Don’t ask what the world needs.
Ask what makes you come alive and then go do that.
Because what the world needs
is people who have come alive.
– Howard Thurman
In my twenties and thirties I worked as an electrical engineer and a consultant. It was a fine way to earn a living but every day I dreamed of finding a job that would give me life rather than suck the life out of me. Little did I know that dream would eventually lead me here. Along the way (as you might imagine) I had to learn not to take myself so seriously.
I started Monkeyshine because play is one of the things that makes me feel alive, really alive. Playing makes me feel like a kid again, with the energy and exuberance that I had before I got all serious about my life. With Monkeyshine I strive to create a safe place for other adults to play and be silly – and, hopefully, to come alive. Experience the irrational joy that comes from throwing a rubber chicken, playing a round of Red Light, Green Light, or engaging in a game of “blob tag.” Deep down, does that kinda sound like fun? If so, I hope you will come out and play with me!
P.S. – Here’s the serious stuff (for those who really want to know): I have been teaching Recess for Adults at the Bellevue Family Y since 2010. I also lead hula hoop workshops for the Y and for Team Survivor Northwest. I presented “Grandma Wants to Play Dodge Ball: Active Play and Older Adults” at the annual conference for The Association for the Study of Play (TASP) in 2011 and the US Play Coalition (USPC) in 2013. I am a certified fitness trainer, a wellness coach, and a play ambassador for the USPC.