The Simple Power of Play

Play Today!

©2013 Dancinmoma

A new employee walking toward the glass-walled boardroom sees people in ‘business casual’ attire knocking around brightly colored balloons. She hears them yelling joyfully and wonders, “What is going on? Are they actually …working?” The smell of freshly brewed coffee permeates the air as the art director reaches across to smack the red balloon in the air. Two giggling copywriters dive for the same green balloon to keep it off the floor. Pop! Smack! Then an orange balloon is catapulted in the air accompanied by a triumphant, “Yes!”

The “scene” just described was common in my work experience virtually every morning, particularly as we began our annual Design Book photo shoot planning sessions. After friendly exchanges among floral designers, writers, models, photographers and support staff, the creative meeting would commence. My job as Project Manager was to keep all elements on schedule, maintain quality, promote teamwork, and ensure that ideas flowed freely. The team was expected to create unique concepts and floral arrangements that had not been seen before. With a team of talented professionals eager for action, I found that starting out our day with a little play ignited creative fires within everyone. Each day had a surprise of fun that tapped into everyone’s inner child. This simple concept delivered AMAZING results for each of us professionally and for the company’s product offerings.

So I invite you to pick up a balloon.

Start batting it around.

Tap into your creativity and just PLAY.

This action works wonders within your business and family. Whether you’re trying to solve a vexing problem, come up with an idea, or create something new; enjoy the moment in front of you and eliminate the potential for negative inner thoughts. PLAY with your co-workers or family members. There may be a frown or two from employees who do not fully understand the creative process. Don’t let that stop you. If the idea produces sales, helps you write a chapter or creates a unified team, people will eventually start bouncing around their own balloons.

Many successful companies are now embracing this play in many forms, supported by open area workspaces, sports-related activities, brightly colored walls, mood lighting, and more. What creative activity can you do to improve productivity and generate new sales for your company and yourself? Start with a little balloon play and work up from there.

The power of play can enhance relationships. When it comes down to it, relationships in business and families are what LIFE is all about. Even the relationship within YOU may need some fun.

CHALLENGE YOURSELF…

  • Create together.
  • Laugh together.
  • Jump up and down together.
  • Dance.
  • Act like a child for a moment.
  • Think.
  • Problem Solve.
  • Change the scenery and embrace… the POWER of PLAY…

Then let me know how many balloons your team manages to keep from hitting the floor.

Note: This is a post I originally wrote as a Featured Contributor for SheOwnsIt.com – it was previously published in July of 2013.

A Letter to Santa

Letter to Santa

©2013 Dancinmoma

Dear Santa,

You have been that one constant throughout the ups and downs of life. You are a symbol of what “could be” in the world, if we could all just BELIEVE…

in KINDNESS.

in JOY.

in GIVING.

in UNITY.

in LOVE.

in GRATITUDE.

in PEACE.

in WONDER.

You have taught me to believe in something bigger than this earth. You have taught me that GIFTS aren’t always what they seem. True GIFTS are what make a person smile, holding the hand of a loved one, listening to the laughter around you, and spending TIME with those that lift you up and love you.

Thank you SANTA for continuing to share your MAGIC with children and adults from each generation.

I BELIEVE in your “Spirit of Christmas” and I always will…

Love Always, Pam

P.S. Merry Christmas!!

I Choose to GROW. “This is How We Grow” Blog Hop 2013

Time is fleeting. I can look back and get stuck in the past… or I can look back, reflect and learn.

I choose to GROW.

The negative voices of my ego can talk me out of virtually anything positive, if I listen. So I turn down the volume of those pessimistic voices and turn up the volume of inspiration, of optimism.

I choose to GROW.

There are people in this world that can be supportive, others not so much. I surround myself with enthusiastic, motivational people who share my values and beliefs.

I choose to GROW.

No matter how much we KNOW about anything, we can always learn more. The possibilities are endless.

I choose to GROW.

As a mom, I am blessed and honored to raise three beautiful souls. Many days are chaotic, some I lose my patience, Occasionally some are just hard. I am human.

I choose to GROW.

There are opportunities all around. I find myself second-guessing and over-analyzing at times. Why? I know I will never know unless I try.

I choose to GROW.

In times of trouble, despair or heartache…I can huddle in the darkness or I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I choose to GROW.

I can hide “Behind the Curtain” of my life or I can stand in the “spotlight” and DANCE through this life.

I choose to GROW.

I choose to DANCE.

I choose ME.

(Please join us on the “This is How We Grow Blog Hop -2013” by scrolling down to the badge at the bottom of site). Thank you!

When will MY phone ring? Will it?

In this digital age of connecting via text, email, social media, and more, a handwritten letter is a treasured entity. A phone call from a loved one, however, is EVEN better. But…

What if the phone call came from someone who passed away?

That is the question posed in the upcoming novel “The First Phone Call from Heaven,” by Mitch Albom. It will be available November 12th, 2013. I  can’t wait to read it since I heard Mr. Albom read an excerpt live this past Summer.

You can read about that here ->”My Tuesday with Mitch” http://wp.me/p39Wdr-8K

Here is a teaser video from Mitch Albom; the goosebump moments start about 19 seconds in… Sigh.

Next Tuesday is the day. If you are interested in reading more or even pre-ordering, I have a link through my Blog to Amazon below:

The First Phone Call from Heaven – A Novel By Mitch Albom

I can only imagine…

Write… (Five Minute Free Write)

The written word is a window to your soul. To write is to express, share, connect and learn.  Writing opens a door to the past and unlocks the future. It connects us with different generations. It connects us to our emotions. It helps us heal. It helps us express thoughts. Expression comes in many forms; however, when written correctly it can be a message to the future.

What will you say to future generations?

We write for different reasons, but together we are unified as human beings to share our stories.

There is peace for a moment… when the silence turns into thoughts… then words on a page. A warm feeling comes over you, something ignites from within, and there is a soft whisper that speaks to you.

Write.

Write.

Just write as you watch the story unfold. A gift has been given to you to share your thoughts on “paper.”

What will you do with the precious gift of the written word?

What will you “write” today?

5 Things I Learned from My “Date” with Mitch Albom

Mitch AlbomOkay, so it wasn’t a real date.

But the thought of having an hour and a half conversation with an inspiring author and sportswriter makes me happy. So join me in my mind as we order some wine. (I’ll have a glass of Riesling, please.)

I recently attended a recent National Writers Series[1] event at the City Opera House in Northern Michigan that featured Mitch Albom. I graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Communication Arts & Sciences[2], so I had a professional as well as personal interest in what he had to say. I also consider myself a sportsperson. I enjoy watching football, basketball and golf, and dance is as athletic and graceful as any other sport. I became a fan of Mr. Albom when his first book, Tuesdays with Morrie,” was recommended to the world (and me) by Oprah.

ESPN is on continuously at our home. Its recaps of big games are great, but my favorite segments are the “tear jerking” stories of REAL people with REAL stories of TRIUMPH over adversity. Mr. Albom excels at this type of story in his Detroit Free Press [3]column, and on his own web site[4]. (Hmmm…I think I’ll have beer instead.)

My own ‘Tuesday with Mitch’ (The date was Tuesday, July 2) was an enticing, intriguing, entertaining conversation about life, sports, social media and the never-ending changes in journalism for both print and television. During the event, he shared humorous stories about his sports column, the effort to complete the biography of University of Michigan’s Bo Schemblecher and his coverage of Olympic events. It was a VERY entertaining evening.

His most memorable moments, along with the discussion of his charity work, however, were his thoughts about the many best-selling books he has written. Ironically, most seem to deal with “death” and “after-life.” This fact became of point of laughter with the audience. Some of the 500 or so with me on this ‘date’ wondered if he has some obsession with dying. He responded by saying that even though most subjects involved death in some way; the most important point to take from those stories he told was “HOW to LIVE.”  (Disclaimer: I am not quoting “my date” Mitch in anyway, I am simply sharing what I remember, what I “heard” and what I specifically learned that evening.)

Doing a thirty-second recap of inspiration for those who could not join me, these are the top 5 things I learned from best-selling author and sportswriter, Mitch Albom:

In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…. (On air)

1.     Life is hard, have a sense of humor. Writing can be lonely, have a sense of humor.

2.     Authentic journalism is hard work. When you make a negative or rude comment about an article, remember that hours of research, development, etc. went into writing it.

3.     When looking for a story or writing a story, make an effort to find that unique angle…something that you can feel in your gut, or makes your heart beat faster. If you can physically feel something within yourself…. write that story.

4.     Being a “Storyteller” can be a powerful gift. People will come and go in your life for different reasons, but sometimes when you listen to their stories, you can be inspired to tell it to the world.

5.     If you can have a positive impact on somebody else’s life with your stories or things that you write…even one person… THAT should be considered SUCCESS.

One more disclosure in the interest of true journalism: my ACTUAL conversation with “my date” Mitch Albom was more of a “fleeting ‘Hi, I love your work, can we take a picture although I know you need to move the line along,” moment. Not memorable in any way to him, no doubt, but to ME…LIFE-CHANGING. (I DID get the picture, however.)

Thank you, Mitch Albom for inspiring me with your work, your stories and for our “evening out.” I am striving hard to be a “Storyteller” like you.

P.S. I am anxiously awaiting your next book, that we happened to get a sneak preview of: “The First Phone Call from Heaven – A Novel.” (Scroll down for amazon links, if interested)

Mitch Albom Books