Do you remember how to play?

Maman and me at the Guggenheim Bilbao. Funny how a 30 ft spider makes you want to go out and play!

Maman and me at the Guggenheim Bilbao. Funny how a 30 ft spider makes you want to go out and play!

Here's a serious question for you: Do you remember how to play?

Don't worry if you don't. Most grownups have forgotten how to play. The good news is that play is easy. You can start today.

Play isn't perfect. Play isn't predictable. Play isn't competitive. That's what makes play fun. 

When we play, we let our guards down. We take risks. We experiment. And, most importantly, we fail. And failure is perfectly okay because play does not require a specific outcome. If fun can be an end-state for growth-minded individuals tackling tough problems, then perhaps play can be a way to put ourselves into a growth mindset when pressure is mounting.


What if you were to equate failure with play more often? How would you tackle your goal if you gave yourself permission to play at it?

So let's do just that.  

I had so much fun during my vacation because I had nothing to do but play. At some point it's time to go back to reality, but who's to say you can't keep a sense of playfulness with you and bring it out a few times a day?

I hope you get to play a bit this week!

Roxanna

Creativity is a verb.

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We went to the ICA’s Less is a Bore: Maximalist Art and Design exhibit and it got me thinking about how much time we spend learning to stay proper and tasteful, to color within the lines - but we end up admiring those that are courageous enough to break through. 

Maximalism is about a lot of things (ha!) but mostly it’s about not minimizing your expression of yourself. I loved that!

Sometimes I worry that creativity is selfish or egocentric - when in fact, creativity is inherently generous. The more you let it pour out of you, the more you get back. 

That is why creativity is a practice - not a gift. There are no special creative people - there are people who live creatively. Creativity is a verb, not a noun. It’s an action word. 

How about challenging yourself to do something creative every day? 

A little creativity goes a long way.

XO 

Roxanna

A message left by a fellow museum goer. Thank you, stranger!

A message left by a fellow museum goer. Thank you, stranger!