The brilliant folks over at Mark and Angel Hack Life did it again, which kind of makes me (& my blog) a little envious. First they stimulated us with 50 Questions that Will Free Your Mind and now, they've topped that by creating 365 Thought Provoking Questions to Ask Yourself this Year and, of course, I want to answer every one of them. Are you up for the 365 Question Challenge? It's simple, just share your answers in the comment section and lets all get to know each other better…a lot better. Answer as many questions or as few as you like. Follow the Challenge on Twitter, Facebook or RSS to keep up to date.

Considering there are only 292 days left in the year we are already a little behind and going to have to move quickly. Answering about 8-9 questions per week should lead us to success at the end of 2011. Let's get started. 

  1. When was the last time you tried something new?
    Just a few days ago my husband and I made Cognac Whole Grain Mustard for the first time and last night I tried a yummy new wine, Francis Ford Coppolas Reserve Syrah.
  2. Who do you sometimes compare yourself to?
    When I compare myself to people, it is usually the ones that have acquired something that I desire. For example, I will watch Anthony Bourdains No Reservations and see what makes him so popular, so that I can gain knowledge for when I write my strangeEATS posts. Though, I usually do this in a "I want to learn from the masters" sort of way, not through jealousy…okay maybe a teensy weensy bit of jealousy.
  3. What’s the most sensible thing you’ve ever heard someone say?
     "Live in the present, forget about the past and don't worry about the future." I believe that one major key to happiness is living in the present, now if I could just completely master doing it!
  4. What gets you excited about life?
    I am excited every time I am planning to have a new experience. It doesn't matter if it is traveling to an exotic location, eating a weird food or attempting a new adventure. It is the time that I am the happiest.
  5. What life lesson did you learn the hard way?
    I actually had previously answered this one in a Friday5 post:
    Control only relates to you. You can only control yourself, no one else (damn). This has been a hard, tortuous, agonizing lesson to learn. Doesn't everyone know that if they did it my way that life would be perfect?
  6. What do you wish you spent more time doing five years ago?
    I wish I spent more time simplifying my life instead of just accumulating "stuff". Now, I will be spending the next five years getting rid of the crap that I thought would enhance it, but have only complicated it.
  7. Do you ask enough questions or do you settle for what you know?
    I learned a long time ago that when you are nervous about having conversations with people, just ask them a lot of questions about themselves, because ourselves is our favorite topic. So, I am typically pretty inquisitive. But, I also have an extremely curious nature that leads me to borderline annoy people with my interrogations.
  8. Who do you love and what are you doing about it?
    I love my family, friends and husband, but I am willing to admit that I do not do enough about it! I have definitely fallen into the "taking the people you love for granted" and need to work on expressing how I feel.