It’s been a moment since I last posted because I fell off my unicorn onto my sweet ass and landed smack in the middle of the village of Sucksville. I was lost on the intersection of PityParty Place and StuckInaRut Blvd and couldn’t find my map. I looked down at my feet and saw I was wearing red ruby boots. Out of nowhere a beautiful good witch in a bubble appeared and told me that I had the power to go home to Magic and Miracletown all along. She was right, I did so I went home. True story.
The times in my life when I’ve felt the most lost/sad/disconnected/stuck was when I took myself too seriously. When my to-do list became a list of chores I dreaded and I just couldn’t seem to find the time to relax and have fun.
As a hard working citizen of America I thought that if I worked hard I would be successful and if I was successful I would be happy.
I prided myself on having five jobs at a time working myself into a state of exhaustion. I thought being sick and tired all the time was a part of life.
I wasn’t happy with my situation so I decided to be rebellious and do something so crazy that a child star gone wild would be proud.
I played. And I played hard.
I still have a to-do list and sometimes it’s longer than a rainbow fart from a lactose intolerant unicorn who just ate fondue for dinner.
Instead of dreading my list, I think of ways to make it more fun and inspired. When I do that, I feel good and when I feel good I am more likely to take action. I like to think of my list as things I get to do instead of things I have to do.
I’ve also learned that allowing myself time for relaxing things like going for walks, eating lunch with my husband, taking naps and having raging dance parties mid-day are just as important to my business as the inspired action I take to build it. They aren’t a waste of time. In fact when I don’t play and relax I end up wasting more time and I get way less stuff done.
My friend Cora Poage coined my way of working today as playful productiveness. I like that a lot.
How can you add a little playful productiveness into your life? Let me know by leaving a comment on the blog.
I must say that putting on a hot pink sweater with a wolf, eagle and dream catcher on it can help.
The magic in me sees the magic in you,
P.S. When I was writing my book The Sweet Ass Self-Help Book, I suffered from many cases of writer’s block. I wish that there was a retreat happening in a quiet beautiful place where I could get inspired to write without any distractions…well now there is and you’re invited.
Do you have a story to tell?
If so come to the Berkshire Mountains Writer’s Retreat November 10-13th with me, Suzanne and Ryan Montbleau.
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