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It's Time To Play!

It’s Time to Play

On my way to share a blog post about being “blessed not busy”, I got sidetracked when I went to concert last night.  As I was dancing and listening in the awe of the amazing talent of The Lone Bellow – seriously having some soul stirring moments, I was reminded how much harder it is for us adults to play and how sad that it for our souls.

In our younger years, there just seems to be more opportunities to play – to physically move, to dance, to sing, to create music, to create art, to experience something so profound that it stirs your soul.  It was part of how we grew up. It was integrated into our schooling and our extra-curricular activities and our free time.  But as adults, we seem to get caught up in day-to-day trappings of being serious grown-ups with serious jobs and serious to-do-lists and playing seems frivolous.

So stop for a moment and ask yourself, “What stirs my soul?”

Now do it. Make it happen.

You can dance in your closet, dance with your kids, dance with your spouse, sing in your shower, sing in the car, color in your kids’ coloring book, paint pottery, book a concert, go to a museum or climb a wall.  Just do something fun for you! It’s good practice.

Whatever that “soul-stirring” creative play looks like to you – whether it’s drawing, crafting, photography, videography, singing, dancing, playing music – whatever it is, your heart and soul need it now.  We should be nurturing and stirring our souls a regular basis.  It’s what makes us who we are – our to-do list certainly doesn’t.

Though it sounds totally contradictory, I keep hearing the more you play and the less you work, the more successful you will be – I’m really starting to believe it.  The more we are aligned with the experiences that make us happy and heart-ful, the better we are able to give back to the world in a positive universe shifting way.

So I’m off to more concerts . . . what about you?  Please share in the comments what soul-stirring moments you will be experiencing or connect with me on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, or Instagram.  Thanks!

Getting My MOJO Back With a Little JOMO

Did you take a break this summer?  I mean a serious break – away from the day-to-day happenings of work and home.  Well, I haven’t yet but need to soon.  I can feel the need to completely unplug and chill out creeping into my bones  (not to mention my neck muscles).

Don’t get me wrong, having a laptop and a smartphone is a great convenience allowing us to work almost anywhere.  However, it gets to a point where this technological convenience becomes a ball and chain – or a temptation – always calling us back for one more thing, one more post or one more email to check.

Did you know there’s even a gripping condition called FOMO – Fear of Missing Out that keeps us all checking our phones, emails, social media, and texts on a far too regular basis?  Have ever experienced a bit (or more) of FOMO?

Well, I am hoping to embrace a little JOMO –  JOY of Missing Out (credit Mari Smith for introducing me to this) – over the next few weeks while I am in England visiting family.  I am looking forward to feeling present (not distracted), to trying new adventures, to doing some long overdue “fun” reading and hopefully doing some nothing with my phone and laptop nowhere in sight.

The time has come.  Difficult as it might seem, it’s imperative to unplug and switch our brains into idleness.  I know it and you know it too. You certainly don’t need to go far to find articles everywhere challenging us to take a break:

So if you haven’t done it yet, PLEASE take some time off for yourself and find the joy of missing out (JOMO!).  You will feel better for it.  I know I will!    Please leave a note in the comments below and tell me about your JOMO experience this summer – Thanks!

You Don’t Always Have To Be ON!

I’m not usually a ranter . . . but I was happy to “Simmer Down My Sassy Pants” recently with Mallie Hart (More Mallie) for a podcast where we challenge the belief that you have to be doing social media all of the time to be effective.

Tune in for contrarian advice on how unplugging and disconnecting will actually make you better when you are working on your online with your social media efforts.

When do you choose to disconnect?  Why?  How does it help?  Please share in the comments – and let me know what you think of the podcast.  Thanks.