How to Balance Fun and Work-Poppin’s Style


Mary Poppins never makes excuses.

That is one of the many reasons I have always adored her character. She believes in herself so much, that she does not feel the need to answer to anyone.

If you have a problem with her, then it is your problem. If you think she is odd, well then never mind you. If you have a messy room, she will clean it with the snap of her finger and a song. An act I attempted many times throughout my childhood, but never worked for obvious reasons. I also tried to fly with an umbrella. I was quite the gullible go-getter.

Mary has this natural way of bringing the most vulnerable pieces of a person out. That grit we don’t even see until someone dangles the mirror of truth in front of our faces.

The older you get, the thicker that grit becomes and the more we brush it off as something we don’t have to deal with. But that grit is us. It is Mr. Banks working at a job that makes him unhappy. It is forgetting that life is not meant to be miserable, but to be experienced.

Fun and work just don’t mix.

For the last few years, I have believed that very statement. If you are working, then you shouldn’t be having fun. And if you’re having fun, you are most certainly not working.

But this, I realize now, is just crazy talk. Sure, work can’t be party all the time, but we should at least enjoy¬†what we spend the bulk of our lives doing.

And that is one huge lesson Mary Poppins taught Mr. Banks-be responsible, but don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself and walk right out the front door if you’re miserable.

What do I think? I think it’s hard to tell off the people who make work life miserable and walk out the door for good. I wish I had the strength to do that. However, the second best thing you can do is have an exit strategy with a pressing date of departure.

And in the meantime…find that shred of your job you like, openly ignore those who are negative around you, and laugh when somethings funny. Basically lighten up and ask yourself, “What would Poppins do?


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The earrings

These are the earrings that Mary Poppins inspired. The grey beads represent the happy chimney sweeps that love life. The red beads are the splash of color Mary’s lips or bow tie gave her neutral outfits a pop. And the silver frames are wound together in the most tidy fashion I know how to achieve.


The flower in the picture is her spirit. These earrings are bold and mean business.










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