Today, I am"interviewing" my friend, Kate, who runs the A Playful Day blog and her awesome A Playful Day podcast!
What is your quest? To make the world a more playful and pleasant place, one game at a time.
What is your favorite color? Whatever colour I chose each day. I'm notoriously whimsical. It's usually intense though. I love the drama of a sunset or the blue of the Indian Ocean or the button on a child's vest.
What are your hobbies? Knitting, podcasting, photography, walking, reading, board games, fact finding and exploring.
And why is that? Because I made a vow after a rather miserable few years where I would live every day playfully as a life saturated in limiting yourself, self sabotage and unflexibility is no life at all. I believe that play is therapy for both children and adults alike.
What is your favorite song genre? Probably old time rag bands, swing, soul. Things you can dance to and twirl your skirt. I am pretty into music generally. I love a lot of different genres. Picking one makes me feel mean.
What is your favorite style of dance? That kind of dance where you forget that anyone's looking. I used to perform until I bust my hip and I still crave ballet with every bone in my body. Except my hip bone.
How do you overcome the awful threat to your creativity, which is boredom? I stay curious and I dare myself to explore and play. Just the other day I felt boredom looming so I crept to where my man was working in the other room and 'hid' behind the door. Over the time period of about 5-10 minutes I crawled over the floor, dived behind the sofa and hid (unsuccessfully) behind a waste paper basket. Just because.
Worst? Editing out 'ummmmms' and tech mishaps. I lost a weekend once trying to work out how to edit out the sound of my laptop.
Being that you reside in England, have you ever harassed the palace guards in funny hats? Yup and I did it in Prague too. I spent a while just staring at their uniforms and them standing so straight. I announced to my friend 'Man he's so upright he has no bum, mine doesn't do that' and tried. My friend caught a pic of him peaking at my bum. We laughed for ages when we saw as it was back in the day of processing film and we hadn't noticed at the time.
What inspires you? I work with children facing great adversity and I regularly tell them 'I wanna be just like you when I grow up'. The ability of any child to render any adult's problems to nothing with their innocent view on life is amazing, inspiring and empowering.
Why are keys so fascinating? Because you never know when you'll find their lock and where it might be. I always loved stories with secret doors and boxes. I still climb in big wardrobes to see if I go to Narnia. Seriously, if you have one and don't want your clothes thrown everywhere, don't show me.
If aliens landed in front of you and, in exchange for anything you desire, offered you any position on their planet, what would you want? Observer. I love playing and being involved but actually when others are enjoying themselves I tend to step back and just enjoy their enjoyment. You notice a lot about people from just watching. I'm endlessly nosey. Not in a gossipy way but more of that childish curiousity I always have.