Why Play is NOT a Waste of Time

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When we hear the word “play” , we usually think of two things: Something kids do and “waste of time”.

Sometimes we don’t allow ourselves to play because it doesn’t accomplish anything. It doesn’t check things off the to-do list. We already have so much to do, we really can’t spare the time to just have fun. Or we stick that are fun AND get something done. The problem with that is that after awhile, they stop feeling like play and start feeling like work. A lot of people run into this when they turn their hobby into a business. Sometimes I have this problem with my art and writing, when it starts to feel more like work than play.

But play is actually a vital need for us. As in something we need to have plenty of in order to thrive.

We need to do things for fun, just because they’re fun.

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Creative Flow

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I don’t stick with one thing for two long. I’m usually super enthusiastic about something for a few months, then eventually I back off and do something else for awhile until it’s time for me to come back to the first thing.

This is just part of my creative cycle.

Part of everyone’s probably.

I swing back and forth between art and writing, with other fun adventures thrown in. I tend to make the most art in the spring and fall when my studio is the perfect temperature, and I write in the summer and winter when I can take my laptop around wherever I want.

Then there’s hooping. Oh hooping, my new love. What a lovely way to smooth out my erratic summer energy.

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A Different Kind of Creativity

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I have three siblings, and we’re all about as different as four good people can be.

I’m the super artsy peacemaker who cries in Disney movies.

My sister is our red-headed spitfire who loves heavy metal and fears nothing.

My youngest brother is the only sibling with any athleticism whatsoever and he would live outside in a tent if he could.

Then there’s my oldest brother who is my polar opposite: He’s as numbers-oriented as I am artistic and as headstrong as I am sensitive. He wants to be an astrophysicist. I took an alternate class for my math credit in college because I flunked math 1010. He has to have company, I need my alone time. I have to create to survive and he wouldn’t touch a paintbrush with a 20 foot pole. He couldn’t care less about approval from others and I’m the recovering Queen of People Pleasers. (more…)

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Life Should Be A Creative Adventure

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I’m taking a vacation! Not a blogging vacation (though I’ll probably skip next week) but a real-life vacation with a hotel and time zone change and everything!

You see, my super smart (and hot) husband is graduating college with his bachelor’s degree after 7ish years of school AND our sixth anniversary is coming up! So we’re taking a gradiversary trip to Las Vegas and I am freaking over the moon. We haven’t gone on a trip in forever, especially with just the two of us! (more…)

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Rise and Shine Giveaway!

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The internet and the easy sharing of information and creativity is the greatest miracle of our age. My very favorite thing about the interwebs is the amazing new phenomenon of women teaching women through blogs, ecourses, ebooks and coaching.

I can honestly say that without amazing women and their work on the internet, I wouldn’t be the same person. I’d still be stuck in perpetual creative block, burnout, I’d still be overweight and bingeing, and probably very unhappy. I can’t believe what a different resources like these have made in my life. I’ve taken all kinds of ecourses, read dozens of ebooks, and followed gobs of different blogs and I’ve grown a little bit with each one. Every day I’m so thankful for the internet and this wonderful world of blogging, where everyone can teach and share and learn from each other. It’s a beautiful system and I invite you to check out these offerings. (more…)

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