staying in touch with yourself

happy Sunday night! well depending on when you are,

I am an avid journaler and I have one too many journals for different things. That may also be the reason why I have created and destroyed many blogs in my past. But I digress. I keep journals because I like putting my thoughts down when it is too much to carry in my head, also I like to reflect on what I have written in the past. I’ve read some things in my old journals where I don’t even recognize me.


Last week, I was discussing with someone concerning how much we as a people, as a social media generation, have become so obsessed with our “friends” or “followers” journeys to the point that we THINK we know them. Some of us know more about the people whom we follow on our social media than we know ourselves. We know how to keep in touch with others and their lives, but do not know how to keep in touch with our own lives.

picture is from google images
picture is from google images

I read Iyanla Vanzant’s autobiography earlier this year titled, Yesterday I cried. After Iyanla’s many struggles in life, she met someone whose purpose in her life was to counsel her and help her get in touch with herself. Her counselor gave her list a of questions to reflect on and answer every 3 months in order to stay in touch with herself. I did my list when I read the book in March and I honestly forgot to do it again, but here are the questions below:

  1. What is your favorite color?
  2. What is your favorite food?
  3. What is your favorite song?
  4. what is your most valued possession?
  5. What is your greatest strength?
  6. What is your greatest weakness?
  7. What is your greatest dear?
  8. What is your best skill?
  9. What is your greatest mistake?
  10. What is your greatest accomplishment?
  11. What is the experience that brings you the greatest amount of joy?
  12. What is the one task that you are least fond of doing?
  13. If you were to die today, what is the one thing everyone who knows you would say about you?
  14. What would you want them to say about you?
  15. Why wouldn’t or couldn’t they say what you would want them to say?

for every answer, ask yourself why?

If you stumble upon this post, I hope you get a notebook and answer some of these questions, maybe that will be the beginning of you keeping a journal and staying in touch with self..

Thank you for reading 🙂

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