Jemma's Tales

Five Tips For Creating a Playful Life

April 23, 2017
I am ready to be playful, in fact I need to be playful, we all need to be playful and you know why?
It keeps us young!
 I am certain that you have heard this saying over and over again
"We don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing."~George Bernard Shaw.
Well I need to laugh with my darling daughter who I haven't seen in 4 months, except for Face Time, which surely takes the sting out of the distance.
 I am looking forward to visiting with my kind and caring son-in-law, play a game of Frisbee with with my adorable grandson and granddaughter and dance with abandon along the edge of the deep blue sea.
Playful living with At Home With Jemma
By the time that most of you will be reading this I will have left Texas bright and early this morning for 10 days of family fun and the scenery wont be too bad either...(photo below)
I will be sharing the beauty, play and joy of my Puerto Trip on Instagram and also here on my blog as we travel on the island and surrounding areas.
Travel, playful, happy, joyful, inspirational, living
You know sometimes we all just get in old rut and sort of have to say to ourselves "hey lady getting going, get playful, get creative and live!"
So here I am today shaking up my life and sharing some tips on how to rekindle that playful life we knew as a child.

“Tiny humans see magic and possibility where big humans only see mess and responsibility. May we see the magic again through their eyes and rediscover all the possibilities life has to offer.” ~ L. R. Knost

Playful Tip Number One-
It is an attitude of the heart!

So yesterday I stepped out of my comfort zone and I had a snappy, happy attitude. I mulled over all of the sensible colors of nail polish and then I said to myself hey now go ahead and get some pretty amazing nail polish color.
My heart said do it so I did!

playful living-Jemma

Playful Tip Number Two-
Find that amazing imagination and use it to ignite your HAPPY!

Playful and happy go hand in hand, don't be fearful of tapping into that youthful imaginative source that you knew as a youngster.
Paint, dance, sing, garden, and of course find time to be silly!


Playful Tip Number Three-
Live with gratitude and be present in the moment.

Because each moment has the potential to be playful!
Don't miss the current moments by worrying about the future or agonizing over the past.
Capture each moment as if it were a fluttering butterfly.


Playful Tip Number Four-
Play with your surroundings.

What you choose to surround yourself with either depletes or feeds your true self.
What books do you read, what movies do you watch, what about your music choices?
Who do you associate with, do they inspire you and accept your authentic self?
Part of living a playful life is creating an environment for playful living.


Playful Tip Number Five-
Temporarily let go of agendas and thoughts.

Focus less on achieving and focus more on the experience.
Opening up our hearts and emptying our minds allows us to live through life rather than forcing life to happen.
As we journey through the magic of life we experience a freedom to play in the magic of living it.

living with focus on the moment-jemma
Looking forward to sharing some of our playful Puerto Rico moments with you.
Thanks for joining me!

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  1. HOLA CHICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You are going to my in-laws birth place! I've never been there, but Ruben has been to visit his grandparents. What a gorgeous place that must be with those beaches! I hear the food is phenomenal, especially all the fresh fruit! And on this day, my birthday, your message comes very timely for me. Though I think I live this way everyday, it is a confirmation to me that happiness and that youthful feeling comes from focusing in on that which is good, adventurous, creative, fearless. And, your statement about rejoicing in the experience of a thing, rather than focusing on success. I say let's enjoy the process and the progress will come.

    Enjoy your trip, soak up that sun, learn some Spanish and HAVE A GREAT TIME!

  2. I LOVE this, Jemma! Why, oh why do we lose our sense of joy in the moment, our spirit of playfulness? My favorite people are the ones I can be silly with and they'll be silly with me in return. Thank you for this! I'm going to strive to add more playfulness to my life!
    Enjoy your trip!! I am looking forward to seeing your beautiful photos.
    Love the nail polish!

  3. As I was reading this I shared some of those quotes with Robert and he says... youth is wasted on the young... LOL - there were others as he was on a roll. You know I haven't painted my finger nails since we moved to the farm... Wishing you an excellent vacation you're going to have a blast. So Today we're off to have a great time adding new fence posts on the new property. Awesome post and when you get back we'll go have some silly time. Hugs!! Carole

  4. A wonderful post and a wonderful mind set to go off to paradise with. My husband has been to Puerto Rico and says it is magical. Have a wonderful time!

  5. You know I'm right there with you with that attitude Jemma, except maybe the nail polish. I'm stuck with my boring light pinks because chips are less visible and the salon is too darn far! lol

    Puerto Rico is a lovely place, and aren't you lucky that you have an excuse to go there regularly?! Enjoy, relax, and dance, and if you need inspiration for the later, just turn on Ed Sherans new single, Shape of You. ;).


  6. Jemma, What a beautiful blog post! Enjoy this special time with your family and enjoying yourself in Puerto Rico!

  7. Safe travels & enjoy the family! Puerto Rico is beautiful. You'll love it! Tell A hi for me!Enjoy!!!

  8. Jemma,
    I agree with everything you said in this post! Hoping you have a most wonderful time enjoying your family in beautiful Puerto Rico! Live! and Love it! Hugs,

  9. I love this post! So happy that you are going to enjoy PR and all it's beauty for awhile. The food is delish! I agree that we all should play more ~ and enjoy the moment we're in, after all, that's really all we have.

    P.S. I'm always a red nail polish girl! :)

  10. I love your happy banner and all your tips are wonderful! Have a glorious time with your family in PR. How could you not?!

  11. I agree 100%!! Last night we went to a family wedding and had so much fun playing around on the dance floor and in the photo booth. Play is good! Have a lovely trip!

  12. Dearest Jemma, I have so enjoyed reading this today! Made my day! Yes, I need to get a snappy happy attitude and I need to start thinking outside the box! Ooh, did I ever need to read this today! I know you will enjoy your family and I can't wait to see pictures! How wonderful for you! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  13. Hi Jemma, Such a wonderful and uplifting post. Happy should be the goal everyday!! And, it's amazing how the little things can bring happy when we just focus on a good attitude and cheerfulness. Love your pretty nail color. It's fun, fresh and oh so happy.
    Have fun visiting your loves. I know it will be every bit HAPPY!!
    Hugs and Joys for a wonderful time!!

  14. Have a fabulous time, sweet friend, and a safe trip!! By the way, I LOVE the nail polish!! :)

  15. Great tips. Have a wonderful time. Enjoy, Enjoy and relax! Love your pics on instagram.

  16. Ah such wisdom here, Jemma. I hope you are having the time of your life playing in the shores and loving on your family.

  17. Hola! New to your site...will catch up with posts while you are away "playing"! Here's to us all playing a little more blogger

  18. Love your Pink nails, Jemma. Wonderful post with playful words.

    Let's always be grateful, my friend, just like your pillow says. : )

    love, ~Sheri

  19. I've been loving your pictures of PR on beautiful! I'm sure you are loving the time spent with your daughter and family. Looking forward to seeing more pictures on your blog and hearing how the trip went. Love your brightly colored nails - that color is gorgeous!

  20. This is such a great post, Jemma! It's nice to get a reminder once-in-awhile to just "enjoy" life. Hope you're enjoying your vacay and your family!

  21. Soaking the sun in Puerto Rico! Lucky you, Jemma. Enjoy.

  22. Have a wonderful trip and visit.

    All the best Jan

  23. Ooh I need a fun color for my daughter's graduation!! Have a great time!


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