Everyday Life | Saturday 29 March 2014 5:59 pm

This week I received two lovely surprises.

The first surprise was a lovely box full of special items to congratulate me on completing my master’s degree.


…and then a wonderful surprise from my co-workers.


…today I received this PL card from a lovely friend who thought of me and my 2014 OLW.


Lovely friends. Lovely surprises. -Jenny

Delete or Keep?

Everyday Life | Thursday 20 March 2014 7:56 pm

That is the question right now.

Delete my blog, or keep it?

I believe I began blogging in 2004, and for a while there, I was an avid blogger. As of the past few years as you are able to see, I have been pretty sporadic in my postings. Life is busy, and I just don’t feel invested in blogging anymore.

Today I have been busy working on my business plans and attempting to do some organization.


…still unsure what I am going to do about this blog. Be well folks! -Jenny


Master of Science in Nursing Journey | Tuesday 25 February 2014 8:29 pm

What a whirlwind week I have had.

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I have been to Wisconsin for specialized training. Met a lovely new friend. Was homesick. Returning flight was cancelled and rescheduled the following afternoon. I spent about eight hours or more sitting and waiting in the Eau Clair and O’Hara terminals. Got into my state close to midnight, and had to rent a vehicle to drive the remaining 2.5 hours home…arriving to my final destination of home, well after 0300.

Completed my practicum presentation with my preceptor today, and came home to find this lovely news…


MSN-Nurse Education

Now…to breathe and just BE.

Jenny Bamford-Perkins 2014

xo-Jenny [yes, I am excited! and yes, the wine has been poured!]

OLW 2014 | BE

OLW 2014 | Saturday 18 January 2014 1:51 pm

Yesterday I invested time in the OLW January assignment. I wrote out my responses, crossed things out, threw paper out, reprinted the forms…over, and over. I got stuck thinking about what scrapbook supplies I was going to use…wanted to go shopping to buy ‘stuff’ [couldn't because I am too damn sick to leave the house].

Finally I realized the truth is I cannot design gorgeous layouts. I am not as creative as I wish I was, and lack some skills that I wish I had; like sewing! I have a sewing machine, but I can’t thread it properly! I would love to create digitally, but I cannot figure out photoshop if my life depended on it. Sadly, this is all the truth. So. I become frustrated and toss the project aside…but, I don’t want to toss this project aside. I ‘need’ this project. I ‘need’ to BE.

So I grabbed some SU! cardstock and its matching ink pad | Strawberry Slush. I grabbed a SU! single stamp that looks like an ink splatter, Studio Calico stars, and silver embossing powder, and decided this will be my theme for the year, and instead of stressing over my lines not being straight, I would use photoshop for the writing.

Page 1

My husband created the ‘be’ silhouette file for me [thank you, Keith]. The stars represent that I can be everything and anything that I want to be.


Page 2

Explains how BE chose me. I believe people cross our lives for different reasons and purposes. When I was introduced to Jan I never imagined our time together would involve such a significant experience.

I believe the quote I found fits perfectly…”Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” -Mary Oliver

Be Yourself. Be Helpful. Be Generous. Be Loving. Be Understanding. Be Funny. Be Brave. Be Proud. Be Thankful. Be Honest. Be Creative. Be Reliable. Be A Dreamer. Be Patient. Be Bold. Be Quiet. Be Original. Be Spontaneous. Be Punctual. Be A Star. Be Young. Be Crazy. Be Loud. Be Random. Be Adorable. Be Unique. Be Daring. Be Obnoxious. Just Be…

These are just a few things that I want to include in my one wild and precious life.


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In What Ways Is This Word Already A Part Of My Life: …BE it is all around me and very much a part of my life.

More // Less: More Compassion | Less Judgement More Acceptance |  Less Expectations More Productivity | Less Idleness More Contentment | Less Comparisons More Clarity | Less Confusion More Decisiveness | Less Indecision

What I Fear Most In 2014: Clearly I fear something happening to one of my children, or my husband, and as I complete my master’s degree, my biggest fear is the college debt that I am carrying.

What Am I Most Excited About In 2014?: February is a trip to Wisconsin for a specialized course. I complete my master’s degree in March. May is Toni’s surprise bridal shower. July is my graduation ceremony in Maryland. August my daughter will be married, and the boys will both be home to visit. September…Paris!


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Intentions: This was a difficult page for me. I wanted to be realistic and not put too many expectations on myself.

Physical as I need to take better care of my health, and take control of my fibromyalgia, and the 15 pounds that I have gained from 2012 to present needs to come off, thus I need to begin exercising and eating healthy again.

Spiritual My faith is very important to me, but sadly, I have not put the time and effort into it’s growth. I need to invest the time necessary.

Relationships I need to invest the time necessary to nurture my friendships amongst my family and close friends.

Emotional Lower my stress level, feel more confident, let go of perfections, remove negativity from my life. Work on improving BALANCE, PEACE, COURAGE and SERENITY!

Be Mindful…”The Purpose of life is to live it to taste experience to the utmost to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer & richer experience. ” -Eleanor Roosevelt | ”Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” -Jack Canfield

Career I am excited to find where my masters degree takes me…


Finally the random ink splatters remind me “it is okay to be imperfect.” I am so happy that I have completed the January prompt, and I look forward to learning and growing… -Jenny

P.S. It’s not too late to join in on Ali Edwards OLW 2014

Hello Week 1 of 8

 Dum spiro spero

Practicum/Capstone II officially opens today. This week is full, and I am feeling a bit overwhelmed as to how I am going to accomplish all that is necessary for week 1 and work my full time job.

Jenny Bamford-Perkins 2014

My daughter is hosting a Thirty-One Party this month, and I am looking forward to putting together a personal and business tote for myself, as well as one specifically for Project Life. I will be using the Zip Top Organizing Utility Tote and the open containers from The Container Store.

If you do a search for thirty one mobile office on Pinterest you will find a wealth of ideas! Follow this link for a great visual. I am so excited about this.

OLW 2014. Last night I spent some time on my word | BE

As I read its definition from the dictionary and the thesaurus, it made me realize that this word is absolutely what I need in my life, and I am so happy that it found me!

I am still reflecting, but hopeful of having my writing completed by the end of the week.

Here’s to a beautiful, and peaceful week ahead of us.


Around Here

Everyday Life | Saturday 4 January 2014 7:33 pm

I am truly hoping for a fabulous 2014. Hoping to get some projects completed, and thinking wouldn’t it be lovely if I could actually get caught up with my life!

Week 1 has focused on the front hallway. Closet was cleaned out, and a few bags full of stuff was sent off to the Salvation Army. A few small projects remain for the front hallway, but otherwise it is almost finished. Keith ended up becoming sick and didn’t get to painting the inside of the door as I requested…but there is always another day!

I created a monthly meal menu [Jan-Mar], updated the 2014 calendars, and created a weekly cleaning-touch up/de-cluttering schedule. I am hoping to pull the house together to be filled with less ‘stuff’ and better organized, as I don’t plan on doing too much inside the house this summer!

Today, I finished separating out our daily gratitude notes by month. Next step is to put them in numerical order.  I really should have planned this project out much better.

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My daughter, Toni, is hosting a Thirty-One Party this month. The Organizing Utility Tote would be perfect to keep yourself organized 2014 Project Life! They sell one with a zip top also. My sister in law shared these links with me using the Utility Totes: iHeart Organizing and A Bowl Full of Lemons. Feel free to place an order!

In an attempt to stop this chronic anemia, and to figure out a way to lessen these fibromyalgia flares, here’s a peek at a few of my OTC medications. I read a peer reviewed article that noted when CoQ10 100mg was taken once per day it proved to increase energy, and decreased cholesterol.

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This ‘n That:

Free Download Word of the Year Discovery Tool

…as I am hoping to be able to heal, I thought I would share a fabulous article about Healing the Child Within

The Power of Acceptance

You can’t play it safe your whole life and expect to reach your highest potential. You’ve got to be willing to take some risk. -Joel Osteen




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