I love the idea of keeping a journal but I always get too long winded and any important realizations get lost in my steam of consciousness style prose (rants, raves, rambles). Instead my new and hopefully more achievable goal is to have a little self-reflection pow-wow once in a while. The first time came unexpectedly, when I took the MBTI test at work. I had always eschewed personality tests and magazine quizzes but I had to admit that the results were spot-on. My latest find is the Proust Questionnaire. Popularized by novelist Marcel Proust in the late 19th century, it was first a parlor game and now survives in Vanity Fair magazine and in many an ice-breaker activity, I'm sure. One of my fondest kindergaren memories was our monthly ritual of drawing "an animal, a tree, a house, and me." Over time these drawings changed and ever since, I have loved the idea of tracking one's personal evolution through more creative mediums. I see the Proust questionnaire as such an outlet and thus can't wait to look back on this in 10 years! Oh, and I'd be hard pressed not to mention this blogger and this artist who inspired me to post mine as well. Finally, I'd love this postcard journal to be my next soul-searching project. Any other cool ideas out there?
Your chief characteristic?
The qualities you most like in a man?
capable, kind, relaxed
The qualities you most like in a woman?
What do you most value in your friends?
loyalty, sarcasm, humor
Your biggest flaw?
over thinking everything
What is your favorite occupation/activity?
What is your idea of happiness?
enjoying a home cooked meal with friends and family
What is your idea of misery?
Caribbean cruise, reality TV
What is your greatest fear?
If not yourself, what would you like to be?
Where would you like to live?
surrounded by trees and plants
What is your favorite color?
purple, coral, turquoise
What is your favorite flower?
Your favorite bird?
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Edith Wharton, Kurt Vonnegut
Who are your favorite poets?
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Your favorite food?
spaghetti alla Carbonara
grass-fed dry-aged burger
Your favorite drink?
geuze, saison, cognac
What is your most treasured possession?
jewelry from both grandmothers
Who are your favorite painters?
Alphonse Mucha, Ferdinand Hodler, Gustav Klimt
Your favorite composers?
Jeff Tweedy, Paul Simon
Who are your heroes in real life?
Ma & Pa
Your favorite heroine in history?
Margaret Sanger and other persistent folks
Your favorite names?
Georgina, Athena, Artemis
What characters in history do you most dislike?
What natural gift would you like to have?
How would you like to die?
If you were to come back as a person or thing,what would it be?
What is your greatest extravagance?
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
For what fault do you have the most toleration?
What is your present state of mind?
What is your motto?
“so it goes” – Kurt Vonnegut