High Energy Fun

The Joy Of Letting Go

“Look at me! Look at me! Look at me NOW! It is fun to have fun. But you have to know how.” – Dr. Seuss

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Have you ever felt like you have forgotten how to have fun? That you used to laugh, feel free?  Sometimes we get so caught up in our world as parents that we forget that we used to thrive in nonsense.  At least I did…  In fact, the thing that most attracted me to my husband was his uncanny ability to have fun in just about any situation.

So, instead of taking the spectator stance, as I often do at children’s birthday parties, I decided to don those cool orange socks at Sky Zone and jump to my heart’s desire. For $11 I jumped, laughed and even peed a little…  And, had a great time doing it!

Yes, I played it safe despite my kids’ best efforts to get me to bounce off the wall.

Yes, I was breathless by the time I bounced off the mat.

Yes, there were many times when I was the only adult jumping.

But, I had a great time and most importantly, my kids saw me having high energy fun. They experienced me not as Mommy but as Tracy.  My daughter, jumping beside me, giggled with delight as we alternated mimicking each other’s jumping techniques.  I must say, I am quite the pro jumper now and am seriously considering a gig with Cirque de Soleil…

Wishing you well.

Tracy

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Nurturing Creativity

The Magic Of Coloring

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
― Maya Angelou

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My daughter and I took a trip to Michael’s the other day. As we entered the store we were met immediately with a display of coloring books and colored pencils designed for adults. My daughter, a prolific drawer, squealed with delight as we approached the lovely covers of over a dozen coloring books. I, myself, could not contain my “oooohhh” as I zeroed in on the beautiful books that featured mandalas in particular.

This morning I incorporated ten extra minutes into my morning routine to nurture my creativity. I set the timer, as I remember “the zone” pre-kid days, where hours would pass in the loving arms of inspiration. I carefully chose the colors that called to me and set off into the mindful activity of coloring. The stress of the morning quickly dissolved as soon as I put pencil to paper and I felt incredibly present as I chose the perfect pencil to represent each line. When the timer went off I was left with the lovely beginnings of my first mandala, free flowing ideas for my daily writing and a delightful start to what might otherwise be considered a dreary, rainy day.

I used to think that coloring was cheating and that to be creative I had to create something new but with this thinking I wasn’t being creative at all. The beautiful thing about coloring is that it can be done any time whether alone or with your children. What better way to spend quality time with your child than to create something beautiful. I continue to learn that I can do many of the things I used to do pre-kids in more compact amounts of time. A 30 minute walk, 15 minutes of yoga, 5 minutes of meditation, and 10 minutes of coloring now constitutes my morning routine. Yes, I have to get up at the crack of dawn but I start my day knowing that I have given to myself first. This in turn is a gift to my family and anyone else I encounter during the day.

Wishing you well.

Tracy

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