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If We Were Having Coffee: Slower Weeks

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Sorry for the late arrival of another post. I’ve been so busy lately and just didn’t know what all I want to write about right now. Well, I do have a couple topic ideas, just not sure how I really feel about doing them yet. I hope to have another post after this one coming your way soon. I’m working on something I think you might all be interested in. Will just have to wait and see once it comes out though.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you things have continued picking up at work. Well… a little. Things have been a little slower actually now that I think about it. With Hurricane Matthew coming through, it feels like not as many students were at school this week. Mind you, things still got a little crazy at work. We did have our busy moments. Just not as many as we usually have during any given week.

It’s because of this I feel like I don’t have too much to say about what I’ve been up to. Oh, I can keep you up to date on how I’ve been doing with my caffeine addiction. There’s actually good news on that front. I’ve actually been doing a good job of cutting soda out of my diet. Good as in I’ve gone completely without soda for a while now. I tried drinking my favorite soda the other day Dr. Pepper to see how it tasted after not having it, but it tasted weird to me. So I haven’t really had it since. I then tried drinking Root Beer the next day with basically almost the same results. So I definitely can say I think cutting soda out of my intake is definitely working. Though I’ll admit yesterday when Mom and I went out for lunch with a friend I had some Sprite. More than I planned on drinking. But that’s okay because I didn’t drink any more soda after lunch. I’ve mostly been sticking to drinking water and milk, which I think will do well for me in the long run.

Speaking of this weekend, Mom and I went to a friend’s Halloween Party last night. It was quite a blast too! My Mom made a Litter Box Cake for the party to bring over and everyone else was dressed up in really great Halloween costumes.

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I was also given this cute coloring book to add to what is becoming a vast coloring book collection. It’s got a lot of cute cats, dressed up for various occasions, the type of coloring book I know I’ll enjoy coloring in. Speaking of which, I hope to start doing some more coloring again soon. I’ve been missing it and I think getting another coloring book from someone is just what I need to remind me to get back into the habit of coloring.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that’s really all I have to say. I’m planning on doing a blog post about this year’s presidential election, which is something I’m interested to see what people’s thoughts will be on it. It’ll be nothing anyone will find too surprising, but something I hope you’ll be interested to read.

But yeah, these last two weeks have actually been really slow for me. My grandmother will be coming here this week though so Mom won’t have to take as much time off and so she can see what’s going on at the house. Her contractor is supposed to be continuing the demolition process this upcoming week when my grandmother gets here so I’m looking forward to see what’s going to happen next.

Until then, I hope you all have had a wonderful week!

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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