Saturday, February 22, 2014

Who are YOU?

This past week I read a blog post written by Danielle Leigh on her blog 

She asked the following questions.  I was so intrigued at the emotions these questions arouse in me that I wanted to share with everyone her post and my answers. 
These few simple questions - made me really think about ME ~ count my blessing and realize that I do have dreams and I am still reaching for them. I live by the the idea that I can not spend one day without a dream. Everyone must have dreams!

What’s the one thing I've always wanted to do? 
I have always wanted to just travel across the USA. Not travel on expressways - but travel small town USA.  Take a whole year to reach from the East Coast to the West Coast. Zig zagging my way through every one of the lower 48 states. When I finish my year jump on a plane and land in Alaska to explore for a month. Then hop on a plane for my trip to Hawaii for a month then home.

If I could spend today doing whatever I desire, if I had no obligations today, what would I do? 
Fly somewhere for lunch and then come back home!  I think that would be a blast!

Where do I really want to live?  What city and what type of residence?
I would really like to live in the French Quarters of New Orleans in a remodeled townhouse in the middle of all the action. One of the homes with the huge doors at the street making it look like a boarded up area. But when you open the doors you find a fantastic patio area with a totally remodeled home. Plus,I want a outside 2nd or 3rd floor balcony so I can watch all that is happening in the French Quarters from my balcony. I for sure want to take my children and grandchildren with me to New Orleans and of course hubby and Kingers!

Where would I like to visit? 
If I could take one trip and only one trip for the rest of my life .... I would like to travel to Yellowstone to Glacier National Park to Oregon coast to the Redwoods of California then head down to San Francisco. In a RV with my hubby, grandchildren and Kingers.

What do I talk about doing but never do it? 
I am always talking about renting a RV and traveling the USA!

What are the reasons I don't go after my dreams?
I do try to go after my traveling dreams but there is only so much money for traveling. If I ever win the lottery I will be a full time traveler. Each year I go somewhere fun to visit. I have been to 47 of the 50 states - Oregon - California and Hawaii are still on my Bucket List. Also, my hubby likes to travel but not like me. So I have started traveling with my children and grandchildren - which they have time limits due to their responsibilities.

What are the things in my life that I would like to get rid of?
Let me see
  • I for sure want to get rid of having to weed-whack the whole yard. My plan this year is to re-design the landscaping to remove all weed-whacking.
  • Walls that need painting - I plan to start painting the minute I can open windows and not stop until every room is painted

Which people in my life inspire me and why?
My children & my grandchildren inspire me to explore and stay young.  I love spending time with them - exploring life with them. We have a blast together.

If I were to make one radical change in my life right now to make life better, what would it be?
Sell our home and start over in a condo or apartment with no maintenance.  We currently have over a acre of land on a lake. We have lived in our home for 36 years- great memories but lots of work. Since our home was built in 1946 - we are always doing some type of repairs.  Selling and moving on I think would be the best for us...but it is so hard to let go.

How do I feel when I put all my effort into accomplishing one of my goals?
Driven is the word that comes to my mind. When the goal is accomplished I feel Joy and Pride.

How do I feel whenever I achieve a life goal? 
Fantastic but also anxious to start the next project. I am  the type that is thinking about what is next  before I finish the task I am working on. What should I do next?  Drives some of my family nuts.

What’s missing from my life?
Gosh this is a hard one for me.  I live life each day - changing to meet my present needs.  I guess the most important thing I am missing is my love ones that have passed. I miss my Grandfather and Grandmother - My Dad. These were very important people in my life.
Plus, I wish I lived near my Mom and brother.  When I was 18 my parents moved about 400 miles away for a promotion. I stayed behind. Living apart from my family has alway been so difficult for me.  Raising children and jobs always keep us from moving near them.  I wish we had taken the plunge 40 years ago and moved. Now I would never leave my children and grandchildren - they are my life.

Who are your biggest supporters?
My family - hubby - children - grandchildren - brother and Mom. When I retired and started my glass business they were all totally supportive! I can think of so many times when others thought I was nuts - my family told me to go for it! They have always been there for me.

Who gets in the way of me achieving my goals?
Me ... I am my worst enemy - I know that and I try not to be - but sometimes I slip!

What would your answers to these questions be?  Give it a try - think about each question and see if you find yourself in your answers!  

57 comments:

  1. These are great questions! I am on board with the road trip across the United States. That would be a blast! Still working on visiting all 50 of the United States!

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  2. Love these questions - and your answers. My husband keeps talking about renting an RV and visiting all 50 states, too. Maybe we'll meet you on the road one day!

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  3. This is an awesome post. My husband and I want to drive across country in slow mo when we retire and see all the cool little things that few people know about!

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  4. I love this, I feel like I always get to know a person so much better by reading these prompts! If I could do anything today, without any responsibilities, I would go spend the day laying on the beach.

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  5. I love how I can see so much of your family scattered in this post! Your passion for travelling is pretty awesome and I hope you make it to all the US states soon!

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  6. I really love your traveling ideas. That all sounds pretty darn perfect to me. I'd love to do the same thing. I've been to the lower 48 but I want to do it all again!

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  7. This sounds just like me. I can not wait for the kids to be grown and on the own (okay I really can), but I've been holding onto a travel bug for quite some time.

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  8. I am the same way it it comes to accomplishing goals. I am my biggest supporter yet at the same time I feel like I underestimate myself in some situations!

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  9. I'd love to travel that much, too! Darn travel for not being free!

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  10. You sound like me when it comes to Travel! I love it so much! I've been traveling a lot the past two years and It's been fantastic!

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  11. I think traveling small town USA would be so fun! And living in the French Quarter is my dream too. I have always wanted one of those huge old houses there!

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  12. This was an interesting post. I like posts like these that teach me about other people and their place in the universe.

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  13. The trip across the USA sounds amazing. It is also something that I'd really love to do at some point!

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  14. I feel like i know you so much more now. I love these kind of posts. Travel is one of the reasons I love the Army life so much.

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  15. Great questions. They really make you think about oneself and the day to day life we live.

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  16. My son wants to travel around the world. That sounds amazing to do!

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  17. I also share the dream of owning an RV and traveling across the US! What a fun interview.

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  18. Awesome questions! I feel like you can learn a lot about someone from just asking the right questions. I would really love to travel to every state too.

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  19. I love these kinds of posts. I definitely want to visit more states one day - and for sure, London. That's my dream trip. :)

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  20. My husband and I have always talked about traveling the US in an RV too. We are working hard to make things line up so that we can do it before we are too old!

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  21. Thanks for sharing! I love learning more about people!

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  22. What great questions to think about for myself. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing a little bit more about yourself with us.

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  23. I love learning more about bloggers. I am the same way, I'm always in the way of ME achieving my goals!

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  24. This is a great list! Everyone should reflect on these things from time to time. I am my biggest obstacle as well. Trying to work on that! -April

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  25. We have a list of states too that we are working on - seems like it's taking forever though

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  26. I really want to live in Maui, where I can enjoy the beach every day!

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  27. I'd love to travel the US. That sounds great.

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  28. Children really do make us stay young don't they? I have a blast enjoying the same things w/my 6-yr old that I did w/my 25 year old, and my mindset for enjoying those things is just the same. Fun never gets old. :)

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  29. That is a great post. I've been contemplating doing a post kinda like this. It's always nice to get to see a more personal side of the writer behind the words we read, and it is sometimes hard to get a feel for the writer. You managed to let us into your world and get to know you better.

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  30. Great questions With Great Answers I'm With You On The Roadtrip!!! LOL!

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  31. I love this: "I live life each day - changing to meet my present needs." Such a great way to live!

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  32. I love your honesty, hopes, and dreams in this post! I think it is awesome that you took the time to write them out and share your thoughts!

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  33. I love posts like this! I have a list of US states I hope to get to visit some day. I to try to treat each day as a gift and live it to its fullest!

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  34. Fly somewhere for lunch?? I would fly to a theme park and spend the day riding coasters!!

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  35. Great post! I would love to travel around the world.

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  36. I think it's a wonderful opportunity to do any kind of travel. Traveling within the US can be very exciting as there is so much variety from state to state.

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  37. Great questions that make you ponder on how you would answer them yourself.

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  38. Great questions! I love reading more about my favorite bloggers!

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  39. Those are great questions! I'm taking a road trip across the US this April, but we won't have the time to really stop and explore small town USA :( I hope that you are able to take your big RV trip soon!

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  40. Those are many great questions to ponder. I think the one that sticks out to me is "What’s missing from my life?". I find that it is tough to stay in touch with friends when we are so busy all the time and have 3 kids. I wish I could get together with friends every other week and have a good chat.

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  41. I love these questions. And I would travel too!

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  42. These are great questions! My husband and I have said we wanted to get a RV and drive across country too! Maybe when the kids are grown and out the house! LOL!

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  43. Thanks for sharing! I always love reading about the person behind the blog, and these are really great questions.

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  44. Thank you for this post Debbie~* You dove in to the questions so eloquently! Love it :)

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  45. I want to travel the US too! I think it would be an awesome experience for my kids!

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  46. Beautiful Post. Great questions. Dreams will keep us young.

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  47. What great questions an great answers too! Hmmm….now you have me thinking about what my answers would be.

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  48. Thankfully Hubby and I were able to travel a lot before we had children, so we are happy here, though I would love to take my kids to some fun destinations...

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  49. These are great questions! I also want to travel across the USA - small town USA!

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  50. These are some great questions. I really need to do this too.

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  51. I am also sick of both weed wacking and painting. :( I feel your pain.

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  52. Loved this interview! I can get in my own way of my goals because I can be so lazy sometimes!

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  53. Being from Louisiana, I have to agree with you. Those French Quarter homes are amazing! I would love to live there as well. Christy H.

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  54. I constantly think about what I would do if I only had unlimited time. The list is very long! lol

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  55. I know for sure that I would LOVE to live in Louisiana again. If I couldn't move there I would want to live in London, it's so great for makeup and fashion :)

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  56. I love how transparent you were in this post. I would love to live in Ireland myself!!

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  57. These are great questions! I love these posts because you get to know someone so well!

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