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.


Page 3

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!


Page 4

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


  1. Comment by Melinda — January 18, 2014 @ 2:23 pm

    Hello Jenny! I’m doing Ali’s OLW course too. I also chose BE as my word and a star as my symbol so I have to say I think you’re completely brilliant so far. Thank you for sharing your process. I’ve completed the prompts and have my info in my book but haven’t quite felt comfortable sharing with the FB group yet.

    I love your quotes and intentions.

    It’s interesting – I’ve chosen a word for the past several years (hope, strength, breathe have all been my OLW in previous years) but this one feels the most nebulous and yet the most important to me so far.

    In the past, I’ve found myself trying to find ways to escape the uncomfortable stuff so my focus this year is on learning how to be with it. And by being with it, I’m hoping I can also get beyond it – to “the other side of fear.”

    All my best to you for this journey of being.

  2. Comment by Rose Brier Studio — January 18, 2014 @ 2:30 pm

    Jenny, this is wonderful! I love the ink splatter stamp — it’s fun and creative and makes a wonderful design. I’m still working on my January prompts. I have worked on them all month and yes, I have printed out more than one of each card and discarded the ones that didn’t look as I wanted them to. What I am enjoying is that my word – Mindful – is my partner in all this. Letting me take my time, being gentle with me when I am too critical and encouraging me. I like that “Be Mindful” is one of your intentions. And I love the E. Roosevelt quote. What a great job you have done!

  3. Comment by Linda Watson — January 18, 2014 @ 4:58 pm

    Your pages are wonderful and I love your quote.

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