Customary ~according to usual practices of a set of circumstances
Want to try turning your customary way of doing things into play?
What I’ve learned is that my life is lighter and less stressful when I turn what is ordinary, mundane, or even something I am not eager to do, or is challenging, or that I don’t feel good about into play. I laugh at myself a whole lot more and my days feel rich and alive because I’m fully into whatever I am doing.
When I take a walk or hike I play with abandon. I sing and create new melodies and lyrics as I walk along, or pick out one thing to focus on and revel in it.
When I’m in my play studio and writing— I find that it’s not good for me to sit too long at the computer. I look for ways to get up and move. I pause, get moving, and wait for that next impulse. One hour becomes two….or if I only have a few minutes to write, I am focused and energized because I am playing…
When I’m working on something new that is technical or new to me I like to…
Take breaks outside to breathe deeply.
Call out to Mountain, Water, Sky.
Ground myself asking the Earth to support me.
Remember what has come before and write a short note in my journal to go back to later.
Draw a quick sketch in my visual journal.
Shake my rattles and play with new rhythms on my drum.
Archival Memoir Project (AMP): A 12-month Play-based, Creativity Group
My AMP continues to grow as I develop and become… Currently I am playfully re-writing my memoir’s manuscript. I would love to bring my archival memoir performances and workshops to women’s studies classes, and more…
In the near future I’ll be offering a 12-person ‘Archival Memoir Project’ group:
- We’ll play as a group with our stories, collections, treasures, and lived experiences
- We’ll record (write, draw, dance, paint, photograph, film, re-search…) dreams and feelings as we play and consider what we want to create.
- We’ll choose the actions that we will take to create and publish our AMPs
- We’ll share what we are creating with our friends, families, and communities.
- We’ll explore ways to interweave our stories as individuals and as a group.
When I imagine our group I see us meeting in-person quarterly during our creative process. In between our in-person gatherings there will be a private Facebook group for us to share and receive help when needed.
Just a taste of what I am playing with… Interested?
I’d love to hear from YOU!
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