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30-day Mental Cleanse Challenge – Week 1 recap

The first week of the 30-day Mental Cleanse Challenge is complete! I love this sign that I have displayed in my writing nook as it reminds me that every day we have the choice to make the next a better one. And that’s what this challenge is about – making choices to make subsequent days better days. Below is a reflection of the first week …

30-day Mental Cleanse Challenge

Last month, two bloggers I follow – Kiara at Blissfully Brunette and Erin from A Welder’s Wife – undertook the 30-day Mental Cleanse Challenge. I enjoyed following their progress weekly and have been motivated to give it a shot the month of March. It just sounds like a nice way to ease into spring and something my mind and body is telling me it needs! …

8 tips to become more organized

8 tips to become more organized - Jennadesigns

I’ve always considered myself an organized person. Lazy, at times, but mostly organized. I love it when every item has a place where it belongs. I thrive on organization, almost to the point of being a little OCD about it. Knowing where everything is saves time and is a huge benefit to being organized. The past few years, I’d slipped a little. Well, actually, quite …

Q&A with the girl behind the blog

The girl behind the blog - Jennadesigns

I realized the other day, it’s been a long time since I stepped in front of the camera. Somehow, over the past year, I became very comfortable going without makeup, without doing my hair, even when I go to work. Most days you’ll see me bare faced with my hair pulled back with a rubber band and a headband. Maybe it’s because I work night …

Self-care to nourish the body, mind and soul

For 2017, I’ve chosen the word “Nourish” as my mantra. I’m really looking at ways to nourish my body, mind and soul. I spend so much time being a mom, being a wife, being a labor and delivery nurse … I don’t get to spend much time just being me. And I want to get to know myself a little better and be kinder to …

There’s actually a name for how I feel things

There's actually a name for what I feel most moments of my life: Highly Sensitive Person, or HSP for short. - Jennadesigns

Last week, there was a moment I thought I was going to totally lose it. We were downstairs, Mike, the girls and I. Hannah was riding around the basement on her hover board, Ella was banging wooden balls thru a toy my parents had got her for Christmas and Mike was simultaneously playing music and watching a TED talk on TV, all while trying to …

A day in the life of an L&D nurse

I don’t blog much about work on here … mostly because I’m very conscious of not violating anyone’s HIPPA rights and it’s hard to really explain what I do while staying within what I’m actually allowed to talk about. But I wanted to write this story down, and share it with you, because it was amazing and deserves to be recognized. I’ve been a nurse …

What to do when you lose it all

I love notebooks. I love making lists. I just function better in life if I’m able to make a list of whatever it is I’m supposed to be doing. Maybe it’s a list of my errands for the day or the clothes I need to pack for vacation. In one particular notebook, I kept a running list of all the things I wanted to blog …

This perfectly sums up how I feel

I saw this on social media this morning and thought it couldn’t possibly sum up any better how I feel at this moment. I am exhausted. I just worked five 12-hour days in the last six days. That’s 60 hours of work in six days. Fortunately I have the next four days off. I need them. Yesterday was bittersweet. I have been traveling to Green …

Professional growth and frustrations

I don’t blog much about work. I just never really have and with my line of work, it’s hard to give examples or talk about how a patient impacted my life without (probably) violating HIPPA laws. So, for the most part, I rarely mention it. The thing is, I go to work three days a week. Three 12-hour days. That’s 36 hours of my life …