About Monkeyshine

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.

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