Thursday, January 7, 2010

Befriending your Inner Child

When was the last time you played?

I'm not talking about going downtown to a bar with your girlfriends and stressing about guys the whole night. I'm talking about carefree, unadulterated, joyous playing. When you are concentrating on the true fun you're having and nothing else. For some of us, the last time we had a memory of a time like this is around when we first became a teenager. When I was ten, my friends and I would all run around playing hide and seek for hours in the woods surrounding my house, even after it got dark. In the pool, we would all giggle as we made up creative and funny new ways to jump in the pool. It was so great!

Around the teen years though, most people got stressed from more difficult schoolwork, became infatuated with their first loves, and get involved in more mature past times which makes it easy to forget about the pure happiness of our past. One day, years later, some of us may wake up and realize with regret that we haven't been enjoying life as much as we should be. I am calling on everyone to change that. Befriend your inner child, and give it the attention it wants!

I dare you to...

- Get a big sheet of white paper and finger paint!
- Go outside and blow bubbles!
- Make a gingerbread house!
- Take a friend to a playground and swing!
- Enjoy some chocolate milk (I do this everyday!)
- Fly a kite!
- Make a sandcastle!
- Color in a coloring book! (I find this very nice and soothing)
- Run around in the summer rain!
- Visit my new blog about living the good life! (x)
- Take silly pictures with a friend!
- Watch your favorite childhood movies!
- Make cupcakes!
- Take an energizing dance class!
- Create a "secret" space for reading and imagining! (x)
- Go rollerskating!

Double dog dare: Paint or draw on one of your walls to make your own personal mural!

The point is, just let it all hang out and have an awesome time! One of the greatest traits in most children, aside from their carefree happiness, is how curious they are about everything in the world. There are so many amazing things to discover, so while you're at it, embrace this quality of your inner kid too! If you have any other fun ideas or opinions, let me know!

Learn, explore, and play,
Caylee xoxo

Pictures found on We Heart It.


  1. Awesome post! There is always something fun and exciting to experience if you're just open to it. Have a fantastic weekend!

  2. What a lovely post! Love the pictures you chose to go with it too. And I agree, I've always thought it was important to be in touch with your inner child and just let yourself go every once in a while, grown up life is difficult enough!

  3. P.S. Hi Caylee! Please go to one of my posts for your mention :)

  4. what a wonderful "dare" list! i love it. especially creating a special, magical place for reading and imagining and such :) !

  5. Umm I WANT TO DO ALLL OF THAT!!! This weekend I will start with making a sand castle. That's awesome! Great list.

  6. You are so right about the importance of play. How sad that we lose site of that. I am super lucky that my sweetheart is my best bud. We play almost everyday, even if it's just a little.

  7. i love the first and last picture so much

  8. Wonderfully inspirational post Caylee. I think a lot of us forget about our 'inner child.' Swinging on a swing makes me feel so free, I haven't done anything like that in so long. Thanks for the great ideas!!


  9. :) me and a friend raced our magnum sticks down the gutters in the pouring rain.

    i love being free spirited :)

  10. Hey lovelies! Thank you for all of the wonderful comments; you guys are AWESOME! New post is coming up soon :)
    xox Caylee

  11. What a great post! Thank you so much :D

  12. I need one of these days! Inner child here I come.

  13. it's the first time i'm reading your blog and i'm loving it. One of the most important things kids do is to say I LIKE YOUUU and give hugs and kisses on the cheeks with absolutly no problems.

    :X i live in never land!

  14. What a fantastic post! Finger painting and cupcakes sound damn good right now ;)

  15. i am in love with your blog!!!! can i PLEASE re-blog this post???? its awesome!!!!!

  16. Great Post! I just stumbled upon your blog! It looks like a fun place!

  17. Awesome post...:)

    When I read your suggestions related to some nice "in the moment" activities, "Color in a coloring book!" caught my attention. When was the last time I coloured, just for the fun of it - WITHOUT any rhyme or reason? Maybe 10 years ago....

    Oops..Time to do it again I guess. :)