living with intention – when busy replaces play in our lives

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When busy replaces play in our lives we are more likely to feel stressed, suffer health problems, experience burnout, and shut down creatively.

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Play is essential to self-discovery, freedom & joy at every age.  Unstructured social connection, relishing the experience of doing without having to achieve goals – play is about embracing the moment and having fun.

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There is a hunger for play in today’s culture as evidenced by the recent trend of painting parties and adult coloring books.  We need play and the accompanying freedom to thrive and grow.  Instead of falling victim to busy, we can strive for living with intention – choosing how and where we spend our time.

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If you would like more play and less busy in your life, here are a few tips:

1.  Pick up a copy of The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You by Jessica N. Turner (your local library may even have a copy).  It will help you to meaningfully prioritize and spot overlooked pockets of time.  A great resource!

2.  Make a list of activities you enjoy.  Some of mine include:

*visiting a craft store
*scrapbooking
*getting lost at Patina or Bibelot
*visiting an art supply shop
*spending a couple of hours in Stillwater
*reading
*going for a walk
*stopping by a new coffee shop
*watching a movie from my ever-growing list
*baking

3.  Set aside 1-2 hours each week to do something you enjoy.  Put it on the calendar; give it the same priority as any other appointment.

4.  Limit your screen time, instead use that time to invest in activities and people you enjoy.

5.  If you struggling to free space on your calendar, refer back to “the plate post” from Lesson 1 (click HERE for details).

If you are interested living more intentionally, be sure to do your homework and visit my blog next Wednesday!  [If you’re looking to go even further, check out Intentional Gatherings.]

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