Play like you're young (even when you're really...really not).

Let someone dangerous in for tea. Make small signs that say ‘yes’ and spread them all over your house. Become a friend of freedom and uncertainty. Take a lot of naps. Dream wild, imaginative dreams. Draw on walls. Read everyday. Imagine you are enchanted. Giggle with children. Listen to old people. Be free. Praise yourself. Let go of fear. Play with everything. Preserve the child in you.
— Joseph Beuys

We believe in magic, and there's nothing more magical than being 10 when you're actually 30. Let go of your anxieties and inhibitions, put on your play clothes, and get back to the basics. Here's how: 

Bubbles: Take a bottle of them with you everywhere you go. (Seal tightly.) Stepped in gum? Just got a divorce? Blow some bubbles. All better.

Play dress-up: If/when anyone tells you that you're too old to play dress-up, tell them they're wrong. You don't need a new hobby, you need new friends. Hoard ALL Halloween costumes. There will come a day when you really want to revisit that time you were Bill Nye the Science Guy. What are you going to do, buy a new lab coat?  Nah. 

Kiddie pool: Sit in a kiddie pool. It's exactly the same as when you were a kid, but this time you'll have a pitcher of margaritas with you. 

Climb a tree: Sure, now if you were to break your arm, it will take three times as long to heal, but at least it will get you out of work for a few days. You'll get the exhilaration of climbing a tree, plus the added bonus of telling people you broke your arm climbing a tree.

Find your nearest fair/carnival/theme park/freak show: Ride every single ride except for that stupid spinning spaceship one that makes you feel like you're going to vom. Don't feel weird about standing in line behind small children to get your face painted. You deserve to be a beautiful tiger/mermaid hybrid just as much as the 4 year old in front of you. 

Throw themed parties: Ever wanted to know what it felt like to live in The Shire? This is your chance. Transform your house into Middle Earth. Have a hallway? No you don't. You have the Bridge of Kazad-Dum. Have a kitchen? Negative. That's the Great Hall inside the Last Homely House. Have a closet? Ummmmm...pretty sure you should avoid it because that's Shelob's Lair.  

Find your city's top haunted locations: Remember when "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" was so scary, you couldn't watch it without your mom? Let's take it up a notch. You'll get the same rush of adrenaline that you did when you heard that creaking swing in the opening credits, only you'll get the added terror of real-life ghost meet-and-greets. Because, you're smarter now.  

Go roller skating: Do it around your house or go to an actual rink. We've done both! Maybe avoid the lock-ins though....those are frowned upon if you're not accompanied by a child.

Look to the stars: The first magic you found as a child was in space. Have a late night picnic in your backyard, drive out into the country, or climb on to your roof. Wish on a star, look for falling ones, name constellations. And if you live in a city where it's impossible to see the stars, make your own.  

Play at work

Since you spend most of your waking hours at work, it's only fair that you do as little of actual work while you're there as possible. We've conducted quite a bit of research on this and would like to share our findings.

1. Before you even step foot in the door, eat a breakfast taco or three.

It's probably scientifically proven that a breakfast taco before work will significantly brighten your day for at least the first thirty minutes.

2. Play pranks on your coworkers.

Replace all of their pens with crayons, plaster their cubicle with photos of animals doing tricks, turn the volume on their phone down just a little bit Mon-Thurs and then turn it all the way up on Friday, change the background photo on their computer to one of your face reallyyyy close-up, adjust their chair height everyday, the sky is the limit! Do it to friends or do it to enemies. Either way, you'll have a blast.

3. Pull up an Excel spreadsheet and watch Netflix on your phone.

Always wanted to watch Peaky Blinders but just can't find the time? Start an Excel spreadsheet and put your phone below your monitor. It'll look like you're blankly staring at an Excel spreadsheet....just like you would be doing with an Excel spreadsheet anyway. 

4. Take naps.

Eat lunch at your desk so you can spend your lunch break napping in your car. Set your phone alarm to vibrate and crash out in a bathroom stall for fifteen minutes a few times a day. Your coworkers might think you have IBS but you'll be too well-rested to care.

5. Get your reading done via audiobook.

Download Audible or search for free audiobooks and listen to the books you will legit never have time to read even though you think you will one day. You won't. We recommend young adult series because it's easy to miss a word here or there when you have to actually do work. We do not recommend Shakespeare or 20th century contemporary Russian authors.

6. Keep toys at your desk.

Keeping a bobblehead or squishy ball thing in your desk is equally as important as the stash of Hot Cheetos you have. Toys make you happy and happy people don't cast spells on their bosses. They just don't.

And finally,

7. Watch Game of Thrones, make friends.

Feel like you're surrounded by people you have nothing in common with? Fact: everyone watches Game of Thrones. If you haven't, you probably don't exist. Watch Game of Thrones and start a conversation with literally anyone. Boom, new friend.  


Any tips for us that we may not have tried?  PLEASE let us know in the comments. We love not working at work.