Portsmouth Fitness Leader Happy to Support Homelessness Fundraiser

Honore and her Mom, Andrea

I’ve been taking Zumba dance classes at Jubilation (where your first class is always FREE!) for years and love it.  The music, moves, and community fill me up in so many ways.

The owner, Honore LaFlamme has a big heart and when I asked about using the studio for a Back on My Feet fundraiser, she didn’t hesitate to say “Sure!”!

I believe in supporting nonprofit organizations when I can b/c they do so much for our community. Besides, the idea of helping homeless people get back on their feet with a jogging program sounds empowering!  —Honore LaFlamme

She’s also hosting a food drive that one of the other instructors,, Michelle Poulin organizes every Thanksgiving.

It is a great village!

There are all ages and abilities at Jubilation and all the instructors are fun and supportive!  Personally, I love being part of the older culture gravitating towards that back row!  There are quite a few of us boomers doing what we can, supporting each other, screaming on occasion, and welcoming new people.  Did I mention that the first class is always FREE?  And the schedule has options for everyone!

What’s the fundraiser about?

Lightening Larry

Lori Austin, a local social worker and student at PILL-Portsmouth Improv Learning Lab, (among other things) is leading the fundraiser with her non-imposing, yet very inspiring alias Lightening Larry! 

The local event will take place on 2/24/18 and is part of Lori’s bigger fundraising plan.  We’ll share more about that soon, for now I just wanted to publicly thank Honore for helping and casually mention Larry’s, I mean Lori’s Back on My Feet crowdsource project!

PILL Joliday Holiday Party Date & Signup Link

Thanks for all of your  interest and thoughts about our first Joliday Holiday PILL Party.

The best date given your responses and PPMTV space is 12/16/17 from 4p-7p!  I hope that works for everyone and you’ll be welcome to come for all or part of our time.

You’ll see your ideas incorporated in the signup sheet! by following this link:

SIGNUP Here

Let me know if questions here or bbbboynton@gmail.com.

Have a great week-end and keep clapping! Click To Tweet

Beth

Help Lightening Larry Share Kindness & Empower Homeless People!

By Lori Austin, LCSW

So excited, once again to think about empowering those who struggle with homelessness to gain independence via RUNNING for Back on My Feet (BoMF).  

For me being an athlete throughout my whole life and running in my adult life has had enormous benefits.  It has kept me moving forward through my own personal traumas, losses and acceptance of my own illnesses. 

I have found grace and through this grace I can share it with others. Grace then comes back ten fold through service. I have never been homeless but I have struggled as most of us have in our lives.

It has taken me a long time to embrace who I am learning to love the struggle and my beautiful gifts. Growing up with illness around me as a little girl, coping with my own and facing losses of two brothers in adulthood taken too fast. Then seeing my beautiful parents leave this earth via cancer and Alzheimer’s.  I am where I am today through all of this.  The gift of international travel blessed me life in recent years as a social worker where I found a true voice after years of being a caretaker of my family members. 

Lightening Larry was born in England out of a joke with colleagues, (It was an accent thing with my name, Lori.  Has anyone seen Larry? Who is Larry?). He has come to represent a superhero sharing light and kindness to the world. 

It is a true honor and blessing to simply run and raise money for BoMF at the London Marathon in April 2018 where Lightening Larry can go back and spread light.

The volunteers of BoMF share their time with members at 5:30 am three times a week running to help them build confidence and move forward with their lives. After they make a commitment to themselves and BoMF, the runners gain access to job training and housing.  This occurs in 12 major cities in the United States.  I have chosen to run London Marathon which helps raise money for new chapters in new cities in the United States. Incredible!!

Please help support me as I am raising $7,500 plus.

Learn about the origins of BoMF here.

Help Plan a Joliday Holiday PILL Party?

I have the extreme good fortune of getting to know all PILL Peeps!  And what an awesome group of people you are! OMG!   Many of you know each other and I believe would love meeting those you don’t know yet. You are all so kind, lovable, and playful!!

One proactive PILL person , many of you know and love, Robin Masia (pronounced like Asia with an M) suggested I have a holiday PILL Party.   Doesn’t that sound great?  Thanks, Rockin’ Robin!  (Even though you will be traveling during the time!)

This will be a gift from PILL to all of you IF you help co-create it.  No charge, no annoying registration, no discussion about personal growth! 🙂

I can get space at PPMTV,  publicize and  facilitate some play.  I need help with all the other stuff like cups, food, drinks, decorations, pictures, cleaning up.  What else…?

If you’ve taken a PILL class you KNOW our capacity for joy is strong and true and healthy.  Even amidst all else the world presents.  Especially so!

It's our party and we'll laugh if we want to! -A POPULAR PILL PROVERB Click To Tweet

What are your thoughts?  Will you help?  Are any of you PILL Peeps also Party Planners?

What do you think of a Saturday afternoon?  Like say 12/2, 12/9, or 12/16? Or would a week-day early evening be better?  Like one of the Mondays (4, 11, 18th)?  

Use the comment section to respond publicly w/ ideas, questions, & offers to help!

And you can always reach me by email;  bbbboynton@gmail.com.

Late Bird Special! Mindfulness Meets Improv Class-Stronger together!

Does this class sound interesting to you? We love to have you join us.

Stronger Together:  The Extra Strength PILL for Connecting with Fun & Presence?

There is still room in this unique workshop series that Liz Korabek-Emerson and I piloted over the summer!  It sounds weird, but combining these two practices is easy, fun, and sometimes….transformative.

We’ve already got enough signups to run the class and want to see if there are any more takers!

Soooooo….we’re offering a $10 savings to anyone who registers between now and Monday at 6p.  Don’t wait too long though b/c there is a limited # of spots open.

Register/learn more here and look for the Late Bird Ticket!

If you have questions, email me or liz:

Liz:  Korabek@comcast.net

Me: bbbboynton@gmail.com

 

Enjoy “Gibberish Talk Show Host” for the Sheer Pleasure of Watching Humans Play!

Here is another fun video from the PILL filming project involving the Out of the PILLbox Players (OOPPs); Jody Fuller, Glenna Kimball, Liz Korabek-Emerson, Mary Ellen McElroy. Robin Masia, Corrie Owens-Beauchesne, Anita Remig, and Dwyer Vessey!  (You guys are amazing and I love you all!)

In “Gibberish Talk Show Host” adapted from Kate Koppet’s Training to Imagine, there is an interdependence of three people as they impact each others’ roles and build a “scene” together.

  • The Expert understands but does not speak English and doesn’t need to know anything about the topic.
  • The Translator can make up anything she wants while trying to stay in the spirit and tone expressed by the expert.
  • The Talk Show Host can guide the conversation with any combination of cues from the expert or translator.

Here Anita (Talk Show Host), Dwyer (Translator), and Mary Ellen (Gibberish Expert) take on the topic of-Horse-riding suggested by their peers. Meanwhile, the rest of us look on in supportive fascination and wondering…what will happen next? 🙂

While this activity is engaging and hilarious to watch, it can also be a powerful teaching tool to help nurses and doctors communicate better!

Next Discover PILL class starts 9/11/2017! Next Stronger Together class starts 10/23/2017!

And thanks to Chad Cordner for production support and with Colin McCarthy and Eddie Pimansone for manning the cameras!

 

 

 

How Delivering Pizza Led Me to a Spiritual Reunion that I Am SO Grateful For!

Most of my work these days is around developing, promoting, and teaching PILL classes in Portsmouth and Medical Improv at healthcare conferences and organizations all over the country.  I LOVE and am committed to this fun and transformative process!

Upcoming gigs:

But what does that have to do with pizza and spiritual events?

Well……sometimes it is good to step away from trying to make things happen and let them happen with a faith in some higher plane of wisdom, …maybe… right?  So this summer I toyed with some part-time ideas of bartending, nursing, and delivering pizza.  I wanted something low stress and different.  Bartending?  Maybe.  Nursing? No, part-time is too stressful.  Not enough staff typically and I’ve done 30 plus years of direct care.  I want something lighter.

Delivering pizza?  Seriously?

I had to struggle with my ego a bit.  After all, what is a nurse, author, and international speaker doing delivering pizza?  I know, it is a little weird, but that’s what I decided to do.  So a couple of times a week I put on my Papa Gino’s outfit and drive around the seacoast and deliver pizza.  The people I work with are from all over the world and very nice.  The scenery is nice, people getting pizza are usually in good spirits,  and for now,  I kinda like it.

And one day, I was surprised to see a vaguely familiar name on a delivery order that I was assigned to.  A relative of my ex sister-in-law, Susan who passed away a few years ago from colon cancer.  She had been divorced from my brother and due to complex family dynamics way outside the scope of this post, I had lost track of her.  And yet she was a very nurturing person in my life when I was growing up.   ( I think I met her when I was about 10 years old.)

To say the least, I loved her dearly and have fond memories of her and her family.

So, I took a deep breath in noting some anxiety taking the pizza over.  After all, I wasn’t really exactly sure who I was taking it to and what kind of feelings might be encountered given the old family dynamics and my, shall we say unusual role?

Well, Susan’s brother answered the door.  I remembered him immediately, gave him the pizza, and introduced myself saying how much I missed his sister.  He remembered me and without any hesitation invited me in to see his (and Susan’s) Mother.  OMG what a gift.  I remembered her and she, now elderly,  remembered me.   We hugged and both got teary.  She’s just as nurturing as Susan was!  When I was a little girl she AND Susan were wonderful beacons of love in my life.

Well, she wanted me to come back and her son said the door was always open.  I left with a full heart and promise to do so.  I even dropped by without my pizza garb for a longer visit last week.  I feel so joyful about this reconnection and opportunity to be part of her village at this point in her life and mine.

Crazy, right?  A Higher plane of wisdom, maybe….right?

Thinking of Taking a PILL? Check out Sunday’s Single Dose and September’s Discover PILL Classes

I love teaching Improv classes for people who want to have fun, tap into a supportive community, and play around with personal growth.  Ask any PILL-taker what they love about class and you may get different answers.  One thing I think we all share is the joy experienced in Divine Play.  I’ll write more about why I love teaching and playing improv in another post, but right now I want you to know about 2 upcoming classes!

Discover PILL:  The Improv Way to Have Fun, Meet Nice People, & Grow!

Monday evenings 6:30p-830p, Sept 11th-Oct 16th 2017

This beginners’ class is held once/week for 6 weeks and is a great way to try fundamental improv activities and meet some fun and nice people. You may also experience increased confidence and improved communication skills. Facilitated by Beth Boynton.  We’ll make time for discussion and socializing.  No experience necessary!  Just a desire to explore the realm of this divine play with others.  Read more or register here!  This class may be repeated multiple times!  Oh and don’t miss the Early Bird rate!

Contact Beth (bbbboynton@gmail.com) with any questions!  I’m always happy to meet for coffee in Portsmouth and tell you more.

Discover PILL 2: More Divine Play the Improv Way

(It is a Single Dose PILL and STARTS THIS SUNDAY!)

4th Sunday of the month starting August 27th.

If you’ve taken Discover PILL: The Improv Way to Have Fun, Meet Nice People, & Grow and/or Stronger Together: The Extra Strength PILL for Connecting with Presence and Fun, you’ll be jazzed to know about Discover PILL 2. In this once a month level II class we’ll jump right into improv activities, try some more complex ones, and play for longer. They’ll be time for socializing and discussing too! But mostly, we’ll play! Read more or register here.  You can save by registering online.  Use the private pay option to pay the online rate at the door!

Contact Beth (bbbboynton@gmail.com) with any questions!

Lots of Creative Happenings on the NH Seacoast-Yes, Like The PILL Filming Project!

Thanks to the amazing Out of the PILLbox Players* and Portsmouth Public Media TV, the PILL filming project is off the ground.  PILL stands for Portsmouth Improv Learning Lab where we hold improv classes for everyday people who want to have fun, develop interpersonal skills, and meet other nice people.  (We even have a new class combining mindfulness and improvisation!)

There are two goals for the filming project:

  1. To help people see how safe, fun, connecting, and enriching improv activities can be.
  2. To provide video samples of activities that can be used for teaching as discussed in my train-the-trainer book, Medical Improv: A New Way to Improve Communication.

Same Time Story aka Mirror Speech aka Synchronized Story is a fun improv activity adapted from Viola Spolin’s book,  Theatre for the Classroom. Here, Glenna Kimball and Jody Fuller demonstrate the activity while their friends look on!

As you watch this 2 min Youtube, notice:

  • How much fun they and their classmates are having!
  • How quickly they adapt to an unexpected topic and change in leadership!
  • How focused they are on each other!
  • How safe and easy this activity can be!

Same Time Story can be useful in the development of emotional intelligence and respectful listening skills and it is a great way for people to experience what it is like to be heard!  Yet, it can be tricky to teach or explain in writing!

Introducing the Out of the PILLbox Players (OOPPs)!

Jody Fuller, Glenna Kimball, Liz Korabek-Emerson, Mary Ellen McElroy. Robin Masia, Corrie Owens-Beauchesne, Anita Remig, and Dwyer Vessey! A couple OOPPs have acting backgrounds. Most do not.  All have taken some PILL classes and have agreed to help with the goals of this project.  We had a blast and will be holding 3 more sessions.  (If you are interested in participating, contact me:  bbbboynton@gmail.com)

And thanks to Chad Cordner for production support and with Colin McCarthy and Eddie Pimansone for manning the cameras!

 

Mindfulness Meets Improvisation-Part V-Cultivate Generosity

In part I of this series we explored how both practices help with listening, responding, and being present.  In Part II, we talked about starting anywhere, Part III, embracing uncertainty, and Part IV-on being kind!  

Here we explore how these two seemingly different practices both help us to: Cultivate Generosity!

When we are confident in our ability to meet our lives, moment by moment, we can afford to relax and be generous with ourselves and others.   We can take the long view and put things into perspective.  We don’t have to take ourselves so seriously.  In practicing mindfulness, once our minds settle even for a moment, we begin to connect with spaciousness, the feeling that there is enough room for things to be just the way they are.  

The ducks can just float by – we don’t have to line them all up.  

We recognize our thoughts and then practice letting them go.  We have the opportunity to further practice this when we improvise.  We have an idea of what to do next and then the situation changes and we have to shift gears, letting go of our idea.  By continuously letting go of our ideas, thoughts and scenarios in our heads and opening up to the moment fresh and curious we create the spaciousness to go with the flow.  

In the flow we start to see the bigger picture and how we can jump in and be generous.

If you are interested in experiencing these two practices (and we hope you are), join Beth Boynton and me for our exciting launch of the workshop:

Stronger Together:  The Extra Strength PILL for Connecting with Presence & Fun 

We believe you will exhale, laugh, and leave sessions feeling stronger together!

Mindfulness and improvisation?  To help people develop emotional intelligence, good communication skills, presence and deeper connections?  Granted, it’s a little out of the box.  But most fun, cutting edge and innovative stuff is.  -Liz Korabek-Emerson

Liz is a certified mindfulness instructor, transformational workshop leader and creative coach dedicated to helping people become more resilient through mindfulness.  Since 2012 she has been designing and leading mindfulness programs for individuals and organizations including the Portsmouth Hospital, Liberty Mutual, and Riverwoods Retirement community.  She also holds an MFA in theatre and brings thirty years of experience creating and directing theatre to teaching programs that are empowering, creative and engaging.  Learn more at Korabek Training.