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Get the joke of the week along with ideas, information, and instigation to be a more playful human! If you need a little more fun, flow, and fulfillment in your life, we transform the burned-out and bored into energized and engaged Playful Humans. Rediscover the power of play, find out who is playing for a living, and learn how they pull it off to have the most fun possible in their life and career. Adulting is hard, and it’s easy to lose your way. But, you can beat burnout, quiet quitting, and avoid a mid-life crisis. Your imagination, creativity, humor, spontaneity, sociability, and sense of playfulness are still there! They just need to be found and awakened. Each week, Mike Montague interviews a professional who is living the life of their dreams and getting paid to play! Join the club at PlayfulHumans.com.

Playful Humans - People Who Play for a Living Mike Montague

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Get the joke of the week along with ideas, information, and instigation to be a more playful human! If you need a little more fun, flow, and fulfillment in your life, we transform the burned-out and bored into energized and engaged Playful Humans. Rediscover the power of play, find out who is playing for a living, and learn how they pull it off to have the most fun possible in their life and career. Adulting is hard, and it’s easy to lose your way. But, you can beat burnout, quiet quitting, and avoid a mid-life crisis. Your imagination, creativity, humor, spontaneity, sociability, and sense of playfulness are still there! They just need to be found and awakened. Each week, Mike Montague interviews a professional who is living the life of their dreams and getting paid to play! Join the club at PlayfulHumans.com.

    The Art of Playful Education with Music Maestro Rebecca Sue Fegan

    The Art of Playful Education with Music Maestro Rebecca Sue Fegan

    Have you ever wondered what could happen if a stockbroker traded in their spreadsheets for sheet music? That's exactly what Rebecca Sue Fegan did, and the harmonious results speak—or rather, sing—for themselves. We're joined by the multitalented education professional, certified coach, and passionate musician, who shares her extraordinary journey from the bustling floor of the stock exchange to the rhythmic world of music education. Rebecca's story is a symphony of playful anecdotes, teaching triumphs, and the undeniable proof that it's never too late to chase a crescendo in life.

    Striking the right note isn't just for the young; it's a melody that can be learned at any age. Tune in as we break down the myth that adults can't master musical instruments, and explore the various pathways to become fluent in the universal language of music. Whether you're drawn to the keys of a piano or the strings of a guitar, we chat about the balance between the intuitive joy of playing by ear and the structured discipline of reading notes. Rebecca's firsthand experiences with adult learners offer encouragement and practical insights for those yearning to let their inner musicians out to play.

    The crescendo of our conversation leads to the innovative Fegan Method, an approach to learning that's as versatile as it is effective. It's not just about music; this method can help anyone master new skills, from improving your jump shot to understanding quantum physics. We wrap up the episode with a lively trivia challenge that's sure to tickle your funny bone and reawaken your playful spirit.

    Find Rebecca at https://thefeganmethod.com/.

    (00:11) The Power of Playing Music With Rebecca Sue Fegan
    (11:22) Getting Started in Music
    (22:10) The Fegan Method
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    • 30 min
    Exploring Live Virtual Comedy with Leanne Linsky from Plauzzable

    Exploring Live Virtual Comedy with Leanne Linsky from Plauzzable

    Join us as we kick off the new year with a little laughter and the vibrant energy of Leanne Linksy, a comic genius with two decades in the game, who has innovatively tackled the world of online comedy. Discover the nuances of virtual laughter with Plauzzable, her bespoke live comedy platform designed to eliminate the dreaded audio lag and elevate audience interaction. This chat is a deep exploration into the craft of comedy in the digital age, where timing is everything, and a live reaction can make or break a performance.

    Listen in as we unwrap virtual shows' incredible impact on making comedy accessible far beyond the bright lights of New York and California. We touch on the heartfelt connections formed in these intimate online spaces, where age and health are no barriers to participation, and safety and convenience take center stage. Creativity abounds as comedians blend the boundaries of podcasts, live shows, and more, all while crafting sustainable business models that bring laughter directly to a dispersed fan base.

    Hear about the personal and often winding roads taken by those in the comedic world, including my own journey of juggling a day job with night-time aspirations. In this conversation, we reveal the secret sauce of successful online event promotion and the transformative power of improv and play, proving that sometimes, success in comedy isn't about fame but about the joy and enrichment it brings into our lives. So, whether you're in it for the giggles or the insights, this episode promises to entertain and enlighten.

    Find Leanne Linsky and online comedy at https://plauzzable.com/

    (01:12) Online Comedy Shows and Virtual Events
    (09:35) Virtual Shows' Impact on Comedy Accessibility
    (15:10) Building a Comedy Career
    (21:49) The Power of Play and Improv
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    • 27 min
    From Baseball to Broadcasting with Ryan Ripken

    From Baseball to Broadcasting with Ryan Ripken

    We kick off year 4 with Ryan Ripken, former baseball player turned broadcaster and host of the Offscript with Rip podcast and the Ryan Ripken Show on YouTube. Ryan shares his unique experience growing up in a legendary baseball family and carving out his own path in the shadow of his Hall of Fame father, Cal Ripken Jr. He opens up about the realities of the minor leagues, the evolution of a professional baseball career, and how his family's legacy has influenced his journey.

    The conversation also takes a swing at the mental game of baseball and how it prepares you for life's curveballs. We talk about the similarities between stepping up to the plate and facing challenges in everyday life, drawing parallels between the discipline in sports and personal development. Ryan reflects on his transition from the batter's box to the broadcasting booth, shedding light on the importance of making complex baseball knowledge engaging and relatable while navigating the ever-changing landscape of media.

    Ryan gives us a behind-the-scenes look at @RyanRipkenMedia and the exciting content he's bringing to the airwaves. As we round the bases of our chat, we highlight the pressures of living up to a successful parent's legacy, the importance of managing expectations, and the growth that comes from taking risks. Whether you're a baseball enthusiast or simply looking for inspiration to play to your strengths, this episode is a home run for anyone aiming to embrace their playful side. 

    Don't forget to subscribe to Playful Humans to discover how to inject more fun into your life. Find Ryan @RyanRipkenMedia on YouTube or subscribe to the Off Script with Rip podcast anywhere you listen to podcasts.
    (00:15) - Ryan Ripken's Baseball Career and Broadcasting(09:39) - Baseball and Life(14:42) - Transitioning and Evolving in Broadcasting(17:55) - The Ever-Changing Journey of Broadcasting(22:47) - Baseball and Podcasting(29:57) - Ryan Ripken Show(00:15) Ryan Ripken's Baseball Career and Broadcasting

    Ryan Ripken, former baseball player and host of Offscript with Rip, shares insights on his journey, family legacy, and the changing dynamics of professional baseball.

    (09:39) Baseball and Life

    Baseball's mental challenges, parallels to sales, and transition to broadcasting, emphasizing discipline and adaptability in life.

    (14:42) Transitioning and Evolving in Broadcasting

    Transitioning from professional baseball to broadcasting and other opportunities to stay connected to the sport, emphasizing the need to evolve and adapt.

    (17:55) The Ever-Changing Journey of Broadcasting

    Embracing growth in broadcasting, finding authenticity, adapting to media changes, and parallels with baseball and high expectations.

    (22:47) Baseball and Podcasting

    Managing expectations and learning from failures in the shadow of a successful parent's legacy, taking risks and starting from the bottom.

    (29:57) Ryan Ripken Show

    Ryan Ripken Show covers Maryland sports with special guests!
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    • 30 min
    Extinguishing Burnout with Jennifer Thibodaux

    Extinguishing Burnout with Jennifer Thibodaux

    Experience a rejuvenating take on conquering burnout as Jennifer Tibidow joins us to share her expertise on this year-round challenge. Our conversation kicks off with humor and wit, yet quickly delves into the serious impacts of burnout and how embracing playfulness can be your secret weapon against stress. Jennifer, a seasoned attorney, opens up about her personal battle with burnout and how she discovered that integrating fun into the daily grind not only fuels recovery but also drives productivity. This episode promises to shift your perspective on the connection between mind, body, and spirit, offering strategies to infuse more joy into your life.

    Release the tension between your professional hustle and personal peace as we explore the art of balancing life's many demands. I share illuminating anecdotes about 'unwinding' to ignite creativity, akin to harnessing the power of your subconscious mind for fresh ideas. Discover how remote work, morning routines, and the empowering word 'no' construct boundaries that safeguard your well-being. For the parents out there, we navigate the complex task of guiding children toward becoming high achievers without sacrificing their rounded development, stressing the imperative of fostering sustainable habits and a balanced lifestyle.

    Let Jennifer Moreno-Tibodeaux guide you through the importance of authenticity and storytelling in carving out a meaningful existence. I get candid about my own struggles with work overload and the continual fight to stay productive without succumbing to burnout. Jennifer offers insights from her newsletter, packed with personal stories and reviews that enrich your journey of self-improvement. For a dash of inspiration, follow Jennifer's trail across LinkedIn and Instagram, and remember to visit PlayfulHumans.com to discover the playful human in you. This episode is an invitation to not only gain wisdom but to also equip yourself with the playful tools to live a more authentic life.
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    • 32 min
    Gamify Your Work with Caelan Huntress

    Gamify Your Work with Caelan Huntress

    Have you ever considered how the world of the circus can have lessons for your productivity? Join us as we welcome the playful force of nature, Caelan Huntress, to take us on a whimsical journey, sharing his insights from acrobat to sales and marketing maverick. We explore how incorporating play into work, from virtual meetings to daily tasks, can not only strengthen relationships but also boost productivity and foster creativity. Caelan's riveting stories and insights will make you rethink your approach to work and productivity.

    Work doesn't have to be a drag! With our guest, Caelan, we unpack the role of play in productivity and career success. Drawing from personal experiences and wisdom from experts like Dr. Jason Fox and Scott Adams, we highlight the power of gamifying work, learning from failures, and designing non-traditional career paths. Find inspiration in the overlap of skills and interests, and start embracing a playful approach to your work life.

    And for those who can’t resist a techy twist, we dive into the exciting intersection of play and technology. From the potential of AI in brainstorming sessions to the cautionary tales of overreliance, discover how technology can enhance or hinder your playful productivity. We even touch on the challenges of adding a dash of fun to virtual meetings. And as a cherry on top, grab our free ebook on gamifying work and subscribe to our playful productivity newsletter for more fun insights. So come on, let's play our way to success! 

    In our closing conversation, we emphasize the importance of living in the present and having fun through playfulness. Caelan offers insights on incorporating this into daily routines for a more fulfilled life. 
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    • 29 min
    Playing with Cross-Stich with Jamie Chalmers, MrXStitch

    Playing with Cross-Stich with Jamie Chalmers, MrXStitch

    Ever been on a long flight and stumbled upon a passion that would redefine your life? That's exactly what happened to our guest, Jamie Chalmers, also known as MrXStitch. He discovered the craft of cross-stitching mid-flight, finding it meditative and calming. He turned his craft into a career, becoming a celebrated figure in the world of needlework. His unique, tangible designs offer an alternative to the fleeting nature of social media scrolling, proving that crafting can bring immense satisfaction and joy.

    Cross stitching is often stereotyped as an 'old lady' hobby, but Jamie, the tattooed 'gangster of cross stitching', is here to challenge those assumptions. He's not just about breaking the mold, Jamie is also about promoting and expanding this art form, and he's doing it in his own unique way. He even dabbled in playing Santa Claus, overcoming his initial discomfort to spread holiday magic. His story is about stepping out of your comfort zone and finding joy in the unexpected.

    Jamie's journey didn't just involve a shift in craft, but a shift in his career path entirely. He left his corporate job to pursue his passion, finding success in the creative industry. His story is a testament to the fact that 'enough' money varies for each individual. The episode wouldn't be complete without adding a touch of humor, as we test Jamie's movie trivia knowledge, making for an entertaining end to our chat. We wrap up the episode by emphasizing the importance of play, encouraging everyone to explore new hobbies and activities. So, sit back and enjoy this exciting journey of creativity, humor, and play with MrXStitch.

    Find Jamie @MrXStitch on Instagram or https://xstitchmag.com/

    (00:18) Cross Stitch
    MrXStitch shares his love for the meditative craft and the satisfaction of creating something tangible.

    (07:59) Benefits of Gangster Cross Stitching
    Breaking stereotypes and promoting creativity through cross stitching, embracing passions, and curating textile art.

    (11:10) Challenging Gender Stereotypes in Cross-Stitch
    Challenging gender norms in cross stitching, embracing passions, versatility of the art form, and the importance of play.
    (20:43) The Profound Magic of Playing Santa
    Jamie embraces Santa's role, using alter egos like MrXStitch, finding joy in bringing magic to families.

    (29:15) Layered Career, Financial Freedom
    A cross-stitch designer left his corporate job to pursue his passion, discussing ad revenue, subscriptions, and workshops, and the concept of "enough" money.

    Don't miss this opportunity to dive into the world of cross-stitch with us!
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    • 36 min

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