Find What Brings You Joy

“Pick a career you love and you will never work a day in your life.” This quote is the reason I decided to work with Get it Going. The passion Jill  has for Get it Going fuels my desire to see her dreams come true. When I was in school, I found that my goals came easy: get a new personal running record, get an “A” in class, keep up with my family. Now that I’ve graduated, I realized that finding fulfillment in the real world is harder than it seems. I thought that just making enough to pay my bills, buy food, and having enough to do fun activities outside of the office was all I needed – no matter what kind of job I have. Slowly I realized that if I can’t find a reason to get moving in the morning then I’m not doing anything worth doing and moreover,  I want to look back on my life one day and see that these times brought me joy. The thing about joy is that it can’t be found in other people – it has to be manifested in your life by only you. I thought that if I was surrounded by the perfect group of friends, in the perfect state of New Hampshire that I would find joy. Although I do live in the best state in the nation and I am surrounded by the most beautiful people I’ve ever met, these things are not what brings joy. I needed to find a way to see myself making a difference in someone’s life, I needed to be doing something worth doing. Get it Going is a company that not only encourages people to be their best selves, but gives them the means in order to do so. Life isn’t about making enough money, or making the grade. Life is about looking at yourself in the mirror and knowing that there is something worth doing today, someone worth helping and loving, something to do or give that makes the world a better place.
There are endless ways that you can Get it Going in your life. For me, it’s helping others to Get it Going. My “GIG” (something that gets me going) every day is to see the world slowly become smaller – to see countries and neighbors come together in a common love for each other. For you, it might be telling a stranger that their shoes are cool, or helping the librarian put a book on the top shelf, or sitting down with someone and letting them talk your ear off because sometimes that’s all people really need -just to be heard. Get it Going’s main encouragements are kindness,love, mindfulness, confidence, and respect.  I resonate with all of them, you might only resonate with one. Find what your GIG is and let’s Get it Going together. Join the movement with me!

-Lauren Perrodin

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DOING GOOD FEELS GOOD BY SAVANNAH SLONE

We’re all in this life together and I think that we can all agree that we feel more contented when we feel supported. It feels better for everyone when we’re helping each other get through it. Everyone is undergoing their own personal struggles, so when we feel heard and understood, we feel less alone.

It’s undeniable–the happiest people are the kindest people. Regardless of race, gender, religion, class, or amount of available free time, we can all incorporate kindness into our everyday lives. When we do good for others, we feel better, ourselves. Begin improving your quality of life today by demonstrating kindness and compassion. When you set an example by doing good, you inspire other to do the same.

Good deeds come in an endless variety of possibilities. Doing good can be volunteering, being more inclusive, smiling at strangers, or complimenting people. It can also be calling a friend to ask how they’re doing, being available as a listener, offering to babysit for free, paying for the person’s coffee or food who is behind you in line, or opening the door for others. Other ideas include baking cookies for a person or organization in your community, sending thank you cards, taking an acquaintance or new community member to lunch, shoveling a neighbor’s driveway, and sending letters to soldiers and/or people in the hospital.

An example of one of my go-to acts of kindness is leaving notes of encouragement in random places. I begin by cutting and decorating scrapbook paper and adding quotations or simple affirmations. Among these quotes of encouragement have been, “You are enough”, “You are worth it”, “Love yourself”, “You are beautiful”, “Good things are coming”, and others of similar nature. When I have my inspirational notes prepared, I put them on top of neighbors’ mailboxes, on community bulletin boards, under car windshield wipers, inside of travel guide brochures, and any other places that I see fit, depending on where I am. For example, I found a lot more spaces for these notes while in Seattle, in comparison to the small town I live in. Make your own notes of encouragement and get to spreading unexpected bits of happiness. I first began doing this after I came across one of these notes and it made my day. I wanted to brighten the days of others, as well.

Another great way to make a habit of practicing kindness is through Get it Going Now’s monthly kindness box. Each month, Get it Going Now subscribers receive a box which contains instructions, materials and cool souvenirs that result in a project to perform a good deed. By subscribing to Get it Going Now, you will feel inspired by your monthly opportunity to practice kindness.

Learn more about Get it Going Now here: https://www.getitgoingnow.com.

What acts of kindness have you recently practiced? Let us know in the comments section below.

Our Story

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This story was born as hurricane Belle was building momentum in August 1976. My journey, the mistakes made, lessons learned, challenges faced, experiences shared, and emotions felt have shaped what we now call Get it Going.

After fighting wildfires in the great American West, climbing remote peaks in the Cascades, and teaching therapeutic life skills in the Utah backcountry, my love of life and fear of loss brought me back to my birth right and the place I now call home. When I arrived I envisioned my dreams of starting a family and sought happiness in serving the world as an occupational therapist. Seeking answers brought me to more questions. The repetitive grind of a 9-5 work scene was more than my soul could bare. Instead of answers, all I found were questions.

Soaking in the ebbs and flows during my daily bicycle rides along the Atlantic Ocean served as a daily reminder that routines don’t have to be redundant and the true journey of life is about the freedom found in being true to oneself and embracing change. How could I have missed it all these years? The missing link had been sitting on the license plates in front of me the whole time. All it took was thirty years and one red light and there it was, the NH state, and now my personal motto, “Live Free or Die.”

The light turned green as I rushed to my brother’s house to share this revelation and he gave me the sage advice and words that now define my true purpose in life “Get it Going Jill!” Matt had no idea what he had started and neither did I. With each passing day my resolve strengthens and vision expands. With no business degree, no experience, and no idea what I was about to get into, I trademarked the phrase that had become me. . . Get it Going.

At first I came up with an idea, failure. I came up with another idea, failure. I came up with another idea- and I realized that failure was really my success because I had truly given my best effort and showed the world my truest self. Education and connection started to become the hallmarks of my life. One day, a book about purpose helped me see things differently, the next day a book about gratitude helped me see my blessings and so it began. I took courses on reiki and meditation, read more books, listened to speakers and signed up for daily newsletters to stay on track. I was addicted to all the ways that improving my mind, body, and soul were passed on to those I touched. Still working 9-5 and standing at a copy machine it came to me!

Get it Going is my way of sharing these experiences and inspiring others to do the little things that make them more authentic versions of themselves. Now the mission is about helping others find their own happiness, hope, and humility each and every day.

I am one woman, living one day at a time, inspiring action in the daily lives of others to make this world a place of action and a commitment to be the best you / me we can be. Together we can inspire others to join this movement of being true to ourselves and inspiring “daily goodness” for others. It’s a ripple. Do kind, Do nice. Do love. Do confidence. Do mindfulness. Do be yourself. Do watch the ripples that you create form a wave that build toward a better tomorrow.

How I Got it Going: Nick Pizzi

Getting it Going is a lot like driving a GMC Sierra with a V8 engine. When the truck is accelerating through the on-ramp to the highway all eight cylinders are firing and the engine consumes substantial amounts of fuel. However, when the truck gets up to a cruising highway speed it only starts using four cylinders. Occasionally the truck may encounter a steep hill, and all eight cylinders will need to fire to complete the ascent. But for the most part, maintaining a certain speed is a lot easier than getting up to speed.

Getting it going is the most demanding step. Even for the truck getting it going (accelerating) was the most difficult part. It’s both challenging and in most cases terrifying to step outside your comfort zone and Get it Going. For those people that are scared and apprehensive about getting it going, let me share my own story and hopefully this will help you to Get it Going too.

I am a recent graduate from the University of New Hampshire, achieving an MS in Zoology. My true passion and dream job is being a wildlife biologist, focusing on birds. However, my field is severely underfunded, highly competitive, and even sometimes political. Finding my dream job seemed almost impossible.

After I graduated I settled and accepted a job in the environmental industry, packing and removing hazardous waste. I tried many mind tricks, and tried to convince my brain that it wasn’t so bad. I found some comfort in knowing I had a well-paying job with a 20 minute round trip commute, but I also hated my job. I eventually came to the conclusion that the benefit of the pay did not outweigh the cost of the decreased happiness.

I knew that in order to be happy I needed to a) quit my job with the environmental company, and b) pursue my career goals.

I was terrified of the idea of quitting my job and accepting another job offer with decreased pay. However, although I was scared I knew I needed to get things going soon. After a few months of debating whether or not to quit, I finally walked right into my boss’s office and officially resigned from my position.  

While I still have a lot of time and energy to invest in achieving my career goals and becoming a wildlife biologist, simply getting it going and initiating the first step (quitting my job) has dramatically increased my happiness. My girlfriend helped me get it going, and now I hope I can help you to get it going too.

Sometimes we are terrified of the things that we want to do. Crazy right? How can we be scared of something we want? I have no idea how or why this happens, but it does and it’s pretty common. All I know is that I encourage all of you to go out there and get it going, no matter how scared you are. Why wait any longer to get it going? Get it going NOW!

Best, Nick

Respect: What it is and What it Looks Like

This blog has been written and rewritten about seven times. What it all came down to is that I can’t tell you how to earn, deserve, or expect respect. Honestly, respect from others is unfortunately entirely up to them – whether you like it or not. All I can really do is suggest to you how to respect yourself and others and how it’ll change your world.

Imagine an ideal world where respect is everywhere.  Everything and everyone in this world treat others as they would like to be treated. I believe they call this the golden rule. People listen to others, treat others as equals, consider each other’s  needs, wants, pains, and joys as their own. This is the ideal world of respect but it’s only real on paper.

If that sounds great then I recommend starting with yourself. Change starts with one person. So go ahead. . . lead by example.

Respect Yourself:

In my opinion, the biggest form of respect you can show yourself is being yourself no matter what others think or say. Looking at yourself in the mirror every day and telling the person staring back at you how much you matter to them can be very powerful.  Everyday is a perfect day to show up as the best that you can be. When you respect yourself, it radiates from you and others soon notice. The way you treat yourself shows others that you know how you want to be treated and maybe more importantly won’t tolerate disrespect. Stand up for yourself. Love yourself. And be yourself. . . no one else knows how to be you anyway.

Respect Others:

Some of the most well known and respected people in the world also show unwavering respect for others. Whether it be for the people of the earth, its creatures, or its natural resources, these people show respect in beautiful ways. Once you’ve got loving yourself down, loving others seems like the easiest things in the world. At this point it’s not about expecting respect in return because you have enough love for yourself  to spill over to everyone. Respecting others is really about loving and accepting others, showing them the love you have for yourself, and perhaps inspiring them to love themselves as well.

That easy two step plan can happen every day. Every day can start and end by showing respect for yourself by eating healthy, exercising, meditating, loving mantras, self talk, and making choices that empower and facilitate the best version of you.  Showing respect can look like picking up trash outside, holding the door for someone, listening, being patient, contributing to chores, and maybe even just not saying anything if you don’t have anything nice to say.

Respect can go a long way and it truly benefits everyone around you. The best part is that it starts with you. Respect. Get it Going.

By: Lauren Perrodin

15 Ways to Show Love

Love is one of those words that most people don’t understand. Maybe it isn’t meant to be understood but just to be felt. Nonetheless, Plato, in his Symposism, described love as superseding lust, or animalistic desire, and entering into a more intellectual concept of something or someone. Parents everywhere describe having their first child as finally understanding what love means. Some still have a hard time looking at their partner and knowing “for sure” if it’s love that they feel for them.

 

I don’t believe that I can tell you how to find love. The only thing I can really tell you is how to show love. Showing love can be as easy as reminding your friend to “drive safe” when they leave your house. Get it Going helps its readers take action in their own lives to Get it Going. To us, what you give is what you get back. Follow what your heart says and do what you can to let people know that you care.

Sometimes it is hard to know how to express love to others on an everyday basis. Here is a list of things you can do to show love and Get it Going in your own communities:

  1. Give time to someone you haven’t seen in awhile
  2. Buy the person behind you in line a coffee
  3. Say “thank you” to your loved ones
  4. Do things without expecting a “thank you” in return
  5. Offer to volunteer at your local hospital, animal shelter, etc.
  6. Get to know your neighbors and ask if they need anything
  7. Smile at whoever catches your eye on the street
  8. Donate the things you don’t use/wear anymore
  9. Be thoughtlessly generous with gifts
  10. Create a surprise for your loved one, significant other, best friend, anyone
  11. Listen to someone you know is having a difficult time
  12. Encourage others to be their best selves
  13. Write a letter to someone you miss
  14. Refrain from giving harsh criticism for a full week
  15. Forgive

 

Find What Brings You Joy

“Pick a career you love and you will never work a day in your life.” This quote is the reason I decided to work with Get it Going. The passion Jill  has for Get it Going fuels my desire to see her dreams come true. When I was in school, I found that my goals came easy: get a new personal running record, get an “A” in class, keep up with my family. Now that I’ve graduated, I realized that finding fulfillment in the real world is harder than it seems. I thought that just making enough to pay my bills, buy food, and having enough to do fun activities outside of the office was all I needed – no matter what kind of job I have. Slowly I realized that if I can’t find a reason to get moving in the morning then I’m not doing anything worth doing and moreover,  I want to look back on my life one day and see that these times brought me joy. The thing about joy is that it can’t be found in other people – it has to be manifested in your life by only you. I thought that if I was surrounded by the perfect group of friends, in the perfect state of New Hampshire that I would find joy. Although I do live in the best state in the nation and I am surrounded by the most beautiful people I’ve ever met, these things are not what brings joy. I needed to find a way to see myself making a difference in someone’s life, I needed to be doing something worth doing. Get it Going is a company that not only encourages people to be their best selves, but gives them the means in order to do so. Life isn’t about making enough money, or making the grade. Life is about looking at yourself in the mirror and knowing that there is something worth doing today, someone worth helping and loving, something to do or give that makes the world a better place.

There are endless ways that you can Get it Going in your life. For me, it’s helping others to Get it Going. My “GIG” (something that gets me going) every day is to see the world slowly become smaller – to see countries and neighbors come together in a common love for each other. For you, it might be telling a stranger that their shoes are cool, or helping the librarian put a book on the top shelf, or sitting down with someone and letting them talk your ear off because sometimes that’s all people really need -just to be heard. Get it Going’s main encouragements are kindness,love, mindfulness, confidence, and respect.  I resonate with all of them, you might only resonate with one. Find what your GIG is and let’s Get it Going together. Join the movement with me!

-Lauren Perrodin