Wednesday, September 23, 2015

120 questions to get you thinking

1: Who did you last say "I love you" to?
2: Do you regret it?
3: Have you ever been depressed?
4: Do you like dinosaurs?
5: Are you insecure?
6: What is your relationship status?
7: How do you want to die?
8: What did you last eat?
9: Have you played any sports?
10: Do you have an attitude?
11: Do you like someone?
12: What is your real name?
13: Have you ever read a book?
14: Do you hate anyone at the moment?
15: Do you miss someone?
16: Twirl or cut your spaghetti?
17: Do you tan a lot? over the summer?
18: Have any pets?
19: How exactly are you feeling?
20: Ever eaten food in a car while someone or yourself is driving:
21: Good driver?
22: Are you scared of spiders?
23: Would you go back in time if you were given the chance?
24: Do you regret anything from your past?
25: What are your plans for this weekend?
26: Do you want to have kid?
27: Do you type fast?
28: Do you have piercings?
29: Want anymore?
30: Can you spell well?
31: Do you miss anyone from your past?
32: What are you craving right now?
33: Ever been to a bonfire party?
34: Ever had a silly band?
35: Have you ever been on a horse?
36: Have you ever broken someones heart?
37: Have you ever been cheated on?
38: Are you thinking of someone right now?
39: Would you live with someone without marrying them?
40: What should you be doing?
41: Whats irritating you right now?
42: Have you ever liked someone so much that it hurts?
43: Does somebody love you?
44: What is your favorite color?
45: Have you ever changed clothes in a car?
46: Milk chocolate or white chocolate?
47: Do you have trust issues?
48: Best friends name?
49: 2nd best friends name?
50: 3rd best friends name?
51: Who was the last person you cried in front of?
52: Do you give out second chances too easily?
53: Is it easier to forgive or forget?
54: What was your childhood nickname?
55: Favorite food?
56: Was your last relationship a mistake?
57: Do you believe in God?
58: Have a best friend?
59: Like to go on walks?
60: Do you believe everything happens for a reason??
61: Did you have dream last night?
62: Have you ever been out of state?
63: Do you play the Wii?
64: Are you listening to music right now?
65: Do you like Chinese food?
66: Who are you texting right now?
67: Are you afraid of the dark?
68: Is cheating ever okay?
69: Are you mean?
70: Can you keep white shoes clean?
71: What year has been your best?
72: Do you believe in true love?
73: Favorite weather?
74: Do you like the snow?
75: Does it snow a lot where you live?
76: Do you like the outside?
77: Do you wanna get married?
78: Is it cute when a boy/girl calls you baby?
79: Are you hungry?
80: What makes you happy?
81: Would you change your name?
82: Ever been to Alaska?
83: Ever been to Hawaii?
84: Do you watch the news?
85: What's your zodiac sign?
86: Do you like subway?
87: Do you talk like your friends?
88: Have you ever seen someone you knew and purposely avoided them?
89: Do you have a friend of the opposite gender who you can act your complete self around?
90: Do you bite your nails?
91: When was your last physical fight?
92: Are you gonna get high later?
93: Ever made out in the bathroom?
94: Would you take any of your exes back?
95: Did you ever kiss someone whose name starts with an E?
96: Kissed someone in a pickup truck?
97: Have you made a boyfriend/girlfriend cry?
98. Do you have a good relationship with your parents?
99: Do you believe your most recent ex thinks about you?
100: Who was the last person of the opposite gender you talked to?
101: Do you feel good?
102: Who was the last person you had a deep conversation with?
103: Can you count to one million?
104: Are your finger nails painted at the moment?
105: Favorite number?
106: If you could pick two people your own age or younger to be stuck on a stranded island with, who would it be?
107: Are you a hunter?
108: Tall or short?
109: Favorite subject in school?
110: What 5 people do you trust the most?
111: Who do you think has amazing hair?
112: Parents divorced?
113: What city do you live in?
114: Where were you born?
115: Recliner or couch?
116: What two people do you miss talking to?
117: Who will you be with this weekend?
118: City or country?
119: Water or soda?
120: Was this a waste of my time?

These 120 questions were posted at "and so she says", but that post doesn't exist anymore, so I repost it.

Also: 5000 question survey
If you answer one question every day, it takes you almost 14 years to answer all of them.
I think it's a bit of a waste of time, but... might get you thinking.
You could, for example, think of a better question, a question that DOES make you think about your life and life in general, and universe and everything.

30 questions quaranteed to make you think

Here's 15 big questions to answer
P.P.S. Guess what? I found them :-D
It turned out this was a shortened and a little changed version of the 200 questions. The missing questions are:

Are you a boy or girl?
Are you alone?
Are you currently bored?
Are you proud of the person you've become?
Did you ever been on TV?  
Did you ever bought porn?  
Did you ever broken a bone?  
Did you ever bully someone on the internet?
Did you ever cut yourself for no reason?  
Did you ever drink alcohol?
Did you ever fail a driver’s test?  
Did you ever find something valuable on the ground?  
Did you ever get your heart broken?  
Did you ever graduated from college?  
Did you ever have surgery in your life time?  
Did you ever have wisdom teeth taken out?  
Did you ever kiss someone a different race than yourself?  
Did you ever kiss someone before you were 14?  
Did you ever kiss someone whose name starts with an M?
Did you ever learn another language?  
Did you ever made fun of someone for being fat?
Did you ever played on a sports team?
Did you ever sexted someone?
Did you ever showered with someone else?
Did you ever snuck out of the house?  
Did you ever stalk someone on facebook/ MySpace?  
Did you ever talked to someone via webcam?  
Did you ever watch TV for 5 hours straight?
Did you ever watched “The Breakfast Club”?
Did you ever wear someone else’s clothes?  
Did you ever won a trophy in your life?  
Did you speak to your father today?
Did you think this looked like fun to do? 
Do you enjoy piercings and tattoos?
Do you go to church?
Do you have a bank account?
Do you have any siblings?
Do you have STD?  
Do you know your father's birthday?
Do you love MTV?
Do you miss your last relationship?  
Do you prefer to shower at night or in the morning?
Do you think you're a good person?
Do you want to please everyone?
Do you wear make-up?  
Does it matter if your boyfriend/girlfriend smokes?
Ever beat a video game?  
Ever been in a wedding?
Ever been late for school?
Ever been late for work?
Ever been on a boat?  
Ever been on a road trip longer than 5 hours?  
Ever been on an airplane?  
Ever been outside my home country?  
Ever been to a concert?  
Ever been to a Japanese steakhouse?  
Ever been to a professional sports game?  
Ever been to a wedding?
Ever been to prom?  
Ever bought condoms?
Ever broken something expensive?  
Ever caught the stove on fire?  
Ever dyed your hair?
Ever failed a class?
Ever got engaged?  
Ever got in a fist fight?  
Ever got in a verbal fight?  
Ever gotten pregnant?
Ever had a credit card?  
Ever had a three-some?  
Ever had a virus on your computer?  
Ever had an eating disorder?
Ever had braces?  
Ever killed an animal?  
Ever kissed a boy?
Ever kissed a girl?
Ever kissed in the rain?
Ever meet someone famous?  
Ever played a drinking game?  
Ever rode in a helicopter?  
Ever rode in a taxi?  
Ever rode in an ambulance?  
Ever stayed up for 24 hours or more?  
Ever used a little paper bag for lunch?
Favorite lyrics right now?
Has someone ever made you a promise and broken it?
Have you ever been in a car accident?  
Have you ever been on a diet?  
Have you ever been on the computer for 5 hours straight?
Have you ever been on vacation?  
Have you ever been out of the country?
Have you ever been overweight?
Have you ever been unhappy about my weight?  
Have you ever had a crush on someone of the same sex?  
Have you ever had a job?
Have you ever had sex in public?
Have you ever made a boyfriend/girlfriend cry?
Have you ever made out for more than a half hour straight?
Have you ever missed the bus?
Have you ever prank called someone?  
Have you ever run a mile in less than 10 minutes?  
Have you ever said you'd never love again?
Have you ever slipped on ice?
Have you ever smoked a cigar?
Have you ever smoked cigarettes?
Have you ever smoked weed?
Have you ever walked outside completely naked?
Have you heard a song that reminds you of someone today?
Have you left the house without money?
Have you noticed this survey stopped getting personal?
How many months until your birthday?
Is this year the best year of your life?
Longest relationship?
What are your top 3 favorite colors?  
What do you wear more: jeans, sweats, pants, or shorts?
What is bothering you?
What is the last thing you did before you went to bed last night?
What is your number 1 favorite animal? and why?  
What is your number 1 favorite sport?  
What’s your favorite singer/rapper?  
What's going on between you and your best friend?
Where do you go if you are butt naked and locked out of your house?
Why did you decide to do this quiz?
Would it be hard to kiss the last person you kissed?
Your best friend of the opposite gender likes you, what do you do?
You're a Sharpie marker, what color are you?

Monday, September 21, 2015

Journals to keep, diaries to write, books to create...

1) Morning Pages

2) Gratitude Journal

The purpose of the gratitude journal is to ACTIVELY COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS AND RECORDING YOUR FINDINGS TO SUPPORT YOU ON DAYS WHEN LIFE FEELS BLESSINGLESS. And the funny thing is, that as you do that, you become more grateful, positive, appreciative and satisfied with life, even when you don't do anything "fancy" and "complicated".

Steps of keeping a gratitude journal:

- get something to write on and something to write with. The ideal is to have a book you find beautiful and delightful to hold, and lovely to write on; and a pen that writes smoothly and leaves a readible print on the paper; a pen, that sits well in your hand, that is a joy to use.
But any piece of paper is good enough and any pen, pencil, what ever that leaves a mark on the paper.
The journal and the pen are not the point here. What you write down is.

- Record 3-5 things you are grateful for every day. Things that bring you joy. Things you enjoy. Things you love to have in your life. Things without which your life would feel poorer and less likable. You can call it a happiness journal, if that makes it feel better :-D
But do it every day. There is power in repeated actions and habits. Do it even on days when you don't feel much gratitude, when it's boring and stupid, when you don't have time to do it... just write it.

That's it.

- You don't need to use any format, write long, explain anything. You just need to jot down nice things about and in your life.

This list is good enough:
- my family- my bed
- my computer
- my home
- breakfast cup of tea

- it's OK to record "obvious" things. It's OK to record mechanically, without "really thinking about it". 

- it's OK to not feel grateful as you record these things. "Counting your blessings" work even when you don't actively try to "feel" things. Even when you feel nothing.

- it's OK to repeat the things. You don't have to find NEW things every day to report. It's not some sort of competition or a challenge.

- it's OK to write down more things than 3-5, but try to write something every day. As said, it's OK to repeat. So when you have "nothing" to be grateful for, just copy what you write on the previous page.

- you don't need to "change your attitude" or "try to be more positive". Crumble, whine and murmur just as you are used to do. Let the action have its natural consequences without trying to force it.

- It is OK to "borrow" things you are grateful for from other people. Sometimes we don't see what we have before we read someone else being grateful for that thing.

- it is OK to compare what you have with what others have. 
I for one am incredibly grateful for living in a democratic, Western country with solidarity and social conscience, that is living in peace. I am incredibly grateful for not needing to flee to save my life.
I am very, very grateful for having a roof over my head and walls around me and a door that I can lock behind me.
I am grateful for the food on the table and the good, clean water in the pipes; I am grateful for plumbing, I am grateful for the WC - I grew up without plumbing. There's thousands, millions of people who don't have plumbing and not even clean water!
I am grateful for being still mobile.
I am grateful for my loving and kind husband, whom I love and find pleasing to look at and lovely to discuss with, and with whom I have so much fun and intimacy. :-)

- it's OK to write about things. This is not a competition. No-one else but you are supposed to see this book. It is highly private and personal, and you shouldn't be thinking about "what others might think of you if they knew how petty/stupid/shallow you are". Accept who you are and what you like. The things you will write in this will be short and simple. The best things in life are. Just think how much there fits in a word like "mother", "daughter", "beloved"... Your pet. His name is enough to define him to you, but there are no words in the world to define him to others :-)

3) Art Journal

4) Line-a-day
A good way of keeping a diary or log of your days. Just write one line to describe the day.

5) Smash Book / Junk Journal / Glue Book

6) Travel album
Remember that life itself is a journey...

7) Scrapbook
In the beginning there were "scrapbooks" that were for collecting scraps - cuttings from newspapers and magazines and other ephemera. Then photography was invented and became every man's business and where there were first photo albums, people started decorating the photo albums and adding journaling, and then when the "scraps" and ephemera amount increased, people started calling them scrapbooks. Today we understand "scrapbook" as a sort of decorated photo album with journaling. Very few still remember that scrapbooks really were about books where you glued scraps from newspapers and magazines.

8) Personal planner

9) Idea Book