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Posts Tagged ‘New Year’

Unique Candle Burning Bright

Posted by terrepruitt on January 4, 2019

I don’t even remember how I found these cool candles, but I bought one for my husband for Christmas and loved them so much I bought more.  This is an insight into the fact that I have not even begun to take down Christmas decorations.  Been sick and using all my energy for work!  This is a glowing Friday Photo.

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How is your New Year going?  How long do you leave your Christmas Decorations up?

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How Are Your Resolutions Going?

Posted by terrepruitt on January 13, 2015

We are almost half way through the first month of the year. So it might be a little late for me to be talking about resolutions, but I was wondering about them. I was wondering about yours. Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? If so how are you doing on them or with them? I know there are different types of resolutions. There are those that are long term so thirteen days in to the New Year you might not have any progress on them. Some, though, might be the ones you’ve resolved to do daily or that you would have progress on or with just shortly into the New Year. How are you doing on them? What are they? I don’t make resolutions so I have nothing to report, but I was wondering about you. I was wondering if you would like to share the status of your resolutions.

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Things often seem to get in the way of me doing any kind of cleaning out. Not easy to get going on sorting out when other things “come up” since I would rather be doing just about anything, but cleaning out closets. One thing that has come up – I am hosting a special Nia Class and Nia Playshop. Granted these events are going to be in March. There is still a lot to be done in the beginning. It takes time to work out the details and secure the venue. I would much rather be creating flyers and other marketing material than going through stuff and deciding what to get rid of. I will eventually have information on my site about the Nia Events, but for now I will say one will be a Nia Class done to 80s music and the playshop is going to be a Nia Free Dance Playshop! Mark your calendars for Friday, March 27, 2015 and Saturday, March 28, 2015.

See, I get distracted by new and exciting things. Regardless of whether you make resolutions or not, I do hope your 2015 is starting out wonderful and continues on the path of being a spectacular year.  I hope that you succeed in your goals, if you are the type to make them.

What about New Year’s Resolutions? Do you make them? How are you doing with them? Do you get distracted from you resolutions?


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New Year, New Routines

Posted by terrepruitt on January 3, 2015

Nia Technique comes out with four routines a year. I actually do not know if this is how it has always been or if this is how it has been lately. When I first started teaching Nia there were so many routines – to me – that I didn’t bother to keep track of the new ones when they were released because there was a stock of them I could order from. I do vaguely remember reading some teachers saying on the teacher forums that HQ needed to create some new routines as they hadn’t done any for a while. I remember thinking, “Wow! I can’t imagine having the need for new routines, look at all of them!!!” HQ just released four new routines in December. I think they are considering them 2014 routines, but I think of them as new for the New Year.

It is really great to have new routines to start off the New Year. Facebook is all a buzz about the new routines. I think, I don’t know, but I think some deliveries of the new routines were delayed due to the Holidays. Many Nia teachers are talking on Facebook about waiting by their mailboxes. Everyone is very excited about new routines.

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The new routines have great names: Magic, Beautiful, Dream, Reach. Could be that you Reach for your Beautiful, Magic Dreams. Ha. That is not what Nia HQ says, it is just dawned in me while writing this.

Anyway . . . . it really is exciting.  Although, as I mentioned, it takes me a long time to learn a new routine.  So I am still learning one that was released in 2013.  I will admit to not being able to learn anything new for the first half of the year.  It was like my brain just couldn’t concentrate and retain a new routine.  I have moved past that now.  And I am still current with my quota (we are supposed to learn four a year) so I don’t feel bad.

I do love how so many Nia teachers jump right in and on the new routines.  Some Nia teachers have been teaching Nia since in the ’80’s so they have done ALL the routines there ever were and more so they really NEED the new stuff.  I have only been teaching Nia since 2009 so there were twenty-six years of routines before I even started Nia.  Although, as I said, I don’t think they came out with routines every year so there are not 124 routines to choose from.  Especially, since a lot of the old routines are no longer available.

Well, I do hope I will see you in a Nia class in 2015.  Come sooner than later!

Do you like to do the same routine for a bit before you move onto another one?  Do you like to have a new routine to do every time you step into the class?


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Wholeheartedly Embracing

Posted by terrepruitt on December 30, 2014

Ok, I have said it before and you all know it . . . we all deal with things differently.  We all process things differently.  We all have had different experiences in life so it is different for everyone.  So, you feel the way you want to feel.  You deal with things the way you want to deal with them.  You face life the way you want to face it.  I am not saying any particular way is right or wrong.  I am just saying that I won’t condemn an entire year to being a “bad year” or a “lousy year” because THINGS that happened during that year were not the greatest.  I don’t even think of it as “bad” or “negative” that I somewhat consider 2014 to be “The Year Of Death”.  There seemed to be a large quantity of deaths that affected my life and those close to me, but that does not have me saying it was a bad year.  It is that time of year where I start seeing FB post about people wishing the past year “good riddance” (and that is putting it nicely) and being ready for the New Year because it can’t be as “bad” as the past year.  I usually take a moment for them because their pain seems to be bigger than their happiness.  But I did just see a post from a friend that made me squirm with joy in my seat.  I am stealing it and wholeheartedly embracing her attitude.  Thank you, Daphne!

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With the other posts I have been seeing about the “rotten year” it has been, I am just really loving her status post.  She doesn’t even HINT at anything that happened in 2014 that she didn’t like or that threw her for a loop.  She just states she remembers the good times.  Then . . . . THEN she chooses the good times.  She is making a conscious effort to have good times.  How can she not now?  Then she is welcoming the new year . . . and not just the year, but all the “NEWNESS” it is offering her.  THEN . . . THEN . . . she opens her heart and her arms “wide open”!  To accept all that the year has to offer.  So she is a hecka brave woman.  She is not just saying “give me the good stuff” she is going to accept ALL that the year has to offer.  My heart is giddy!

I am so in love with this right now.  Can you tell?  Of course you can because I am making it my last post of the year!  Whatever I had alluded to in my last post . . . I can’t even remember because this is my post!

I do sincerely wish you a very Happy 2015.  I hope that whatever you are experiencing that has you giving 2014 the boot, will fade and allow you to embrace joy in this coming year.  Thank you for reading.  Thank you for commenting.  Thank you.

Happy New Year to ALL!

Perhaps we can start off the New Year with an upswing by sharing something that we are looking forward to in 2015?  What do you have coming up that will bring you joy?

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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

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?

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Any 2012 Resolutions or Goals?

Posted by terrepruitt on January 3, 2012

Whew!  For some reason I am feeling pressure about my first post in 2012!  I feel I need to write more about Nia.  Well, more accurately, I would LIKE to write more posts about Nia and my Nia classes, but I don’t have to start out the New Year with a Nia post.  I feel pressure to make some grand announcement about something spectacular I plan to achieve in 2012.  I have been looking at people’s resolutions.  I don’t typically make resolutions.  Some of the resolutions I am seeing kind of strike me as odd to be resolutions, yet, at the same time if people really need to declare these things for a new year, then by all means I hope they succeed.  Yet, I am still somewhat surprised that people need to resolve to smile at strangers, encourage people to do their best, say thank you, tell their loved ones they love them, stop and smell the roses, etc.  I guess we get busy and we forget to do these things, but to me they are just part of life like brushing your teeth so I don’t need to make a new year the time I start to do these.  I was watching TMZ (Yeah, sometimes it is all that is on) and the main guy was saying something along the lines of why make resolutions and do it at the start of a new year when you can just do it at anytime of the year.  Made me laugh.  This year I am going to put some things at the fore front of my life and make sure they come before other things.  So I am going to make two resolutions.  For some of you, you will think the same as I did in thinking about the stuff I just mentioned.  You might think that these are everyday things, and for some they are, but for me I get busy, distracted, lazy, comfortable, don’t-want-to-be-a-bother, or whatever-my-excuse and I don’t always follow through.

My first resolution has to do with my 31 Day Project.  Ugh!  I started out pretty good with that, but then I went out of town for a weekend and that killed my momentum along with the fact that in December the house gets rearranged AND things come into the house.  There are Christmas decorations and gifts and other things to deal with so December was not a smart time for me to start my project.  Although it encouraged me to do a couple of things, I did not get all done that I was thinking.  So while one of my resolutions will not be to get rid of or fix one thing a day in the year, it is to get organized and to do or complete some of the projects I have sitting around.  Some of the projects have been started and some have not, but I am going to get them done this year.  With the completion of some of these projects that will help with the “getting rid of” and the organizing.  Because as you may know if you have any projects to be done you might have the supplies taking up space and as soon as the project is done you will have that space open.  I will do at least one project a month.  I don’t have 12 lying around, but I know I have at least three and there are at least nine more that I would love to do.

Dance Exercise, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, NiaThe other resolution is to connect with my friends, family, and people in general more.  I am a home body.  Most of the time given a choice between staying at home with my hubby and my cat or getting up, getting ready, fighting the traffic to go out, I am going to stay home.  My couch wins out over putting on makeup and “hard pants” anytime.  My cat and her meditative purring ALWAYS trumps fighting traffic.  Even domestic chores are better to me than traffic.  But when I actually force myself out, I have a great time.  Early Monday morning I was reading a friend’s blog (Zebra Sounds) and she asked her readers what they wished for in 2012 and as I was typing in the comment box that I wanted to connect more, I realized that I had just closed the Facebook page on the event without saying yes because I really wanted to be home with my hubby more than get ready to go out in the cold.  And I realized that it was silly to say “I wish” when it was ME that was in control.  So in the comment I announced I was going back to FB to say yes.  I went, and of course I had a great time.

I realize that visiting face-to-face is not always possible, especially with one of my best friends who just moved away.  So I am allowing phone calls to be part of my “connecting”.  Of course seeing someone in person is often better, but sometimes it is not possible.  And sometimes I forego the phone call because I want an in person visit, but we can’t work our schedules out so then I don’t get anything at all.  Well, I am allowing phone calls to count as connecting because for some of us that is all that we have.  I do understand that sometimes a phone call out of the blue is an interruption so I will not get my feelings hurt when someone can’t talk.  But at least I will have made the effort to connect.

I am going to continue, as I always do, in 2012 to be grateful and thankful for all of my blessings, to be more positive than negative , to smile at strangers, to encourage people, and to tell my loved ones I love them, but I am also going to try to find the top of my desk.  I am also going to try to make room in the corner of my office that is stacked full of stuff.  I am also going to get out more and connect with people.  I am also going to allow phone calls to be considered a good connection and use the phone when I can’t get in a face-to-face visit.  To all of you that succeed at doing these two things, for those of you that consider that them a normal thing, I applaud you.  Maybe you can share with me how you manage to make these things a part of your everyday life and I can learn from your tips.

We all have different life styles so our resolutions really can be very different.  Somethings that are everyday things for some of us are resolutions for others.  Did you make any resolutions?  How about goals?  Did you set any for 2012?

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New Year’s Day

Posted by terrepruitt on January 1, 2011

So how was your New Year’s Day?  Did you get to a Nia class?  Do you think that the first day of the New Year dictates how the year will go for you?  I was thinking about that today when I started to make something to eat.  I went into our closet that we use as a pantry — we had ants.  They were after a particular box of cereal.  The entire closet had to be emptied out so that we could find out where they were coming from.  I believe we live on an ant hill because every time it rains they get washed up.  Anyway, I didn’t want to spend my entire New Year’s Day cleaning up after ants.  I have other household chores that need to be done, but I am trying to rest my toe.  So I thought for a moment, “Great.  If this is any indication of how the year is going to go — oh my!”  But then, my hubby jumped in to help.

He emptied the entire closet . . . . which was awesome because as you can imagine emptying a closet is just a lot of walking back and forth.  As silly as it may sound (and it sounds pretty silly) I thought that it was pretty great that we had this project to do together.  He seemed pretty happy to be helping and I was so glad to have the help.

So, I am thinking of two ideas:

The first day of the year is not really an indication of how the year is going to go.  It is just a day and if was covered in ants, oh well, move on and make it a great year.

OR, the first day is an indication of how the year is going to go and spending the day working on a project – no matter that it wasn’t a fun one we would have chosen – with my hubby gives me an idea of what a great year this is going to be.  I’ll get projects done and I’ll be with my hubby.

That leaves me with questions for you:

How was your New Year’s Day?

Do you think that the first day of the year might serve as a hint into how the year will go?

How is your year going to go?

NOTE:  Please remember my Nia Class in Los Gatos has a new start time beginning Friday, January, 7, 2011 – the class is now at 10:30 am.

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Looking Back to Look Forward into 2011

Posted by terrepruitt on December 30, 2010

Tomorrow morning is my last Nia class of 2010, it will be in Los Gatos at 9:30 am.  I mention this because I am ending 2010 with three classes a week.  I mention that because someone was reminding me that the end of the year Holidays (Christmas, Bodhi Day, Winter Solstice, Advent, Yule, Pancha Ganapati, Hanukkah, Yalda, Boxing Day, Kwanzaa, Hogmanay, and the New Year – just to name a few) are difficult for some because it is a time of reflection and sometimes dwelling on all that was not accomplished in the passing year and maybe even dwelling on some of one’s failures.  Once when I was sharing with one of my Nia students all that I still had to learn just in regards to Nia, she reminded me of how far I had come.  Instead of listing my goals and resolutions for the new year, I am going to share some of the things I did accomplish.

–completed my second year teaching Nia

–consistently taught Nia at least twice a week all year

–taught up to four classes in one week

–subbed several Nia classes

–taught classes at a Park and Recreation Center

–consistently posted to my blog

–penned at least 200 blog posts (I post on other blogs)

–witnessed an increase of number of participants in my Willow Glen Nia class

–paid studio rent with funds solely collected from teaching Nia

–taught at a few Nia Jams

–held a Nia workshop

–raised over $300 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society

–been married for 12 years

–went from two Nia classes a week to three classes a week

–started up a new Nia class in Los Gatos

While some of these may seem small or as if they didn’t require a lot of effort, that is not the point.  The point of this post / exercise is to celebrate things no matter how big, how small, how easy, or how difficult.  It is just a moment to do a Snoopy Dance because they are.  It is a way to not dwell on all that has not been done or all that has yet to be done.  It is just to say, “Aahhh.” and with that ahh turn my face towards the future and the excitement of what 2011 will hold.

So?  What about you?  What is on your list of things you did? 

Happy New Year.

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Merry Christmas

Posted by terrepruitt on December 25, 2010

I am posting a picture of our Christmas Tree (again).

I hope that you have a very Merry Christmas.

If Christmas is not a part of your celebrations, I hope that you will still allow the joy and fun of the season in.  It is my intent to wish you well for this season and for the New Year.

Thank you for your support.

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