What coloring in my mid 30s has taught me…

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you’ve noticed the coloring books for adults trend. (Note: My husband would like to point out that he’s been coloring way before “the craze.”) Anyway… I’m glad it’s caught on. It’s an incredibly soothing activity. You can either clear your mind as you color or observe your thoughts as they come in. It has provided so much clarity during stressful times.

Coloring has taught me a few things over the years:

  • That coloring between the lines is harder than it sounds
  • That you can live with your mistakes – moving forward rather than scrapping everything and starting over
  • That you can scrap everything and start over
  • That you have to look at a picture up close and then look at it from afar to see it completely
  • That you can plan your approach but you better be ready for some spontaneity
  • That the right tools will make all the difference
  • That creativity lies in all of us
  • That genius ideas can come when you’re busy doing something else

Whether you decide to work on a coloring book or paint a canvas or take up origami, find an activity that allows you to create and focus. You might be surprised about what you’ll learn about yourself or for yourself. And if you’ve tried it, how did you do?


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