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.
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.
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.
Island Day Trip: Took 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.
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.
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?