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Monthly Playbook September 2017

The Monthly Playbook summarizes how scheduled and spontaneous play has enriched my life. A full and busy life can make finding time to play challenging. However, the more I play, the less stressed I feel.  My commitment to chronicle my experience playing each month will help me continue to prioritize play and hopefully inspire you to do the same.

Monthly Playbook September 2017

I must confess that I didn’t write an August Playbook.  It wasn’t because I didn’t play.  Quite the opposite, actually.  I ended up taking a lot of time off last month.  September has been all about getting back into a routine.  Playtime has been a bit more subdued but still a very important part of the the routine.  I hope to be a lot more intentional about play next month.  Meaning, selecting and making time for activities that I really want to partake in.

Scheduled Play

Concert: I love a good show.  Attending this concert was the first time I spent the night in the big city since moving to the sandbar.  Although it was great show and super fun to spend time with my brother and his girlfriend, I did not miss the traffic and congestion that comes with city living.  My dog tagged along and it was apparent that she’s a full on country dog now since she seemingly forgot how to do her business on concrete.  Towards the end of the show, I was delighted by the appearance of the heart (one of my symbols) on the back drop.
September Playbook

Island Day TripTook a day trip with a friend to an island nearby.  We attended a festival that we went to last year.  By the time we arrived I wasn’t feeling too well.  We ended up cutting the day a bit short and caught an earlier ferry home.  Although it wasn’t quite the day we had hoped for, I was grateful for the opportunity to get out of town and have a change of scenery.

 

 

 

Spontaneous Play

Paddle boarding and clam digging:  In Summer’s past I have paddle boarded quite regularly.  It has not been something I have prioritized recently and I miss it.  The stars aligned over Labor Day weekend and I was able to get out on the water with a friend who was visiting.  Combining paddle boarding and clam digging was doubly playful.

September Playbook

Wellness Pros Meet Up: Since the move, I’ve been slowly building a new professional community.  You may be wondering what this might have to do with play.  On a whim, I recently attended a local meet up of wellness pros. The small, spontaneous gathering ended up being super fun.  Even though this was technically a business networking event, I am including it in this month’s recap because I was completely lost in the conversation and ended up losing track of time.  Sounds like play to me!

How did you play this month?

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Stress Strategy: Pleasure

Stress Strategy: Pleasure

Stress Strategy Pleasure

Want to reduce stress? Ditch what’s practical and prioritize pleasure. Activities that the body and mind find pleasurable can relieve stress. So, hit the dance floor, spend some time outside or read a book. Work and chores can wait.

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Mind Move: Hello

There’s a part of us that never shuts up. Some call it in the inner critic. We are often seduced by our narration of the world because it makes us feel more comfortable when we can’t control the outside world. What ever the relationship to this constant chatter, we often get lost in our minds.

Mind move hello

 

There is a part of us that can disconnect from the drama in our heads. To do so we have to notice the narration. Try saying “hello” several times as a way to re-center. At a certain point you will become aware that “hello” is just another thought.

 

When we are able to become aware that we can hear our thoughts but we are not our thoughts, we become free from the hold our thoughts have on us.

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Monthly Playbook July 2017

The Monthly Playbook summarizes how scheduled and spontaneous play has enriched my life. A full and busy life can make finding time to play challenging. However, I have discovered that the more I play, the less stressed I feel.  My commitment to chronicle my experience playing each month will help me continue to prioritize play and hopefully inspire you to do the same.

Monthly Playbook July 2017

What a month! With two weeks of house guests in July, I definitely upped my play game.  There were boat rides, cook outs, dinners out, excursions and more.  I may need to dial back the fun a bit August.  Or at least make sure I have plenty of time to rest after the play time.

Scheduled Play

Pontoon Boat Rental: one of my goals for the Summer was to spend more time on the water.  Ever since I was a small child learning to sail, I have enjoyed disconnecting from what ever was happening on land and getting lost in the breeze.  Since I do not currently own a boat, I was thrilled when I stumbled across a rental company near me. It was super easy to rally my 4th of July house guests, some family and some friends for a day out on the water.  It was a super fun way to kick off Summer. There’s already talk of doing it again at the end of the season.monthly playbook july 2017

Reggae Showmusic is one of my regular go-to’s for play.  Listening to music is a routine part of my day.  I especially enjoy live shows and will watch any music documentary no matter the genre.  A legendary reggae group was scheduled to play near me.  I have never seen them and really wanted to go.  It felt like an immediate “yes” for me but I got caught up in debating the timing of the show (mid-week) and the logistics of attending (it would require a ferry ride and an overnight stay).  I am so glad I decided to purchase a ticket.  All the logistics worked out and the show was amazing.

 

 

 

Spontaneous Play

Lobster Roll Cruise:  I’ve been wanting to do this for a few years.  When I casually mentioned this excursion as an option to one set of my house guests, they were immediately interested.  I was super excited.  The boat was not too big and not too small. We enjoyed a cocktail before dinner on the upper deck and then went below deck for the meal. Everything was delicious–the food, the view, the company.  I hope to do this again soon!

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Lunch with “R”: My aunt and I typically schedule a summer lunch together.  Although, I can’t speak for her, I really enjoy the opportunity to catch up with her 1:1.  It occurred to me last Friday morning that we had yet to have our lunch. I texted her that morning and much to my delight, she was free.  I love it when an impromptu “plan” comes together. July has been such a full and busy month.  I was so grateful for a nice, long lunch with one of my favorite people.  The view was quite spectacular too.

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How did you play this month?

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How Does it Get Better Than This?

Something to say to yourself to keep the positive flow of the universe coming your way. Although useful when things are not going your way, this question is especially beneficial when things are going well. It will signal that you’re grateful and open to more. How does it get better than this?

How does it get better than this

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