EMB #172: Hop, Skip, Jump

On this episode of Exploring Mind and Body I had the privilege of interviewing Marney K. Makridakis who is the author of Hop, Skip, Jump. The very first thing that stood you to me about this book is how it Jumps out at you! Seriously, have a look at the cover below. You’ll also notice if you have the opportunity to flip through it, there are so many colors and titles and themes you can’t help but look inside to see at the treasures Marney has to share.

Before we get into more details let me share some more information with you about Marney Makridakis. She is founder of the online community ArtellaLand.com. Her first book, Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life, hit #1 on Amazon’s bestseller lists in several categories. She lives in Dallas, Texas. Visit her online at http://www.ArtellaLand.com.

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Hop, Skip, Jump with Marney K. Makridakis

The main reason I wanted to talk to Marney was because she likes to talk about fun, and I’m all about fun. As much as my topics seem to be serious at times, I love to have fun and not only is this book fun but so is Marney.  Personally I think we as a society believe you have to be serious and stern, walk around in a suit with a straight face and go to meetings all the time to be successful.  I don’t think that’s true and I was so happy to hear Marney talk about her perspective of how you can find success while having fun as well.

During our interview Marney goes over how her book is separated into 3 major categories, Hop, Skip, Jump. She also picks one of her favorite ‘exercise’s from each chapter and explains how it can benefit your life.

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75 Ways to Playfully Manifest a Meaningful Life

One of my favorite stories Marney shares in this interview which isn’t directly in Hop, skip, jump, is how she sat down to play with her child. As she sad down she asked her little guy, ‘what do we play’, we looked at her and said ‘we just play mom’.

I think far too many of us take this work much to seriously, especially when it comes to success. We we took ourselves less serious, our job and even our personal life, we’d be able to learn and explore and appreciate so much more that life has to offer. We could capture that children’s imagination that we seem to have lost at an early age.

I hope you get a chance to pick up Hop, skip, jump; if offers 75 different ways to find a different perspective from the conventional, that if you ask me, is played out.

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