Awareness

I've been pretty wrapped up in myself for a few years - and rightly so, and I won't apologize for it. But I'm as tired of my being self-centered as my husband is! This year I'm healthy enough to reach out - in healthy ways - which is what I'm continuing to learn. Maintaining a healthy me includes surrounding myself with healthy people, or having enough healthy energy that I can give without emptying myself. In order to give, I have to be aware of what I have.
Here's a good evaluation (without points to tally); how well do you know yourself?

SELF AWARENESS EXERCISE 

1.       Five adjectives that describe me are ...
2.       Other people would describe me as ...
3.       Friends who have known me for years say ...
4.       The issues and causes that get me stirred up are ...
5.       As I've grown older, I've changed in that ...
6.       If I could have a perfect week, if would be ...
7.       The way I prefer to dress is ...
8.       The way I look has changed over the years in that ...
9.       My voice  ...
10.   In a group I usually ...
11.   Things I find funny are ...
12.   If I could have anything in the world, it would be ...
13.   If I could give any one thing in the world, to any person in the world, I would give                              to because  ...
14.    Spiritually, I think of myself as ...
15.   The most important values I base my life on are ...
16.   If I could give one thing to the world it would be ...
17.   If I could leave one lesson for my children it would be  ...
18.   My very favorite things to do ...
19.   My very favorite place ...
20.   My very favorite hobbies ...
21.   My very favorite sports ...
22.    My very favorite foods ...
23.   My very favorite movies ...
24.   My very favorite books ...
25.   My very favorite TV shows ...
26.   My very favorite actors/celebrities ...
27.   My very favorite songs ...
28.   My very favorite people ...
29.   My very favorite colors ...
30.   My very favorite time of day ...
31.    My very favorite day of the week  ...
32.    My very favorite season of the year ...
33.   My very favorite year ...
34.    Growing up in my hometown of                    was ...
35.   The house where I grew up was ...
36.   Our neighborhood was ...
37.   When I was growing up, girls and women were  ...
38.   When I was growing up, boys and men were ...
39.   As a child, some traditions, which were always in place, were ...
40.   On weekends, we usually ...
41.   My earliest ambitions were ...
42.   Some childhood heroes were ...
43.   A secret place I had as a child was ...
44.   When I was little I always dreamed that one day ...
45.   My parents usually disciplined me be ...
46.   I got in lots of trouble as a kid when ...
47.   My memories of my early school years are ...
48.   My favorite subjects in school were ...
49.   A favorite teacher was ...
50.   When I was little, something that really scared me was ...
51.   My favorite things to do as a kid were ...
52.   When I was a teenager, I used to ...
53.   The fashions of the day when I was young were ...
54.   When I was in college, I …
55.   Some of my romantic interests have been ...
56.   Smells that remind me of my earlier years are ...
57.   Places I associate with my growing up include ...
58.   The special pets I remember are ...
59.   My best friends from elementary school were ...
60.   A childhood vacation I remember is ...
61.   A major embarrassing moment from childhood is ...
62.   A hard lesson I learned as a kid was ...
63.   A regret I have about my early years is ...
64.   When I was young, my family never knew I ...
65.  The people who helped me most when I was a young adult were  ...
66.   When I was little, older people always said that I would  ...
67.   When I was growing up, I always excelled at ...
68.   One of my fondest memories of childhood is ...
69.   My mother ...
70.   My father ...
71.   My siblings ...
72.   My grandparents ...
73.   My Mother's family was ...
74.   My father's family was ...
75.   A favorite birthday celebration of mine was ...
76.   When I was little, we celebrated major holidays by ...
77.   My ancestry and ethnic heritage ...
78.   Our family's religious traditions were ...
79.   A favorite relative was ...
80.   A question I have about my family is ...
81.   The major values my parents tried to instill in me were  ...
82.   When my spouse and I me t...
83.   I decided to get married because ...
84.   Our wedding was ...
85.  After my spouse and I had been married many years I ...
86.   Some of the major tests of our marriage have been ...
87.   When I had my first (and second, third, etc.) child, I ...
88.   When I was a young parent, I ...
89.   On holidays and birthdays we used to ...
90.  When the kids were little, I was really scared when ...
91.   Some funny of special stories about my children are ...
92.   Something about parenthood, which has surprised me, is ...
93.  Being a parent during the 90's (60's, 70's, 80's, etc.) was ...
94.  When my kids were teenagers I thought ...
95.  When I become a grandparent I ...
96.  The way I feel today about my marriage is ...
97.  The major values I've tried to instill in my children are ...
98.  Of all places I have ever visited, I have the most vivid memories of  ...
99.  I still want to travel to ...
100.Some of my strongest memories regarding "current events" are ...
101. During the 1960's ...
102.During the 1970's...
103.During the 1980's...
104.During the 1990's...
105.My most memorable U.S. Presidents have been ...
106.Some political "causes" which have been important to me are ...
107.Community and volunteer work I've done is ...
108.Some famous people I've met ...
109.Some "famous moments" I've had myself are ...
110.To me, "art" means . . .
111.The "natural disasters" I remember are …
112.The world changes I've seen are ...
113.My wishes for the world are ...
114.My first car ...
115.My first job ...
116.My first day of school ...
117.My first "big" success  ...
118.My first "big" failure ...
119.My first best friend ...
120.My first passionate kiss ...
121.My first airplane trip ...
122.My first "major" illness/medical problem ...
123.My first time away from home and family ...
124.My very earliest first memory is …

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