Gold with Jeanette Schneider Episode 58: Go Play! with Barbara Butler

Barbara Butler believes we all need to play more, kids and adults alike! Through play and immersion in nature we are able to quiet the noise in our minds. Children use play to build their own social structures, problem resolution skills, and it offers them a social, emotional and physical outlet.

She is the founder & CEO of Barbara Butler Artist-Builder Inc. She has been designing & building extraordinary custom treehouses and play structures for children for over 30 years, both residential & commercial, within the United States and internationally.

Barbara’s mom wanted her to be a lawyer, but she loved working with her hands. School breaks were spent working for her brothers learning bricklaying and construction. After graduate school, she gave up on the idea of getting a real job and moved to San Francisco to be an artist. She started painting, then building decks, then landed her first play structure job working for Bobby McFerrin (“Don’t Worry/Be Happy”). That was all it took for her passion to be realized.

Today Barbara and I talk about the importance of play and imagination in children’s lives, why we need to join them, and we dig into some of the lessons she learned as a woman in a male dominated industry. 

I loved Barbara’s encouragement to play and “lollygag.” We all need the reminder to get out of our heads.

You can find Barbara at

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Until next time – in the words of my grandma, “Love each other every day.”

In your ears, filling your heart.



Gold with Jeanette Schneider Episode 6: You Are Stronger Than Your Stick

I just returned from a life-changing trip to Tanzania where I traveled amongst lions, zebras, wildebeest. I am still unpacking all of the lessons that a fully immersive trip serves up, but was struck by two very specific moments; one on the Serengeti and again during my time on what felt like the edge of the earth wading into the Indian Ocean off the coast of Zanzibar.

You cannot leave Africa unchanged and I wanted to pop on and share the biggest lessons I am taking with me while they’re still fresh in mind (and heart). I will share stories about the beauty of the people of East Africa, a heart of service and the difference between support and dependency.

If you want some help moving toward that intentional life, join me every week on my intention journey. I’m inviting you. Totally free. From my heart to your inbox. Sign up for my love notes at and before you even wake up on Monday mornings there will be a huge dose of motivation waiting for you. Yes, I will wake you up on Monday morning with intention setting prompts and give you some tips as to what is setting my soul on fire. On Fridays I’m going to remind you to let go, recharge, and love yourself up with some self care prompts to get present in your down time. Intentional living is where it’s at, y’all!

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Until next time – in the words of my grandma, “Love each other every day.”

In your ears, filling your hearts.