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Archive for the ‘Good Things in the Goodie Jar’ Category

Good Things And Not-So-Good Things

Posted by terrepruitt on February 15, 2014

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, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle YogaWell, I am not doing a weekly post to check in on your Goodie Jar, but I do hope you are still doing it or some variation there of.  Are you?  Are you taking time to recognize the good in life?  I hope so.  I am.  I believe I mentioned that I wanted to us something else to hold my notes regarding the good things.  I have a lot of beautiful bowls and plates.  I decided to use this beautiful blue bowl shaped like a flower.  I think it will be good for another month or so.  I love having this little gem on the counter.  I started off the year using Christmas wrapping paper scraps.  I have other wrapping paper scraps to use and little pieces of paper.  It all adds to the “goodness of the jar” to me.  So far the year is a good one in which to focus on the good things.  As with life there are good things and not-so-good things and that is why we have a good things jar.

I have been teaching Nia at a studio in San Jose where I rent the space.  I have been renting there since January 2009.  At first I rented an hour on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  But after six months I decided to just rent Mondays and Wednesdays.  Well, after five years, I have decided to just rent Wednesdays.  So it has been five years of teaching on Mondays at the studio.  Monday, February 24, 2014 will be the last one for now.  Mondays are a great day to teach because on Holidays people who work are able to attend, but we don’t have enough holidays.  It could be that something else will come up for Mondays or it could be that one day I start teaching there again on Mondays, but for now, we will not be dancing on Mondays.

The classes at the community center is growing.  I love that more and more people are coming to Nia there.  Also I enjoyed my short time substituting a Nia class at the YMCA in Mountain View.  I am teaching a Gentle Yoga class on Thursday evenings.  And have been asked to teach another Gentle Yoga class on Tuesday mornings.  So while one class ends a new one begins.

We are going to have to move our after-Nia-Class-visits to Wednesday.  We have one more Monday that we are going to meet.  We have been going to Peet’s on the second to the last Monday of the month for about a year now.  So we will have to move it to the second to the last Wednesday.  I love that our little Nia community gathers after class.  I need to get this type of gathering going with the community center Nia group.

So, I am still putting things in my goodie jar.  Still looking for, finding, recognizing, seeing those good things.  I hope that no matter what is going on in your life you are able to find something good.  Something you want to make a note of so that you can read it later on.  I really enjoyed reading my good things at the end of the year.  Much of it was about Nia but not all of it.  Most of it had to do with love.  People showing ME love and that is MORE than a good thing, that is GREAT.  I hope you have a lot of moments of love that you can jot down and put in your jar.

Well . . . . how is it going?

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Oops! I’m Doing It Again!

Posted by terrepruitt on January 2, 2014

Oh man, kind of a crazy end and a crazy beginning.  I said that Friday was my last Goodie Jar post, then I post another one.  Well, I actually said it was my last Goodie Jar check-in.  I said I am not going to do it again, but I am.  I really enjoyed going through the little notes and reading about the Good Things.  It was pretty much what I thought it would be.  It helped me remember some good things that happened during the year that I might have forgotten about.  It was really funny when I had to stop and think a bit to remember or understand the note.  Not many were like that, but a couple.  So I am going to do another year of jotting down the good things.  I am trying to think of something to put them in.  I am wanting to use a different vessel.  Oh, I just had an idea!  Maybe I will change the vessel throughout the year.  Right now I just started putting the papers in a small Christmas dish.  I plan on putting that dish away when the Christmas stuff goes up so I will have to find something else.  Perhaps a seasonal change?  Hmmmm.  Whatever I decide to put them in, I am doing the Goodie Jar again.

I will not be posting a reminder every week.  Maybe once a month or not even really on a schedule.  You get the idea and if you are participating you can put your container in a place where you will see it and that can remind you.  Remember this is just something to help us remember good things.  Also to maybe take note of some of the good things that are little that we might not remember by the end of the year.

In my last check in I talked about my friend who is so organize she has a place to put her “good things” after she read them.  I didn’t know what I was going to do with mine.  After reading them I decided.  You might know that our cat is sick.  A lot of my “good things” related to her “comings and goings”, let’s say . . . I did not feel the need to keep those.  Those were good things to be reminded of, but then not stuff that has longevity.  Also a few were about the weather and meals so that kind of stuff I enjoyed being reminded of, but I don’t need to keep that for future reference.  Not all the things were about Nia, of course.  So I made two piles; one was to be thrown away and the other I am keeping.  It fits in a small sandwich baggie and that is good for me.  The keep pile had things like visits with friends, stuff that happened WITH people and ALL of my husband’s contributions to the jar.

My hubby said he will participate again even though it isn’t HIS thing it is MY thing.  He participates in a lot of things that are “his thing”.  He is definitely a good thing for me to note for my Good Things Jar.

Are you going to join me this year?

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Happy New Year! Here’s To 2014!

Posted by terrepruitt on December 31, 2013

Well, last Friday I posted what was going to be my last Goodie Jar check in, but since today is Tuesday and it is my regular posting day and it is ALSO New Year’s Eve, the day I get to read my good things, I thought I would post about my Goodie Jar one last time.  I want to wait until my hubby is home so we can go through it together, but I think with a year of good things mostly relating to Nia he might get a little bored while I read them all.  Plus, I want to post about some of them so . . . . I have decided to read a few and post about them and then do the rest while we are together.  Because it is not as if by me reading them by myself they get used up and are no longer good things.  I can still share them with him when he gets home.  So it is all good — I think.

As you know, as I am sure you experience, there are a lot things that happen in life.  We tend to assign “good” and “bad” labels to them.  It is just a common thing for us to do.  Some people can find “good” in “bad” situations and “bad” things and it seems as if some people can’t find the “good” in anything.  But since life has its ups and downs and things that happen no matter what, sometimes it is nice to make note of the things that made you happy or made you smile or made you think less about the “bad” things and more about the “good” things.

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, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle YogaI really enjoyed making my notes.  As you can see I used all types of paper.  I thought it would be fun to have not only a full jar, but a visually intriguing jar.  I used colored envelopes and wrapping paper and a bunch of different types of paper.  I think it made the jar look like a good thing itself.

So here are some of the good things I have in my jar:

Sat., Sept. 21, 2013:  Nice rain.  Sliders open.  Peaceful.

Tuesday, Dec. 10:  Dinner with cousin Tracy.  House of Genji – Katy, Jim, Pattie, Pop, John, Tracy, Me

Teach at the Tannery!  Awesome!  Fri. 6.21.13

Dec. 10, 2013   Spot ~ Wonderful Girlie!

Ahhh.  Nice to be reminded of the Good Things that happened and that the things I have are good.  I am blessed.  It is a good thing to live in a place that has beautiful weather.  It is a good thing to be able to visit with family.  It is a good thing to be able to fill in as a Nia Sub and to do it at a wonderful studio.  And it is a really good thing to have such a great cat.

I hope you have a full jar.  I hope that you had a lot of good things this year.  I hope that you are able to enjoy what you have.

If you want please share some of the good things you put in your jar.  You don’t even have to explain them.  Just let us know what you put down on paper and put in your jar.

I see post on Facebook again about people doing this for 2014.  I do hope they do.  I have another project in mind for myself.  A more personal one.  I am sure I will post something about it as the year goes on.  I will probably do a post or two about good things too.  I think it is important to remember them and you know I use my blog as documentation for so many things.  So I am sure I will document some good things here.

I do hope that you can see the good that has happened this past year and reflect on that . . . and I hope that you are able to make 2014 a GREAT year for you and yours!

Cheers!  Happy 2014!

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Goodie Jar – Check In #43

Posted by terrepruitt on December 27, 2013

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, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle YogaSo this is our last Goodie Jar check in.  It is #43 because I didn’t start until February and I missed five throughout the year.  My five misses were just posting, I missed posting a check-in but I have been filling my “jar” all year round.

I was talking to my friend and she asked what I was going to do with them after I read them all and I hadn’t thought of that.  I figured I would just throw them away.  She is much more organized than I am and she is going to save hers in her “save box”.  She has a box that she puts stuff in all year.  What doesn’t fit doesn’t get saved.  Then after about five years she empties five boxes into ziplock bags and puts them in a larger container.  So she has many of her precious memories saved all nicely and neatly.  I was very impressed.  My memories; cards, ticket stubs, cruise cards, room keys, etc. are stashed in nooks and crannies all over the house.  So she is going to save hers.  Because she has a place to put them.  I don’t have a place.

I might scan them, but I’m not sure I will make time for that.  Whatever I end up doing with the notes of good things from my good thing jar I know I had a great time making note of the good things.  And I know I will enjoy reading them.  My jar has gotten so full I have been pushing the papers down.

I hope you have a full jar.  Full of all the good things that have happened to you in 2013.  I wish you a very happy and healthy 2014.  Thanks for being here.  

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Goodie Jar – Check In #42

Posted by terrepruitt on December 20, 2013

So here it is Friday again. Time goes so quickly it seems. Only ONE more check in! Wow!

So you might know I was hired on at the YMCA. It is somewhat the same as the City of San Jose was at first.  Right now I am teaching as a substitute without a regular class.  But with the YMCA I am actually subbing for Nia classes.  That is really nice.  The participants are there to do Nia.

Today I had one woman say as she was leaving that I made her smile for the first time all week.  -Oh.-  While that made me happy, Nia and I made her smile, I was also sad, it is FRIDAY and this was the first time she smiled.  I think something is going on in her life so I am so happy that I could allow her a moment of Joy.  I am grateful for Nia that I was able to do that.  So you KNOW, that is going in my goodie jar.

How about you?  What good things do you have going on?  I know there is a huge rush going on right now at this time of year.  The Holidays are almost here, but please take a moment to put something in your good things jar!

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Goodie Jar – Check In #41

Posted by terrepruitt on December 13, 2013

The number of Goodie Jar check ins will not match the number of weeks in this year because I missed a few.  I cannot believe there are only two more check ins left.  Wow!  I am excited.  My good things are overflowing.  I am excited to read them.

I taught for the first time at the YMCA this week.  I was subbing a class.  There is a Nia class already and I was subbing for the teacher.  Today I sub again!  Yay!

So how about you?  What good thing is going in your jar this week?  Care to share?

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Goodie Jar – Check In #40

Posted by terrepruitt on December 6, 2013

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We are into December.  And there are only three more chances for Goodie Jar Check Ins.  WOW!  I think that we should get the lawmakers to pass a law that makes Thanksgiving either in October like they do in Canada or at least the second to the last Thursday in November so that we can have more time between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I really like more time from Thanksgiving to December.  I am feeling the rush.  Part of it has to do with the fact that I am in the process of getting hired on at the YMCA as a Nia teacher.  There are a lot of things to do to get hired on at the YMCA as there is with many companies.

So I am feeling the rush.  But I still have time to put things in my Goodie Jar.  One of them, of course, is having an additional place to teach Nia!

How about you?  Are you making time to make notes of the good things?  Are you stopping and “smelling the roses”?  

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Goodie Jar – Check In #39

Posted by terrepruitt on November 29, 2013

I don’t know about you but here it is another week with A LOT of good things to put in my Good Things Jar.  Well, that is kind of the point, really.  To always find something good to put it the Goodie Jar.  Sometimes you might find it easy than others.  But hopefully you are always able to find something.  With this week being Thanksgiving week in the U.S. and Hanukkah I am thinking there are a lot of people with good things to put in the jar.  I am seeing a lot of posts on Facebook.  So, I hope you are filling that jar up!

How is your jar doing?  Getting full?

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Focus – Without – The Forgotten Goodie Jar – Check In #39

Posted by terrepruitt on November 23, 2013

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, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle YogaBummer.  I was so determined to remember every check in to the end of the year and, alas, I got distracted.  Yesterday I forgot to post a Good Things Jar check in.  It was supposed to be Goodie Jar – Check In #39.  Sigh.  I do hope you are still filling your Goodie Jar.  I will only forgive myself because I was off doing things that actually are notable for the Good Things Jar!  I was so excited to be subbing a Nia class in Santa Cruz and I ended up having such a beautiful day, that I just plumb forgot.  We had a great focus in class, but I lost my blog focus when I arrived home.  The plan is usually something like Nia, breakfast, chocolate, beach, home.  This time we weren’t exactly sure of our plan.  Turned out to be a fabulous day.  As I said, one for the Goodie Jar.

I feel less wasteful when I have someone with me driving “over the hill”.  If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area we often call going to the beach “driving over the hill”.  It is about a 40 mile drive and–depending on the traffic–can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 90 minutes.  If there is a lot of traffic or an accident it can take hours and hours.  When I go, I feel as if I should have at least one other person with me.  So when I get asked to teach a Nia class over there I like to take someone with me.  I have one student who usually is game.  She has a favorite chocolate shop over there so when she is “over the hill” she likes to drop by.  This last trip I was lucky enough to have TWO students join me.

The wonderful studio where I sub is in the Tannery and there used to be a great little cafe next door.  My student and I would dance then go get breakfast, then hit up the chocolate shop, then drive to the beach.  We have never actually walked on the sand . . . I don’t need to do that, I just need to be at the ocean.  Sadly the cafe is closed — although the sign says temporarily, we missed it.  So this trip we went to another place to eat, still got to the chocolate shop then went to the ocean.

ADance 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, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle Yogall week long it had been raining, both on our side of the hill and over the hill, but on Friday it was as pictured.  It was awesome.  We were blessed.  The place we visited is called Natural Bridges.  It is no longer has a “natural bridge”, but the beach is still wonderful.

Also, in regards to the focus, as you might be familiar with, in Nia classes we have a focus and an intent.  Well, I had been concentrating on learning a new routine, creating a gentle yoga class, and working out my schedule I hadn’t even settled on what we were going to dance, much less a focus.  I often ask my students what they might think or feel they need to focus on.  So I turned to my student and said, “Oh snap!  I haven’t even thought about a focus.  What do you got?  Do you have anything?”  She said, “I feel I need some healing.  I feel kinda uuughhh.”  And I said, “Thanks.  We can do that.”  I turned to one of the other students and gave her a questioning look because she was pressing on her ribs.  She said, “This is my first class back after having been in a bicycle accident.”  Ah-ha!  Healing was perfect as a focus.

It always amazes me and warms my spirit that it happens that one focus needed or desired by one person turns out to be the perfect focus for so many.  So often we are able to apply it to what is going on and find an intent that compliments it.

After class one the other student that came with me said that she enjoyed that focus.  I shared with her the way it came about and she was surprised because she had thought the woman who was touching her ribs had suggested it.  So she too was amazed that it was a focus that was appropriate for all.  But that is just how it always seems to happen.  It is so great.  It is —-ahhhhhh!

We shared a great focus although I was so focused on the Joy from class and my morning in Santa Cruz that I forgot about my Goodie Jar post.  But I think you will agree it was worth it.

So, do you think I had a good reason to forget?  Are you still filling your Good Thing Jar?

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Goodie Jar – Check In #38

Posted by terrepruitt on November 15, 2013

Wow!  It is Batkid Day.  Well, the TV station I was watching last night was calling last night “Batkid Eve” so I figured they would be calling today “Batkid Day”.  The day that San Francisco is turned into  Gotham and a child gets his wish to be a hero.  It is really, really cute.  I’ve heard that the organizer from the Make-A-Wish Foundation was hoping to get 200 volunteers and she got thousands.  I’ve heard different numbers, from 10,000 to 13,000.  I am sure a lot more people will show up.  I bet it will be great.  I am really excited by this.  I think it is so cool!  I bet it is live on TV, but I am on my way to teach a Nia class.

That is one for my Goodie Jar.  I am subbing a Nia class for a fellow Nia teacher.  I am excited.

So how is your Good Things jar coming along?  It is our Friday check in, what are you putting in your jar today?

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