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Play first, plan later


You know when you’re trying to figure out the next steps in your life, like whether to keep your day job or leap into running your own business but it’s just so overwhelming you can’t decide?

Or when your kids get a little older and you start having more head space and energy for a new adventure, but you don't know what it should be?

Or when you feel completely stuck and you have a ton of beliefs about what you think you should be doing, but none of it feels right? 

Here’s an idea: Play first and plan later. 

Does it sound counter-intuitive?

Well, let’s play with this idea for a bit.

Remember when we were kids, and life was all about play? We’d explore, experiment, and just have fun without worrying about the “right” way to do things. Somewhere along the way, we lost that. 

But here's the thing: play isn't just for kids. It's for you at any age. It's how you reconnect with yourself, how you spark creativity, and it’s one of the easiest ways to discover your next adventure.

So, what are you curious about? 

Curiosity is such a powerful thing. When you follow what piques your interest, amazing things happen. You discover new passions, new skills, and sometimes, even a new path in life. It’s not about having everything figured out. It's about being open to exploring and letting yourself be led by what excites you.

What makes you happy?

When you focus on what makes you genuinely happy, you create this incredible energy. It’s like tuning into the right frequency. Suddenly, things start to click. Opportunities appear. But it’s not magic—it’s alignment. 

So why not try ditching the rigid plans and letting your happiness guide you instead. Why not try trusting that the right plans will emerge when you’re doing what you love!

The more you lean into your curiosity and joy and trust the process, the more aligned you’ll feel and the more evidence you’ll see that things are working themselves out.

Here’s how you can start:

  • Make time for play and do things that bring you joy. I love dancing and roller skating, even if I feel awkward sometimes. Do the things that you love to do and value that time with yourself enough to keep doing them. 
  • Explore the things that interest you. Dive into them without worrying about the outcome. Give yourself the freedom to explore!
  • Practice being more flexible with your plans. Be open to changing direction if something new or different feels more exciting.
  • After playing, reflect on how it made you feel and the positive changes and shifts that occurred as a result.
  • Trust yourself and let things unfold with the belief that you’re on the right path and everything is working out. 

There's some serious magic in letting joy and curiosity guide your path. 

And the best part?

When you align with what makes you happy, the plans just fall into place. 

So, dive into whatever brings you joy—whether it’s dancing in your living room, painting, hiking, or even roller skating like me.

Play, explore, and trust that the plans will come together when you align with what lights you up. 

Revel in the journey, and let joy and curiosity be your guide.


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