When work becomes play

Fall hydrangeas spilling out of baskets via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Once upon a time, I use to have what was deemed a ‘day off’. Meaning, a day where I could just get up and do whatever I wanted. Perhaps junk shopping, or putzing around staying home starting a new project, whatever.

Today, I still look forward to those days off. But my days off have little difference from the days I work. 

Because, in a nutshell, I’m always working. But not quite in the way you may think.

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I would often marvel how some never seemed to be able to put down their work and just ‘be’. I use to be that girl at the beach with book after book. But unless that book is really REALLY good (and short), I no longer have the patience to sit through it.

Because the outcome isn’t creating anything.

Time off can mean other things too of course. Spending time with your family, going to the movies, for a walk, hanging with friends, etc. And they’re every bit as important as anything else we do.

But my current driving force these days around that is creating, inventing, bettering, inspiring. That is my new ‘be’.

On a day off, I quite often tell myself I will do nothing. You know… to rest. But then I get a brainstorm, race to my junk stash, start staging something, grab the camera… and before you know it, I’m working. Oops! And Ahhhh! all at once.

Fall hydrangea fireplace mantel with rustic baskets via FunkyJunkInteriors.net
Hydrangea fireplace mantel HERE

If you aren’t at the ‘when work becomes play’ place, it’s my belief you haven’t found it. Yet.

But here’s a fair warning… once you’ve hit ‘it’, you’ll be a changed person forever. Because quite simply, the lines between work and play are flat out gone.

I never know how to answer someone when they ask if I’m working on a given day. (when not at the day job that is) The question is greeted with a silent pause, smile, and are asked to call me anyway.

When work becomes play, you know you’re on the right path, because if you ‘work’ this much, how can you not succeed at some level?

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If you’re one of the ones that still don’t have it yet, I understand. It doesn’t come overnight. It took me 51 years to figure out my thing. (and I’m not done yet)  BUT… that doesn’t mean all those previous years are in vain. 

Everything I’ve done in the past has helped to prepare me where I am today. And everything I do today will help me tomorrow. 

There’s no need to be in a rush to find yours. Just keep learning, moving forward one small step at a time. Your thing will transpire when you least expect it! In ways you don’t expect!

Ask me how I know.

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  1. Well said, Donna. As the saying goes, find a job that you love, and you will never work a day in your life. Carpe diem!

  2. I am working at one job and “not working” at the other. If I can figure out how to get my “not working” fun job to pay enough I would be there! I am like you, I can not sit. I just finished a week off from the work that pays real $$ and spent every second working at the fun job. I do have to say I’m exhausted this morning going back to “work”.

  3. For me, the fireplace mantel is one of the most wonderful seen in a very long time. Are you going to share how the baskets were restored? This is definitely an arrangement I will play with in duplicating. Or did I miss a post on this one?

    Work and Play? Yes I had this for a very long time and felt indulged. As with you, it can happen and every moment filled with one’s dreams. I always tell people to find their passion, whatever it is, it is theirs and fully worthy of following. Hopefully those around them see work/play as part of who they are and revel in the success too. I do think it can get in the way a bit, reality is there are so many other things needing to be done and family to involve. Schedules still abound. But ignoring the play when one finds this means our work isn’t the full extent of our dream.

    Revel in your work play.

    • Thank-you!!

      I actually didn’t do a thing to the baskets… the basket picture in the back of the truck is just a little blown out / too light. They ARE amazing, aren’t they?!

      The link under the fireplace takes you to that post. :)

      • I did a search and found your wonderful fireplace. Thanks for responding. On to thinking about restoring baskets. It eludes me how I accumulated so many. And how well preserved yours are.

  4. AHHHHH! A Kindred Spirit! Good to know there are many like us out there. Really enjoying your blog! Thanks so much.

  5. Today’s my play day. I’m heading to two estate sales this morning. Funny thing, I always head to the backyard or garage first thing. I just never know if there’s a cool piece of wood, or a wire or metal something-or-another there waiting for me!

  6. I can’t sit through a book anymore either. I’ve tried to sit and relax like “normal people” do but like you, my mind starts going and I’m up and building/decorating/painting/doing in a flash. And it feels fabulous to do it too!

    “Normal people” don’t get me… lol!!

    Happy creating!

  7. Hi Donna, I don’t do facebook, but I wanted to respond to a question you posed in your newsletter. You asked how you could use old boards in your shower area that would get wet. Could you use the same kind of finish on the boards that is used on boats to protect them when they’re in the water all the time? I know they refinish the exterior of boats regularly, but your shower wouldn’t come close to that kind of exposure to water, so you wouldn’t have to renew the finish as often. I’ll be interested to see how you solve this.

    • Great idea Noreen! I will indeed share what I eventually do in that shower. It needs to be done one day soon!

      By the way, any time you wish to respond to something in the newsletter, if you hit return, your message gets emailed back to me direct. Thanks so much for responding!

  8. I love the Steve Jobs quote & use it often. Love what you have done with the fireplace & mantle. I’m still looking but I think my passion is flowers blooming and lots of them. I’m the happiest when I’m playing in the dirt. Guess I didn’t do that enough when I was a child. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you and yours. Thanks for sharing. As always, an awesome post.

  9. I have finally found my peace, my love, my work (play) and I am so happy in my life now. Even when my world seems to be turning upside down from those things I can not control, I can always come back to my peace. It took me 50 years to find it and I won’t ever let it go!

    I love your beautiful display of baskets on the hearth and your photos show you are at peace as well!

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

  10. ahhhhhhhh, I am hoping to find my work as play in the next 3.5 years as I have a planned career change, I just don’t know what I am changing it TO.

  11. Oh I so agree, Donna! I don’t have a day job any more, I work my business from home seven days a week, and rarely take time off. My down time is spent online networking and learning. If I do decide to take a day off, I still putz a little in my studio from time to time. It’s hard to leave it alone…especially when it’s a passion.
    Debbie :)

  12. Of all the mantel vignettes I have ever seen, I think I love this one the most. The stone and wicker alone is so beautiful. Then the various colors of blue and violet flowers to soften the whole effect. It is marvelous. I just found you through Jennifer Rizzo and I’m so happy I did.