Category Archives: Joy

I’m Crossing the Finish Line: Work as Play

After writing for 5 minutes about ‘crossing the finish line’ while visualizing and drawing that finish line in my visual journal, I realized that I had bumped up my ‘Can Do’ and deflated my ‘Critic’.

This is what I wrote: When I see myself crossing the finish line, I am smiling, ecstatic, filled up, and joyful. Treats and celebration await! When I cross the finish line I embrace the moment, playing in the everyday of my life. All the work that has led me here feels so worth it in this moment. I can do anything! Life is abundant. I’m clear, focused and yet–soft, gentle, receiving. Whoo! There is more to come but for now–I am enough!

After I completed my writing, I remembered the ‘Start Your Memoir’ challenge that I offered in February 2017. I am really good at new starts and now I am good at ‘crossing the finish line’. How about you? Listen to my podcast and learn more about the ‘Art of Playing in the Everyday’ and how work can be play (which leads us through the portal to creativity and innovation in our work). Imagine that!

Listen to: I’m Crossing the Finish Line: Work as Play

Want to learn more or work with me as a mentor and creative coach? I’d love to talk with you!

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Some Highlights from our NEW Instagram Photo Challenge & Contest to Inspire YOU!

Submit a photo for a chance to win a gift of playful goodies packaged lovingly by Mary Alice. Follow us at Instagram, use the hashtag #playintheeveryday, sign-up to receive ‘Play Notes‘, and you are in!

BONUS!! When you sign-up for ‘Play Notes’ you will receive a link to download a copy of ‘The Art of Playing in the Everyday’ e-Book.

Instagram is a platform that allows you to share images and videos. It has millions of daily users and is a great way to keep up with friends, family, and even your favorite brands. It’s a great way for your friends and family to keep up with you too, and more people as well especially if you buy followers for Instagram! You can do this for a number of reasons, many people do this so that they can have a bigger audience to see their content. There’s no limit to how much you can post or interact with one another and it’s basically like one big family. This Instagram challenge was a great way to interact with one another and see what we’ve all been up to recently. Posts racked up quite a few likes and perhaps some chose to buy Instagram likes because they had significant engagement! In Instagram language, engagements mean likes, comments and reposts. The more you get, the more popular your Instagram account will become. You could increase your engagements by using something like the Ingramer bot… or you could join in with our Instagram challenges!

Lynzelle from South Africa @live_in_wonder submitted a photo of her son’s experiment with chromatography.

I wrote in response to @live_in_wonder:

I love how you’re playing with science. I was involved with a nonprofit called ‘Art, Science, and Nature’. As a group we invited in international artists and scientists and Montessori teachers, et al… to explore the intersection of arts and science, that arts and science are not separate. In your image I love the play and colors. We would all love to hear your comments about the ways you play with science.

Lynzelle @live_in_wonder added:

I am homeschooling my son. He is in 7th grade now, and we just love to do all the experiments. This one was about chromatography. I really love science and enjoy watching the amazement on his face when things start to happen! This one was very colourful too!?It is important to me that he enjoys the experience, then you learn so much more!

Callie @callie_carling posted:

Today has been a true self-care day, playing in my garden in the sunshine! All thoughts of exam stress, work pressures + health issues were vamooshed with a sweep of my pritt-stick.

I wrote in response:

Recently a friend and I did the same thing. We took our paints, markers, pencils and paper outside and had a great time creating and sharing together. Thank you so much for participating in our NEW INSTAGRAM PHOTO CHALLENGE & CONTEST.

My goal for our first Photo Challenge and Contest is a playful one. I want everyone who participates to have fun while sharing photos of what makes them happy, what creates joy, what feels playful in the every day. There are so many opportunities to play in the everyday. Science experiments, art-making in the garden and a spin in a colorful convertible!

Each moment brings along a playful opportunity… #playintheeveryday

@createthelight posted:

A sandpit is one of the best places for us to practice our imagination. Here we made roads to our sand houses. The other day we had a bakery and were making sand cakes (the blueberry super cherry cake was a winner). We were unicorns by the way, and could only pick the blueberries from unicorn land for which only she had the password.
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My little one is the boss of the game and I have to follow along. Love this!!

I wrote in response:

I love to play at the beach with my grandkids and remember fondly creating mud pies that I traded for delicious Norwegian cookies be by our next door neighbor–she was like a grandma to me. I also have been in my own sand play process and held sacred space for sandplay as a therapeutic mode for my clients when I was practicing as a depth oriented psychotherapist. Child center play is so important. Whether child or adult imagination can lead us to wild places, often very different than our every day reality.

Now Its Your Turn! Submit a photo for a chance to win a gift of playful goodies packaged lovingly by Mary Alice. #playintheeveryday

While sharing your image of ‘play in the everyday’ moments of your life, be sure to Follow us, use the hashtag #playintheeveryday, and sign-up to receive ‘Play Notes‘, our bi-weekly newsletter filled with playful resources, to be in the running for my special gift package of playful goodies. I will be re-posting photos as they come in–sharing what makes us all sing! dance! be happy! express ourselves! and play and en-joy! life to the full.

BONUS!! When you sign-up for ‘Play Notes’ you will receive a link to download a copy of ‘The Art of Playing in the Everyday’ e-Book.

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Instagram Challenge: The Art of Playing in the Everyday

The Question: How do I Bring more Joy into my Life?

 I don’t know how to play

Everyday I hear from folks who report that they don’t know how to play. I also hear from people who tell me that I inspire them to play more, to make play a priority in their lives.

The Question: How can I bring more joy into my life?

The Reality: I am feeling depressed, stressed, unmotivated [fill-in the blank].

The Solution: Sign-up now for our ‘Play Notes’ bi-weekly newsletter and receive inspirational play quotes and mentoring haikus + play-based, depth-oriented blog posts + additional resources and updates

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When you sign-up you will receive a complimentary The Art of Playing in the Everyday‘ e-Book to help you re-claim play and joy in your life.

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Ingesting Joy

I skipped lunch today in favor of painting. Yum!

I am playing, creating, ingesting, and sharing what I am learning.

So many people who I work with are searching and questioning the purpose of life:

How to be more compassionate and make a difference.

I feel very fortunate that I understand my role in making a difference in the lives of others. My purpose is to help myself and others re-search and learn ‘the art of playing in the everyday’.  To help others create playful pathways where each of us stand up and act compassionately (with an open heart) from the grounding of a life-well lived.

As any of you who are readers of my blogs know–I value dreaming, sharing, and taking action for the greater good. Even so, it is only recently that I began to send more than the occasional email to subscribers of our Play Notes e-list. I didn’t want to overburden anyone’s email box or be accused of being TOO MUCH, TOO BIG, TO VOCAL.

When I was a girl growing up, in a large, Catholic family; I knew that I was to stay small, not speak, not be different. The nuns at the parochial school I attended showed very little tolerance for lack of conformity or drawing outside the lines. Even in my doctoral program I was told by one of the women I studied with, I could wipe the floor with you. About that same time, around my 40th birthday, things began to change. I began to play again outside of walls that I created for myself–walls that were built from my choices.

TODAY I understand how important it is to inform others who will be impacted by my actions about what I am doing. Be in my authority. Communicate and not be concerned that it’s TOO MUCH.


Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity. ~Henri Nouwen

I Play and Find Joy in:

  • Writing
  • Walking in my neighborhood
  • Snowshoe during the winter season
  • Hiking
  • Talking with a friend
  • Posting a Photo and Sharing a Story on Social Media
  • Listening to someone who is sharing a painful experience
  • Watching a Sunrise or Sunset with Soft Focus
  • Playing with my grandchildren

What brings you JOY?

[Fill in the Blank]

There are so many moments of JOY! and OPPORTUNITIES TO STAND UP AND RAISE YOUR VOICE!


I have been sharing ‘Play Quotes‘ for a while now. I’m excited to see how many people are sharing these bits of inspiration with others. Some of the quotes are my own and then there is a portion of quotes that are ‘riffs’ by me on the words of those who inspire me. I am drawn to a variety of voices some known and increasingly new voices of poets, songwriters, novelists, play advocates, creativity experts, dreamers, scientists, innovators, activists, and more. My goal in sharing these ‘play quotes’ is to inspire you! To help you move ahead on your playful, individuation journey.

I am also sending blog posts to subscribers of ‘Play Notes‘ from both the Play=Peace blog and the Create a Life that Comes from the Heart blog. I am finding that my writing is deepening as I commit to the process of writing and of sharing courageously with my readers.

I am eager to connect with many more of you this year in meaningful ways. There are a number of avenues to connect and learn more about ‘the art of playing in the everyday’.

  1. Individual Play-based, Depth-oriented Mentoring
  2. Memoir Project writings, Performances, and Workshops
  3. Speaking Engagements and Freelance Writing
  4. Playful Journey Virtual Retreats
  5. Play=Peace Shop
  6. Play=Peace on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and others…