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Posts Tagged ‘sharing’

Deflated By My Technology Struggles

Posted by terrepruitt on June 24, 2020

Wow. My day did not go as I had planned. How about you? I am teaching classes via Zoom and I am borrowing an amazing microphone from my husband’s office, it is great. It picks up sound incredibly well. But as the days continue to be so hot, I cannot function without a fan blowing directly on me. That is one of the things I miss (aside from my students!) when teaching from home – AIR CONDITIONING! Whew! It is hot. There is no way I can teach without a fan. I think the way Zoom is and the way the microphone is, it picks up the fan noise, but not so much the motor noise from the fan, but the air. I think they both work to keep that noise from transmitting and so it cuts out. So while I am instructing, my voice cuts out. When we are dancing the music cuts outs. It makes it difficult for students to follow. So, I broke down and bought a wireless headset mic.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia online, Zoom meetings, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, Nia Technique, Yin Yoga, stretch classes, online exercise, Zoom classes, virtual yoga, City of San Jose online exerciseI was taking a class from a friend and she was using a wireless headset mic and she told me what it was so I did some research. I researched for a few days and then with free returns available, I decided to get it and try it. It arrived Friday evening and I played with it all weekend.

I did tests, of all types, on Zoom – tests with music, without music, with speakers, with iTunes, with CDs, with fans, without fans . . . just all types of tests.  It worked great. I was fully prepared and so excited to teach Nia today.

My students “arrived” and we said hello and then I pressed play and my sound kept cutting out. Now, to me it is very important for my students to have good sound, that is why I am doing all this – and they did, but if I don’t have sound, I have nothing to teach too . . . . or worse, my sound was out of sync – to them . . . so I was instructing “off music”. It is very difficult to dance with instruction that is “off”. Sigh.

It was so bad, we restarted and I ditched my new toy for the old way.

I have not given up yet, but I was pretty deflated today. I had been so excited, I had done so many tests, I had spent so much time, I was ready to wow my students and make it great and so (insert sound of air being pushed out of a balloon). But, my students are very kind and understanding, they always have been. So their kindness made me feel a lot better.

As I said, I have not given up. I think I may have found a way to keep my sound from cutting out, but we will see.

I just thought I would share a portion of my day with you because I know that sometimes I can write it out and it helps.  I typed this out, then “sat on it” debating about posting it . . . people like positive and people certainly don’t want to hear that a class they are being asked to pay for has sound problems.  But, I also feel it is ok to be “real” and share struggles.  And . . . I can get “over” it with the combination of sharing and my students being so understanding.  Also, this is not to say everything is bad, this is just me sharing a bump in my journey in this odd new reality.

How was your day? What did you do?  Care to share, whatever it was?

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A Good Thing To Do Before Bed

Posted by terrepruitt on April 4, 2013

I have such wonderful Nia students.  One day I was talking to one of my students and she shared with me something she and her husband are doing before bed.  She said that they each share THREE good things that happened throughout the day.  Now this is just like the good thing jar idea in that the “good thing” is up to the person doing the sharing.  It can be anything you think of as a good thing.  You could say you heard your favorite song on the radio, saw a hummingbird, had a door held open for you, held a door open for someone else, you attended a Nia class . . . . whatever you want.  The “Good Thing” is up to you.  The idea is to help the day end on a positive note.  And it could lead to a nice conversation with whomever you are doing it with.  If you are doing it by yourself it could allow you to remember more good things about your day.  Whatever the situation it is a nice positive way to end the day.  Three good things is a beautiful thought to fall asleep on.

It could be particularly helpful in a stressful time.  Often when something is causing stress we tend to think about it a lot.  For me the quiet time as I am falling asleep is prime thinking time.  Is it for you?  With thinking time the mind can easily go to the stressful thought.  But if you have spent a little time with three good things maybe the good has pushed the stress off to a corner.  Falling asleep on a positive note seems like it would help you have a good sleep.  Sleep is a great tool in handling stress.  It could be you are happily thinking about your good things as you drift off.  Could be, if you have a partner you are talking about good things with, your partners good things are on your mind.

It also seems like this fun exercise would be good for people who tend to think of the negative instead of the positive.  This would help direct the negative attention to positive and shift the energy.  We all have things going on in our lives that we could dwell on and conduct negative thoughts and energy, so having to think about positive and good things that happened throughout the day and talk about three of them . . . that can really get the good stuff flowing.  Not thinking about the negative side of things can really work wonders.

I really like this idea.  I am looking forward to reading all the good things at the end of the year that I have document throughout the year, but this is a way to keep that “good thing” idea at the forefront.  This can provide “instant” gratification and help shift energy from negative and stressful to positive and peaceful.

Manifest the positive by sharing the good things!

What do you think?

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