Friday, January 18, 2013

What About You?

I doubt there's nothing that shakes your identity more than losing that person who's life you've revolved around. When our husband dies, many women feel like they're cut in half. Life is one big open wound, but slowly we begin to heal and rebuild. It's a good exercise to ask those age old questions: Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going?

Less philosophical, and more fun, is this following little questionnaire with some revealing questions. I found it in a travel magazine, filled out by a world-class traveller. And then there's my own dork-class answers in red. Please enjoy this good humored look at myself, but---more importantly---what are your answers??? This little survey can help you get back in touch with yourself.

My signature style is: sophisticated adventurer. white-knuckled bumbler
The last thing I bought and loved was: a satellite phone. Benne wafers
I'm never without: my Louis Vitton briefcase. A kleenex
A favorite recent discovery was: the best pizza in Nice, at the African Queen. Pulled pork sandwich in Florence at The CookOut restaurant. (That's Florence, SC, not Italy!)
On my bedside table you'd find: a flashlight. a Bible
In my fridge I always have: Diet Coke. About a zillion bottles of old salad dressing.
An object I would never part with is: my iPod.  a toothbrush.
The number of currencies I carry at a time is: four--euros, dollars, pounds and plastic. two--loose change and plastic
An unforgettable place I've traveled to recently: Zambia. Springmaid Pier in Myrtle Beach to meet a new widow friend, Helen Silver!
The best souvenir I brought home was: an elephant-hair bracelet from Kenya. some shells shaped like butterfly wings because they reminded Helen and me of our Lifeboat friend Linda Lint.
A place I've felt unsafe was: its circumstances, not places, that make me feel unsafe. I don't feel safe in my car when someone else is driving-- I have a mild case of amaxophobia. I ride the invisible brakes! Put me in the backseat if you're the driver.
An indulgence I would never forego is: great restaurants when I travel. I love a warm bubble bath before bed in wintertime.
I'd never travel without: my kikoi, a lightweight cotton wrap from Kenya that can be a pillow, a blanket or a cover-up. Twizzlers
The last book I read and loved was: Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond. The Other Side of the Sun by Madeline L'Engle
My favorite thing to collect is: travel experiences. Moments. 

I don't think I should be waiting for the phone to ring for that interview as a world-class traveller, do you? Have a good Friday, and spend some time remembering and recalling the things that make you your own brand of wonderful YOU! Getting in touch with who you are is a building block for this next chapter of life.

6 comments:

  1. Thanks Ferree! I'm looking forward to hearing from others too! <3

    Here is mine..

    My signature style is: Wearing my heart on my sleeve

    The last thing I bought and loved was: A personalized memory heart necklace of my husband

    I'm never without: My heart necklace of my husband

    A favorite recent discovery was: My Faith is growing

    On my bedside table you'd find: Four books that I have started to read (can you tell I have ADHD?)

    In my fridge I always have: Nothing that I am looking for at that moment..I think I stare at my fridge more than my TV.

    An object I would never part with is: My key necklace..it's the last Christmas present my husband gave me.


    The number of currencies I carry at a time is: OH MY! If you saw my purse you would understand...it could take an hour to find out!


    An unforgettable place I've traveled to recently: Visiting a new Church on Christmas Eve.

    The best souvenir I brought home was: A video of my husband singing Amazing Grace at one of those Video places at Disney. <3


    A place I've felt unsafe was: I don't feel safe in crowds and I don't feel safe around angry people.


    An indulgence I would never forego is: Helping others


    I'd never travel without: My heart necklace and Ferree's Twizzlers.. :)


    The last book I read and loved was: Living with Purpose in a Worn-Out Body: Spiritual Encouragement for Older Adults


    My favorite thing to collect is: Memories - they can't be taken from you.


    <3

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  2. Here is mine..

    My signature style is: Yoga pants and cardigans pretty much every day -- my babysitting uniform

    The last thing I bought and loved was: Architectural plans for my new in-law suite

    I'm never without: My phone and a headful of sewing ideas

    A favorite recent discovery was: New widow friends at my church, and that some old friends haven't given up on me

    On my bedside table you'd find: My new Bible study, "Discerning the Voice of God" by Priscilla Shirer

    In my fridge I always have: Cottage cheese & fruit -- it's what's for dinner.

    An object I would never part with is: My husband's wedding band & my cross together on a chain


    The number of currencies I carry at a time is: Plastic, singles for DollarTree


    An unforgettable place I've traveled to recently: My grandkids' home in Denver CO

    The best souvenir I brought home was: A photo of "Nana" with Lacy & Jack


    A place I've felt unsafe was: My 2012 tax folder


    An indulgence I would never forego is: Flannel sheets

    I'd never travel without: Cashews and hairspray


    The last book I read and loved was: Good Grief by Lolly Winston


    My favorite thing to collect is: Scarves -- can't have too many!

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  3. Y'all are giving me a grin! These are fun to read!

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  4. My signature style is: I have a style?

    The last thing I bought and loved was: Our new kitty.

    I'm never without: Blistex

    A favorite recent discovery was: I really do love the old hymns.

    On my bedside table you'd find: Blistex

    In my fridge I always have: Some food I don’t recognize anymore – time for a cleaning! Eeew

    Object I would never part with is: Besides our wedding rings, George’s running shoes that he neatly placed next to him before he went Home.

    The number of currencies I carry at a time is: Never counted – I just stuff whatever I can in my purse.

    An unforgettable place I've traveled to recently: Nothing exotic or far away – a trip to Christmastown USA in a stretch limo with my children and dad.

    The best souvenir I brought home was: Happy faces after our “trip.”

    A place I've felt unsafe was: In my own skin, especially after my husband died.

    An indulgence I would never forego is: Breakfast once a week with my dear friend and fellow widow – TA. She allows me to be me!

    I'd never travel without: Blistex (are you seeing a pattern?)

    The last book I read and loved was: Besides the Bible, hmmm, not much time to read right now.

    My favorite thing to collect is: My children would say -- Pental Planetz Mechanical Pencils (no longer available in stores, but I have stocked up -- a little obsessed!); Blistex (ha, ha somewhat kidding), time with family and dear friends.

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  5. My signature style is: easily excited
    The last thing I bought and loved was: treated myself to an expensive purse
    I'm never without: reading glasses
    A favorite recent discovery was: a $4 cup of café latte in downtown with designs in the milk. yummy
    On my bedside table you'd find: a picture of my husband & me, my devotional
    In my fridge I always have: water
    An object I would never part with is: eyeliner
    The number of currencies I carry at a time is: some singles & my debit card
    An unforgettable place I've traveled to recently: downtown St Charles, IL for its adorable little shops
    The best souvenir I brought home was: a Mr & Mrs Potato Head in wedding clothes at Dave & Busters
    A place I've felt unsafe was: travelling alone at night to an unfamiliar destination
    An indulgence I would never forego is: unsalted nuts
    I'd never travel without: gym shoes
    The last book I read and loved was: The Sisterhood of Widows
    My favorite thing to collect is: magnets of places I’ve travelled for my frig
    This was fun...Lucy

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  6. Dodi / SC

    My signature style is:
    try to offer a smile, even when I don't feel like it.
    The last thing I bought and loved was:
    a pair of comfortable fitting jeans and a hoodie.
    I'm never without:
    bottled water or my prescription glasses & sunglasses.
    A Favorite recent discovery was:
    (a library find) Hinds feet on High Places by Helen Hurnard.
    In my Fridge I always Have:
    Fresh Garden Salad & cucumbers
    An object I would never part with:
    Tom's sweet greeting cards & poems.
    Number of currencies I carry @ a time:
    sixty $ or less.
    Unforgettable Place I've recently traveled to:
    A close by lake filled with Canadian Geese, Ducks and Seagulls
    The Best Souvenir I brought home:
    Was a savored memory of those Geese and wildlife gracefully, effortlessly enjoying the place where God has placed them.
    A Place I felt Unsafe Was:
    Making car decisions / and crowded places and heavy traffic.
    Last Book I Read and Loved Was:
    Hinds Feet upon High Places by
    (Helen Hurdard)
    My Favorite Thing To Collect:
    Hats for my Daughter and
    New Recipies
    An Indulgence I would Never Forgo is:
    Hot Showers and Calgon Body Lotion.

    Thanks!
    Ferree
    I really enjoyed this. ~



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