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If We Were Having Coffee: It Feels Like I’m Playing Catch Up 

Hello everyone and Happy Easter! It feels like I’m playing catch up with these #weekendcoffeeshare posts because it’s been awhile since my last one. I would say this is accidental if it weren’t that I honestly just didn’t feel like doing one of these posts these last couple weeks. I don’t think making excuses for myself will change that truth for me so I figure I might as well be honest about it. But I’m back with this post and hopefully I’ll continue to do more of them in the months to come. But for now, I’ll try and see if I can catch you up to speed with what’s been going on in my life. 

If we were having coffee, the first thing I’d probably tell you is we’ve been watching friends of ours pets lately. We watched someone my Mom knows dog and cat a couple weekends ago and are now cat sitting for another friend. So far, we’ve gotten along with all of them and there haven’t been too many problems. I just recently spent the night with the two cats, one of which slept on top of me and was demanding my affections. 

Look at that sweet boy. How could you say no to that face? 

The other cat is more guarded around people, but he’s just as sweet. But it was nice spending the night with them so that they could have someone around to take care of them. It was also very quiet and peaceful in their house, which was also nice because it allowed me to finish one of my coloring pages and start on another. 

I really love the way this page turned out for me.

I really love coloring. It’s very peaceful, a nice way for me to relax and do something stress free. It also makes me feel like I’ve really accomplished something, even if it’s just filling another blank page to life. 

Speaking of which, if we were having coffee, I’d tell you I’ve been working on writing more in my journal. Right now, I’m trying to write in it once or twice a week, whenever the need calls for it. I think this is pretty realistic because I know there are going to be times I want to write, but not want to post on here. But right now, we’ll just have to wait and see how it goes. I know I’m currently optimistic about it because I really believe I can do it. I’ve also been working on a poem too, which is currently called “Forgiveness.” I’m not sure if I’m done with it yet, but once I am, I’ll be publishing it here for you all to read. 

I’ve also recently watched Thirteen Reasons Why on Netflix, which was released March 31st and wrote a review about it. I’ve actually watched it twice since it’s release, because I enjoyed it so much I had to see it again. I even got my best friend to watch it and am letting her borrow my copy of the book now that she’s watched the show. I’ve also recently finished reading Wintergirls and am now planning on reading All the Rage, which I’m hoping will be a much better read. After finishing Thirteen Reasons Why, I’m now watching American Horror Story to see what it’s like. So far, it’s interesting, to say the least. But I haven’t made an overall opinion of it just yet. 

If we were having coffee, I’d briefly talk about work. I’d tell you it’s gotten somewhat better for me. Knowing I only have one week, then it’s summer makes me happy. It means I’ll be able to work on improving my resume and hopefully get a job in my field very soon. I’ll also have more free time to write and doing other things I love. So knowing after this week I’ll get a little bit of a break makes me feel good about what’s left of work. Also, the job I was interested in at work, someone else was interested in it and talked about it before I could so the position has already been filled. But I’m actually glad someone else is doing it because I would still be at this place. 

Other than that, nothing else has been going on. Tomorrow is Easter. I’ll be celebrating by going to Sunrise Service with a friend at 7, then later going to dinner at a friend’s house. I hope you all have a good Easter with your loved ones. 

The Art of Coloring: How Coloring Has Become a Part of my Every Day Life

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Since October, I have joined the mass group of adults who color as a hobby. A dear friend of mine that I’ve known since high school mentioned that she colors because she finds it helps reduce her anxiety and finds it to be calming.

I decided to color myself because I enjoyed coloring as a child and figured it would benefit me greatly. As someone who has no artistic ability, I figured it would be a good way to express myself artistically and help keep my stress at bay.

And oh, how I’ve come to really enjoy doing it.

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Coloring has helped me in ways I didn’t expect it to. Not only has it calmed me down and reduced my stress, coloring has also helped take my mind off of the negative thoughts that plague my mind and refocused my attention onto creating something beautiful with my hands.

Coloring is an activity that allows you to simply focus on what’s happening at that moment, pushing other thoughts, fears and anxieties to the side, which creates a calming, stress-relieving effect, according to Everyday Health, a company whose goal is to empower and inspire people to live their healthiest lives every day. Instead of focusing on your fears and anxieties, you are focusing on creating a beautiful picture that you will be proud of.

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Coloring has allowed me to express myself artistically. While I know that coloring is nothing like creating your own masterpiece, coloring has allowed me to create my own work of art in a way that I see fit without having to stress over all of the tiny details. It distracts me from my own troubled thoughts and focus on completing something beautiful.

Another health benefit to coloring is that it improves your mental health. Among people with major depression, those who have the personality trait “openness” and other characteristics such as artistic, dreamy, imaginative, adventurous and unconventional respond better to treatment, according to Everyday Health. These findings suggest that people should go against convention while coloring and go outside of the lines.

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Ways that I try and go against convention when I color is using colors you normally wouldn’t use when coloring a certain object or creature. For example, my first picture in this post of the hummingbirds goes against the convention of what color hummingbirds are supposed to be because not only do I use the color blue for them, but I also used green and red too for some of the hummingbirds I colored. So instead of coloring outside of the lines, I get creative with the colors I use to create a coloring page that looks uniquely beautiful.

Coloring has become a really enjoyable activity to me. An activity that I know I will continue doing in the months to come. If you don’t color already, please try it and see if it tickles your fancy. Let your artistic side out and see what you can create with the use of your hands and crayons.

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