- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: New World Library (November 11, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1608683117
- ISBN-13: 978-1608683116
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 7.9 inches
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Hop, Skip, Jump: 75 Ways to Playfully Manifest a Meaningful Life Paperback – November 11, 2014
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You will have so much fun reading this book that you might not even notice how much you begin to expand the creative capacities in yourself....Marney Makridakis is a sparkling genius.”
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What a truly delightful book. Reading it, I found myself squirming, and I had to jump up and make something....Such fun.”
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Marney Makridakis unlocks a treasure chest full of playful tools and inspiring right-brain exercises to help us make our wildest dreams come true.”
— Jennifer Lee, author of The Right-Brain Business Plan
This book is fun! It is the antidote to workaholism, successomania, and NETD (Never Enough Time Disorder — I made up the disorder part, because I learned in this book that being imaginative is a positive part of play)....After you finish reading it, you’ll find work more fulfilling, success more forthcoming, and time on your side.”
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Top Takeaways So Far:(I say ‘so far’ because this is more a splashing-around-in-it-book than a read-straight-through-book, at for me. I expect to be discovering new ideas in it for quite some time. Anyway, on with the takeaways)
The Big Idea: Everyone has their own natural style of creative productivity. Honoring our native and not-so-native styles through play helps us both more creative and more productive, without the head-bruising frustration of trying to force ourselves to be something we’re not. The way Marney breaks down the styles (into hoppers, skippers and jumpers) makes perfect sense to me, and explains why some of my collaborations are more frustrating or productive than others, depending on how our native styles work together and how much value we see in one another’s varied approaches.
Innovative Action Steps: Open 'Hop, Skip, Jump' to nearly any page, and you’ll find a playful exercise to build creative play muscles in the various styles. My favorites? Turning creative blocks into literal, physical building blocks, collecting smiles, several games that turn paper chains into tools, and an accounting system for blessings. Oh and the many word and poetry games. Also the … oops, I'm listing too many -- Spoilers!
Who This Book Is Best For: Anyone who has beaten themselves up (or been criticized by others!) for having too many ideas and open projects, for not taking enough action, or taking action too quickly, for over or under planning, for being too playful and not serious enough, or for being too serious. Anyone looking for less stressful approaches to productivity problems, or who just wants more fun and ease in their approaches to projects should appreciate it, too. The exercises are applicable to work, creativity, family life, business, just about anywhere that you’re open to a shift in perspective.
Who This Book Isn't For: If you can’t imagine a box of crayons or poetry as a productivity tool? The book will probably frustrate you. Even so, you might want to pick it up from the library and give an exercise or two a try. I haven’t asked, but I suspect the author would be perfectly ok with you rolling your eyes at her, because eye-rolling is a step towards playful. And who knows… you might discover you do have a more playful side to your productivity - maybe it's more organized than my approach, or less colorful than Marney's, but she makes clear in the book, there is no right or wrong way to play.
You'll notice that I keep refering to the book by it's title alone (Hop, Skip, Jump) without the subtitle (75 Ways to Playfully Manifest a Meaningful Life) It's a perfectly good subtitle/tagline, of course, and the book does indeed contain a whole truckload of playful ways to approach things - I didn't count, but there's bound to be at least 75 of 'em! Still, it rings a bit of marketing-to-the-self-help market for my tastes, and I probably would have passed it over were I just casually browsing. I definitely think this book deserves better than being turned into a giant list of vague numerical references to 'manifestation' and 'meaning.'
For me? This is pretty much a creative entrepreneur's guide to productive play in business, art and life. But since it's not my book, I don't get to re-write the tagline -- so I'll just say I truly appreciate this book, and all 75+ ideas that have meaningfully manifested between it's covers. I’m better for having splashed my way through it,even if I don't use the tagline!
Oh, and I give the book five quirks out of five, plus a purple crayon.
Disclosure: I was provided a free review copy of the book for my perusal and honest opinion. I'm also listed as part of Marney's "75 Blogs That Matter Most Directory". Oh, also, I’m an Amazon affiliate -- I'm saving up my commissions for a box of breath mints. I should have it paid for by That said, I don't know Marney personally, and I'd have felt the same way about this book had I paid full price for it and wasn't an Amazon affiliate. I only review products and books I truly support, and I usually limit them to my personal platforms, but I'm experimenting and reviewing this one on Amazon itself. Let me know if it's helpful!
Makridakis connects manifesting (for improvements in health; completion of an old, forgotten project; a fantasy vacation) with momentum. And she says: "Play invites you to connect to the power of momentum without even realizing it." I appreciate her clarity about manifesting. To manifest "means to reveal what is already there, to take what already exists and make it clearly and plainly visible."
Play helped Makridakis when she was diagnosed and treated for bipolar disorder in her twenties. Facts about play are included in "The Impact of Play." One of the sad facts is that the time children spend playing continues to decrease.
Readers can hop, skip and jump around the book, adding some "playful fizz" to their days or, to focus on a particular project, move through the book in order, as the author recommends. I particularly enjoyed the "Quirky Quiz" which revealed I am most at home in the Skip phase. The Skip phase is where many creative people find themselves consistently trying different things, experimenting, getting started with something new but not finishing it, following spontaneous impulses as they arise." But, she points out, truly enjoying the freedom of these experimenting phases can "build successful momentum."
The Hop phase focuses on dreaming, brainstorming, planning and visioning. The Jump phases focuses on conscious action and completion.
Each chapter of the book begins with a Fun Fact followed by questions to help readers reflect on their specific play process. Top Ten Lists are humorous and sprinkled throughout the book.
Makridakis has created her own terms as well as fresh approaches to play, so there are haikoodles, which are haiku about play and include words and doodles. AcroWhims are whimsical acronyms and Manifestagrams are anagrams with manifesting powers. Rearrange a word to playfully reveal an important message.
Readers may feel silly doing some of these things, but that's good. Feeling silly helps relieve some stress and release some ideas. Readers are encouraged to pick an exercise that sounds the most inviting to them. In the Hop stage for instance, there's an exercise for a self-interview. It's meant to be from a point in the future when the readers have manifested their current desires. Makridakis says people can do it while in the shower or when driving in a car by themselves so they can talk out loud.
In the Skip Phase, I really liked Creative Cartography. Rather than a preconceived pathway of my plans, this map is "a daring diary of your adventures." I have taken to drawing wavy lines in my journal and writing comments about daily occurrences and reactions to them.
Makridakis includes games her son Kai invented from his own play. He called one particular game Most Valuable for the Day. It was about collecting objects and determining which was the most valuable of the day. Makridakis turned that into a focus-finding list, which is always valuable for getting things done.
Play helped to write Hop, Skip Jump: 75 Ways to Playfully Manifest a Meaningful Life. Makridakis wore her fanciest jewelry with her pajamas, and built a fort with her six-year-old son. As she says, "Play is many things, but it is never stuck, still, or stagnant. The secret is simple: what moves us is what moves us, which just means what moves us emotionally is what moves us to action. I believe in a world where work feels like play, and while it's not always as easy as I'd like, I try to spend as much time there as possible."
by Mary Ann Moore
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women