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'You Are' Jar | Guest Post by Jodi Murphy | Not Quite Amish

‘You Are’ Jar | Guest Post by Jodi Murphy



I am not a huggy-touchy kind of person but it doesn’t mean that I don’t feel affection for my children, friends, and family. On the contrary, the depth of my love is monumental, so I find ways to show it through my actions and creativity. Words alone are not enough, so I’m always looking for ways to boost someone’s spirits and brighten their days in unexpected ways.

My son especially needs this. He has Aspergers Syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism, and he always feels as though he never measures up to society’s expectations. He struggles to see his value in a world that’s socially confusing and contradictory. It’s difficult to know your place in the world when you don’t fully understand its social cues and rules.


The YOU ARE Jar of Positive Affirmations is part of my ‘love plan’ for building his confidence and reminding him that he is valued and adored. It’s a fast and easy DIY project you can do for your children, friends, and family.

Super Easy DIY: 

1. Find a jar with a lid—something wide enough for fingers to reach inside.

2. Optional: Decorate the lids with a photo, ribbon, old cards, or a collage. Use pretty bits you already have on hand.

3. Add a label with the text: ‘YOU ARE…’ on the jar. Use your own label or download the PDF and print my labels.

4. Add strips of positive adjectives inside the jar. You can print them on decorative scrapbook papers, hand write them on blank 3 x 5 cards, cut strips out of wrapping paper, or download and use the PDF template I created.

The Message Tag:

Attach a message tag with a personal note and expression of love along with the directions. Here are a few examples:


Directions: Shake jar, pull out a card, and say out loud…”I AM (the word on the card).” Never ever forget that YOU ARE…loved. XO Mom 

Once a day, please reach into the jar, pull out a card, and say out loud, “I AM (the word on the card).” You are truly one of my dearest friends and I want you to be reminded how special YOU ARE…

This is a great project for your kids too! Coming up with the descriptive words for the cards is an excellent learning opportunity about adjectives…decorating the jars, a fun, no rules art project…and the giving of a YOU ARE jar, an expression of gratitude and love for another.

Jodi Murphy has been a freelance marketing specialist for the last 25+ years working for clients in a variety of industries, a journalist in the design/luxury lifestyle industry, and co-founder of Nesting Newbies, one of the first independent lifestyle digital magazines. But her most important role and her life’s passion is being a mom! She founded Geek Club Books to share her son’s life on the spectrum in a positive and entertaining way. Her focus is on building a community of spectrum and neurotypicals who are engaged with and inspired by the Geek Club Books’ message of self-acceptance—“I’m unique. I’m a geek.” Jodi writes original content on the blog, and, with the help of her talented kids and top-notch creative team, she produces audio stories, e-books, and interactive storybook APPs.


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  1. I LOVE this! I’m going to make one!

  2. Jodi, this is awesome. Do you think it would make a good Christmas present for my 12-year-old autistic great-niece? She struggles so much—she lives with her grandparents and feels her mom’s abandonment. Great idea! Thanks.

  3. Love this so much! I am doing this for all the kiddos we love!

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