HELLO & HAPPY NEW YEAR!
And….HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE MISS NINA WEEKLY VIDEO SHOW!!
January 1st, 2023 marks the 11th birthday of The Miss Nina Weekly Video show AND my weekly email!
It’s hard to believe that I’ve been sending out emails every Tuesday for 11 years straight! And producing weekly YouTube videos!
In 2012 when I started publishing weekly sing-along, move-along videos for toddlers and preschoolers it was with a mission of providing active screen time that would engage children’s minds and bodies rather than passively watching a screen and that would create an experience that felt interactive to them where they would feel seen and heard by the other end of the screen and with a real human rather than animation. ( Children need to see real human faces and emotions to learn about emotions & empathy).
In 2011 I began toying with the idea of making children’s music videos on YouTube that “broke the 4th wall” and talked to the children. But I felt really shy and self conscious about it!
The final push to start my regular weekly content was my sweet friend, Samantha, who at 18 months was getting treatment for Lymphoma and would watch my one Wheels On The Bus video “with the pink guitar” on repeat while in the Oncology Unit, and her parents and nurses had sweetly (and desperately – LOL!) Asked if I would please make another video for some much needed variety. LOL!
And so it began. And what a ride! My video show has been an experience full of growth and expansion personally and professionally! I’ve ended up reaching and connecting with children and families around the globe, having my videos used in classrooms and homes from China and Japan to South Africa, Australia to Europe, North America and South America and everywhere in between.
I’ve made friends, had incredible collaborations, have had my talented kids music friends as guests including several JUNO & GRAMMY award nominees and winners, partnered with YouTube Studios in NYC, worked with Make-A-Wish and received incredible opportunities that all happened as a result of the video show.
It’s been an incredibly meaningful and touching experience. You’ve written and told me how my videos have helped your children through medical procedures, with bedtime routines & medication routines and with tantrums. I’ve heard how they’ve helped your children learn to read, clean-up and learn English. I’ve learned how they’ve helped teachers in their planning, classroom management and teaching… the list goes on and it’s been such a blessing to know that by following this little nudge in my head and heart back in 2011 that told me to do this that I would impact so many.
But now, I’m just feeling called – much like I felt back then – to do something different. To make space for the new. New what? I don’t know yet! Lol! But I am just feeling pulled to open up my time, and my mind and some space in my life to play creatively and explore new directions.
So, with much much – so much! – reflection and in support from my family and friends, I’ve come to the decision to take a sabbatical from the Miss Nina Weekly Video show and Weekly Email. This is for an undetermined and indefinite amount of time.
I’m keeping the sabbatical open ended because if there is a pressure of an end date, I won’t feel the freedom I need to just be, explore, reflect and see what new and wonderful things might come out of this time.
But don’t worry! It won’t be complete silence! I’ll be sure to reach out in email every so often throughout this year, and there may be some new videos….just not for a while. 🙂
I am still teaching my online classes and I am still performing at libraries. You can still access all of my videos on YouTube and even more over in the Pink Guitar Club!! My website is still accessible as is all of my music and albums on Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon. It is just he weekly video show and email that are going on hiatus.
So – this is not fully goodbye! Just a much needed pause. Thank you for being here. Thank you for all of your support and kindness and love. Thank you for having Miss Nina be a part of you and your children’s lives.
So long, for now….
Your wonderful music for children has been so supportive and instructive in developing my “retirement’ from teaching adventure of teaching Music to children who have special needs, their families, and teachers!! I am forever grateful and delighted to be able to continue to access your Music for inspiration, or to share with my Grandgirls.
Wishing you Peace, Grace, and the wonders of Music always,
Thank you so so much, Nanci!! It makes my heart happy that my music & videos has been helpful to you and all those you serve (and love!).
I’ll still send out emails often, just not every week for right now. 🙂 Thank you so much for kindness and support! XOXO
Miss Nina, Thank you for the many gifts to our children! You know your music has been a blessing to our Emily in New Hampshire. She is 10 years old now and we are still watching your videos and enjoy your music. You are her dear friend, even though you haven’t met Emily in person. I want to remind you that you are welcome to visit (no cost) New Hampshire at our cottages on Newfound Lake. The offer stands open always! You have given Emily so much!
If on your sabbatical you decide you would like to take a trip to New Hampshire, e-mail me at newfound email@example.com. I promise not to bother you, we just want to express our thanks. It is a peaceful, clean, comfortable, spiritual spot w beautiful lake and Mountain View’s. Please don’t hesitate to come! We thank you with all our hearts, enjoy your new adventure. Emily’s grandparents, Michael and Pat Donahue
Thank you Nina for all the music, I am going to miss them! You’ve become a familiar face and voice. Love you, and yes sometimes we need to take sabbatical!
Aw, thank you Rita for all your support and kindness!! And all my videos will stay up on YouTube and my music is still out there on Apple Music and Amazon and Spotify. And perhaps after a nice break I’ll be back with more eventually…. who knows! But I really so appreciate the support of taking a Sabbatical. It helps to make the transition easier! XOXO
We will miss your songs. Children here in Italy love them but in your library there are still enough songs to keep going forward. Good luck with all.
Hi Jorinde! Oh, I’m so happy to hear you and the children in Italy are enjoying my videos!! And yes – here on my website and on youTube all the videos will stay up for all to access. And perhaps after a nice break there will be more… Thank you for being here and part of the Miss Nina community!! XOXO
Thank you, Miss Nina for sharing your blessed talent. We love all your music so very much. My grand daughter Gweneth has Home/Hospital teaching for many years. And we love watching your music Videos. We have a great gratitude and appreciate your noteworthy dedication You’re a stellar teacher and truly proud to share Miss Nina’s love to family and friends. All our love and thank you, from our warm hearts, for everything. All the best to you and your family.