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New Beginnings

The I Ching for Writers by Sarah Jane Sloane (2005) is a book for writers that I’ve have been playing with for many years as I’ve been writing and re-writing my personal memoir.

The I-Ching is a 3000-year-old oracle or guide that informs my life side-by-side with my dreams. As I have been re-writing my memoir and a book proposal to send to publishers I have started to play with each chapter in Sarah Jane’s book. I am playing with each reading as the I-Ching shares its own sense of humor with me.

I created this video, broadcasted on Periscope, on Instagram, and on the Play=Peace page on Facebook focusing on Hexagram 1, New Beginnings.

I will continue to create and share a play-based, depth-oriented series which will include all 64 hexagrams. I hope today’s video and broadcasts feeds your imagination.

I invite you to share your new beginnings or ways that you are approaching your work, writing, or project in the spirit of beginning a-new!

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?

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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…


Playing in the Dark + Walking with Others without Pity

To those who have dared the darkness, and those who have walked with them, without pity. ~ Marion Woodman, from Bone: Dying into Life

As I write I am aware of the many people who have inspired me along the way. Right now I am allowing the names of those who have breathed life into my everyday to tumble in. Some of these folks have frankly been more like thorns in my side than soft hugs or light touches against the soft skin of my cheek. The latter have been and will continue to be chosen partners to walk with on my playful, creative journey.

As I write I am aware of my desire to let go of constraint and get on with it. I am making an attempt to write way ahead of my thinker! I’m a body intellectual, amongst the many facets of Mary Alice, and so its a challenge to get ahead of this-is or thats-is that want to be heard. There is so much that I do not know, haven’t seen, haven’t experienced and I want it all!

As I write I am aware of those writers that I admire. I love their style of writing, their courage, their way of languaging what they have to give voice to. Critics are always going to be part of the scene because I dare to share. I am interested in traveling to the multitudinous places that my dreams will take me. No pressure folks! Ha! Part of the fun is planning the trips with no expectations and the freedom to include everything imaginable without concern for cost, where I will stay, or an itinerary.

I remember when my husband, Michael, and I  traveled to London for a month’s stay. He created a color-coded grid with the dates of our stay and every aspect of our trip–reservations, tickets, time slots; train, plane, automobile…Horrors! We made an agreement that every bit of the schedule could be changed at a moment’s notice. Similarly, I DO NOT want my life’s journey to be on a grid. When I write I want to be able to switch tracks on a moment’s notice.

As I write, I am aware of the value I place on play and creativity in the everyday moments of my life especially in the moments where I dare the darkness, face my fears, meet my Shadow. I am grateful for those who walk with me as I struggle, those who walk with me as I stumble.

I am curious.

I am clearing what is not longer necessary.

As I write, I am aware of my desire to bring more consciousness into my playful, creative journey. Writing and creating in new ways helps my brain to stay limber, my heart to remain open, and my gut to speak the truth. Each time I make another attempt to dive deep into unknown waters I am freed to take another leap into the muck and beauty of what we call life.

To those who have dared the darkness, and those who have walked with them, without pity. ~ Marion Woodman, from Bone: Dying into Life

Play, Generosity & Gratitude

I believe that Playfulness * Generosity * Gratefulness are a splendid trio of human qualities that help us live fully and lovingly in Community.

There are a number of inspiring people who have helped me over the years. Periodically I like to send out my applause and thank you to a few of my supporters and share their amazing creative work.

So here goes…

Christine and Drew Gilbert

Christine and Drew have been very supportive and have been helping me develop my creative skills as a playful, creative entrepreneur. We Create offers a host of courses to help people take the steps necessary to make the creative life of their dreams realized. For me, those steps include goal-setting and monetization.

I love to write and I want to be more successful at blogging both as a passion and as a way to grow and sustain Play=Peace. If I want to keep helping others to move ahead on their playful journeys I need to do a bit of self-care and make sure that what I do is balanced in all ways–including financial.

Christine and Drew have grown their creative business while traveling with their kids (they have a new baby! Congratulations to the new parents!). These two know what they are doing and they do it well, so they probably won’t need any advice. However, for any other new parents, like Christine and Drew, there is always advice online. It can be hard raising a child, especially if you have limited funds. Luckily, there are methods of reducing the cost of some things, such as car insurance. By cutting down on car insurance, new parents can have more money to spend on their new child. For more money-saving tips, new parents can always learn more online. If you are anything like Christine and Drew, you should make amazing parents!
I have learned so much from both of them and hope to meet up with them in Vancouver, BC in early Autumn for a Monetization Weekend.

Karen McMillan

Karen has been a supporter of my play-based, depth-oriented work for many years. She is known as the Yinpreneur and Retreat Muse. I have worked with Karen as my coach and I have benefitted from attending Karen’s courses and retreats.

Karen generously has offered her time and expertise over the years we have known each other.

When I want to slow down to speed up my success, Karen is the friend I will reach out to for a hug and mindful exploration.

Flora Bowley

Flora is a NEW inspirational woman in my life. I’m so grateful to have found her! I believe it was during a creative online retreat that I first heard her name. Flora and Team Love have offered me a scholarship to the Creative Revolution eCourse which starts Valentine’s Day (all Heart). I am so grateful for this opportunity at a time of MAJOR SHIFTS in my life. This is truly the year of NEW BEGINNINGS.

I LOVE Flora’s painting style (I live with a master watercolorist and I want to paint more in my own, unique PLAYFUL STYLE). Flora blends her painting lessons with movement, meditation, and many other marvelous and magical inspirations!!! Can’t wait to begin my own ‘Creative Revolution’.

There are so many other inspirational people in my life that I want to mention but for now I’ll stop here…

Thank you so much Christine and Drew, Karen, and Flora for your faith in me and your support of Play=Peace and the playful work I LOVE 🙂




The Value of Playfulness: Live Each Moment to the Fullest


image-7If I had to live my life over again,

I’d dare to make more mistakes next time.

I’d relax

I would limber up.

I would be sillier than I have been this trip.

I would take few things seriously.

I would take more chances.

I would take more trips.

I would climb more mountains, swim more rivers.

I would eat more ice cream and less beans.

I would perhaps have more actual troubles, but I’d have fewer imaginary ones.

You see, I’m one of those people who live seriously and sanely hour after hour, day after day.

Oh, I’ve had my moments.

And if I had to do it over again, I’d have more of them.

In fact, I’d try to have nothing else, just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day.

I’ve been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat, and a parachute.

If I had to do it over again, I would travel lighter than I have.

If I had to live my life over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.

I would go to more dances.

I would ride more merry-go-rounds.

I would pick more daisies.

~Nadine Stair (Age 80)

Have a Difficult Time Playing?

  • Are you Fear-FULL or Play-FULL?
  • Are you afraid you will LOOK FOOL-ish when you PLAY?
  • Are you worried that you will FAIL?
  • Do you want to ACT YOUR AGE as an ADULT?
  • Don’t have the Time or Don’t Want to Take the Time to Play?


We block ourselves from growing, changing, enjoying life. 

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