Well colour me happy, I feel like a kid again!

Remember when you would sit down at a little table, in your little chair, with a box of crayons, some markers, maybe a few pencil crayons and just colour?

This once forgotten pastime of mine is reborn with the “adult” colouring book craze.

My life is busy and filled with a billion things a day that take over my ever-shrinking attention span. Lately I’ve been trying to find activities I can enjoy without the TV on or anything else to distract me after a long day of mind-numbing work. I’m trying to get my imagination back and unwind from the daily grind.

Kid with crazy face holding a pencil and caption I FUCKING LOVE COLOURING

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It is a total struggle to turn the TV off, mainly due to the nasty Netflix habit I’ve acquired. It’s like I can’t survive without a screen on in front of me… even if I’m not actively watching it.

Colouring is a great way to take time for myself to be creative and free, maybe enjoy some music I haven’t heard in a while and just stop thinking. The finished products also make great prints for hanging on the wall, or in a boring grey cubicle.

I received Johanna Basford’s Lost Ocean colouring book as a Christmas gift and I CANNOT wait to crack it open. I have an unexplained obsession with the ocean, so this is hands down the most prized book of the three I have right now. You should also check out Johanna’s Instagram feed, as it often features beautifully coloured pages from her books as well as fun tips. She’s such a talented illustrator, it’s impossible not to love her work.

My current colouring book collection includes:

Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure And Coloring Book

Animal Kingdom: Color Me, Draw Me

Mandala Magic: Amazing Mandalas Coloring Book for Adults

I’m currently using Crayola pencil crayons to colour with but I would love to get my hands on some Staedtler colouring pens. Sadly, they’re not in my budget right now. In the meantime I just want to enjoy the simple pleasures colouring brings me.

Off to get my colour on!

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Resolutions? What resolutions?

Silhouette of person staring up at the stars

Photo by Greg Rakozy via Unsplash

I could make a long list of the same goals I intend to accomplish every year, but what would be the point?

Every time January rolls around I see everyone listing the same tired goals and I can’t help but feel like I should do the same. I have this unconquerable need to prove to everyone I can make resolutions too. I can also not follow through on those same resolutions.

Sounds productive, right?

I’m going to take a different approach the new year: I’m resolving to just be better. I don’t need to list off all the things I want to accomplish for everyone to see because my goals are just that, they’re mine. I don’t need to prove myself to anyone and I don’t need anyone, including myself , to hold it over my head when I inevitably don’t accomplish everything on my long list of life improvements.

I will be better this year. They say when listing goals, you should start small. I will get up every day and put in the effort to make small changes that will better my life.

I’m doing this for me.

Cheers to 2016 and whatever it throws my way. I’m ready.

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