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  • Writer's pictureJamie Elmer

Don't throw your scratch paper in the trash (Fall, 2020)

Updated: Oct 13, 2022

Dear Friends and Community,

First, as always, I hope you’re well, and able to make time to do things that make you feel good!

Recently, I’ve asked for some help. Help with projects that I’ve been meaning to do for years. Yes, years. One is this:

Since I started teaching one-on-one, I’ve kept a folder (now a computer file), on the lesson plan; what we did, and what your homework is. Well, 20 years later, I have a LOT of lesson plans and homework sheets. I’m finally having help compiling all the exercises I have ever given ANYONE, first in to a cohesive order, and eventually in to a mini handbooks for various needs (Stay tuned).

I’ve been meaning to do this for so long, and am thankful I asked for help. But also, what it made me think of, was just how many people have received a paper handout from me, or an emailed PDF of their exercises over the years, and how many of these documents became either scratch paper, or buried in an email. I know some of you are A+ students, but I’m also realistic. I know if I’ve given you homework, you’re probably not doing it every day. Thats okay.

And THIS made me think of the fact that we often have everything we need right in front of us, but have a strange habit of waiting, or putting off taking action. During this covid time, I can’t believe how many people I’ve heard say things like, “Once Covid is over I’ll…” As if your well being has HAD to stop during this time. We have so many tools already around us to help us be well, like any workout we could ever imagine on YouTube, or recipes, food tips, and even counseling online. My streaming/on demand site - been there for you this entire time through covid. Or maybe, just maybe, that homework sheet I gave you from way back when?! If you’re wondering what to do for exercise, movement or breathing, I encourage you to just start with something. Look on your bookshelf for an old Jazzercise book, or get outside if possible. You most likely have a resource right at your fingertips. CHOOSE TO USE IT.

As we move in to the holidays, in to colder weather for most of us, and are still hunkering down with covid, I encourage you to rise above being sucked in to Netflix land and keep moving and breathing. You have the tools, and now consider this newsletter a little motivation from me, to take action and use these tools.

Okay, now my soapbox is over, I’m going to take this moment to say…

If you celebrate Thanksgiving, have a wonderful one (although I know it may look very different this year).

And, if you’re a movement teacher, join me for a free, Instagram LIVE session on Wednesday, November 18th at 12 pm. Mountain Time for the start of a series I’m calling, CUE CLINIC. I’ll address topics like, body language while you’re teaching, and why we need to eliminate the use of the word “guys” from our vocabulary while teaching. Instagram LIVE, Wednesday, November 18th, 12 pm. Mountain Time. @movementtherapycompany (this session will be recorded and available to watch after)

Be well. And, continue to take good care of yourself and each other. I’m glad you’re a part of my life.


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