Coloring is NOT Just for Kids


picture in progress in Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford

picture in progress in Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford

There’s a storm blowing through with rumbling thunder and lots of rain. Not a bad thing for a Sunday evening in my opinion. I love Sundays because they are designated as my day to do whatever makes my heart happy!

Today I took a nap after church. LOL! I don’t like to “sleep” away any part of my day, but after a restless night and rising at the O’Dark Thirty hour of 5:30AM, I needed this. I’m not sure it made my heart happy, but it did make my body happy!

What I usually do on Sunday afternoons is color. I learned how to do this at an early age. (Said with tongue in cheek).

My daughter bought me a coloring book, colored pencils and gel pens for Christmas. Since then, I’ve been hooked. I don’t like coloring the abstract designs and mandalas a lot of you do. I prefer actual pictures of things I recognize. Johanna Basford is one of my favorite adult coloring book artists.

She has a new book out called Magical Jungle and I really, really, really want a copy. I can’t justify the expense though since I have her other three books and there are a lot of uncolored pages! As a widow, I’ve got to take the motto “is this a want or a need.” Sometimes I can justify a want, but not every month.

I have her three other books and there are a lot of uncolored pages. Yes, I’m typically a very organized person and it carries into my “coloring persona.” I color from the front page to the back in consecutive order. Yeah, go ahead and laugh. Most of my friends and family do.

JESUS 8-28blogMy daughter bought me an Inspire Bible a few months ago. I had never thought about coloring in a Bible, but it is wonderful! I get to read the word of God and reflect on it while I color. This is my usual Sunday coloring adventure. This picture is the one I finished today. I just love the way the colors blended together, especially with the gold glitter pen around the letters.

Coloring is touted as a stress reliever. I suppose I can attest to that. While I’m coloring I can choose to use the time reflecting on things which are uppermost in my mind, think about an upcoming scene for my book, or sometimes I listen to an audiobook. The time goes by without my realizing how long I’ve been occupied.

If you need an outlet, and you loved to color as a kid, I suggest letting your inner kid come out to play and try coloring. If you do, I’d love to hear how it works for you! Share some pics with me.

Being a widow isn’t easy. You have hours to fill in and don’t know where to turn or what to do. I choose to keep my mind occupied with positive things. Coloring is one of them!

Blessings and Love,

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