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Cultivating Play

June 9, 2014 | 11 Comments

In the last few weeks I completed Part 2 of Brené Brown’s online course, wrapped up a 7 week The Daring Way group, and finished reading a pretty heavy parenting book, Parenting From The Inside Out. I.AM.SPENT. It’s June! Time to lighten the load a bit, get my feet and hands dirty in the garden, catch sweet Colorado breezes in my hair, and eat fresh fruit.

At the end of Brené Brown’s e-course, she had us choose an area of life we’d like to focus on. I chose the area of Play. Play does not come easily to me. I am so far up in my head, it’s amazing I have a body below my neck. Sometimes it feels like serious WORK to PLAY! I have to pull myself out of melancholic gray matter and jiggle my joints loose.  I have to (look away now, funsters) SCHEDULE my play. That’s right. Schedule it. Make it intentional. Force it into existence.

One way I’m working some play into my life right now is by changing the way I write. I typically spill my deep, dark narrative into my journal every morning. But now, oh baby, look at me now! I’m busting out the markers and crayons, the colored pencils and the glue stick, and I’m art journaling! More specifically, I’m drawing little daily self-portraits! I’m documenting what I wear, and what I do, and how I feel. I’m only two days into this project, but I couldn’t wait to show it off. It just oozes playful intention, right?


My hair is reddish in real life, but photographs as a dark brown, and I keep forgetting to draw glasses!

Do you think of play as a need like Dr. Brown? I surely do. Playing is a way to unleash creativity and deepen my reserve of gratitude and joy. Playing is a way to smile and distract from pain. Playing is a way to de-stress without the stress of de-stressing, know what I mean? Play is healthy and necessary in my life, and that’s why I’m cultivating this practice.  How do you play? Do you find play a natural practice, or do you have to work at it?

Amanda has a new set of writing prompts up for June!

Amanda has a new set of writing prompts up for June!

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    • Angie

      I’m an Atheist, but ran across an article earlier today about recognizing the Sabbath, as a form of self-care. I’ll have to look that back up and have a closer look.

  1. This is fascinating to me looking in from the outside. You are someone I see as a playing sort. Your hikes and playground gatherings seem like such unstructured fun time. Your poetry feels like words allowed to flow without restraint. All of that is seen by me as play. I’m glad you are finding other means to express your unstructured and without demand thoughts & energies! 😀

    • Angie

      Cyn, I love these things you point out as play! Yes, it is true that I am tapping into play when I hoop in parks, though it is hard to let loose completely. My hikes are active meditation, and take me to a mindful, tranquil place. My poems? YES! At times, quite playful, especially the handwritten ones which fall down the paper and do loopies! I am going to now be mindful of the ways I’m already playing, and name them as so, and celebrate them! Thank you! <3

  2. So happy you are letting playing into your life…we can all get way too serious sometimes. You are so pretty Angie : ) Art journaling sounds really great! Night, night sweetie…bed time here in the UK xxxx

    • Angie

      Thank you, sweet Jane! I am so new to art journaling but love it so much already! I think I needed this break in routine! Best wishes for restorative sleep, darling. <3

    • Angie

      Thank you! 😀 I was inspired by some “what I wore today” art on Pinterest, and had even commented that I’d love to do that “if I knew how to draw.” The other day it dawned on me I can draw! Everyone can draw! So off I went! 😀

  3. Oh, I do play, I try to play with art materials and fabric and creating. And swinging on swings when I can. Sunday while my boys rode back + forth on the stretch of the bike path we said was okay (no crossing major streets) and my husband helped the 5yo learn to ride her bike without training wheels, I walked up and down the path bouncing the pink bouncy ball I bought myself the other day because it looked FUN. My 10yo said, What are you doing? I said, I’m walking and bouncing. Why? he said. Because it brings me joy, I answered.

    I’m glad you realized everyone can draw and off you went!! <3

    • Angie

      AMY!!!! A pink bouncy ball!!!! I want!!!!! 😀 I’m so glad you play and make it a practice to do it in full view, so the kids get that great example of a fun adult. I need a bouncy ball…

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