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Goodie Jar

Posted by terrepruitt on January 29, 2013

As the New Year approached and very shortly there after, I started seeing pictures of jars with paper inside posted on Facebook.  The idea was simple, write down something good that happened and put it in the jar, at the end of the year read it, and be reminded of all the good things that happened to you during the year.  Even though I loved the idea and I wanted to do it, I got caught up in other things and I forgot about it.  Just this past week a friend posted a picture of her jar saying, “Do you remember this?”  And I hadn’t.  I had completely forgotten.  I want to do that.  I want a “good thing jar”.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaFirst of all I don’t have a jar.  So I am going to use a pitcher that I love, but hardly use.  This way, I will be using something that I love and it will be pretty.  Second, I don’t remember how often one is supposed to put something in the jar.  Was there a rule?  Was there a timeframe?  I THINK it was “whenever” something good happened.  I like that but I also want to make sure something gets in the pitcher.  I am going to impose an at-least-once-a-week rule.  It is not that good things don’t happen daily, I just think that life gets busy and I might not write something everyday but I want to make certain I do it at least once a week.  I also don’t think there was a guideline on what “good” means.  So for myself I am going to define it a bit.  I am going to keep track of things that make me smile and the memory of which will make me smile.  It does not have to be a significant thing, something say “to write home about”, but I want it to be something where I can say, “Oh yeah, I remember that.  That was great!”  Another thing I thought of, which I think might add to the experience is to date the note so I can remember better as I am reading about all the good stuff.

I love when I make deals with you and we have check-ins.  Even though this is just a feel good kind of thing, I know that sometimes projects — even fun ones — get pushed aside and/or forgotten altogether when time is short, so I thought I would do a weekly check-in.

If you want to join me you can just post a comment on the post.  I am going to do it on Fridays.  My first check in will be Friday, February 1, 2013.

I have my first paper already in my pitcher.  Of course is has to do with Nia and teaching another class for the City of San Jose.

Then on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, I will read about all the good stuff that happened throughout the year. I will be reminded of the things big and small.  I am sure I will get warm fuzzies.  I think this is a fabulous way to end a year and go into a new one.

What do you think?  Is this a project you would like to join?  Are you going to–join me?

9 Responses to “Goodie Jar”

  1. niachick said

    I have a “Good Things” jar in my studio. There are NO rules. What I have invited my students to do is to jot on a piece of paper “good things” that they wish for themselves, for others, for the world. In every class for the past 11 years I have ended with saying “Let Love Radiate”. A good friend of mine had small pieces of paper with “Let Love Radiate” printed on them — so I have these, plus just some blank pieces of paper, sitting next to the jar. On a random basis, I’ll take one out and use it as a focus for class. Also one student of mine says she likes to take a piece of paper out of the jar, read it, put it back and use the thought for creating a sensation or to jog something in her consciousness. That’s how I use my Good Things jar!!! Love to you, my creative friend!!!


  2. Michele said

    Ok, I’m in! This has actually been on my to do list since New Years Day…and with my latest obsession with mason jars I think I have the perfect one! xoxo


  3. Love it! This is much better than a swear jar. Haha. 🙂


  4. […] is the fourth check in for the Goodie Jar, the jar where we put notes of good things that have happened.   I started my jar a month into […]


  5. diana said

    awesome idea. I want to do it!!! Would be fun to read them all at the end of each month tho so you can be sure everyone keeps that ‘I am appreciated and God is good’ attitude.


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