There are a few journaling prompts and/or exercises I like to do every now and then, and compare the results. It helps keep me grounded, and let's me see where my styles, thoughts and beliefs may have changed or grown.
One of these exercises, from Danille LaPorte, is called Magnetic Attraction Analysis 101. In her post (click here to read it), she says, "One of the most powerful questions you can ask yourself is: What am I drawn to?"
I first did this exercise in 2009. I asked myself what am I drawn to, and then used images from magazines and catalogs to visually show what I am attracted to, and then followed it up by writing lists of what speaks to me and why. I recently came across the spread I had made (above) and decided it was time to do it again.
I used a smaller (moleskine vs. a hand-stitched journal in 2009) journal for my 2012 version (above) of what am I drawn to, but otherwise went about it the same way. I found images from magazines and catalogs that I was drawn too, and then listed out what I am attracted to, what resonates with me, etc.
I then took at the spreads side by side. The one from 2009 is one of my favourite spreads, and this new one is as well. They are very similar in some ways, and I love that. Even the lists have a lot of the same things on them.
I need to try and do this yearly (rather then letting 4 years go by) - it is a great reminder of what I love, and can help me make better choices when I need to.
Why don't you give it a try! If you do - post a link to your finished spread in the comments so I can see!
To see another exercise I like to do every year, check out the guest post I did last fall for Carolyn Rubenstein - about Naming Your Petals (that came from Ali Edwards).