Do You Know Who You Are?
I needed this: Lori Gosselin of Life, for Instance has written a thought provoking post Do You Know Who You Are?
And she kindly invites us to write a post about this question as an exercise to community building. I recommend you head over to her porch afterwards.
Who am I?
Outwardly I see the shell: a woman, an ex-wife and a mother of a beautiful daughter. I am Swiss born and I live in Basel, Switzerland.
I cherish sunny days and feel energized by them, I live in the wrong country.
I have lived in towns all my life but secretly I yearn for a rural place, fulfilling my needs to be close to nature.
My professional background is marketing, I have worked in sales and purchasing and for some years I have had my own company in EDP project management.
I love cooking and making up my own recipes, I love wine and wine tastings, I love travelling, especially to Italy and Asia. When I travel I prefer to absorb my new surroundings by sitting in a roadside café and watching the world go by. I take pictures wherever I go.
I grow my own herbs and some vegetables, on summer mornings I will grab a cup of coffee and say hallo to my green children welcoming the new day.
My best sense is my olfactory one: I am composing my own fragrances from essential oils and use them in organic soy wax candles, soaps and diffusers.
I have a talent for languages, organising events and getting people together.
I have a penchant for luxury items: clothes, shoes, cars, housing, restaurants and hotels.
I am getting older but I refuse to let my inner child go.
Inside I see lots of contradictions: I think a lot about life, my life, I am an introspective person with a very exalted extroverted behaviour.
I have difficulties saying NO and tend to neglect myself in order to satisfy other people’s needs. I am learning though and I refuse to be treated like a dustbin for everybody’s woes.
I am not very good with confrontations or conflicts, my astrological sign is Cancer if you give anything by this. On the other hand I am a Leo by my ascendant, wonder when it will finally kick in.
I deeply care for my family, friends and my dog, I love to spend time with them but I also cherish solitude.
I have hundreds of ideas and dreams, some of them are very unrealistic but I want to publish a book before I turn 100.
I have come away bruised and scarred from past relationships and I shy from establishing a new one. It has also turned me into a empathetic person, for this I am grateful.
I tend to get upset and preoccupied with family issues, ignoring my inner voice that tells me to look after myself more and stop sacrificing.
I try to live in the present, learn from the past and not to worry too much about the future.
PS. I needed this because I am in the middle of family turmoils and this exercise has helped me to gain insight and will hopefully show me the right direction. Thanks, Lori.