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.
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.
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.
Reggae Show: music 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.
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!
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.
How did you play this month?