“The most sophisticated people I know – inside they are all children.” – Jim Henson
Hey, I’m Louise! And I’m here to make sure you get in touch with your inner child.
Maybe you can relate to this: I had an exuberant spirit as a child. I would sing around the house at the top of my lungs and jump on our couches like a giant trampoline. I gravitated to the arts and creative expression like singing and dance. I wanted to be carefree and just play but I was subtlety given the message by society that this was a phase I was supposed to move on from. Eventually I was supposed to grow up and become a real adult. I wasn’t sure what that meant but I knew that it had something to do with being serious and to stop “goofing around.”
As I graduated college and settled into adult life I remember looking around at my job with a prominent non-profit in Denver and thinking “Is this it?” My day-to-day routine had become mundane and I felt like life had to be so much more about doing the same thing every day, growing old and dying.
I felt disconnected with myself so I went on a personal development journey through books, talks, seminars, podcasts and conferences. One concept kept resonating with me: play and getting back to my inner child. I made it a point to experience more play in my life and dove into activities that helped with that. Sometimes that meant stumbling through a dance class, hosting a murder mystery birthday party or taking ukulele classes.
I also started talking to others about play and learning about its importance. I learned that play is not only important but essential to our lives. Play plays a role in creativity, innovation, and healing. It makes our work, relationships and health better. So…why are we not talking about it more?
“The child is in me still and sometimes not so still.” – Fred Rogers
So that’s why you’re reading these words on this screen. I’m here to explore play in hopes that it inspires you to get in better touch with your inner child. You can listen to The Recess Life podcast where I have conversations with those that are blurring life and play and what we can learn from them. They are artists, entrepreneurs, educators, researchers and other public figures that are making an impact in the culture and their communities. You can follow along on Instagram to get bits of inspiration from me about play.
When I’m not talking about play or working on my various creative activities or hobbies I work as an event producer. I love travel, pop culture and exploring something new with my body through fitness or dance. Oh, and you can bet I’m still breaking out in song whenever possible and jumping on bouncy things 🙂
I sincerely wish that you find something here that sparks your inner child to come out and play. And if anyone tells you to grow up, just send them to me 😉