Marie Forleo

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In our productivity obsessed culture, we’re either constantly working or feeling guilty because we think we should be. Scroll your social feeds and you’ll probably find references to #hustle, #nodaysoff or some type of work related #grind.

There is no destination in business or life. It’s all journey — all of it. Click To Tweet

Don’t get me wrong. I work very, very hard. Always have and always will. It’s part of my DNA. But I play hard too.

In recent years, our society has put such a high valuation on productivity that we’ve developed a pervasive failure to appreciate the transformative effects of play.

As Dr. Stuart Brown, a pioneer on the research of play remarked, “The opposite of play is not work. It’s depression.”

The benefits of play go far beyond fun. Play helps us improve brain functionality, stimulate our imagination and deepen our relationships. That’s why I take an unapologetic stand for play in all its forms. Quirkiness, silliness, playfulness, laughter and humor — whatever helps you enter this magical state. In fact, I’ll argue that play is one of the most undervalued strategies for creative entrepreneurs.

Consider the word recreation. Re-creation. Which means to create again, to refresh, restore, make anew, revive or invigorate. What legitimate entrepreneur couldn’t benefit from more of that? To be clear: I’m all for focused work, long-term effort and consistent hustle. Those are 10,000% required to achieve your goals and keep growing.

What I am not for is a one-dimensional, narrow formula for success. What I am not for is burnout, depression and suicide. These are serious issues among creatives and entrepreneurs and we’re not talking nearly enough about them.

Amidst all our busyness, here’s the punchline so many of us miss. There is no destination in business or life. It’s all journey. All of it. Think about that before blindly opting in for a punishing, lonely version of grind till you die.

In this episode of Unplugged, join me as I get my play on. As long as you’re subscribed to our list, you’ll get a link to the next vlog which continues on this theme of play.

Now, I’d love to hear from you. A two-parter today:

1. On a scale of 1-10, 1 being play anemic and 10 being a total playaa, where you at?

2. What are some of your favorite play activities?

Leave a comment below and let me know. Remember to share as much detail as you’d like in your reply.

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Thank you for taking this August Marie Unplugged adventure with me. Your love and support mean the world.

New to Unplugged? Watch episode #1 here, then #2 and #3  🙂 .

With so much appreciation,

XO

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  1. You know dearest Marie, I love watching you regardless of anything. And I love reading your emails. Somehow, today what I read I loved the MOSTTTTTT! It was such a lovely way of telling that we need that time to truly re-create. I am currently taking some time off my “routine” and I kept telling myself: “I can’t do that”; “I can’t afford to take time off.” But I forced myself to do and I just went with it. I can’t believe how much I needed it to simply relax and rethink a few things in my life. I know you’ve done another episode on taking time off and how it really helps creativity but somehow this SPEAKS to me more. I love it. Keep doing the awesome work girl. You motivate me and inspire me and help me hustle too. This was refreshing.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      What a lovely note, Priyanka – it means so much to hear this episode really spoke to you. I think we all need a little more play alongside our hustle. I hope you’re having a fantastic time off! ♥

      • Jenni

        Priyanka has said it all, for me. This is a truly brilliant post. Where I rank on the pay-o-meter is… a great wake-up call – thank you. So impressed that Marie can moonwalk ON GRASS too.

  2. This was another great episode of Marie unplugged. I love to play. On a scale of 1 to 10, I think I am about an 8.

    My favorite activities are coloring with my step daughter or cranking the tunes and dancing.

    Thank you for all you do Marie and Team Forleo.

    XOXO
    Monica

  3. Viviana

    OMG.
    I’m a 10 in playfulness. And I don’t have kids hahahahaha. I love to play with my dog, making funny voices to him and see him react. I use to play a dolphin kind of voice, he goes crazy.
    My soulmate its very good at the multianimal voice interpretation. And we love to sing hakuna mata in every posible ocasion. I’m smiling right now hahahha.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Love this, Viviana!!

    • Lol yeah same – talking in ridiculous voices is my go to to keep the mundane entertaining! I used to be at a 10 then I burnt out and I’m still bouncing back and learning to be balanced, I’d say I’m at a 6 now. On the rise! But silly voices = fun on tap. 🤣

  4. Ashley Gore

    That was fantastic; so fun I’m actually just sitting here smiling after watching and laughing along with y’all !
    1. I’d say an 8… but an 11 on vacation lol
    2. Hiking, cooking, I’ve become recently obsessed with bike riding, playing Dance Party USA, grabass, all things animals. 💗

  5. Angela

    Josh is just as crazy as Marie! Love him and love the chance to see his personality too. I really like these Marie! You must keep this going too — allowing us into your world like this is the best, really. How will you bring the two together? Don’t know, but I hope you guys figure it out. It is so refreshing to see this. Their light, meaningful and fun.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much, Angela! We’re having so much fun with these Unplugged episodes and MarieTV isn’t going anywhere, so while we’re not 100% sure what the blend will look like over time, we love it all too! 🙂

  6. This was a great day for me to share this video in the office. My husband and I are business partners that rarely take time off. He does play several musical insturments in his office every morning to warm up creatively and I have a painting area just for me. In the last couple of weeks I started bringing my doll collection to work and he is bringing his robots.

    Today is my husbands 39th birthday and we are having an “Avenger” birthday party in the office as if he were just 10 years old. I am picking up the cake in an hour after a conference call and then the family will be joining us.

    I really appreciate being reminded about celebrating micro moments and remembering it is a journey not a destination.

    Thank you,

    Regina

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Your note made me grin from ear to ear, Regina – I love the Avenger party. Happy birthday to your husband!

    • Regina, I LOVE that you brought play to work. Mash ’em up lady!

    • Marta

      OMG…I totally want to do a theme bday part for me now…even though for my next bday I will be 50!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • OMG Regina, that is awesome! love the idea of the themed birthday party and bringing your “toys” to the “office”..!!!
      I’m probably a 6 on the scale – and you’ve just inspired me to go a couple of notches up, Marie. What I love to do to relax: spending time with good friends, we talk about stuff, nothing and everything and generally put the world to rights over a drink or 2… walking my dog and taking her swimming and playing silly games with her. And enjoying the NOW – the sun (behind the clouds), sights, smells, sounds – trying to practice mindfulness (and tripping over myself walking coz I’m not looking!). Love those “unplugged” episodes, so, so refreshing! xx to all

  7. Kat

    Looks like a great way to unwind! Now I want to organize a game! My unwind is primarily hiking and travel, even if it is just a short day trip to somewhere new. These things keep me sane and give me so much shear joy! On my days off, I’m a 9, on work days a 5, because keeping a healthy balance is good for me & the people I love, or work with.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s a really good point, Kat! Our fun-o-meter can absolutely vary depending on the day. It sounds like you’ve got a great balance, which is wonderful! 🙂

  8. Awe, man, marie you made me tear up, yes that’s what life is about!! X P.S. Its nice to see this side of your life. 😊

  9. Emily

    Love love love it!

  10. Dear Marie;
    Thank you so much for a fabulous video as I will answer two of your questions. On a scale of 1-10, I am an eight in being somewhat a playa. Love it
    Taking my vacations to exquisite islands in the Caribbean. This year I am going to take my first international trip to mastering my creative side. It may Fiji or Austraila not sure yet but will share with you. Your unplugged videos are helpful in allowing me to be vulnerable and show up and be seen. Thank you again for B-School also.
    Sandy

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s so exciting, Sandy! Both of those sound like lovely vacation options. We’re honored that you’re a B-Schooler and are in our beautiful community! We appreciate you. 🙂

  11. Marie, thank you so much for this video! I often feel like the odd-ball entrepreneur who’s insisting that my clients play for maximum growth. Imagine my surprise when this Marie Unplugged gem is sitting up in my inbox smiling at me!

    This week’s affirmation for my clients and I is:
    I AM FREE TO HAVE FUN AND ENJOY MY LIFE.
    Simpatico Team Forleo! Love it!

    By the way, I’m at a 9! That last point is getting nearer as I complete my B-School curriculum and release perfectionism and insecurity. Every time I let go of not being enough in my creativity, effort (or even myself), total playaa gets closer, because I’m giving myself permission to have fun and enjoy my life. Now, please excuse me as I shake my groove thang right off of this post!

    Marie, keep bringin’ that Unplugged heat, girl! <3 <3 <3

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Love it, Desiree! That’s such a fantastic affirmation––inspiring and freeing, too. We’re rooting for you as you’re finishing B-School! You got this. 🙂

  12. Thank you so much for sharing. I love being around friends and eat!!! As an entrepreneur it’s so important to clear your head sometimes with fun things. So much better for your creativity, love & inspiration! Much love, Guusje

  13. Susan

    Forever, no really… I was taught that play was for lazy people; that in order to get ahead and be successful you had to work 30/7 (that 30 is not a typo).
    Over the last year though, I realized that line of thinking is totally insane, and more importantly, it was making me miserable. Not so easy to change though.
    To answer your questions:
    1. I’m somewhere between 1 and 4, with flashes of 8 -haha.
    2. My absolute favorite activity is hiking. It brings me back to center every single time.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Your happiness matters, Susan, and I’m so glad you realized that working 30/7 (or even 28/7 or 26/7) isn’t helpful for you. We’ve got our fingers crossed you’ll have some opportunities for play soon! 🙂

  14. Love this! It makes me realise how little I play in my life. On a scale from 1-10 I am seriously on 1, which is pretty sad. It is as if all that childhood stuff I did as a kid is long gone, but it should not be that way, right? I actually bought a badminton set last month because I wanted to play and have fun with my partner. Hasn’t been used yet! Seeing your video makes me want to do more fun stuff, have more fun social gatherings with friends. It happens so rare. It is always 1-1 coffee appointments or 1-1 lunch meet-ups with friends, but never bigger social gatherings. Living as an expat and being self employed, I find it even more challenging to do fun things with people I know. Too much solo time, which isn’t healthy. Something to be changed!
    Thanks for this awesome video. Loved the last one just as much!
    Hugs from Morocco 🙂

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Badminton sounds fun, Sally! I hope you put your set to good use soon. You deserve to have fun! 🙂

  15. awww! I loved this episode! I love everything about it!

    • Me too! “What did it feel like when you slide into home?” “It felt like freedom and grass stains!” Too funny 🙂 Made me think of my entire childhood!

  16. Such a fun episode! YAY! Play!
    I’m down around a 4, but that’s been worked up from 1 only a couple years ago so it’s progress. Love playing with the dogs at the park, grand kiddos and most of all, friends and the hubby. Life is more fun playing…..

  17. I absolutely love the unplugged. Totally in alignment with what I sell, preach. I am a 10 on the playaaa scale. Work hard, play harder. Some of the things since moving to NJ I do… pool time, hiking at the park, visiting the shore, day trip in NYC, and extended long weekends in VT. We have a few of those funky newts there where I walk. Keep your stuff coming. You always put a smile on my face. #returntoyourhappyplace

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s awesome, Lisa! Cheers to many more adventures! 🙂

  18. Time with family and friends and NOT A LAPTOP is so crucial.
    I just had to get away from it all recently and it is magnificent.

  19. A

    Hello Marie! I loved today’s video. Nice to see you relax and have fun with your loved ones. On a scale of 1-10 I’d put myself at a 3. Some of my favorite things to do is spend time with family. Even just running errands with my mother counts. Right now I’m upset with something she did and it’s making us unhappy. I’m not sure if I should just accept what she does or try to talk to her about it. Generally, I tend to worry about my parents a lot and almost everyone thinks I should just forget about them and “live my life” but I don’t think I ever will stop caring.
    Another thing I like to do is write short fiction. Then I like to meditate and pray and spend time with friends who allow me to go nuts. Ha ha. I really cherish the friends who jump on board with me.

  20. I can’t even express how much I needed this today! Yesterday, I found myself in this anxiety spiral of death where I could not get any creative work done at all. I was just feeling the pressure of wanting success and wanting to make things happen, which of course, made me completely freeze up, unable to do a damn thing.

    But you’re so RIGHT. It can’t all be work. It can’t all be pressure and deadlines and go go go. We need play, and I think I’ve been focusing so hard on the getting-things-done mantra that I have forgotten how to just laugh and have fun and be silly. I need balance so that I’m fully present to do the creative work that I want to do. Thank you so much for this today.

  21. Lorrie

    Love, love love these……….please continue at some level some how, some where dear Marie 🙂

  22. Asha A Hussein

    I’m definitely playa anemic. I’m working on this, but it’s extremely difficult for me to step out of my routine.

  23. For the first time in my 35 yr nursing career I am laid off! Out of work since 5/1/17. The first 2+ weeks felt like that 2 wk vacay I never took, then boredom developed alongside of panic mode looking for another job. What I did have was the time to develop a website on mental health topics for nursing staff. The website isn’t up and running just yet, but all the initial content I had the time to develop is done. And sprinkled in the content is my humor and my skewed way of looking at nursing and mental health.
    I am probably a 8-9 on the play scale, and have used it as a way to connect with staff and patients over the years. My favorite play activities at work have been: making jokes, self-deprecating humor, organizing after work drinks, and recently learned the fine art of practical jokes on co-workers (i.e. filling their office with balloons while they were on vacay, taping down all the desktop items, listing their cell phone on Craiglist as a seller of ‘gently used mannequin hands and feet’).

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Haha! Love your sense of humor, Deborah! I bet your co-workers really miss you. We’ve got our fingers crossed you’ll find the perfect job for you soon.

  24. I adore you Marie 🙂 x

  25. OMGoodness…tears from laughter watching this. My dog kept looking at me funny because I couldn’t stop laughing out loud. SO GOOD. Keep these going!

    My fav forms of play are: Mountain biking, trail running. Standing in the rain, jumping in puddles. Finding swimming holes off the beaten path. Oh, and I climbed trees. Love some tree climbing. Picnics. Puzzles. Cards. Eating with my hands.

    But I could up my game more. I think more friends and laughter are in order. And holy heck, I’m going to play some kickball!!!
    Thanks Marie!
    xo!

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      These are awesome and refreshing forms of play! Have the best time upping your game and grabbing a pickup game of kickball, Hollie.

  26. Marie,
    Wow! What an honest and fun reminder that we need to take time to play! On a scale of 1-10…sadly, me and my creative team are closer to 1 than 10. We don’t play enough!!! As their fearless leader I need to create the time to play. Your episode made me realize this. Besides that I need to play more at home. I have two creative and hilarious daughters and a fairly serious husband…we don’t play enough! Period. Ch-ch-ch-changes!!!! Xo

  27. Thanks for this Marie! Your expression of care for people is inspiring. Also care for yourself. So much to learn about this. I’ve been working waaay too much on my biz project over many many years. At a really crucial point right now of stepping back to watch, reflect, re define days according to what means most. Thank you thank you.

  28. Sara

    Hello Marie, this is my first time writing and I absolutely LOVE seeing your Unplugged videos. This current one makes me so happy to watch, and was much needed, as I am currently trying to stay calm about getting my to-do list created for an upcoming new job in the fall. I’m about an 8 on the scale and I LOVE having fun with my friends and family. It brought me to tears during your private session because I feel so blessed as well to have those quality moments with my important people. I loved the friendly competition with the kickball tournament, my friends and I like to compete in volleyball or even a game of Skip-Bo! It’s just nice to see how you balance your professional and personal life. So thank you for sharing!!!

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Yay, Sara! We’re glad this episode was so timely for you as you’re squeezing in every moment of play before the fall. Make sure you keep some precious play-time on the books when you get started too. Enjoy the rest of the summer, and have fun at your new job!

  29. Mahal

    Loved this! I am at a 4 on my play scale. But I have a coffee catch-up date with a friend this week and this video was a timely reminder that I can relax. Thank you, Marie!

  30. Don’t get me started on the subject of ” Play”. There is such a widespread epidemic in the lack of play in our lives, especially for children that Playwork and Playworkers are an institution worldwide to safeguard and protect play! I cringe when I hear the word play date. Since when did play need to be structured and scheduled! ” Go outside and play!” Is what the old heads used to say. When you lose your ability to be Curious you lose your ability to play. Go outside and play is all about stimulating your curiosity to expand your imagination and creativity! So go outside and play!

  31. Anne-Marie

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for reminding me that I reaaaally need to PLAY MORE!!
    I must be at a 4 or 5 on the Play Scale, I try so much to do stuff “I need to do”, even though I am on medical leave, I still don’t play enough and I just try to heal and work on myself so I can get better and get back to work or finally create my own business to work from home, but I don’t play enough!
    Thanks for the reminder, I’m going to “work” on that! 😉

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Anne-Marie, we’re sending all kinds of healing thoughts towards a speedy recovery your way. Adding some more ‘playtime’ to your life may even help this process along, and we hope you have fun letting go a little bit.

  32. Claudia

    Oh that hit the spot! Beautiful to have friendships like that – but the guys sighing together in bed has to be my favourite!! Hilarious! Love to all.

  33. This was one of my favorite videos so far! It is so great to see you in your happy place with the people you love – it really is what life’s all about! On a scale of 1-10, I’m about an 8. Before finding direction as training to become a health coach and the insights I’ve gained from coaches, including you, these last few months I was more like a 2. I didn’t take any time for myself and just worked all the time! Now I’m allowing myself to take time to relax and enjoy time with friends, in nature, or even just laying around on the couch. Some of my favorite play activities would be horseback riding, laying out on the beach, hanging and eating with friends, playing video games, catching up with a good book, and spending time outdoors with my friends.

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      We’re so glad you’ve been giving yourself permission to relax and enjoy all these fun activities, people, and even a bit of downtime. It’s so crucial, and as you said, it’s what life’s all about!

  34. Stephanie

    Wow! Growing up with the mantra “no play until the work is finished,” has been the hardest montra to drop for me. As a creative, right brainer, curvy thinker…play is essential to me, as essential as water. Somewhere I forgot that, somewhere I allowed myself to fall into the box that my playtime was a “reward,” for completing a task(s).
    My to-do list is perpetual and I think some days it procreates all by itself. It seems insurmountable, which leads one in the above manta mindset to a feeling of hopelessness, of trudgery. Through other videos and posts here, I’ve received encouragement in how I am actively changing my mindset: rewriting the mantra, knowing and trusting myself and my intuition. Play is essential. For someone like myself, it’s a life force. I’m glad to say, that after having to schedule play in an effort to reprogram my defaults, I now can be spontaneous. I can step away from a project/task and not feel guilty. It’s quite empowering, and has increased my productivity, my brainstorming ideas, and most importantly I am finding Joy because I am more authentic in how I show up in my life. Much gratitude to you and your , nothing short of amazeballs, team!

  35. I love to play I need to have fun even in my work. I love to dance. In my office I love to have lunch time dance breaks and sometimes I can convince the other people to join me. Love Marie Unplugged

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      We’re ALL about the lunchtime dance breaks here. The more the merrier! Thanks so much for sharing, Shameka.

  36. Hi Marie! I’ve been following you for a while. I love your wit and playful spirit. I can see that you work hard but I can also tell that you en-JOY your life. I’ll have to share this with my husband. We are both definitely 10s, however, I can take time off to play more easily than him. Thank you for being you! 🙂

  37. paddy faller

    When I think about it, I am probably only around a 3 – I envy watching my grandkids who play all the time without any pre-planning, and I wonder when last I was like that. We have forgotten to play like kids!

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Paddy, thank you so much for your input here. What a beautiful thing for your grandkids to be inspiring you to reengage with your own childlike sense of play. Let them teach you, and have fun!

  38. This video THE BEST. Marie MOON WALKING on GRASS, her hubby exercising in the BED, Gaaaaahhhhhhh! You guys give me the biggest smile AND made me realize how serious I get most times about the hustle. My play meter is waaaaay down these days and that’s gotta change. Life goes by so fast. This quote though, “The opposite of play is not work. It’s depression.” wow. Big eye opener and a tweetable for realz. Thanks for giving me a smile and for reminding me to play!

  39. Nancy Nuce

    I was just discussing this with my husband last night. On a scale of 1 – 10 in the playfullness area, I have disintegrated into about a 2. Okay, I know I’m 70 years old and I can’t do all the things I used to do – water skiing, boating, dancing for hours, etc. but I should be able to do something for entertainment other than watch a TV show or read a book. It scares me that I can’t think of anything I want to do. I’m spending my entire “golden years” at my computer other than going to the gym 3 times a week. I need help!

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Nancy, we’re excited for you to start exploring some new options for play at this phase of your life! Explore those things that brought you joy previously, and see if there are any new ways that you can engage with them now. If water skiing has brought you joy, maybe there other aspects of boating, swimming, water sports, or even downhill skiing that could spark some new feelings of play? 70 is young, and there’s so much variety in the world. You got this!

  40. kim

    A great reminder to let my silliness hang out more often, especially during working hours and if ya don’t like it oh well!

  41. Becky

    Hi Team Forleo…..great ‘unplugged’ video.
    This will be a ‘must-see’ for my husband. I tend to do a great job of unplugging on a daily basis. I make it a habit of working until 4-5p and then I purposefully stop. I enjoy having the time to prepare a yummy dinner. On Sat and Sun, I may work for a couple of hours in the morning, before the family wakes up. Once the house is active, I tune in to family time. I don’t ever feel guilty for not working at night or during the week-end. Family time will always come first. My husband, on the other hand, works very, very hard ALL OF THE TIME! He doesn’t have an ‘off’ switch. I love the idea of a ‘sleep-over’ camp and am hoping I can encourage my husband to participate. I think this is a great idea for people who have a tough time ‘unplugging’. Thanks for sharing this great video with us.

  42. Christine

    How ideal to have an episode about the importance of play which seems to be at the heart of the impetus for Marie Unplugged! I’m loving Marie Unplugged for its open and honest approach, very refreshing and liberating to see this side of Marie’s world! Thank you so much. Watching this episode brought some sweetness to my day with such a valuable reminder too as we are in the not so fun busyness of moving homes (gulp!). I was just telling my husband this week how earnest we can both be at times and was arguing that without the joy of play, life is not nearly as meaningful or flowing. Being a parent, I have also often heard that “play is children’s work” but why do we think we need to let it stop when we become adults. If we are modelling truly healthy behaviour successfully for the next generation then I think we must continue to demonstrate playing often too because we all benefit from play. Let’s allow playing time to be a greater priority for all ages!
    As always, deeply appreciate Marie, the Forleo Team and all of your offerings and really look forward to the next episdode.
    Jovially,
    Christine

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Christine, we’re so glad you’re loving the Marie Unplugged series. It sounds like you can see the value of this topic, and you’re primed for some play in your own life!

      We’re wishing you the BEST time moving; have fun setting up your new home with your family!

  43. Marie

    Thank you for sharing! I’m 61 years old and I guess a 10 on the playa scale – just got back for hiking the beautiful Welsh coastal path with some biking and mountain climbing – thrown in. In my younger days did some more serious Alpine climbing, triathlons and running (marathons). Now I just do what I feel like which includes skiing and ski mountaineering in Europe (back country skiing), hiking and biking:)))))) some running. Whatever feels good and is fun.

  44. Shejal Desai

    Loved watching this – so much fun, I wish I were one of your close friends=). Life is about the journey, so enjoy it while working, while driving, while cooking, while working out…laugh at yourself, laugh with friends, just be joyful is my motto. I came to this way of living after dealing with a career and personal hardship. I realized what I wanted wasn’t going to happen the way I thought it would. It was a tough few years, but it was the best thing that ever happened to me because I woke up and realized I was living life all wrong, wrong for me. Now I am living a more authentic life which means I give myself permission to be quirky, funny, and silly often, ideally everyday. I dance in the kitchen with my husband and baby and make up songs to make my baby laugh at me and with me. And I am lucky enough that I am able to practice my style of doing business, which means I play, have fun, and put relationship building at the center of it all. My hope is more people relax, enjoy the present moment, and don’t take life, their jobs, or themselves too seriously. Work still gets done, but let’s have fun doing it.

  45. I’ve really enjoyed Marie Unplugged. Each episode in the regular series is a welcome respite from struggling to get my business to support me, but the Unplugged series has lightened my heart. I’m at a 1 because there just isn’t money for fun. But I love sitting in the sand at the ocean – that’s where my soul resides. Someday…
    As always, I appreciate team Marie – blessings!

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Melissa, we’re so happy that you’ve been enjoying the refreshing Marie Unplugged series. There are so many ways to play and have fun; you’ve already named one of my personal favorites, and it doesn’t cost a dime!

      See if there are any other ways that you can tap into your creativity through rest, play, and taking a break, without relying on your wallet. I’m sure you’ll surprise yourself and find many.

  46. Ericka

    Thank you for sharing this! You’re just amazing !!!

  47. Oh, wow!! What to say, you are truly inspiring Marie. I couldn’t love this more….you are so dead on, this in the end, IS what life is all about. Having a business, I get so caught up in the to-do lists, the customer service that expects me 24/7 and the endless decisions that need to be made in order to stay relevant and on-trend. I am an ex-pat living a long way from home (Upstate NY) …now living in Greece and this video, all of these videos on the unplugged series have made me feel “home.” I truly appreciate this gentle, lovely reminder of what life is all about and the absolute importance of taking some time, having some laughs and dance parties in the kitchen!! I love love love it thank you so much!!

    xoxoxox

  48. I think business people are tired of the oh-so-seriousness of it all. I find everything that you do, Marie, is a huge inspiration for me to keep being the “fun one,” the one who can teach people serious business skills but still make it fun. And I hope that they, in turn, take all that fun into their workplaces. That’s how change happens! Your Marie unplugged episodes are so fun, and your Marie TV episodes are also fun…you manage to take serious topics and give them that extra boost of realness and fun that we all long for but may not be brave enough to show to the world! Thank you!

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      This is such great feedback Melissa; we’re thrilled that you can see the fun we’ve infused into all our work. We love that you continuously feel inspired to engage with your fun side, and we’re encouraging you to keep leaning into that!

  49. After suffering a terrible burnout in college, I have never been able to work like I did back then, which is good, because it was really unhealthy. I’m still trying to find my balance though, because I want to push it a little more on the work side. I’m getting there. I’m pretty darn good at playing that is for sure. I’m quirky and far from serious a lot of the time, and I don’t pretend to be anyone different, even when running my interior design studio. In fact, my website states “At Urbanomic Interiors we like to play “work” with our fellow design geeks. We strive to create an office atmosphere that is energetic, dynamic & nurturing. When the 3pm “crash” comes along, instead of reaching for another cuppa joe, we get up out of our chairs, crank up a tune to dance off the lethargy! We try not to take things too seriously around here. Unless, of course, that thing is design… because designing is seriously what we were born to do!” And I think that sums it up pretty well. It’s nice to know that my attitude is aligned with someone as successful as you Marie, so thank you for sharing your silly, playful weirdness with the world! I love it!!

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      We are so on board with the 3pm dance party! And this is a great point; creating balance works both ways, so if you’re feeling inspired to lean a little farther into the work zone, then get after it! It sounds like you know just how to create moments of play to ensure you don’t go too far in one direction.

  50. Ashley

    I guess I am a 5ish? I like to play, but I tend to be more serious about my work. Also, the things I enjoy tend to be dream-job related, so sometimes I have a hard time finding balance. That being said, I love hanging out with my friends from around the world, cooking food together, listening to their music, watching foreign films, and learning about their cultures. I also love visiting new restaurants with “weird” ethnic foods. Meeting new people is also tons of fun 🙂 Basically give me a multicultural movie night con mis amigos and some great food and my soul is happy <3

  51. Lisa

    Marie – You’re even better Unplugged. Seeing these little clips is even more motivating to me to “have a business and life that I love” because they show you truly living your vision- one filled with love, friendship, dance, and pure f*cking joy. It validates all of the other advice and guidance you give in its own right because it is proof of exactly what you said – it’s all a journey – all of it. Unplugged is like the missing piece of MF I didn’t know was missing.
    Loving it, loving it, loving it!
    Cheers!

  52. Susan Miller

    I frickin LOVED this so much….and I laughed out loud just now watching it. Love you so much for being you—keep up the outstanding work! 🙂 suzie

  53. Khadijah Washington

    Oh Marie, you are such an inspiration and you remind me all the time to take time for the richness of life. I have been wanting to become a writer always and you remind you to take time and just do me. So I take the day off to do nothing but what I like ;no chores no appointments just color, read music take a ride . I love your new series and having fun gives me inspiration !!
    Thank you for all that you do
    Khadijah

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      That sounds like the perfect recipe to inspire creativity and a full brain of material to write about. We’re so glad this series is inspiring you to keep working towards your dreams Khadijah!

  54. Andrea Thomas

    Love love love love love to see you all hang out. <3 Marie and Mama Gena! <3

  55. Don Haney

    Last weekend, my wife and I drove to another state for an overnight trip. Despite the times that my wife freaked out while I was driving in the rain (A fool almost slid into us one day and only missed by inches.), we both came back refreshed and energized.
    I’ve had a mustache for 40+ years and nobody has told me that it looks like a porn mustache. My wife doesn’t want me to ever shave it off.
    People always remember me. I say that they either remember the mustache or the voice disorder or both. I got to choose the mustache. Obviously, I had no choice on the voice disorder. That just developed over time.
    Marie, besides watching you sit in a chair sharing your wisdom, I like watching you playing around and working out. It makes you a complete package in my mind.
    I’m a big Marie fan even if you don’t like my porn mustache. (I’m laughing while I’m typing this.) 🙂

    • Caroline

      You made me laugh as well;)

  56. Hmm. I’m not sure. I can’t go out much, but I do play video games, particularly “Destiny,” & “Gran Turismo 6” at the end of my nights. Once the foundation of my business is set, I’ll probably set aside Saturday nights for myself.

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      That sounds like a great plan Eric, and in the meantime, it sounds like you’re still finding ways to play!

  57. Marie, your unplugged videos (as well as Marie TV) are so awesome! Thanks for doing them! So on a scale of 1 to 10, I would have to say my play side is around a 7 1/2. I have always been a work-a-holic, but lately I’m adding in a lot more of what I love … which brings me to the next part; what I LOVE to do for fun! Riding horses has been my passion and love since I was a little girl, along with Yoga, Dance and Sports Cars! For years they were all in my life, then I got “busier” and neglected all, except Yoga and Life Coaching, which are my profession. I’m happy to say that they are ALL BACK! I’ve never been happier! Thanks so much for showing us your “even more spirited” other side and encouraging everyone else in the process! XOXO Giselle

  58. That was a good one! #friendslikefamily 💗

  59. Unplugged Is The Thang! Love it. Thanks for sharing a slice of your personal life with your crazy ass friends, their dogs and your lover. . . Sooooo very funny, and tender, and weirdly random. This is Deliciously life affirming and JUST what’s needed at this time of year…. A reminder to close the laptop, turn off the phone, gather round the tribe; cook, walk, nap, eat, play kickball, and dance the moonwalk. Thanks for sharing sweetie. X Lizzie (@localglobalgirl)

  60. definitely
    awesome party – thanks for inviting me 🙂

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      We’re so glad you RSVP’d! Go have fun!

  61. Loved watching this Marie video so much. They’re always cool but today was great!!!!
    I love Play my husband and I both love play ( were both former actors). I’m a painter and my studio is always Rockin. Dancing, singing with Rhianna or Pink while I paint is the best.
    Don’t want to scare you but I kinds cringed when I saw you were upstate NY.
    Hope you all checked really well for…TICKS AHHHGGGHHGHGGHG!!!!!!!!
    And the puppies too!
    My two boys and I got horrible Lyme Disease in Upstate NY, and after 5 years were still dealing with it. I can’t tell you how much laughter and play helps!
    Rock on and thanks for the vacation reminder.
    Best,
    Gaby

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Gaby, we’re so sorry to hear that you and your boys have been dealing with Lyme disease, and we’re glad that we’ve been able to help spark some of the laughter that helps. We’re wishing you the rest of the summer full of fun!

  62. This is inspiring! TNX!
    I can’t wait to get to that level of creative freedom too…

  63. “So(ul) fucking awesome”. It’s all about the INjoy! Love ‘this’ hard! xo!

  64. Samaya Joy

    Marie, this was awesome!
    I absolutely loved this video, seeing you so fully in your joy with your friends and experiencing complete freedom. It’s such an important message to share with us all, that hard work requires hard play! I agreed wholeheartedly and it’s amazing to see you in action. Your soul family looks like SO MUCH FUN! Thank you for putting a big fat smile on my face today and helping me feel even better about my love and need for play in my life. You are such a glorious gem and a well balanced human being! High fives to your awesomeness 🙂

  65. You made a “worker-validated-only-by-her-hard-working-ness-behavior” cry. Thank you, Marie!

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      We’re so glad this touched your heart Pagnia!

  66. Marie, and Josh, and Kuma, and Kris, and Mama, and the other people who I didn’t know but who are CLEARLY part of Team Amazazing…
    I laughed, I cried, I felt love bombs going off in my chest. So f-ing WEIRD!! I don’t even KNOW any of you. And yet, I felt connected and loved anyway by the heart with which this episode was forged.
    ThAnK YoU Marie for following your heart and creating Unplugged. You are my strong drink of courage. Always.
    Playing had become a distant memory for me…shrouded in depression and grown-upness. Then my kids (my daughter, her fiance, their wee girl, and my son) decided they’d seen enough of life in New Orleans and they moved home to Cali for the summer. And when I say home, I mean MY home. Wait, when I said I wanted ya’ll closer, I wasn’t expecting it to be THIS close! Let me check my calend–well, okay.
    This has been the summer of being re-introduced to the fine art of play. No one. No one can teach you this rare and under-valued medicine more skillfully than a toddler. Get down on your fours people. Wrastle. Holler. Laugh. Speak otherworldly languages. PLAY with a kid and you will understand how to BE HERE NOW.
    I’m back.

    • Tara

      Kathy – that was terrific to read! So happy that you are rediscovering “re-creation”!! You sound SOOOOOOOO joyful and fulfilled!!! 🙂

    • Love this!

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Kathy, this reply brought joyful tears to my eyes! Have the best time letting your granddaughter reintroduce you to the meaning of play.

      We’re so glad this video touched you in a meaningful way, and we’re excited to share even more with you soon.

  67. Andi

    Thank you for this great episode; such an important reminder. I suspect I don’t score too highly on the play side of things ….. maybe I can squeeze a 6 BUT I have two things going for me …. as the mother of 3 boys sometimes play is not an option plus (and I think this may be a core point) I am playful about my work, happy to try new stuff and roll with a bit of self mockery. I loved seeing Marie at play but will confess that while my friends are dear to me a loud house party with them would not be my idea of play ….. guess that’s my Stiff Brit persona for you. (Does reading count as play?) Again thank you for the reminder to play more and be sure to enjoy the journey ! Love it !!!!!!

    • Reading so counts!! I’m not a house party person either! But I am a going away by myself and reading/writing all weekend (plus nice food and wine thrown in) kinda person 😉 I took away that it what was ever got you into your version of the silly zone – which can be hard working and having a side hustle. 🙂 Good luck with your boys!!

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Andi, anything counts as play, so what’s joyful and freeing for Marie may not be the same for you (and vice versa). Stay attuned to what opens your heart and fills you with creative fuel!

  68. Patty

    Just caught all 4 episodes of Marie Unplugged and I love them! So much fun and a great way to inspire your followers to play more but also to live a life they love. On a scale of 1 – 10, I would say I am a 6 right now striving for a better score. Trying hard to make my side gig my main gig takes a lot of time. When I do get to play, surfing and the life around that, with friends is a favorite activity.

  69. Millie

    Again, love Marie Unplugged!

    I would say I am between a 3 or 4 on the play scale. I do get bogged down in work or trying to find work to keep life necessities afloat, but when I do play, I dance. Whether it is putting on some great music and just singing and dancing my heart out or doing technique classes in ballet or modern.

  70. Leslie Chou

    Hello Marie! So I usually just read and watch , but I had to comment this time. I’m a pre-K teacher and I spend most of my life incorporating play into the curriculum. Never thought of it for me. I mean I try to do things I’m interested in and I like having fun, but I never thought of making time for play with friends at the park or having some time for recreation. I’m a mom too. So I always plan rec time for my son. I love this idea of play for us grown-ups too. I love you and your work. And thank you for introducing the lovely Kris Carr to me. (Read about her in one of your emails a few years ago.) I just completed her 21-day CSY meal plan. You’re wonderful and thank you for sharing this video.

  71. Resi

    Another great episode! What can I say ?

    Practice does not make perfect here (never needed to paractise!)
    The thing is when anything is done from the heart – it just shows! <3

  72. MBR

    Play is essential part of our (family) daily lives. We are here on borrowed time. So, we embrace it.

    So, happy to see you spend time with those who you love and cherish. Cheers!

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      I love that you’ve made play a family activity!

  73. Tara

    Beautiful. Simply… joyfully… beautiful. <3

  74. TRUTH! I wanna say I’m like an 8 playaa, but I’m probably more at a 5. I love my work SO SO SO much, that it doesn’t feel like work, and because of that, I don’t often turn my mind “off from work”. However, that’s sometimes meant that I’m not fully present or living in the moment. My body is with my awesome husband and daughters but my mind is writing blog posts and troubleshooting how to create big change in my client’s lives. I’m a work in progress.
    But when I do turn off the work juices and get in the play zone, I totally love having really loud dance parties with my 4 & 5 year old daughters. I drink wine and they drink apple juice in wine glasses. We toast to each other and it’s lovely. I also love playing frisbee with my dog, Clover. There’s something so wonderfully carefree and happy about seeing her jump through the air and catch it with such grace and ease.
    Thanks so much for sharing with all of us what your “playtime” looks like and reminding us of it’s importance!

  75. Beautiful Marie…
    Thanks you so much for the reminder, it’s so easy (and sad) to forget the importance of play in our lives! The past two years as I’ve grown my business, I’ve been waaaaay low on the play scale. My favorite form of play- napping, rollerskating, swimming – but not swimming laps- swimming like a mermaid twisting, twirling, and turning underwater.
    xo

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Melanie, I love how specific you were with your love of swimming! That image of twisting, twirling, and turning underwater sounds so fun, and we’re excited for you to up the lever on your play scale.

  76. Kitty

    Fantastically inspirational! Thank you for sharing those beautiful hilarious moments with us. I instantly have fallen in love with the whole bunch! Now the A’s to your Q’s:
    1. In my heart I’m 9 out of 10 playaa, but in every day life … that’s why your video is such an inspiration and reminder of how valuable playfulness is.
    2. I love making up characters out of my son’s many cuddly toys (he turns 6 in September). And Oma Beer rules this lot! I draw them or write little stories or we both have a great laugh with their funny voices and the things they say. But I have to say seeing you all play ball or whatever it makes my feet and hands itch to go out there and chase one myself!
    Keep up ‘the good work/play’ Marie!!
    Love you!

  77. Sudheer

    Dear Marie,
    It is lovely to watch that. I enjoyed it max. Plenty places to visit in India, specially Pune . And we do plan such outing with friends. I wish you visit here and join .
    Thank you ,
    With love
    Sudheer.

  78. Whoa totally exhausted after Josh’s bed dance!
    Play…I’ve been doin’ it most of my life, because that’s my personality. Now I’m a Crone it’s my absolute joy and must do.
    You know in school where we spend SO much of our lives as kids and then as adults we bring this idea and belief that many adults believe, that if you are having fun and especially having too much fun then you’re learning squat. WRONG! Through play we learn to be creative, relax, are spontaneous and free. Our world, education system, work environment and homes needs a serious need of a paradigm shift.

  79. Marta

    I would love to be a 15 but I think I’m around 7 or 8. When I visit my family in Mexico we play A LOT….we love being together and love to have parties just because; and we eat, and laugh and eat and laugh…dance…and we play card games too…our nights end in the morning! 🙂 When I’m with friends its laughing…dancing….just enjoying their presence.

  80. Amazing Marie, you’re wonderful. All you do are highly inspiring and full of wisdom, you are freeing many people on the planet, who are willing to become great, inspire the people as you do and become visible to the world tomorrow. I personally enjoy sports, atletism, jumping and sweeming as well, though, they’re contained on my vision board to practice them on regular bases. Life is a fun and you are making life easier for us, Thank you very much.

  81. Jennifer

    Yikes… I don’t remember the last time I played… well, I teach elementary music as part of my professional life, so I suppose I play professionally to some degree, but not so often with my peers or even so much with my own family because I’m always working. However, we are changing things up a bit and a group of us are headed to VT to see a Randy Rainbow show this week because we all realize that we’re a bit out of practice at having some plain old fun every now and then!

    Thanks, Marie!

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      That sounds like so much fun; have the best time at the show!

  82. Bridget

    Just made me realise how little joy and laughter there is in my life – its all just stress and no time and busyness. Its really sad, can’t remember the last time I played or laughed! I don’t think I can even remember how to do it anymore! Perhaps some coaching on this, play can be really difficult for adults!

    • Exactly what I wast thinking. I would say I still only a 3-4 (except on holidays) but I was a zero a few years ago too. It all comes back though, sometimes randomly, quickly, sometimes slowly. Its all inside you. I found finding something like floating (like a floatation room/tank) really helped reset things even while I was busy and somehow extra time opened up for a little bit of silly.

      But yeah, when I was at zero nothing would have helped, the stressful job, retrenchment, renovation, partner – all had to go first before fun came back. Sadly.

  83. Katrina

    Amazing video. So authentic and just real life. Love it. Thanks for sharing.
    Right now I’d say I’m about an 8, but have felt like sometimes I have been playing too much lately and need to buckle down and get to my business.

    Favorite play activities…biking with the wind in my hair and cooking for and eating with friends. Oh baby, that’s when life is good. Oh, and rafting, hiking, just being outside in general…

  84. kunyi

    On a scale of between 1-10 in terms of playfulness, I think I’m at a 15. I love the silly, the inane, the juvenile, anything that makes me share a laugh and poke fun at myself. I’m verra glad that you’re singing out the praise of play. (Lemme hear it, now..) Play, laughing, fun… this is what life is made of.
    One of my ‘plays’ this August has been your unplugged series. Yup – kickball, a little booty shaking, a little snoogling with the dog, a little full-on napping. FABOLICIOUS.

  85. Arggg I am a 1 😒 I have always wanted to have fun – but been working, quite often 2 full time gigs since I was 15, (I’m 50 now) I am so wanting to find who me even is and don’t even know where to start. – Hey Marie maybe this could be a Tuesday write in, I would ❤️ You advice!!

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Sandi, we’re glad that this episode has sparked some of this self-discovery for you. 50 is incredibly young, and the perfect time for you to begin exploring what fun and play mean to you.

      Marie’s talked about this in some of her previous MarieTV episodes, most notably this one:

      https://www.marieforleo.com/2013/04/new-life-vision/

      If you’d like to ask a question for Q&A Tuesday, you can always submit it by following this link:

      http://bit.ly/2unaJIX

      We’re wishing you so much fun in discovering more of who you are!

  86. 1) 3-4 🙁
    2) dancing, walking/hiking, talking, eating beautiful food, sleeping, writing, going away to beautiful places and writing or doing nothing but walking / eating (repeat), naps, floating, yoga.

    The reason I said 3-4 was the I have a super busy job which takes a lot of down time to get into ‘playful’ space, I am working on my side hustle during the week and weekends and I also have few friends to share this journey with which will hopefully change over time.

  87. Jodie

    I’m loving Marie unplugged it’s so real and relatable. And today’s episode made me laugh. What a great reminder to play and goof around! And just before I watched it I had been contemplating about how I tend to respond to life defensively. And then, oh my, this episode showed me that ‘play’ is the antidote to this. Thanks guys!

  88. Filipe

    How to be playful when you work 6/7 days a week to basically to pay your bills?
    It’s inspiring to hear the good news from the people but it’s so hard to break this cycle of overworking because How to stop!? It’s for easier said and written than done. Because anyone can say ” you are mo born to pay bills” but when you are in the mids odf the hustle, it’s a different story..Looking for solutions, for the formula, for a way out of this robot mode 🙂

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      We totally hear you Filipe, and Marie understands this so much, she did a whole episode around how to not miss your life if you’re working around the clock. Check it out here:

      https://www.marieforleo.com/2015/12/not-miss-your-life/

      Practice, not perfection. You got this!

  89. I love your unplugged moment Marie!
    I feel in resonance with that free and
    wild Nature that you express in it
    Thank you for sharing!

  90. I am loving you “unplugged” Marie! And I love your cute dog and Josh and team are hilarious.
    I also see Mama Gena in there so hello to her as well!
    Excellent reminder to not take life so seriously!!
    Enjoy the rest of your summer.
    All best,
    Ellen

  91. Megan Bailey

    This is probably my favorite unplugged episode so far! It’s so true too. Everyone has to work to make a living, but this is truly what you work for 😊

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      It’s one our favorites too! We’re so glad that it struck a chord with you; stay tuned for more.

  92. Joan Crimmins

    2-3, excuses-time and energy, mostly time. Play w/friends or family: boat float down a river, campfires, cards, flag football, go-carts or bumper cars, meeting anywhere exploring, forest baths and this is only the tip of the iceberg. Enjoy every minute, Marie.

  93. Abbie Davis

    I love, ❤️ your video! On the scale I am way down at maybe a 2. I have been so busy, sad story, and so blessed to be busy, good story, that play has taken a back burner for years. Now that the nest is empty, I’m looking to spread my wings, find my business, and play, like you guys, except with my friends. Thank you for sharing.

  94. I laughed and played my way through that video. It was SO MUCH FUN! Thank you, Marie. You are always such an inspiration. I think I’ll go play now…

  95. 1 – I’m a 5
    2 – badminton (we played it till the moon came up)
    AND know that I’m constantly smiling while looking at your unplugged video’s!
    I assimilate the joy you radiate. How good does it feel that you make us part of your friendship deal. Thank you BEAUTIFUL and give my love to the ones you are surrounded by.
    Thank you for sharing that special gift that only you ARE.
    With lots of loving care, Brigitte

  96. This vid made me laugh out loud!!! I love seeing the joy pour out of you and your lovely friends and peeps. Brightened my day. Thank you!

  97. I just returned from 4 days in the mountains of Colorado, where I played the entire time, with the exception of when my attorney called and said something needed to be filed THAT day. I believe on the play-o-meter, I’m an 8. I’m proud of that, yet I know, there is more play in me to be had.
    Playing is foundational to the work I do, which is addiction prevention along with suicide prevention. If we aren’t playing, we are hiding from an elemental part of who we are – fun loving people. Great episode, nice to come back to!

  98. Simply beautiful and so true. What a beautiful video. Thank you Marie.

  99. Love! So refreshing and such a wakeup call to be present and enjoy life.

  100. Lindy

    Words can’t express how much I love you. You’re a champion!

  101. You’ve got “grownup-ing” figured out… And it seems the secret is “don’t quite grow up”.
    I Love what you do, Marie! Don’t stop being you!

  102. My hubby & I are planning a tree change & have bought a one acre property on the very edge of Melbourne, Australia. It’s literally the last suburb & Yarra river is about 20metres from our back gate.
    We plan to live there full time when our youngest finishes school, so we are just starting to build our forever home. Almost every weekend since we bought it 3 years ago, we got up there & the weight of the world seems to melt away. Sometimes we stay up there in our little caravan.
    It’s not all play, but digging in the veggie patch, pruning the fruit trees in the orchard we planted, tending to our beehive, chopping wood is even relaxing when you are surrounded by mountains, & local wildlife.
    So at the moment, planning our new house, with a thousand ideas in Pinterest, is my sort of playing.

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      This is such a personal and meaningful form of playing; we’re so excited for you and your husband! Enjoy every moment of planning out this next, very green, adventure, and soaking up all that mountain air.

  103. erin

    This is a good reminder. After becoming a mom I have actually found that I have gotten more serious and less playful, and more stressed and anxious. “We’re either constantly working or feeling guilty because we think we should be” is a statement I identified with 200%. This was a good reminder that in life and relationships you need both. Thanks for that!

  104. OH MY GOODNESS.
    Marie, you’ve hit gold on this one. This is what I think about #allday. I just finished up the Copy Cure a couple months back (AMAZING!), and funny enough, I work in the field of trying to share the wisdom of play. Actually, it’s in our mission statement:
    We support all people through movement, connection, and play.

    We are AcroYogis. It’s a most liberating form of play, especially for yoga practitioners who get in their own way. Remember flying like an airplane on your parents’ feet, or never got the chance (that was me)? Imagine that elation of trust and flight crossed with a therapeutic massage, inverted on your partners’ feet while they use gravity and massage techniques while you body gets to release. Everyone laughs all the time. I thought it was a put-on at first (I’m from the East Coast and still have a little edge in me), but for the last four years, I’ve witnessed so much intoxicating joy- heart smiles for days. It’s amazing. Be in touch if you wanna fly:) (and that goes for all Marie’s folks!)

  105. Safena Winfield

    Love these videos. There is nothing like your favourite peeps …❤️❤️❤️

  106. Just gets better and better Marie! Real life….ain’t no substitute. Love your fam!

  107. Philip

    Marie, I so appreciate this episode.
    I’ve worked so hard the past 30 plus years of my life.
    I got my first job as a paperboy at 14 yo and really haven’t stopped working since.
    I’ve had 6 different jobs/careers in my lifetime. I most recently and purposely paid off all debt to take the pressure off of feeling like being on a giant hamster wheel. Having done so has taken the pressure off and allows me to focus on what really matters in life… Having FUN! And spending it with the people that matter most to me.
    Life is short and time is precious. Making money and having fulfilling work is important but what good is it if you can’t enjoy the rest of life.
    Debt free living is a major lifestyle change for sure but so worth it. And for me really helps with work/life/play balance.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Love it, Philip! Huge congrats on paying off your debt––that sounds so rewarding and freeing. It sounds like you’ve worked really hard for a long time, so it’s good to hear you’re getting to enjoy life more these days!

  108. Different days = different places on the play scale. This is a good reminder. I’m on a month long cross country road trip with my grandma right now, which is filled with joy. And also, I am willing to have more playtime energy in my days right now. Thank you as always.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That sounds like a marvelous trip! We’re so glad you’re having fun and creating such beautiful memories with your sweet grandma. 🙂

  109. alex

    I love this video, that was so cool! You and Kris are awesome. I wish I had friends like that!

  110. This was wonderful and really reminded me to have fun! I have fun through playing and performing music but I need to include others in my love of music. I also want to have more fun with my family! Thanks Marie!!

  111. Tim

    Love it. Thank you. 🙂

  112. I just asked my husband these questions and he gave himself a 2.
    I would give myself a 5. I looove working but my work is so much fun!
    I feel I’m always ON but again, my work doesn’t take 100% of my time. So I can take time to have lunch with a friend, for example. Or browse a new local shop. I feel I don’t do enough things on my on, like going for walks or reading or watching a movie (in the theatre). It’s summer and I don’t take the time to go to the beach (but last week I made the point to go). So these are things I like to do. I make time for my friends. I would like to make time for myself, to do things I love ❤️
    My husband said he would like to play more golf; go back to swimming; walk the dogs and go out with me 😊

  113. Helen Coulson

    Thanks Marie! Play is a state of mind, a way of being with ourselves, and with our life in each moment. We don’t need to ‘take time off’ from work, in order to play. We can wake up singing, and dance our way through the day. Like an effervescent fountain, the joy of our play overflows and nourishes everything and everyone around us. If we get too fearful, self-c0nscious, or try too hard, our playful self shuts down. When we live like we are already loved and whole, and the world welcomes us like family, we are free to explore our relationship with life with the ‘lightness of being’ that we call ‘play’. Play can be highly focused, intense, challenging, and sometimes is at its best when its like this, but its always joyful, invigorating and refreshingly un-selfconscious! I am loving these conversations about the things in life that REALLY matter! xxxx Helen

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      This is such beautiful wisdom, Helen, and so true! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing insight. I love what you said about waking up singing and dancing our way through the day. 🙂

  114. There are no words for this video. Just a lot of love.

    <3 <3 <3

    (And a few giggles at y'all. But only because you're so much fun.)

  115. Sherry S.

    Also… I seem to have gotten a summer head cold. Which is annoying because I’ve managed to avoid all colds and any other illnesses for the past 2 years, so I thought I was on a roll. But also it may be an indicator that I’ve been pushing too hard lately, and not playing enough. Or not playing at all, to be honest. There hasn’t been much fun lately, just work.
    I mean, I enjoy my work so it’s not a horrible thing to do a lot of work, but you’re right. Sometimes play is important for your mental health. So to just work is not good. I need some fun in my life.

    🙂

  116. Just. Loveeeeee. I look forward to these videos so much – you have no idea. I cry, laugh, and laugh more. Josh is such a freaking cornball too and I love it! Lol!!!!! Aw some, Marie!

  117. Love this, And you are so right. I’m heading off this weekend to spend time with my niece and her family. I’m just going to have fun with and enjoy being with them. She has two small kids and one I’ve never met. So, she asked me to come and visit and I thought I can do this and why not. So, off I go to meet my great niece Ava!! And I’m not going to work.
    Can’t wait.

  118. 10 being a playa! My own words but I love spending time with the people I love and I miss my brother right now and I need to attempt harder to go see him. I love soccer and anything that involves running with loved ones. I really love teaching kids and raising them to have a good perspective on the real world. I love flying drones when we can with my friend David Chadwick. I love playing cat and mouse with Cassandra Chadwick. I love just about doing anything with the people who care about me. I care about everyone in my own specail way.

  119. Susan

    Honestly, I’m rather play anemic. I feel like there is something wrong with me sometimes, but I can’t seem to get into the goofy play that looks fun for other people, but I wouldn’t feel like I’m being myself doing it, instead I’d think I’m being someone I’m supposed to be in the moment cuz that’s what others are doing and well, doesn’t that defeat the purpose. I do love and need my quiet time, long walks, good one on one conversations with friends, and truly focused on my kids. I am best when I am truly present and by best I also mean happiest.

  120. Warning: Shallow comment ahead. Marie. Your husband is not a hottie (in the traditional sense). But, after viewing him on Marie Unplugged, I (totally!) get his appeal. You two are beautiful (inside and out) together.

  121. I’m at about 2. I don’t play nearly enough. I spend a lot of my time worrying. As long as I am not really making ends meet, I find it very hard to allow myself time to play.

    Loved this viedo though 😀

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That sounds really stressful, Camilla. I hope things get better soon and that some great opportunities for play will present themselves.

  122. Kathy Hoyer

    REFREASHING !!!

  123. Marie, this one made me crack up. 😀 Thanks for sharing Marie unplugged and the importance of play. So vital!

  124. Anne

    I am way down on the play-o-meter. Maybe a 2. So much struggle recently with work, family, part time masters degree and money problems. I have forgotten what play feels like and I even manage to bring self judgement into things I am doing for play – am I doing it well enough? Am I improving myself with this activity? My mind is a scary place to be!! This fabulous video reminded me that I am play starved and that my perfectionism needs to take a hike. Thankyou Marie. I’m taking the rest of the day off to just mess around 😀 Xx

  125. Ruby

    SO SOooo great !!!

  126. I’m an 8 but cant always find playmates 🙁

    Fun things i play with my (14yr old) daughter include ‘camouflage’ in the park and lights off spooky hide and seek in our flat!
    climbing stuff, jumping on and off stuff, running through leaves. it’s all good!

  127. Love you Marie!! I have forwarded your message today to two of my closest friends who are letting their work take over their lives. Each time I walk past a playground I swing a couple of times on the swings to remind myself to play and to entertain my inner child. I have recently shifted my focus from work to friendships and I can’t tell you what it’s done for my career!! Thank you for reminding me that play IS life!! xxx

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Thank you, Micha! I hope this video encourages your friends to have more fun, especially when times are hectic. Maybe you all can go to a playground together and swing!

  128. Ruby

    Thank you Priyanka for sharing…Marie I am a def 15 when it comes to any play …I want so much more of it in my life …I am 56, adult kids are 21 and 23 🙂 …I wish I had spent more time playing with them when they were younger and just being more silly with them with no agendas or in order to’s…as a single Mom it wasn’t so easy to just slow down …seems kids in our country live such intensely structured and orchestrated lives and some of us just get hooked and follow the Jonses and popular culture ,instead of following and being Truer to thy heart … .If could do it again , I’d raise my kids Slower, Play a lot more and surrender it all …Thank you for the laughs and keeping it straight up and real …what a great episode.

  129. Perise

    Wow Marie! Bless your beautiful heart and to your amazing friends and family who speak life and bring you life so much!!!! Thank you so much for YOU. For being effortlessly you. I love being who God created me to be too and love this journey of even more self discovery of why I am even here and how refreshing my soul doing all the playful things I love which bring such balance to life, are timely reminders in your latest post! You are an absolute beacon of hope to so many Marie. Don’t ever stop being you! Okay so my list of wonderful exciting wacky fun-filled things that bring my heart joy and love being a big kid at times are:
    1. Mini putt
    2. Go kart racing
    3. Going to the gym! Love it!
    4. Hiking yes!
    5. Laughing literally NON STOP!!!!!!!!!!
    6. Cooking and hanging out with friends like you!
    7. Playing any type of sport!
    8. Movies
    9. Dancing like nobody’s watching when people actually are watching hahaha
    10. Singing at the top of my lungs while I’m driving choohoo!
    11. Reading lol honestly love it!
    12. Blogging
    13. Anything outdoorsy really!
    14. Simply sitting by the sea love it!
    15. Beach trips yessss
    16. Travelling love love love it!
    17. Roadies
    18. Chatting on phone for hours on end with amazing friends
    19. Playing with my nephews and nieces who make me feel young all over again – conscious of being and remaining childlike not childish big difference!
    20. Spending time with God who is my Source of life and who brings me joy no matter how I feel or whatever my circumstances look like.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Awesome, Perise!! It’s really good to hear you have so many things that bring you joy. I hope your list will inspire others whose play-o-meters might be low and who are wondering what they might want to do to incorporate more fun into their day. 🙂

  130. Thank you, Marie!
    Play is SUCH an important ingredient of a healthy, happy creative life.

    After studying the creative process for many years, I’ve learned the power (and fun!) of including play in my daily work routine.

    But you’re right that it’s not the cultural norm.

    Sometimes it takes courage to trust the value of my creative play, especially when people around me think I should be ‘working harder’.

    So thank you for helping to shift the mainstream mindset. We’ll all benefit when the whole world becomes more playful. 🙂

  131. I absolutely LOVE this. There really is nothing better than chilling out with pals and just being silly. Most of us are way too serious most of the time, and we really need to just let it all loose….YEAH!!
    Suzy x

  132. Sonia

    Hello Marie,
    I am grateful you’re taking time out!
    Please enjoy it all, you deserve it, you work so hard ! Thank you for all you do here!
    Love,

  133. Ana

    I have not given myself the time to watch or read any of your stuff in so long. I’m glad I picked your play video1 to be the my return choice.
    You Rock!

  134. I was truly inspired by the “sleepy away” camp…Lol. I’m going to do this for us busy entrepreneur moms.

    I loved the line, ” the opposite of play isn’t work, it’s depression….” and I see this so much in the women I work with.

    Thanks for being so cool!

  135. Okay, I LOVE LOVE LOVE these new episodes. Don’t get me wrong….still love the other ones, but these…..
    Starting my work day with a big whoop ass smile (thanks!)

    Joanne – Happy Moose Garden Art

  136. I’ve recently realized how important it is to have down time. Last summer we began to get our home ready to sell, then staged it, then sold it, then temporarily moved in to my sister’s while we house hunted, then we finally moved in to our new home and we’ve been working on it since March…so no vacation and very little play time and I am close to true BURN OUT! Thank GOD we have a vacation planned and we leave this Saturday to go to Colorado for 10 blissful days of doing nothing except playing and hanging out and doing whatever we want. I believe no matter how much you love what you do, and I love my healing work immensely, if you don’t take time to recharge, you are no good to the rest of the world…so do it and don’t feel guilty! Your downtime helps heal the world by healing you!!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      I’m so glad a vacation is coming up so soon for you, Gretchen! You deserve it! We hope you have a beautiful time. 🙂

  137. Soraia

    You are an inspiration for the life I want and am creating. Thank you, it means so much to see a positive role model and woman unafraid of loving her life unapologetically.

    Of course… right?
    Even more people should see you.
    Thank you thank you thank you. I’ve been watching your videos recently and I’m hooked x

  138. Christine Giron

    Hi Marie,

    I love it! I to believe in the power of play. I give you a 10 on the Play scale.
    I think your a total playaa and I realize I need to play way more. The time off idea is also something I am big on.

    I love you and all your amazing videos on topics that speak to me.
    Keep doing what your doing Marie.

    Sincerely,

    Christine

  139. Marie,
    Great reminder to play. I loved watching your film of you and your peeps kickin’ it together. Personally, I love to travel with my wife and son. We’ll pop him in the stroller and walk all over that damn town. Walking is such a great way to be in the thick of it and discover some of the lesser-known parts of a city like Paris or Barcelona. Great post. Thanks!

  140. Sheila Englehart

    Compression knee socks? Gotta be pretty cute to pull off knee socks.

    • Naomi

      oo yeah i noticed the socks, they were actually super cute, plus no bush scatches thihi

  141. Hysterical Marie! Thank you, thank you for being real…maybe it’s because you already found your sweet spot in the world that allows for this kind of freedom for anyone to see OR maybe you’re giving people a golden key by reminding us that realness is essential to living our dream and for sure for living out loud in every aspect of our wonderful lives. For me, I am inspired! I recently left my executive position to start my own business. It was my brave step to balance, a life full and total fun. It’s been an exciting time! #MarieInspired

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Congrats, Danielle! We’re so proud of you for starting your own business! It means the world to us that Marie inspired you on your journey. YAY! 🙂

  142. Naomi

    hey you,
    I cant remember the last time i played like a kid, i think it was in 2015 we had a church family fun sports and barbecue day.
    I love your dogs and your friends, my circle of friends died and though i have many many siblings (An African thing 🙂 )
    we meet like twice a year and we laugh and eat alooot, but physical run,scid,sweat play nah, this year i will bring along a ball and will record and maybe put it in my all new reinvented self blog/vlog
    Cheers
    Naomi

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      I’m so sorry your friends have passed away, Naomi. We’re sending lots of love your way and hope you and your family have fun when you bring a ball to the next family gathering! 🙂

  143. We all know play is important for childhood development, and is ENCOURAGED when we are children… somewhere in our teens this need for play is phased out and we’re told to “grow up” and “be an adult.” And yes, we need to adult, but dammit, I know SO many adults who have lost that youthful spark, that playful spirit. Life should be FUN. Yes there is work and responsibilities and all that other gack, but play is critical.

    All that being said, I would love to do better on this front. I would say I’m on a 4-5 on a daily basis with occasional spikes up when I take concerted time to focus on play and fun. Some of my favorites are coloring with my kids, doing arts and crafts (with kids or not), dancing, being in nature, road trips, camping, kayaking, spending time with friends – and honestly, pushing myself to do new activities I normally wouldn’t. Stepping outside my comfort zone almost always results in playful fun, in some way. Thank you for these videos, Marie! They are a wonderful reminder of balance. I always return to my work energized when I’ve taken time to play – xo

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      So true, Stacy! Adulting doesn’t have to mean giving up fun. We’ll be rooting for you as you bring more fun into your routine––it sounds like you have some awesome plans! 🙂

  144. Oh Marie, you nailed it with this one. I love to have fun and make sure to schedule it. As a parent of young kids, it can be a challenge to prioritize, but this year it’s been at the top of the list for me and the hubby. My fav way: seeing live music with people I love, specifically at festivals. Something magical about the festival spirit!
    I’ve been a (secret) fan of yours for the past 8 years. Thank you for all you give!!

  145. Aww this is so great! I have a little one at home…and as a new mum/new mumpreneur and all that jazz, it’s so cool seeing the world through a baby’s eyes. I think you really get the essence of that and you make sure you have that in your life as much as the work stuff. Love it!

  146. Ms. LOVE Influencer – Hallelujiah!
    Your Unplugged posts are a BIG contribution to conscious business culture – and testify to how good it feels just to be REAL. You demonstrate – beyond the Bucks – beyond the Oprah effect, Marie simply declaring:
    I am human.
    I love to laugh and play.
    I love to eat and share with good people.
    I love – to love.
    Just like … everyone.

  147. Alice

    Love Marie Unplugged! Keep them coming!
    I am currently a 2 on the play scale. I’ve been “grinding” for 2+ years to keep my family’s business alive and we have recently had no choice but to close. A very sad time indeed and a difficult month ahead with liquidation. My family and I are all definitely feeling the burnout. Although I desperately need to focus on my next option for income I just know I need a break! I can’t even fathom jumping right back into another grind. I think my sanity will thank me if I give myself permission to take a break, play, and reconnect with myself. Looking forward to reshaping my life so I can incorporate more play for a healthier me! Much love to Team Forleo!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      I’m so sorry your family business was forced to close, Alice, especially after the work you poured into it. I can absolutely understand feeling sad and burned out during such a stressful time, so please take care of yourself and do things that light you up. Sending love your way!

      • Alice

        Thanks so much Mandy! Truly appreciate your kind words!

  148. Adriana

    Dear Marie,

    Thanks for share your specials days with us.

    Adriana

  149. Thanks for this Marie! I wish I had a pocket sized Marie to carry around with me and you would bust out the tunes for random dance parties! I’d say I’m at a 6… definitely room for more dance parties! I’m a fan of meandering walks, baking, visiting and shopping with friends, or just getting some sunshine with a good book!

  150. Great. Now I don’t want to work today.

  151. Catherine

    I love this! So. Fucking. Much.!!

  152. Hmmm, I think I’m at a 5. And I love to sing at the top of my lungs, dance in a quirky, silly way and make odd voices hahaha…. LOVE THIS!!
    (I actually wrote about success in my latest post 🙂 )

  153. sonja

    love love love these “raw” videos (I admit even a smidge more than regular ones!)!!!!!! And I need new friends! Mine are all “I’m too old” crap. OY! And fun meter is too low right now and it’s summer. big sigh.

  154. I am a 7. I am always willing to stop what I am doing to do a “cleansing dance”, laugh at a good comedy like Veep, or go on a impromptu date with my husband.

    On the other hand, I am always willing to answer emails before I roll out of bed in the morning, continue work after 5 or put in a weekend of work when needed.

    I love people and I love what I do. I have a good balance of work and play. What I struggle with is self-care at times. Mostly because I reenergize as an introvert SOLO.

    Which is hard but super important when you are good at work, play, and family 🙂

  155. Clayton

    I feel like a 2. My natural play time are playing video games and reading. I really need to re-examine my life after you propose those 2 questions to me. I need to try some new hobbies to add to my list.

  156. Right now my play meter is about a 6. I really love to play, dance and hang out with great people, but I tend to put the “W – O – R – K” thing first a lot of the time. Thanks for the reminder to “PLAY”! I also enjoy watching your videos and think, I like to do some of that sh-t too. And I have been known to spit out a few of those four letter words as well. I admire you for embracing and sharing ‘all’ of YOU Marie, thank you!

  157. Laura

    “Re-creation” Love this so much! I hope you keep these up Marie along with the regular MarieTV episodes.
    For a long time I was a 4, but realizing how important it is to be a 10, so working up that scale, maybe an 8 now 🙂
    Work Hard, Play Hard. Because if you aren’t having fun, what’s the point? xoxo

  158. Anamika

    Absolutely love your Marie Unplugged episodes! Can’t wait for more!

  159. Obu

    I am probably a 5 when it comes to playfulness – need to up it I think! Love your playfulness Marie 🙂 and all your episodes.. thank you for sharing.

  160. Ula

    I thought it’s impossible to admire you more than I did, but with each episode of unplugged I love you and admire you more than I could ever express! Thank you Marie and the Team! You REALY ROCK! BIG TIME! XXX

  161. Dawn

    I am about a 7 on the playfulness scale, but my husband is a 10+++++. He makes me laugh every day, and I feel so fortunate for that. His contagious playfulness has had such a major impact on everything in my life.

    Laughter, fun, relaxation and playfulness are seriously underrated in our culture. Everyone should have time to just be, which is why the standard one to two weeks of vacation per year is just crazy. I think slowly we are coming around to the idea that fun and relaxation are just as important as putting your nose to the grindstone.

    Love these videos Marie! Thanks so much for sharing these moments.

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Love this, Dawn! We’re so glad your husband is such a source of joy in your life– that is so special. You’re totally right, play is just as important as productivity, so we hope you’re able to find a few moments this weekend for the things that fill you up the most. Thanks for stopping by!

  162. Hey Marie:)
    Watching this video made me realized more and more that we should never stop being the fun child that we used to be. I know that as we grow older we limited ourselves to conform to what our family, friends and society expected of us and some of us along the way lost who we’re really are. Thank you for sharing a piece of your life with me and the rest of the world. I cannot be more grateful for my life since I found your website. Tuesday is not the same anymore with Marie TV:) Big Hug!!! and a lot of XOXO.

  163. Loved this! You guys reminded me of The Big Chill – one of my favorite movies – the love and friendship those characters had for each other was something special, like what you have with your buds. Last year I started planning quarterly long weekend trips to places I’ve never been and that’s been really fun. Working from home, it gets me outta town and helps clear the cobwebs, experience new people and places and inspires and brings new ideas. I just started a podcast and have been working really hard on it the last four weeks. I front-loaded about 10 interviews in the last three weeks and a few days ago decided: no podcast work next Tues/Wed – those days will be for me to take a drive, go to a museum or just spend the day reading & relaxing… And naps… well, I try and get a 20-25 minute one in EVERY afternoon. Upstate…you’re making me miss the east coast a little bit!! 🙂

  164. Michelle

    May I just say that I f-ing LOVE these Unplugged videos!! They bring a smile to my face!
    I love everything about them! I love the scenery, I love your dog and your friends’ dogs! I love people who love their dogs! I love seeing Josh! I had never seen him before and he is so sweet and funny! I love Kris Karr! She is so funny and I love seeing her in a non-seminar setting! Your friends are so sweet and funny. I love seeing these cute houses and beautiful outdoor settings. I love Marie TV, but I also love these videos, so please keep doing both.

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Thanks so much for the kind words, Michele! We’re thrilled that you’ve enjoyed Marie’s Unplugged videos so far and seeing a glimpse of her life outside of the MarieTV studio. Be sure to stay tuned– we can’t wait to share more MarieTV and Unplugged goodness as soon as we’re back from our company break!

  165. Marie, I couldn’t agree more! Being playful is what is missing in our idea of being an entrepreneur. Thank you for sharing more of that side of yourself that I love so much and for being the example of what your show is all about “having a business and LIFE you love”. Blessings to you and all your loved ones.

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Love this, Rachelle! We’re so glad you’ve enjoyed seeing this side of Marie in her “natural” element. Thanks for tuning in and being a part of our community!

  166. Ok, that was WAY cool. Actually, I didn’t think it was even possible for you to get any cooler than you already are, and then, BAM! There you go again, rockin’ it out with some down-home genuine footage, sharing your most authentic and personal self. Big gratitude hug to you for having the courage to shine your light so bright and continuing to inspire us all!

  167. Hi Marie,

    Love to play! My favorite play is Dance, Hiking and Swimming 🙂 Stretching, yoga also feels SO GOOD. Board games with family and friends are great, too. Fun way to spend time with people 🙂
    Great Topic,
    Love,
    Mary

    • My favorite “new” board game is called “Splendor”. Great strategy and fun jewel chips to play with. Oh yes, I would say I’m an all out level 10 playee. These days, it’s critical to play 🙂

  168. Laurie Roop-Comeau

    Marie, Darlin’, YOU are the very BEST in the biz, and for an endless reasons. Among the top five: You present yourself in ever bit as real light as any one of your viewer’s, and you do so naturally, in a way that say’s “I am comfortable in my own skin, and I love what I do. I am successful. Now, join me, and so you, too, will be!” Next, you make us laugh and laugh – Always engaging, and a joy to behold! Thirdly, every single word, spoken, and certainly written, hailing from Marie Forleo flows beautifully, as naturally as if we were all great, old friend’s! You and your team place forward educational, informative content that is unfailingly easy-to-read, and video that is endlessly smooth to consume! You make us crave for more, Marie!
    Why? Here it comes: Playfulness! Yep, each and every time I’ve watched one of your vid’s, or read one of your emailed cover letter’s, it’s there – Big and bold! There lives a sure measure of spark that sets one at ease, and places a smile not merely upon one’s face . . . You reach out and touch the deeper soul. Your call’s to action pull not merely that from us so much as do you eager readiness and obvious desire to ‘go fer it’! It is your playfulness, your drive and your own comfort inside success that uplifts, cajoles and yes, even pushes us, yet in form that feels great!
    How important is recreation? Or play throughout our day’s, even when work draws us into the 18-20 hour range? My answer is: Vital! How important is a touch of silliness here and there, or even a good chunk of time to be totally unplugged and away from our work, especially we business owner’s?? Well, at risk of cliché, I will admit that both fun and time away are equally ‘life or death’ choice’s. Perhaps in term’s of business success? Or, perhaps in term’s of one’s physical being? One, or both, the word “vital” becomes natural understatement.
    After a 27-year-career working in the micro-cap investment banking world, 20 of those year’s as a private consultant when working from home simply wasn’t done; starting and running two other successful venture’s (one an educational-based 501(c)3 charity working to stop domestic violence at early age’s, the other my fun time, a jewelry company), and a household with three children, well, hey, if laughter had been absent?? I would NOT be here today. Really, I believe I would have lost my marb’s long ago! Yet, here I go again, starting yet another company, and may it be my last with a big bang! Yet, you know, I failed to take vacation, to re-create. In early year’s I did, but somewhere up the line, I got lost. I forgot the importance of real fun! Of true unplugging! That forgetfulness earned me a place in the hospital’s operating room with a long convalescence, another in divorce court with a husband who had um, wandered, and another, the long-term reward, in a lonely place where I truly had no more laughter remaining. I got lost. By that I mean, I lost all my will to push forward no matter what. To succeed not only for myself, but more importantly for those who depended most upon me. I certainly had no more sparkle, no more, well, anything! I was beyond exhaustion. Yet, through my son’s bright and beautiful insistence that I cease the tear’s, take it easier on my now much older self, and yes, laugh, here I go again into new venture!
    What is the problem, then?? Well, nowaday’s, we all see so very many newly minted ‘school’s’ ready to lead we entrepreneur’s into grand successes, especially via web. The tactic’s for gaining our attention, let alone our saving’s, range from wild promises of too-easy-money to demands for us to place ourselves in some of the very most ridiculous, and rigorous time management calendars I have ever seen! Some would have us micro-managing our nearly every moment. I ask the rhetorical, when in the heck we are supposed to create all those pretty little planner’s AND design, create and ready for market our next collection? (Crickets!) Yes, planning is vital. Yet, too much time spent on any one task is a business failed before it’s begun!
    Too many emailed letters arrive every hour telling us to hurry, and that if we don’t sign-up for the latest and greatest class, we are guaranteed to miss out on becoming published; or how our social media account’s are set for failure; our good’s will never be seen, and we, ourselves?? Well, we are told over and over again that if we don’t follow along and send in our next installment of $20,000? Abject loser’s all!!
    Lies, lies, lies! Not only are these new breed pedaler’s of path-to-riches-classes phoney, they are far too invasive! Push me once in a while, and yes, please do ‘kill me with a great brand of kindness’, but make it REAL! Make it all believeable! Entertaining or challenging! Make me laugh at myself as do you make me laugh with you! In the end? We ALL win! We all push harder, plan better, and yep, we enjoy the proverbial ‘journey’ that everyone talks about!
    Please, do write and send your email’s. But, hey, when you do, remember, I, too, can spell and remember a thing or two about grammar . . . At least I know what content flows well!
    Marie, and team?? There is not one doubt in my mind as to why you are über successful. Nor, does there live one iota of question as to how we, out here in web-land, may also taste of success all our own by following you! It starts with being REAL! It always includes real re-creation. It demands laughter along the way. Our success’s, like yours, should always include warmly addressed emails or texts that are well-written; well-told. Promises that we can comfortably keep, just as have you. My final analysis propels me to: Thank you, and over again a million times, for ya’ll have what it takes. That you share? BLISS for all of us!! Laughter echoes . . .

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Thank you SO much, Laurie! Your kindness means the world to us. It sounds like you’ve been on an incredible journey (starting your own businesses and a nonprofit––you ROCK!) and in the midst of all the work that comes along with that, we’re so happy you found time for play and fun. You’re doing beautiful work in the world and we’re so glad you’re in our community!

  169. Thanks, Marie!
    I really appreciate this, especially the reminder that it is all a journey, there isn’t really a finish line. So just enjoy it while it’s happening.

    I’m about to go out tomorrow night with my husband to ‘starry nights’ a monthly summer concert at a vineyard in my town. I’m excited! And that’ll be my play (especially because I just ended my 9-5 in a steak house last night, and will be spending more time with him in a more part-time day job while i still grow my purpose- based business as a coach.

    Thanks, again marie. emancipation feels good.

    xo Colleen

  170. Natalia

    Your email and vlog just made me realize how absolutely play anemic I am. I never even gave it a thought. I did think about maybe napping or taking time to read, but I don’t even remember when was the last time I just played, had just silly, honest fun. Between being an 8-month pregnant homemaker with two kids, a language teacher and a wife, I seem to have lost all incentive for and even the idea of how to play. I dearly need some inspiration how to bring back the fun for me, my family, and my husband. Any ideas?

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Natalia, you are one busy lady! And it sounds like you have two seasoned ‘play’ teachers living right in your house. This might be a beautiful time to allow your kiddos to teach YOU how to relax, play, make-believe, and expand your imagination again. Fun can show up in a game of hide-and-seek, an outdoor adventure searching for ‘lost treasure’ or reading a book that asks you all to suspend reality for an afternoon.

      There are also so many suggestions of different ways you can add more fun into your life right on this comment thread! Scroll, read, and see what jumps out at you. We’re wishing you many days of play ahead.

      • Natalia

        Thank you so much for your answer and suggestion. I haven’t even thought about using my kids’ playtime as my personal playtime as well. But that’s so true! I will be more aware of it in the future and make the most of it. Thanks again!

  171. Heather Snow

    Perfect timing! I have just finished my season of facilitating play in the bottom of the Grand Canyon making me a 10 on the play scale. There is nothing quit as great as messing about in boats , ( if you’ve read Wind in the Willows that will make sense). Floating down a river, sliding down a slope of snow or riding a bike on a single track trail are the best things I can think of for playtime activities. I might be on the end of the scale that requires a bit less focus on playtime but it’s just too much fun. I love that you promote and see the importance of play in our lives. Come do a river trip with me!!!!

  172. Nathalie Blais

    There are loads of pretty eloquent comments here; I line behind them 100%. So I’ll just add this.
    Thank you!
    Thank you for what you do!
    -Nathalie
    A Canadian expat living in Tokyo following Marie Forleo ^^

  173. I am a total PLAYAAAA. AND, I spend a lot of time feeling lack and sad because what this video (and a previous one from the same house trip with Marie and friends) shows me is the exact experience I want to have in my life: I want to work at something I love where I feel like I’m sharing my unique gift, be financially free and abundant, have friends I adore to play with and literally go to a house in the country, cooking together, laughing, dancing, playing. Have a man like Josh and friends like this. This is the most important thing to me.
    And I don’t have this. So, HOW DOES ONE MANIFEST THIS?
    I am 47 and feel behind in creating this. But I want it so badly and feel like this is the gap between what I want and what I’m experiencing.

    Favorite play activities: That I do: snowboarding (haven’t gone in 2 years), hanging with friends, going to the park.
    That I don’t do: rope swings, swimming in a swimming hole, playing kickball (other group sports just for fun), dancing, boating, anything outdoors, listening to music, cooking and making meals with friends, playing games with friends (indoors and out), going to the country to a house with a yard, kitchen, trees, rope swings, cute towns with friends, doing the same in the winter for a ski trip or Thanksgiving away, travel, surfing, beach days

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      I’m sorry to hear you’re feeling behind, Barb. The timing of everyone’s life is different (Marie talks more about this in another episode: https://www.marieforleo.com/2015/10/feeling-behind-in-life/). It sounds like you have some great opportunities for fun things you like to do and we hope you get to spend even more time doing what you love.

  174. Thank you for sharing. It looks cool!

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