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Posts Tagged ‘Goodie Jar’

Rain, Dinner, Classes, Love — Good Things

Posted by terrepruitt on September 18, 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 Yoga, Group Ex City of San Jose, San Jose Group Ex classesAhh, I really wanted to have my blog post for today written yesterday.  I wanted to “take the day off” today.  Well, I taught a Nia Class this morning.  And I have a Gentle Yoga Class to teach tonight, so I am not really taking the day off.  I just didn’t want to have to think about a blog post or clean any part of the house today.  I was going to take the day off from cleaning and doing chores.  Ha.  Well, it didn’t work out that way.  But it is still a good day.  We had a bit of rain.  But that just made the traffic this morning very bad.  My hubby was very thoughtful and called me to alert me to the chaos on the freeways this morning.  So I left early than I normally do to get to class.  I started to get on the freeway and got right back off.  Since the traffic was not normal Thursday morning traffic I didn’t know if there were accidents that were blocking the roads so I decided to chance it and take the inner city streets.  I actually made it to class RIGHT ON TIME!  Which to me is not “on time” because I need to do a little set up before we start.  But we still started only about five minutes late.  Most of the Nia students didn’t even know we started late.  So it worked out.  The rain was only a very small amount, but it was moisture.  That is a good thing.  So there are a lot of things that can go into my Goodie Jar just today.  So I am making this a check in day.

I haven’t checked in on you and your Goodie Jar for four months.  I am still putting things in mine.  I ALWAYS have something to put in mine.  Regardless of what is going on I consider myself blessed.  I hope you have at least one thing you can put into your jar.

I am doing a check in as a sort of “day off” from writing a blog post.  Since I didn’t get the day off from chores and cleaning.  I really don’t need a day off from teaching.  Teaching is fun and I get so much good energy from my Nia and yoga students it doesn’t count as work.  I can do without the extra travel time and traffic, but . . . we need the rain.  Don’t know why it practically shuts our freeways down . . . but whatever.

Rain.  To class on time.  Birthday love.  Hubby cooking dinner.  These are the things that make me smile that I put in my Good Things Jar.

I have seen some people post on Facebook and others on their blog that some of you have gotten new family members . . . whether human or animal, that is a thing for the Goodie Jar.  I always put notes about my family in my Goodie Jar.

So . . . what about you?  Are you still putting things in your Good Things Jar?  What have you added recently?

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Finding Bright Spots

Posted by terrepruitt on June 26, 2014

Here is a beautiful picture of a place I am lucky enough to visit.  I was looking through my pictures and I thought I would share it.  I taught a Nia class this morning and we went to coffee afterwards.  It is so nice to have such a great group of students.  I also taught a yoga class this evening.  They are also a great group!  We have not gathered for a visit after class.  Not sure that will ever happen because I like to rush home to get dinner on the table.  But there is a very tasty taqueria really close so maybe one of these days we will go out after class.   Perhaps I can talk my husband into joining us, or at least promise him I’ll bring home a burrito!  This post is really just a filler.  I mentioned “stuff” in my last post.  Well, it is taking up my thoughts so I didn’t come up with an educational post.  I thought I would share some bright spots and remind you of your Goodie Jar.

If you are doing a Goodie Jar, I am using this post to do some checking in with you regarding it.  My wonderful students are often notes in my Goodie Jar.  Our current weather gets mentioned too.  Our weather has been very nice the past few days considering it is summer.  It has not been sweltering hot.  Yesterday my husband and I sat outside most of the day.   It wasn’t too hot to do so.  It even rained a bit last night.  We need rain so bad, it was nice to see the street wet this morning.  Since we need rain so badly it is so great that our temperatures are not so hot.

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 YogaLast week my niece visited us.  She and I spent one afternoon making candles.  You may have seen my post about when we did it the first time?  Last time I made myself a candle.  This time I made a candle for my hubby.  A sun, because he is my sunshine.  With kitties below.  Hummingbirds because we love ours in our yard, along with our roses.  And then the words because, well, I love him.  The colors were just because my niece and I liked them.  My niece is a bit of a Disney fanatic so she made one that looks like a symbol of Minnie Mouse.  I did not take a good picture of it, but it was very cute.

I did mention two other bright spots in my last post.  One was the return of a Nia student to my Nia class and another student bringing his own yoga mat.  Well tonight I had another returning student.  It was to my yoga class.  There are many, many teachers around so it is so heart warming when a student returns to class.  Something to put in the jar of Good Things.

I have many bright spots to acknowledge and be thankful for.  How about you?  Are you still making notes / documenting the good things in your daily life?  Jotting down things that make you smile?  Here it is open for sharing.

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Always Something Good!

Posted by terrepruitt on May 8, 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 YogaSo . . . . how are you all doing?  Are you still filling that Goodie Jar?  I am.  This is one of the things I have put in my jar . . . hence the crease in the middle of it.  I wrote on the back and folded it up and added to the jar of good things.  A friend sent it to me in a card.  It is a great motto!  Yeah, remember the Good Things Jar . . . it is an “exercise” in recognizing and being aware of the good things that happen every day even among the things that cause us sorrow.  When my mom got sick I asked her, I said, “Mom, I know you are sick and it is a very sad and scary thing, but is it ok if I am still happy about things?”  I didn’t want her to think I wasn’t sad or concerned about her if she saw me smiling and enjoying life.  She gave me permission to still be happy.  She said it was good to still acknowledge and be grateful for the good things.  And really, to me, that is what life is all about.  There is always going to be things that can bring us down.  There is death, destruction, betrayal, hurt . . . all of those things that can detract from the things that make us happy.  But focusing on the uplifting things is what gets me through.  Making note of the good things is what I want to do!

Now just because I have a jar with notes regarding the things that I consider good things that make me smile, doesn’t mean I don’t take time to be sad or be mad or concentrate on the things that don’t make me smile.  All of that is part of life too.  We all have situations and issues to deal with.  I allow myself the necessary time with emotions and situations.  Often times, I can even learn and grow from those things.  But because there are times that aren’t just rainbows and unicorns,  I have a jar.  The jar helps remind me to find the smiles in the times when I have other “stuff” going on.

I have received notes and cards and a lot of love . . . . all “Goodie-Jar worthy”.  Someone thinking about me is ALWAYS a good thing.  Makes me smile that people care and they take the time to let me know.  Also it is a great push for me to do the same.  Sometimes I think, “Oh, I wanna to let someone know I am thinking about them.”  Then I think, “Aww.  I don’t want to bother them, because I don’t really have anything to say, except ‘I’m thinking about you.'”  Then I remember how much it meant to me and I do it!

So good things can spread.  🙂

Also I found that the first time I did the jar I really enjoyed reading the good things at the end of the year.  It was fun – for me – to have that little review and the reminder of the good things that happened throughout the year.

Are you still putting things in your Goodie Jar?  How is it going?  When is the last time someone let you know they were thinking about you?  When is the last time you let someone know you were thinking about them?

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Really? The Goodie Jar?

Posted by terrepruitt on March 29, 2014

I had started a post telling the story of my mom’s last few years but then I had to go be with her. It was the first half of Deciding On Death. I was trying to finish it today, but I have to go. I have to get to her.

I realized as I was typing the title Deciding On Death that it might make people think my mom decided to die instead of stay alive. But that really was not the case earlier this week. She was told by the doctors that she had to pick the day. So a more accurate title would have been Deciding Which Day To Die.

Anyway . . . you might be wondering how I can be thinking about a Goodie Jar when faced with this awful thing. Well, I will tell you. First of all everyone deals with death differently. I’ve know this, but I very much experienced when my mother-in-law died. We all have our own way.

The way we are having to go through this is really awful and hard, but death is a part of life. We all die. Period. There is no getting around that.

For me, I have faith. I have faith in a plan, I have faith in an after life, I have faith in God. My mom, is really strong and is just being amazing . . . . she is helping us through this. I am also keeping really busy. I have also turned to my social network. I have an idea that when a loved one dies most people want to shout it out, most people want the world to know their pain — for whatever reason —- and I wanted to shout it out, so I did. And let me tell you, best thing I did! BEST. THING.

At one moment I was peaceful. Then someone shared an issue with me and wanted me to deal with it — even though it was not MY issue it was theirs and someone else’s — and that raised my stress level. Then I looked at my phone and saw an unfamiliar number. I thought it was a sales call but decided to listen to it anyway. And — SNAP! — Right then and there two seconds after I heard the voice and Jill announced her name, I was calmed. I was FILLED to the brim with joy. She has a beautiful voice and I had NEVER HEARD IT BEFORE. Her voice calmed me. Her words filled me. I am loved. I am supported. I said to myself, “HECK YEAH!” Because I had hesitated before I posted and then — BAM! — right away, the return was fabulous. I was transported into a good place.

And it is continuing to come. I am getting love, support, all the sparkles I asked for. I am getting stories about my mom. Stuff I didn’t know that is really cool to know. I just commented on my blog post to someone, “I guess they don’t call it support for nothing! ;-)”

So, remember all this time I have been telling you that the Goodie Jar is to remind us to take a moment to look at the good even though there is “other stuff”. Yeah, I wasn’t just blowing smoke people. There is ALWAYS good. And — for me, I am not saying that anyone else has to do this, this is ME, for me, myself and I — I HAVE to look at the good. I have to focus on the positive otherwise you would need a huge SHAM-WOW to mop up a huge Terre-size puddle that was on the floor!

So everyone of you that has taken time to share a story, send uber goodness at me and my family — YOU are all going in my Goodie Jar! I am ready to transfer to a bigger container now. Thank you.

(Monday, March 31, 2014, 1:00 pm)

What are YOU putting in your Goodie Jar?

 

PS  –  I reserve the right to become a puddle.  🙂

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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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Unclear Resolutions

Posted by terrepruitt on December 26, 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 YogaAhh . . . . it is that time of year again when some begin to reflect on the year that has passed and some begin to set goals and make resolutions for the next year.  What are you reflecting upon in the year that has past?  Do you have a lot of happy moments?  My look back at the past is going to include my Goodie Jar and I am so excited to be reminded of the good things I wrote down.  That will be my reflection on the past year.  I don’t set resolutions by tradition.  I know for some that is a big thing.  Do you think it is a bit thing?  Do you set resolutions?  How do you do that?  Do you write them down?  Do you proclaim them to your world?  How does that work?  Do they have requirements?  Are they only resolutions when you set them at the beginning of the year, but if you set them at say . . . the end of February do they just become goals?  I guess I was never clear on that.

Then, if you set them are you clear about them or are they “loose” as in: I’m going to exercise more in 2014?  That could possibly give you a lot of leeway, right?  If you exercised once a month in the past year, exercising twice in one month would be “more”?  I guess there is so much joking that goes around about resolutions that I don’t like to get caught up in them.  But they can be a really good thing if you set them with definition and actually work to see them through.

The jokes are often about gyms being full in January and going back to “normal” about the beginning of February or mid-February at the latest.  People get busy and the “newness” of the year tapers off.  So the resolutions take a back burner.  And it always seems that the resolutions are about “losing weight” and “getting into shape”.  But, again, often times those are the resolutions made . . . non-specific . . . open . . . room for leeway.

Of course, anything can be a resolution I just happen to pick upon one of the most joked about.  But many people make resolutions about many things.  I realize though, that if I don’t really want to do it, if I think I SHOULD do it, because I know it is good for me, I know it is the “right” thing to do, if I don’t WANT to do it, I’m not going to.  So sometimes it is good to make resolutions that you want to do even though they might be tough for you.  It doesn’t really work to make ones you think you should do, but don’t want to.  That kinda is a set up for failure.

So . . . educate me on resolutions.  Share your thoughts.  What is your take on resolutions?  Do you make them?  Do you make them with specifics?  Do you give yourself a time frame?  What resolutions are you making this year?  Do you set goals and just not call them resolutions?  What is the difference?

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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 #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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