1 short sentence and then…

I just sat there. I could not move. My mind had just been blanked out. I had just read 1 sentence that had struck me so deep it perplexed me into non-movement and non-thought.

It happened sometime last year.

The sentence?

‘You are Life realising itself’.

I just had to sit with that. It resonated. What made it so valid for me? What made this one simple sentence ruffle my feathers that much? I was stunned into deep reflection.

Questions. All kinds of questions popped into my being!

Eventually, I came around to isolating one. It just appeared to me as I sat in silence.

What if life is just something to play at? Not to be taken seriously, just to be played at. And that this play is all there needs to be.

What if life is not reaching towards some goal, instead life itself is the goal. And so, life is without real purpose other than to play at it. And it is meant to be without purpose. It is not evolving towards some ultimate destination or raison d’être; in this very moment, here and now, life is always ultimate.  

And only the person who masters the playful nature of this lack of purpose can make valid plans for the future knowing these plans are entirely fluid and adaptable.

As I sat there contemplating all this, I saw a sign appear. No, not a spiritual one this time. The sign appeared from memory. The one I saw a few years ago on a trip to LA in the Universal Studio theme park.

‘We don’t stop playing because we get old. We get old because we stop playing.’

I decided to try and start playing at most things. Instead of goals, I created clear intentions of how I wanted to play at life, work, business, relationships, family, and exercise. Everything.

And I discovered that you could ‘Have A Life While Making A Living’ this way. That you can remove a lot of worries, stresses, and anxieties by simply not taking life so seriously but instead having fun doing what you intend to.

Looks like life, work, business, and relationships; like music and dance and sport; are best done in a flowing movement of fun and passion. Who knew?

Do you feel like playing more often? Do you want more fun and intention in your life? Do you want to ‘Have A Life While Making A Living’?

#JustAsk on WhatsApp 083-3008963 or email patrick@theintentionalacademy.ie and we’ll set up a chat to get you playing!

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring.

Patrick xxx

What do the acorn, the jay, and the squirrel have in common with your business/career!

When an acorn falls from an oak tree, it will most likely end up as a food source for one of the many animals that partly rely on it for their diet.

Wildlife that consumes acorns include birds, such as jays, pigeons, ducks, and woodpeckers. Small mammals that feed on acorns include mice, squirrels, and multiple other rodents.


You see, acorns are too heavy to be moved along and dispersed by wind. And they cannot grow near the mother tree. They need at least 20 to 30 meters distance to get enough water, sunlight, and soil nutrients to be able to blossom into a beautiful, strong oak tree.

So they need transport. That’s where squirrels and jays come in to play their part in this story. Both jays and squirrels hoard caches of acorns for future use.

Even though both these animals have remarkable mental maps of the locations and return to consume them, the odd acorn may be lost, or a jay or squirrel may die before consuming all of its goodies. A small number of acorns manage to germinate and survive, producing the next generation of oaks.

This has been happening for centuries. Almost perfectly. Each component plays its part. The tree knows when to produce its fruit. The fruit knows when to fall. The animals know when to eat it. The squirrels and jays know where to hide them. The forgotten acorn knows how to germinate.

There is no way of knowing which acorn from which tree will be hidden by which squirrel in which location. And yet oak trees keep growing.

Nice story Patrick but how does that relate to my business/career. Allow me to ask you some questions? Give yourself a few minutes to find the answers.

What role(s) in life can you play effortlessly?

How much trust do you have in your ability to know what to do and when?

What transport (support) do you require to continue your growth process?

How open are you to not knowing which actions will lead to the biggest yield and yet keep going anyway?

A big part of running a business or managing a career is based on being resilient, adaptable, imaginative, sustainable, and effective.

Knowing the answers to questions like the ones in this post will help guide you to vastly enhance your chances of becoming the next strong, beautiful, fruitful oak tree!

Oak Tree

For more information on how to R.A.I.S.E. your profile towards Having A Life While Making A Living, contact patrick@theintentionalacademy.ie or WhatsApp 083-3008963

Business revamp for The Intentional Academy.

R.A.I.S.E. your profile!

On the 13th of May 2022, it will be exactly 15 years since I graduated from a FETAC Level 6 Diploma course in Personal & Business Coaching with the industry-leading Irish LifeCoach Institute.

Diploma Personal & Business Coaching

To celebrate this 15th Anniversary of being a Professional Coach running my own practice and business, I decided on a complete revamp instead of drinking bubbly champagne and blowing up differently coloured balloons. (I might do that at a later date and when I do the invite will be posted on this Blog!)

I had been looking for a signature program to add to my 1-to-1 coaching, webinars, corporate workshops, event hosting, and MC’ing.

A couple of years ago the Having A Life While Making A Living concept was born yet it wasn’t until recently that this was made real in a HALWMAL program. This program of 8 Coaching Sessions around 4 pillars and 8 areas is for professionals, managers, C-Suite, business owners, solopreneurs, entrepreneurs, practitioners, and anybody else willing to step away from the everyday rat race. It will guide you to a Life where work, life, finance, relationships and more will all fit in together as part of 1 complete package.

More about this Program in one of my next Blogs.

I was still missing a piece. I had my program, my coaching, workshops, seminars, hosting etc… What was binding it all together???

Enter Denise Fay, from Achieve Marketing. I have been a member of Denise’s Achievers Club, a marketing mastermind group, since day 1. So recently, we found ourselves having some time on Zoom to chat when I said I wanted to tease out an idea to bind all these under 1 banner. 20 minutes of brainstorming led to R.A.I.S.E. Everything I do is about the other person, group or unit to R.A.I.S.E. themselves.






I love working with people who get me. Thanks, Denise!

So that’s it for today.

Time to share my passion, excitement, drive, and desire with anyone willing to listen.

This weekly blog will be filled with stories, events, people, and fun!

Let’s all R.A.I.S.E. each other to Have A Life While Making A Living!!

For more info email patrick@theintentionalacademy.ie or WhatsApp 083-3008963!!