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Got Fun? 9 Ways to Play Despite Your Crazy Schedule

eWomenNetwork Member Anne Garland helps you discover your inner-child

Published Date:Jan 18, 2018 | Blog Category: eWomenNetwork
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Once I was walking on the beach and I was struck by the joy of a little girl and what appeared to be her grandmother, probably in her 60’s, playing in the sand. They were giggling and digging all the way to China with their green and yellow shovels. Their sand-covered bodies seemed not to matter. What mattered was the pure happiness of “play” they each shared. When was the last time you played, really played, where you exposed your child heart and had fun? 

Got Fun? 9 Ways to Play in Spite of Your Crazy Schedule

Let's Play!

Ironically, I recently shared a few days with my beautiful grandnieces who are all in their early teens. From their perspective they want to look and act older and can’t wait to drive and have more freedom. Remember how we couldn’t wait to grow up and become an adult? Did we really get that freedom? With jobs came responsibilities, car payments, marriage, kids. Did that make us free? Are we having fun yet?

As I continued my walk, I reflected, at what age did we become so serious about life that “play” is just for kids? Many of the women in my tribe find themselves in the sandwich generation, wedged between growing kids and aging parents. Some also struggle with unhealthy spouses or their own ailing health. Somehow fun is not on the menu. I challenge you to find more ways to “play”.

As I connect to more and more women, most of us are feeling a strong shift of change. We all could use a break from business. It is now time to go with the flow, explore hearts’ desire and forget about any rules you have boxed yourself into. Release that child heart and have fun! Life offers many experiences. It’s how we choose to perceive them.

It's all about YOU! Your Soul will love you for it! Choose to "Play!"  

It is now time to go with the flow, explore hearts’ desire and forget about any rules you have boxed yourself into.  

9 Ways to "Play"

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1. Find a Childhood Photo

Find a picture of yourself when you were little that brings a happy memory and post it where you can see it everyday.  

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2. Just Do it

Explore and challenge yourself to do something you never did before without judgment.  

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3.Take a Drive & Sing

Rent a convertible, drive along the shore, let the wind blow your hair, blast the music and sing loud.  

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4. Lunch in Wigs

With friends, try on wigs or hats, take pictures, go to lunch, better yet lunch in the hats or wigs  

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5. Scream for Ice Cream

Make your own sundaes or share a banana split and don’t think about the calories  

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6. Swing and Be Silly

Take a young person to a playground, swing, climb ropes and be silly with them.  

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7. Go to a Drive-In

Go to a drive-in movie with a bunch of gal pals, pack food, and wine. Remember those days?

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8. I am happiest when...

Finish this sentence: “I am happiest when…” and make it happen!

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9. eWomenNetwork Conference

Attend the “eWomenNetwork Conference” July 12-14, 2018. You will have fun, discover and grow!

Dance as though no one is watching. Love as though you have never been hurt before.
Sing as though no one can hear you. Live as though heaven is on earth.
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Anne Garland is founder of Anne Garland Enterprises. Her specialty is creating events for women over 40. Anne is also the former Executive Managing Director of the Greater Hartford, CT chapter


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  • Karen M Fisheron 02/18/2018 06:02 PM

    Hi Anne! I just had a chance to read this article this morning that you wrote. I think it's excellent! I, for one, had decided to have more fun in 2018 as one of my New Year's resolutions and you've given me a few more great ideas! Have a great weekend!! Love & Hugs and fun to you! Karen M. Fisher


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