Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Getting To Know Myself Better...

You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.
What you'll discover will be wonderful.
What you'll discover is yourself.

- Alan Alda

A pendant with a word that comes up in my life often...

Life seems to be a never ending lesson in learning about ourselves, if not in learning about Life and what it all means, and it seems I have been learning quite a lot about myself in the past month or two...

I have shared my experience with the abundance workshop hosted by two wonderful life coaches and it opened my eyes to an underlying issue of feeling unworthy that I was truly unaware of.

At the time this workshop was ending, I came across this video that posed a series of questions to help you figure out what your purpose is, and I have linked to this video quite a lot in the past few weeks! I can say that I learned a little more about myself or rather, I flushed out information about myself that had been simmering under the surface. Let me share what I learned from doing this thought provoking video and some of the inspiring outcomes from it...

A page from my workbook with questions and answers written down

There were a total of 9 questions asked in this video and three answers were required for each question. This meant that a total of 27 values would be accrued at the end of the exercise...

Then I would have to go through the 27 answers to find patterns, which would help me to see where my passions and purpose actually lie...at this time in my life anyway! After completing the exercise, I realized that it might be a good idea to complete the exercise every 2 or 3 years to see how, or if, some of my values have changed over time. After all, I can honestly say that in my 20's, a lot of my focus was on Fashion since I did study it along with learning Pattern Drafting, but over the years, my focus has shifted more toward STYLE than fashion, but that's another post for another day =-)

As I worked my way through the questions, I began to see patterns reveal themselves...here are just a few of the questions that I worked through...

"How do I fill my space?"
The things I most fill my home with are BOOKS, ART SUPPLIES and VINTAGE GOODS - vintage goods could be clothing for myself, items for my home or supplies to be used in my artwork...

"Where do you spend your money?" 
I spend most of my spare money on BOOKS, ART SUPPLIES and VINTAGE GOODS... 

"What areas of your life are most organized?"
My BOOKS are organized, my DVDS (which you might consider books on film!) are organized and my ART SUPPLIES are organized...

Hmmmmm, do you see a pattern here??!?

And one of the last questions I answered:

"Who or what inspires you the most?"
I divided the answers into the categories of WHO inspires me:
Then, I looked at WHAT inspires me:

I don't know about you, but BOOKS are making their presence known in this exercise!!

I looked at my answers, or values, as they turned out to be at this stage of the exercise and I made a list of the three main values and made sub-categories:

The top three things I value most at this time in my life are the following:


The sub-categories of my main list are really details of how they relate to the main values:

BOOKS - I love reading them, I love making them, I love altering them and I've thought about one day writing one

ART - I love mixed media and collage art, I love my supplies and I love buying new supplies as it sparks my creativity; I love traditional art books that tell you about artists and art history, I love working on art projects and I love participating in art workshops, which leads into the last category...

FRIENDS - I love being with my friends, I love creating with my friends and I love my community of friends, and community is important to me

I have to say that I felt the need to add a 'bonus' category of VINTAGE GOODS since this came up almost as often as "friends" did in my answers and this is because I love the ENVIRONMENT of vintage, well worn, well used things - they have a history and a STORY to them...and my ENVIRONMENT, what I surround myself with, is also important to me in my life...
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Seeing these values written down, and the details on how they relate, now helps me to focus on the things and activities that matter to me most, which I hope will bring more joy in my life. I also hope it will help me to see opportunities that will bring the most fulfillment, and maybe even help me figure out a way to live a part of my personal mission:

 "to share and ENCOURAGE creativity with others in a heartfelt and meaningful way..."

After completing the original exercise, I thought I would take a closer look into the category of BOOKS as one of my values, so I made myself a special list and began to write out just what it is I love about books so much...and I'll share that in my next post so stay tuned to find out what else I'm learning about myself!

* - Okay, so I added an extra answer to what should have been three in that question, but my inspirations are all relating!


Kat @ I Saw You Dancing said...

Fascinating stuff, Monica! Thanks so much for sharing. I'm going to check that video out now.

Kathryn Hansen said...

i can certainly relate to loving books!! i am addicted to Amazon books...i mean, where else can you get a book for just a penny!!!