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At the beginning of 2021 I chose a word for the year to focus on. My word was playful.

In a world that increasingly is becoming more and more serious, I wanted to remind myself of the beauty of childlike innocence and playfulness.

This word has required me to laugh more, put down my phone and engage in the very simple things that make our life grand.

Like eating ice cream with my children after school.

Sliding down hills.

Sitting on swings.

Colouring in.

Watching comedy shows.

Spontaneous day trips.

On one of our trips as a family we found an all-ages playground in Katanning, that was created for the whole family to play on together. As I stood surrounded by a sea of play equipment, I asked myself the question, why do children stop playing?

Learning to be more playful and remind myself that life doesn’t have to be all serious. It has been a lesson in adaptability. Remembering that growth doesn’t have to be intense, sad and strict, in fact, sometimes the greatest changes can come from simply letting go.

What does it mean for you to be more playful?

In a season of much difficulty and despair, what if you chose to play a little.

Your laughter might just change atmospheres.

About Amanda

Amanda Viviers has published ten books and is a presenter on radio across New Zealand and Australia. She is also the co-founder of Kinwomen; a network created to inspire women to start conversations that matter. Head of Narrative for Compassion Australia, she is driven by a passion for social justice, she loves supporting projects for women in developing countries. Teaching women to live creative lives, beyond the circumstances, is something she pursues daily. Wife of Charl and Mum of Maximus and Liberty, she lives a creative life, longing to see people live inspired. Pinterest/ Twitter/ @Mandaviviers Instagram: @amandaviviers Facebook: @amandaviviersperth

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