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A NEW SERIES: The Art of Playing in the Everyday & Writing

I am starting a new ‘The Art of Playing in the Everyday’ series today. My goal is to help you understand what is meant by ‘the art of playing in the everyday’ and what benefits you will gain by immersing yourself in the practice of playing in the everyday in our own life.

I would love to hear from you! Please leave a comment following this post, contribute a post on the Play-Peace Facebook page, write me at maryalice@playequalspeace.com or call/text me at 206/200-4542

My first podcast is on The Art of Playing in the Everyday & Writing:

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Mary Alice Long, PhD is a play-based, depth-oriented mentor, creative coach, and writer. Call me to find out more about how you can work/with me! You can phone me/text at 206/200-4542

A Love Affair with Writing and Creativity (Not Knowing What You are Doing)

Sometimes it just drops in * active possibility * writer’s advantage

As I was sitting on the couch this morning writing I began to wonder,

What does it feel like to fall in love?

I continued to write in my journal and realized that I am in love. In love with writing. In love with my playful, creative journey.

My own experience is that falling in love has the quality of dropping down Alice’s rabbit hole.

Besides my own experience of falling in love, I have witnessed many of my friends become suddenly and seemingly out of control * acting crazy * not knowing what they are doing.

When you are falling in love your beloved is unique to YOU.

When you are falling in love adversity brings you closer. You get all fired up! You want to be together all the time and you can do this because you are energized and motivated to be together.

When you are falling in love there is an attraction * commitment * an investment that can seem like an obsession like no other.

Becoming aware that I am falling in love with writing and my own playful, creative process is no small matter. My state, this crazy state of being in love, means that I am open to dropping down into the depths where, it is possible, I may remain without opportunity for recovery. That is, if I enter into my love affair and lose myself entirely to that liminal space.

Right now I am available and open to a commitment. I’m willing to invest my time because I am committed to creating new pieces of writing. There is an attraction, a calling that I can’t dismiss.  Writing and creating new projects energizes me when I am tending what is unique only to me as the writer and creator.

I have been writing personal narrative and my memoir since the 90s. There is a certain amount of obsessiveness related to writing about my personal experience and story. Thoughts of the son I relinquished in 1987 have preoccupied me over many years. I wrote my doctoral thesis on surrogacy and also created a selchie dance and video which shares my personal story through the lens of the selchie (seal-woman) myth. As I continued to write I began to write a more detailed version of my story in 2004 in the form of a memoir which now is an edited draft manuscript. My memoir is now part of a larger memoir project and I am working toward completing my story this year. I am performing my story and being transformed through the writing and performative process.

My writing and core life story are coming around full circle. The son I relinquished almost 30 years ago has contacted me. He now knows his story and my story is being flushed out in ways that are magical, healing, and transformative. There is magic in new beginnings that happen to us moment-to-moment. When anyone falls in love with their creative process, their muse, their beloved, it is certain to be a crazy time of upheaval and uncertainty and also a time of meaning, and purpose, and transformation.

Some writing * creative prompts for you to play with:

  • I want to spend all my time ________________.
  • I feel renewed and highly motivated when I…
  • I am committed to…
  • I am open to ….

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FAQ: 21-Day ‘Start Your Memoir’ Challenge

Thank you for participating in the 21 Day ‘Start Your Memoir’ Challenge.

PLEASE NOTE**You will receive 2 separate emails each day of the 21-day Challenge– (Prompts & Blog Posts)

Not a participant? Wanna play? You can join here. (It’s free.)

The following info will help you get the most out of the experience, and hopefully answer your questions.

If you still have questions about the challenge, please ask in the comments below.

I suspect you may be here because you are missing some of the writing prompts sent by email. *JUST BREATHE*

Missing Emails

It’s a frustrating fact that email can go randomly missing, or not be delivered.

Here are some things you can do improve email deliverability:

Add my email address to your address book:

maryalice@playequalspeace.com

this will train your email to go into your inbox, instead of spam or elsewhere.

Not sure how to do this? No worries. It only takes a minute, and this online guide (with pictures for your email provider!) shows you how.

Gmail users: Check your promotions tab or spam folder. If my email landed there, drag the email into your inbox.

  1. If you don’t see your daily prompt email:
    Please check your spam folder, or the promotions tab if you use gmail. 99% of the time it’s hiding in there. 
    If you don’t find confirmation after checking junk and promotions, it’s possible the email address was typed in wrong. That happens a lot, especially when typing on your phone, etc. So try signing up again, and triple-checking your email address. If the the sign up button on your device of choice isn’t working–Try signing up from a different device.
  2. Make sure my email address is in your address book, instructions are above.
  3. Join the 21-Day ‘Start Your Memoir’ Facebook Group – there are lots of other group members who will be happy to help out and share missing prompts. Just ask!
  4. Visit the Play=Peace Facebook page, where I share the blog posts with journal prompts. You don’t need to be a Facebook user to see my page.To make sure you can see all of my Facebook posts, Click the LIKE button, and when you hover over the FOLLOWING button on the top menu, make sure SEE FIRST is checked.
  5. Pop over to my ‘Create a Life that Comes from the Heart’ blog, where you’ll find each day’s blog post & journal prompts.

Important: Treat the course emails like a gift card. If you lose them, they won’t be replaced.

It is recommended you save these emails, print them out if you want to make sure you have access to all 21 images & prompts or purchase:

Start Writing Your Memoir’ e-Book
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*Thank you* for understanding that I am sharing this challenge with lots of other people and am a mentor, creative coach, writer, and artist without a staff — so I won’t respond to requests to replace missing 21-Day ‘Start Writing Your Memoir’ Challenge emails.

I want you to get each and every prompt, but sometimes email just isn’t delivered.

That’s why I’ve got you covered by posting on my blog, in the 21-day ‘Start Your Memoir’ Facebook Group and on the Play=Peace Facebook Page

Fair enough? 

We limit screen time in my family which leaves us more time to play and create in a variety of ways!!

Supplies:
All you need to begin is a notebook and something to write with.

Of course, you can embellish with crayons, paint, drawings, photographs. Some great resources can be found on Pinterest ‘Visual Journaling’ Boards.

The ‘Create a Life that Comes from the Heart’ Blog:

There’s a blog post to accompany each of the images and prompts. You will receive each day’s blog post in a separate email. Print, add to your Pinterest boards, or Share as you desire.

Get all the images and prompts: Start Writing Your Memoir e-Book  was designed to make your writing even easier. Buy Now

Download, printout, and use like a playbook or cut out and add to any notebook.

Here’s what you can expect from joining the 21-Day ‘Start Writing Your Memoir’ Challenge:

Registering for this project automagically gets you on my ‘Play Notes’ list.

I send out play-based, depth-oriented ‘play notes’, blog posts, and resources by email.

As a subscriber you will receive information on working-with-me as a mentor and creative coach, workshops and events, and Play=Peace Shop products that are being offered. ‘Play Notes’ subscribers are the first to hear about early bird discounts.

Sharing & Connection

You are invited to share your experience in the ‘Start Writing Your Memoir’ Challenge in the comments on the ‘Create a Life that Comes from the Heart’ Blog.

Use the hashtag #StartYourMemoir in your blog and social media posts so we can find each other and build our creative community.

Join our closed FB Group for our Challenge here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/startyourmemoir/

Questions? Comments? I hope so!

If you want to share about your experience or ask questions, please comment on the ‘Create a Life that Comes from the Heart’ blog or go to the Facebook group to post.

If you have unanswered questions – add them in the comments on this page.

I’m open to questions as you participate in this project. Due to number of participants, I kindly ask for two considerations:

1. Please ask your questions in the comments area of the blog posts (this will avoid questions getting lost in email)

2. I won’t answer each question personally, but instead will answer questions in our 21-Day ‘Start Your Memoir’ Challenge Facebook group.

Scrolled Down Without Reading? 

Important: Treat the daily challenge emails like a gift card. If you lose it, it won’t be replaced.

As I won’t be able to answer requests to replace missing emails, so please check out the above options for getting prompts you may be missing.

*Thank you* for understanding that I am sharing this challenge with a large group and am a playful mentor, creative coach, writer, and artist without a staff. 

Yes, I totally repeated some stuff in here, because. You know.

Thank you again for being here.

The 21-Day ‘Start Writing Your Memoir’ Challenge is my playful passion, and I’m so thrilled to be sharing it with you!

The Way to Live: Vulnerability

Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage. ~Brene Brown

March 5th

my surrogate son’s 29th birthday. I’m en-couraged….

Photo Credit: Jen Adam

by recent research showing that mothers and their children carry each other’s cells throughout their lives. I haven’t seen my surrogate son since shortly after his birth. News of this research creates a feeling of connection that I can hold onto [alongside so many other birth mothers who haven’t been in touch with their children].

This same news also makes me feel more vulnerable somehow…

I’m pregnant and carrying this news but at the same time am no closer to knowing how he is, what his life has been like over the last 29 years.

Does he know our story and how he came to be?

Medium.Com

I’ll be posting parts of my memoir on medium.com

and continuing to perform and help others create their own Archival Memoir Project.
The Archival Memoir Project is a visionary project that encourages people of all ages to claim what is unique about their personal story – and then share their story with others in a variety of playful and creative ways.

My personal “archival memoir project” includes a written memoir, performances, collection of images, dreams, and letters inspired by the birth of my surrogate son in 1987. A series of dreams and meaningful connections led me to the realization that my memoir was not meant to be a solo performance. Instead, I realized I was being called to tend a play-based, archival memoir project that will help others share their own personal and collective stories to create meaning and purpose in the lives of many individuals and communities. 

My project includes written memoir, images, and performance. Another project might include film, visual art, and music. Yet another might include drawings, puppets and poetry. Another, a scientific research project, dance and coloring books. There are so many ways a life can be told … come and explore and discover YOUR STORY. and its POSTPARTUM [or what you learned as a result of your experience, collecting of treasures, life experience].

Listen on ‘Creativity in Play’ as I share more about the Archival Memoir Project and Active Dreaming.

Archival Memoir Project Performance
So  real, embodied, playful story telling. Archetypal made tangible. You make it clear that getting in touch with, and living from the heart is natural and simple…. though quite hidden, and perhaps scary for most modern people…..  And a sometimes struggle, ….but something which can be taught/discovered and shared together, playfully and creatively. 
 
Here is my bravo…. but the story is ongoing…..I now have a deeper understanding of how playfulness can be a medium of understanding…. for one thing it can help us deal with the “scaries” as it lets us interact with ourselves…. and there are many more.
~Betsy Wetzig, Allentown, PA
Interested in joining an ‘Archival Memoir Project’ Group and create your own AMP? or would you prefer a customized play retreat just-for-you?
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