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.
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.
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.
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!
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