Permission to Play!

How easily do you claim time to play?  Do you incorporate play into your weekly schedule? Are you working for the weekend? Is an upcoming vacation the only thing allowing you to stay sane?   When playtime does roll around are you able to let go or does the monkey mind keep you caged in?   I’m happy to report that my chaotic life circumstances have settled, I have shifted my shit, and I am feeling a sense of balance in my life.

Here is the funny thing, on my day off, I had a very hard time giving myself permission to play.  A gorgeous afternoon, my pool was sparkling, and yet my monkey mind kept me busy with tasks inside the house. I was stuck in my old pattern of ‘getting my chores done before I could allow myself to play.”   I know the value of balancing play with work. I gave myself permission to play for 90 minutes, and told myself I could tackle tasks afterward if needed.  I set a timer and went outside.  I checked the timer after 20 minutes, laughed at myself and went back outside. When I heard the timer beep I was happily splashing in my pool.  I turned the timer off and played the rest of the day.

I saw and felt the benefits in just being vs. doing.  I let my monkey out of the cage and my spirit was filled up with fun, joy and sun. The act of setting the timer, temporarily soothed my mind that believed that the tasks were the priority.  The first 20 minutes I battled with myself:  “Is it okay to play?” When the 90 minutes was up I had shifted from the ‘doer’ and gave myself permission to ‘simply be.’

Benefits of play: Play can add joy to life, relieve stress, supercharge learning, and connect you to others and the world around you. Play can energize you and will increase your capacity to navigate life’s muck.  Play can also make work more productive and pleasurable.

Fostering an attitude of play, daily, takes practice just like exercise. Remember ‘play is an attitude’ more than an event or location. It is the practice of allowing ‘you’ to be present in the moment and simply being vs. doing. In the words of George Bernard Shaw, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” Playing can boost your energy and vitality and even improve your resistance to disease, helping you feel your best. Now, turn off your screen and go play, I’ll be waiting for you…

Susie Raymond, Catalyst Life Coach, Reiki Master/Teacher, Esthetician, Breathwork guide


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“Having known Susie for many years through the spa and through reiki, it was only by chance that I asked her to explain to me what coaching is. I was in a place in my life of uncertainty - stuck in my head as I approached several significant new transitions at once. I initially signed up with Susie for coaching on an emotional topic that concerned the aftermath of my mother’s death and how my family would cope and adjust, but when I started my sessions with Susie, I quickly realized that my sense of being stuck was much larger in scope. Through my sessions with Susie, I found myself able to articulate some key areas in my life that needed my attention before I could move forward. With Susie’s coaching, I developed new pathways for myself that have led me to an overall happier, and clearer place, than the one from where I began.
The power of coaching lies in the ability to look inward and recognize that sometimes it only takes a relatively small shift in thinking to move you from a place of uncertainty to a place of clarity. The virtue of the coach is the ability to listen intently and work with you to help you answer questions you would almost never think to ask yourself, to spot the hidden treasures within the words that you are speaking to her in your conversations and point them out to you so that you, yourself, can be the architect of a new, clearer pathway for yourself. Susie has been this coach for me. I invite you to experience whether she can also be this coach for you.”

— Maya, Mequon

“When I first met Susie, I felt overwhelmed with despair and was constantly on the verge of tears. I knew I wanted to be happy but I could neither visualize nor verbalize what I wanted in my life. I felt stuck, and I wanted nothing more than to discover my life’s purpose. In a relatively short period of time (only 3 months or so), Susie was able to guide me down an inner path that would help me “open up” to all sorts of possibilities for myself. Through her encouragement, positive energy, gentle voice, welcoming studio, and arguably most importantly, her angel cards, I learned to trust my instincts, act on my gut feelings, and “go forward fearlessly”. I consider Susie to be an angel here on earth, and I am so very happy to have met her. Her influence in my life has helped propel me forward with renewed confidence, strength, and happiness. Thank you so much, Susie!! ”

— Amy, Milwaukee

“How is it I am carrying around so much negativity? Why can’t I move forward? Why can’t I feel happier and free? These were questions in my daily thought process until I sought out Life Coach, Susie Raymond. My personal experience with Susie was so beneficial to my well-being. She helped me change my way of thinking through methods that work best for me. Life Coaching is a commitment that is worth putting in the time for the best results. I had no idea the transformation I was going through as it was happening but my approach now in daily life is more positive, happier and free. Susie has helped me unleash my higher self, which is taking me further in life. ”

— Lisa Gabriel

"I had the incredible opportunity to be coached by Susie. Throughout our sessions, she showed up in her natural state of authenticity, compassion, and honesty. She created and held a safe space for me to share my thoughts, fears, sadness, and any other emotions I was harboring. Susie listened with no judgment, and her guidance always coming from a place of love and acceptance, especially in those times she invited me to explore parts of myself that were raw or uncomfortable. Her reflections and feedback were always spot on, helping me to see where I was limiting myself from living my best life. As I made each shift, Susie was the first one to celebrate, reminding me of the importance of acknowledging myself along the way. I highly recommend Susie to anyone looking for a coach to guide them to live authentically."

-Sue January 2018

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