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Art of Play
An exploratory podcast about how humans relate to play through life. Interviews and observations of how play influences: relationships, business, marriage, entrepreneurs, family bonds, and self-care.
Jul 16, 2021
(Ep68) Looking Back Informs Our Future
Quality of life measures are an evaluation of how we are doing in life. Sometimes they are health-related, sometimes relationships related, but today I am going to challenge you to look back at your personal history and give yourself an evaluation of how your life is turning out, and I bet, it's better than you think.
Jul 9, 2021
(Ep67) The Principles of History
This month as we talk about History, think back to the history that makes you, you! Think back to all the rules and learning that went into you becoming a better person and a person who is looking for more in the way of learning, loving and being better.
Jul 2, 2021
The theme for July is History. Your own history, how we are bold with our history, and how we see others' perspectives. It should be a great month! Thanks for tuning in.
Jun 25, 2021
(Ep65) Creative Fun: Kim Christensen Interview
Kim Christensen of Talk Wordy To Me is a business owner and writer who uses her creativity to her advantage everyday. As a co-owner of Promptly Journals Kim is used to not only creating but encouraging creativity and engagement from others as well.
Jun 18, 2021
(Ep64) When You Wonder, You're Learning BOOK REVIEW
This book is for Fred Roger's fans, but for everyone looking to add a little more wonder, hope and curiosity in your life (especially since that was Mr. Rogers specialty). While this is geared toward parenting and raising the next generation, there are so many takeaways for the average adult to make their lives look and feel more enjoyable. My favorite chapters were: * When You Wonder, You're Learning * It's You Who Have to Try It and It's You Who Have to Fall (Sometimes) * Such a Good Feeling Link to the book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/When-You-Wonder-Youre-Learning/dp/0306874733/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2B528J7636X6C&dchild=1&keywords=when+you+wonder%2C+you%27re+learning&qid=1623962258&sprefix=When+you+wonder%2Caps%2C190&sr=8-1
Jun 11, 2021
(Ep63) 35 Fun Things
Turning 35 this week was great, I enjoyed my birthday, but in the spirit of sharing some summer fun, I came up with a list of simple ways you can make your summer truly feel like a break, even if you have to continue to show up to a desk everyday.
Jun 4, 2021
(Ep62) The June of Fun
Fun is something we associate to everything from satisfaction to playfulness to leisure. If I have this right, I think the majority of people are not making enough fun in their life to find the satisfaction guarantee. This month we look at more ways to bring the fun back into your life.
May 27, 2021
(Ep61) Intuitive Summer Creativity
Do what sounds fun, Take breaks to refresh your mental state, Let your intuition pick the best things for your life, and Remember what you personally find intuitively fun.
May 21, 2021
(Ep60) Kera Thompson Intuitive Interview
Check out Kera on social media @Kera_thompson Because she is amazing.
May 14, 2021
While the information in this book is riveting and imagination-capturing, for the everyday person like me, where does it apply? Starting to pay attention to the ways I use my intuition, but also the ways that I learn about my intuition. And how you and I both can be better at using it.
May 7, 2021
Intuition is a term that has everything from a spiritual tinge to a blatant guidance role in our lives. Most notably, intuition is noted, studied, and used as clinical terminology to describe an inner knowing that has real life effects, and researcher backing. If you need more intuition in your life be sure to take a listen.
Apr 30, 2021
(Ep57) The Next Gen of Kindness
Literally the future is in good, kind hands. I caught a break to interview a bunch of generous kids about kindness, and they gave such great answers I had to plop them here for all to hear. The future is not only bright, but kind. Here's some quick takeaways: * If you think someone is kind, tell them that is a quality you love in them. * Think of when you might have needed some kindness from someone else, then pay it forward for someone new. * Think of the net-good in the world, and add a sprinkle of kindness, and let it ride. * Choose one small thing that you can change to bring more kindness to light in the world. Focus on that and make it a habit. * Find your personal definition of kindness and let it guide you for the better. Go out, play, and be kind.
Apr 23, 2021
(Ep56) Just Be Kind Already
Here is my list of small kindnesses to add to the world when and wherever you can: Make people feel seen Offer help. Reach in a grocery store, put someone's cart away Pick up some trash, it's everywhere. Keep your eyes open. Smile at someone (I realize this one seems difficult because we are masked a lot in public and you cannot see people's mouths, but try while you are driving, or walking on the sidewalk, or at a public park) If you can/cannot smile at people, be sure to also try to make eye contact. Especially while conversing. Your checker, cart return, delivery driver, fast food clerk, gym desk attendee, older neighbor, everyone can see you seeing them, and in a time when human interaction is just plain weird, make sure to SEE people. Promote peace. at home, at work, at play Listen to people. Be an active listener. Look it up, refresh your memory, and then practice listening Give a genuine compliment Make small talk with people. It's trite sometimes, but try and make that…
Apr 16, 2021
(Ep55) My Personal Kindness Guru: My Mom
In this episode we talk about three things: Her definition of kindness (which is good) Her history of learning to be kind (which is great) And the impact of kindness that my special needs younger sister Eliza Jane left for this world as an example. Listen in, and make the conscious choice to be a little kinder every single day.
Apr 9, 2021
(Ep54) The Courage to be Disliked
Adlerian Psychology is an intense and determined look at how we don't really need to take our past lives into account when forming our everyday life. While I have the benefit of taking this incrementally into my own life, I want to empower you to do the same. Some of the ideas and credits in this book are not meant to rule all, but add perspective. Boundaried kindness is what the world needs more of, and in fact, more self-compassion would help us all in bringing this about. Link to the book: https://www.amazon.com/Courage-Be-Disliked-Phenomenon-Happiness/dp/1501197274/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3FWLPNMIM59I7&dchild=1&keywords=the+courage+to+be+disliked&qid=1617923903&sprefix=The+courage+to+be+dislike%2Caps%2C189&sr=8-1
Apr 2, 2021
(Ep53) April Challenge: Kindness
Kindness is underrated, and underrepresented in our society, and yet it is one of the first things we experience and learn as human beings. Today, let's change the way we think about how kindness contributes, and hope to bring a little more into our lives to make ourselves love to live a little lighter.
Mar 26, 2021
(Ep52) Healing Potential
The ways that we can emotionally heal are also the potential for growth. If we chase down a few small opportunities to heal, we also openly create pathways for exponentially more opportunities for growth and creativity in our lives.
Mar 19, 2021
(Ep51) Raw Potential Creativity with Autumn Kimball
About Autumn: https://www.mothermag.com/autumn-kimball-mother-of-6-boys/ https://www.clarev.com/blogs/la-vie-cv/178201671-drawing-with-autumn-kimball-of-kimball-creative
Mar 12, 2021
(Ep50) Book Review: The Happiness Advantage
Links to the book: https://www.amazon.com/Happiness-Advantage-Positive-Brain-Success/dp/0307591557/ref=sr_1_1?crid=37MVNJUN79DE9&dchild=1&keywords=the+happiness+advantage&qid=1614968878&sprefix=the+happiness+%2Caps%2C380&sr=8-1
Mar 5, 2021
(Ep49) Potential Pep Talk
Here are some references from what I quoted today: Dr. Patricia Murugami TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/patricia_murugami_four_steps_to_unlock_your_potential More story of my younger sister Eliza Jane: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/deseretnews/obituary.aspx?n=eliza-jane-delamare&pid=190269171
Feb 26, 2021
(Ep48) Creative Expectations
Today I have three of my own personal expectations that zap my creative energy and dissolve any resolve that I can create a new way of thinking.
Feb 19, 2021
(Ep47) Empowered Expectations with Jenna Rammell
Find Jenna's podcast Dear Jenna Podcast (with Jenna Rammell).
Feb 12, 2021
(Ep46) Agreement of Expectations
Where to Buy: Amazon: Thriftbooks.com SecondSale
Feb 5, 2021
(Ep45) Expect a Challenge
Expectations can be challenging to deal with, but did you know you already have the streamlined capability to make expectations part of your recipe for success? Come find out a little bit more about how to tweak your expectations to be a huge productivity boost!
Jan 29, 2021
(Ep44) Facing That Fear
Come listen to a few creative strategies about how YOU can face your fears (big and small) and come out on top!
Jan 22, 2021
(Ep43) The Curiosity Element
Citations for this episode: Babbie, E. R. (2016). _The Basics of Social Research_. Quote about authority and tradition.
Jan 15, 2021
(Ep42) A Joyful January
I asked the following questions, and you should answer them for yourself! * What brings you joy * Do you have a hard time with enjoyment? Tell me why in one word. * If you could do something with one person, what would it be? * What brings you confidence? * What is your hope for the new year of 2021? Answer these questions and send me a voice memo: PODCAST@theoliverfund.org
Jan 8, 2021
(Ep41) Homerun in 2021
Happy 2021!! Friends today is a quickie pep talk to kickoff your 2021! So excited to share some of the new research this year of making your life better with the little tweaks that make a simple life more enjoyable!
Nov 13, 2020
(Ep40) A Charming Holiday Season
Less than 50 days are in the year and it is time that we come to terms that this might just be the best gift of 2020-- time to reset and have time to solidify relationships, rediscover our joys, and have a chance to make the transition to 2021 a great one. Here's to a good holiday season regardless of stay at home advisories and mask mandates!
Nov 6, 2020
(Ep39) Rework that Relationship
In this episode I recap the goodies I learned from the interviews of the relationship series. Most of the connections we make in life (that we want to keep) take work. For the majority of us, that means hoping things stay congenial, and within our comfort zone. If we want the relationships to grow, we have to be willing to push it forward, and this episode we talk about 4 easy and simple things to make sure we are getting what we need and want out of our relationships.
Oct 30, 2020
(Ep38) Relationship Series: Matt Driggs, Relationship Hobbyist
Simple approachable ways to make your relationships better. Matt's book has focused on romantic relationships, but the focus on relationship building has the same applications to all relationships. Here are the links to what we discussed in this episode. Matt’s Book: https://www.amazon.com/Love-50-Ways-Scientifically-Proven-Connect-ebook/dp/B0725NTQZW/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Matthew+Driggs+love&qid=1603999234&sr=8-1 Active Listening IMAGO Dialogue information: https://harvilleandhelen.com/initiatives/what-is-imago/ 3 levels of conversation outline: https://authenticrelating.co/blog/2017/11/10/the-three-levels-of-conversation/ (Informational: Most superficial; Personal: Invitation to connect, Talking about the emotion; Relational: Connecting and communicating about the emotion)
Oct 23, 2020
(Ep37) Relationship Series: Kelly Jensen, Sisterhood Advocate
Kelly gives us all sorts of nuggets about sisterhood, or whatever "hood" you may need to surround yourself with. Kelly gives us reminders about boundaries, building up old friendships, holding space for family relationships, bookmarking relationships, and fostering new space for growth! You can find more of her goodness on Instagram: @kellyejensen
1 hr 4 min
Oct 16, 2020
(Ep36) Relationship Series: Kristin Andrus, Ambassador for Good
Kristin is a master at showing up as herself, and she applies that to her marriage. Her ability to encourage, cheerlead, gather, and defend are all a tribute to her working on many different aspects that bring her joy in life. Her love of gathering and feeding others has fostered a love of helping and lifting others. This has also shed a light on the relationship that Kristin shares with her husband Jeremy. They show the ability they have to support and care for each other in a tailor made way! Her tips and advice go a long way, and every relationship can benefit! Find more of her goodness: @kristinandrus on Instagram
Oct 9, 2020
(Ep35) Relationship Series: Dr. Finlayson-Fife, Sex Therapist
Dr. Jennifer Finalyson-Fife is a sex therapist concerned with the thought that women (and men) can lose themselves in the expectations placed upon them in relationships rather than being true to their own innate desire to know themselves before they are known by someone else. While Dr. Finlayson-Fife is usually called up for a discourse on how to tap into your own desires to create an intimate relationship (generally with a partner), her wisdom and encouragement for women (and men) to figure out what makes them happy readily applies to the versions of ourselves that are "allowed" to do things, such as play. Dr. Finlayson-Fife has a wide variety of resources and educational guides on her website, including a vast library of podcast episodes she has done in the past, found here: https://www.finlayson-fife.com/podcasts
Oct 2, 2020
(Ep34) Introducing the Relationship Series!
Our guests in this series tell us all about their work, thoughts, and callings in bringing people together, even if it is just a partner or friends. We have a series of conversations about relationships, how they work, how unique they are, and how we can value ourselves in the process of making our relationships last. Stay tuned for some of the best in the relationship business!
Sep 25, 2020
(Ep33) RECAP Creative Series
Here are the contributors @jennaevanswelch @jkirkrichards @tiffanyrosenhan @girlfromnowherebook @farmhousevernacular @missessies_est2003
Sep 18, 2020
(Ep32) Creative Series: Marcus Jones, Entrepreneur +BBQ Master
Marcus is an owner of the small but mighty BBQ business, and Marcus created the beauty behind the meats. I stumbled upon Miss Essie's BBQ sauce at our local Smith's here in Salt Lake and it is just the making of any great BBQ. Even if I can only make mediocre meat. Marcus has a true gift of tinkering and playing with flavors until they are just right, and his tinker abilities expand to also be a part of his business abilities. He is ready to tinker to get things right, and to expand his company! You can find Mr. Marcus online at: https://missessiesbbq.com/ And on Instagram: @missessies_est2003
Sep 11, 2020
(Ep31) Creative Series: Paige Sander Engineer/Remodeler
I have the pleasure of introducing Paige Sander of the Instagram and Youtube Channel for Farmhouse Vernacular. She and her husband are double degreed engineers, and both grew up on farmland. When it came time to find a house they both wanted to settle on some land of their own in a house they could make their own. They found a 1905 farmhouse on 50 acres and it fit the bill with precision. They have taken the time and creativity to restore this home with an online audience and take us on entertaining diversions through remodeling bathrooms, and kitchens, and learning how to do things in the 21st century. Through all of these things Paige manages to keep a cheery entertainment about her, and it was on one of her soapbox’s about Play that I pounced on the opportunity to interview her and gain her perspective on why play is looked down on, but why it is ever more pressing than ever before. Instagram: @farmhousevernacular Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkx82bdlBc68Ty4EfDeCn1Q
Sep 4, 2020
(Ep30) Creative Series: Tiffany Rosenhan, Author
Tiffany is a writer, who literally began writing as a hobby, and has grown her hobby into a novel! Her book has been an Amazon Number one release for the summer and is making waves throughout the country! You can buy her book here: https://www.amazon.com/Girl-Nowhere-Tiffany-Rosenhan/dp/1547603038/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1KZVJAOO1JVGM&dchild=1&keywords=girl+from+nowhere+book&qid=1599160290&sprefix=Girl+from%2Caps%2C201&sr=8-1
Aug 28, 2020
(Ep29) Creative Series: J.Kirk Richards, Artist
His work has highlighted for many the approachable aspect of learning scriptural stories through a human lens of being in the story. His view of art and how it is a pass down of creativity and the value of the human being to create is contagious. Find Kirk on Instagram @jkirkrichards and @joel.church Here is his art school: @jkrstudioacademy JKR Gallery handle: @jkrgallery (check out their business card art show coming up!!
1 hr 3 min
Aug 21, 2020
(Ep28) Creative Series: Jenna Evans-Welch NYT Bestselling Author
Jenna Evans-Welch is a New York Times best-selling author. She has a myriad of talents, but her innate sense of direction in creative endeavors makes her a natural storyteller. Tune in and find out why this woman is a champion of creativity. Jenna’s Books: Love and Gelato https://www.amazon.com/Love-Gelato-Jenna-Evans-Welch/dp/1481432559/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Love+and+Gelato&qid=1597855399&sr=8-1 Love and Luck https://www.amazon.com/Love-Luck-Jenna-Evans-Welch/dp/1534401016/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=Love+and+Luck&qid=1597855430&sr=8-2 Love and Olives Released November 10 https://www.amazon.com/Love-Olives-Jenna-Evans-Welch/dp/1534448837/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Love+and+Olives&qid=1597855495&sr=8-1 Jenna on Social Media: @jennaevanswelch on Instagram Jenna’s summer book recommendations: The Mothers by Brit Bennett Beach Read by Emily Henry Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner
Aug 14, 2020
Many thanks to the sources below for the research, and guidance on this episode. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappointment https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decision_analysis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decision-making
Aug 7, 2020
Personal Culture of Play , referencing Professor Cheryl Greer-Jarman Article: https://www.childcareexchange.com/library/5012552.pdf Great place to start defining personal cultural values: https://brenebrown.com/definitions/ file:///Users/sarahelena/Downloads/List-of-Behaviors-for-Operationalizing-Org-Values-2020.pdf file:///Users/sarahelena/Downloads/Operationalizing-Your-Oganization-or-Teams-Values-2020.pdf
Jul 31, 2020
I think we all know that there is rebounding in living. We have to develop certain things from childhood on. We have to learn that life has disappointments, we can’t be invited to every party, friends move away or move schools, sometimes we are treated unfairly by someone we know well, or we have to be able to deal and cope with general disappointments in life. Here is a link to the book referenced in the podcast: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/authors/54848/rick-newman
Jul 30, 2020
Extra Credit: Trafficking
Here are the myriad of resources I listed in this episode: https://www.un.org/en/observances/end-human-trafficking-day https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=5593#rating https://www.ecpat.org/what-we-do/ https://www.freedomspromise.org/ https://www.safehorizon.org/get-informed/human-trafficking-statistics-facts/#description/ https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-human-trafficking https://www.friendsofwpcnepal.org/2019/05/01/best-way-prevent-human-trafficking-nepal/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI9vqyjP316gIVDh6tBh0t3wKZEAAYAyAAEgJ-DvD_BwE https://www.google.com/alerts#
Jul 24, 2020
Our mistakes can be categorized into four different types. The faster we learn what type of mistake we are making, the earlier it is we can rectify our mistakes and become better! References for this podcast include the following: Mindset Article + Graphic: https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/42874/why-understanding-these-four-types-of-mistakes-can-help-us-learn Neil Gaiman Thoughts: https://www.dumbofeather.com/articles/the-value-of-making-mistakes/
Jul 17, 2020
I promised that I would put the following in the show notes so here you go: S specific M measurable A attainable R relevant T time bound These are the known goal setting recipes for success. Take a listen and don't forget to share!
Jul 10, 2020
(Ep22) Rebellion of Play
The systems in our body are hardwired for efficiency and maintaining of the status quo. Sometimes in order to change the way our minds process or see things we have to envision some new way to challenge our bodies that does not require us to challenge them in fear. Here are some of the resources I used in todays episode: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-your-brain-is-wired-reveals-the-real-you/ http://ecereport.ca/en/early-years-studies/early-years-study-3-2011/chapter-2-early-life-and-learning-behaviour-and-health/4-limbic-system-pathways/#:~:text=When%20cortisol%20levels%20are%20consistently,the%20limbic%20system%20are%20affected.&text=The%20fetus%20responds%20to%20the,slow%20to%20recover%20HPA%20pathway.
Jul 3, 2020
(Ep21) 1 Billion Hours
Just to put it in perspective the majority of the world now has access to a screen, and in this way we are seeing a decline in our ability to think and act with creativity. In this episode we talk about how sneaky little devices can siphon your creative juices and under the guise of relaxing or unwinding can sneak up and steal your time. Time that was meant to reset your brain and give you a reprieve. In this episode we take a look at how our play time has declined and screen time has increased. Society finds this acceptable, but at what cost? Jumpstart your creative thinking today with PLAY! Podcast referenced: https://www.nytimes.com/column/rabbit-hole
Jun 26, 2020
(Ep20) Safety in Play
Remembering that fear is an excellent teacher is one way that we can look back as adults and see how we have shaped our perceptions of the world. Fear can be an excellent indicator of where we have emotional work to do, physical barriers to overcome and spiritual guides to be gained. Not to mention that we have a politically charged world to tell us where to direct our fear. This episode I hope puts all that in perspective. Fearing where we are going is not the answer. Finding why we fear, is how we know what we care about.
Jun 19, 2020
(Ep19) GET OUTDOORS with Ashleigh Bassett
Ashleigh is a long time adventurer, in fact she's the epitome of a life-time adventurer as she doesn't remember a time not being active and adventuring with her family. Learning along the way in the outdoors allows for a unique perspective on what kind of a person you have to show up when you're out in the great wide: YOURSELF. You can only be you, because any inconsistencies or incongruences can lead to unsafe situations and be detrimental for you. You have to be you, and as the outdoors shows us how to show up as ourselves we can also be taught to show up FOR ourselves. Take a listen from this stellar woman and get ready to play outside!
Jun 12, 2020
(Ep18) Emotional Range of Play
“The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable.” C.G. Jung We all owe our childhood selves big time right now. The majority of us I feel did the best learning with what we were presented with, and I want to believe that the majority of people are doing the best we can. This episode is just pinpointing how I think we can be helping ourselves do better. We can imagine a place where everyone gets to feel the full force of being valued. We, as adults, can help build a world that is better for everyone, and equitable for all. A few references from this episode: https://voiceofplay.org/benefits-of-play/#emotional Resource for play definitions. "Finding Fred" hosted by Mr. Carvall Wallace https://www.fatherly.com/finding-fred-rogers-podcast/
Jun 5, 2020
(Ep17) 34 Things for 34 Years
My birthday is on Monday! In 34 years I have not learned all I want to. I am also not very good at learning on the fly, usually it takes me two tries. Here are 34 things I have learned and I am still practicing all the time. I will be posting the full list on the podcast episode Instagram page: @ArtofPlayPodcast
May 29, 2020
(Ep16) Interview with Lex Brinton and Ashlee Stone
Ashlee Stone and Lex Brinton are two of the legendary Boise Walker family. These two come from a legacy of traveling extensively on a shoestring budget for the sake of making memories and forging family ties. So much so, that Lex founded a company that encourages families to make the time to travel as often as possible: Walker Family Goods. Take some time to listen, and feel free to chime in on social media afterward for a discussion on how you pepper your life with play. Instagram @walkerfamilygoods @lexbrinton @ajstone11 Walker Family Goods: https://walkergoods.com/ Put It On My Tab Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/put-it-on-my-tab/id1513237283
1 hr 7 min
May 22, 2020
(Ep15) Play: The First Stress Buster
We all know about stress, but we are going to dig a little deeper into the detriments of stress, plus some incentives to make play your stress buster of choice. Find something good in your life through play, and find ways to add more playfulness to your everyday and beat that stress at its own game. Resources of research for this episode came from: http://www.scholarpedia.org/article/Consequences_of_Play_Deprivation
May 15, 2020
(Ep14) Generational Play with Caralee Johnson
Caralee Johnson is our guest today. She is one of those people that set the precedence of play in her life early on and now can see the repercussions for three generations. She has a history of shepherding children toward more play, both physical and imaginative, she worked as a librarian and would influence the children in her life toward creativity, expanding horizons and using their imaginations. She is still using play in most of the aspects of her adult life, and she is a prime example to using the benefits of play to enrich your life. Find us online at TheOliverFund.org and on Instagram @TheOliverFund and @ArtofPlayPodcast
May 8, 2020
(Ep13) The Normal We Create
Having the chance to start over is scary, but exciting. There's an exhilaration that comes with getting to rewrite what was once thought to be written in the stars. Post-Corona worlds look like anything we want. There are things that made us happy that no longer find importance. This is just a starting point, and it's a pleasure to get to share my list of things I am implementing and trying out with you today.
May 1, 2020
(Ep12): Interview with Tawni Beardall
Tawni Beardall is a family woman and friend. She is the cohost of the podcast Becoming for Teens and she is one of the best teachers I know. She is always pushing herself to learn new things and grow in new ways and she is an amazing example of loving the process for the outcomes sake. "It’s about being comfortable in your own skin and being able to push myself out of my comfort zone and accomplish something and it feels good.” “Learning things on Youtube—figuring things out for yourself. Tawni learned how to crochet, learned how to can peaches, and has turned to Youtube because she has tried it once and knows that she can make it work for herself again and again. Practice building the connections of “I CAN”. I can be more playful, I can figure that out, I can be a more fun mom, I can figure out how to pay off debt and still work toward a vacation, I can plant a garden, I can get that real estate license. WHatever you WANT to do, there is a way for you to learn how to DO…
Apr 24, 2020
(Ep11) Sneaky Hope
Hope. Grounds for believing something good may happen. I am here today to try to prove to you why today is a the day we become a hopeful society. Hope is a subjective thing, and normally can’t just be defined with finite terms because it means something to everyone in a different way. Hope is something that some people see as just a personality trait, and others feel hope is gained by experiences in life, and then there are still others who think you can just always choose to be hopeful. Come listen and see where I stand! If you have someone who would love this episode, or someone who needs it, please use the links in the show notes to send them to hear us. We are on all major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Iheartradio podcasts, and Spotify. Hope Reference: https://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/psychpedia/what-is-hope
Apr 17, 2020
(Ep10) Interview: Kelli and Cody Weight
Kelli and Cody Weight are some of the most dear people in the world to my family. As we explained last Episode (9 if you’re wondering), Kelli and Cody took Jared and I under their wings and they taught us that value of a full life that has plenty of room for play, especially physical play. These two people have had full lives of accomplishments and are both talented athletes on multiple podiums. They share their love of just about everything with others, and they pass on their knowledge to people willing to put in the work, and they take great pride in the coaching they are able to share with others. They are some of the most generous, genuine people, and their example is a legacy in itself. I hope you find value in what they share today. These two were so much fun to have on an interview and after not seeing them in quite a while I was so happy to see them and chat once again. I wanted to pinpoint some quick takeaways from todays episodes: First: Positivity, patience, and consiste…
Apr 10, 2020
(Ep9) Backstory to Boise
5 close family deaths in 3 years. When you're newlyweds, maybe that is not the best tag line for a joyful life setup. This episode is really to introduce the backstory of why our family lived in Boise, and why I have all these interviews coming from incredible people that all are from Boise. Boise was a turning point for our family, and really my personal life. This is the reason why.
Apr 3, 2020
(Ep8) All the things I do not like
This is a quick thought about how the world is going, maybe taking inventory with how you are coming out of this. Maybe just taking a minute or two to spend taking stock, assessing how we feel, and making time in our real lives for the things that have fulfilled us and steadied us through this worldwide event.
Mar 27, 2020
(Ep7) Interview with Kyle Kelson: Audacious Joy
This interview was such a blast, and since it was a spur of the moment interview, I am so grateful that Kyle was able to spend some time on a mic for this interview. Kyle’s story is one that I think the majority of people over the age of 18 can relate to. Kyle has some bold advice for all of us to tap into our genuine selves and find a way to make joy in our lives consistently. He showed up big for this episode and I want you to watch out for some of his more subtle advice, such as acting on joyful past experiences, being consistent, and genuine self-expression. Kyle’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCON6DI3XGSgYPspz6IhXwQw Kyle’s debut video with YouTuber Jazza: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbS4oxLPH_I
Mar 20, 2020
(Ep6) Secondary Departure from the Plan
Just checking in with everyone to see how they are doing? What are you up to? How are you all surviving, and what are you surviving on? This episode is 3 quick tips on how to make the best and most of this unique time in history. Hope you enjoy, and please pass it along to anyone you think would benefit.
Mar 13, 2020
Hey! Just here giving more tips on how to manage to help squeeze just a little more joy out of life hopefully catching you at a point when you feel like you can use it! This episode is split into two main chunks: 1) Reminders from the playground and 2) Suggestions to help instigate play as a resource to fuel more creativity than chaos. Here are some of the resources I mention in the episode: Article food for thought: https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coronavirus-act-today-or-people-will-die-f4d3d9cd99ca Youtube Videos: Kristin Andrus and her amazing cache of workouts: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQjPy3drF0G5AcTRpsLv-pA Sculpt Society Cache: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCYT_BvUB1Wy-lxqPHPjs11GTkE7YDueH Body Weight Warrior Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU0DZhN-8KFLYO6beSaYljg Find us on social media @TheOliverFund @ArtOfPlayPodcast
Mar 6, 2020
(Ep4) Interview with Megan Bryant: "Yes, and"
Megan Bryant is a charismatic business improv trainer, comedian, and performer. She has a large presence and her energy is contagious. Her ability to read the room, and influence positively is exceptional. I first met Megan in 2008 and ever since then I have been impressed with her goodness, her generosity, and her kindness. We speak in this interview about the necessity of tapping into play in your pursuits in life, including your profession; and especially if you can manage to access fulfilling play in your off hours, you can tap into more productive creativity even in the workplace. Megan is an engaging speaker, entertainer, podcaster and author. You can find more about her from the links below: Her Bio: https://meetmeganbryant.com/about/ Her Podcast Page: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/i-hardly-know-her/id1461493421 Her Book: https://www.amazon.com/Not-My-Plan-Sucking-Until-ebook/dp/B01H490P1S/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Not+my+plan+megan+bryant&qid=1583436110&sr=8-1
Feb 28, 2020
(Ep3) Interview with Chris Grant
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Feb 21, 2020
(Ep2) Modeling Play
* We all want connection, maybe we never had solid connection, or maybe we just want to build the kind of life that is open to more connection, but we all have the hardwiring for true connection. * We are all individuals. We want to express our unique creativity, we want to be our authentic selves, and no one can do that but us! * We are all watching each other. We choose to show our core values to each other by the way we behave, and hopefully we begin to attract what we model.
Feb 13, 2020
(Ep1) Play: A How To
Just a little summary of what you can expect out of this episode: First I will give you a definition of play, What it is, and how we use it. Second, I will tell you why I think play is so important. Third, Are some basic ways to relate to play, find play again, and utilize play for our overall enrichment. Finally, I’ll tell you why I am her, and how I got here. Play is where we all began. We happen to be hardwired to play like big play machines. Play may be seemingly purposeless but it’s where we develop our Resilience, Persistence, Creativity, and Concentration, just to name a few. I named this podcast The Art of Play because like a master craftsman, I feel like as adults, play needs to become our art, as we have mastered the skill development, we move on to the distilled but ideal version. If you create joy, you can more easily share or spread joy. My mission is to help people share more joy from their own lives with others. Giving hope, helping create, and fostering c…