My 14 year old daughter has taken on a new nightly ritual, habit, way to close out her day. She colors. Her long time buddy gave her a coloring page in math class a couple of weeks ago and she has been getting out her colored pencils every evening to complete the intricate coloring page.
Last night I joined her. I was itching to do and BE creative. I had some recently printed out mandala coloring pages that I retrieved and joined her at the dining room table. At my Mama Needs A Refill Mini-Retreats coloring is an option at the creative table I set up. I have all the needed supplies. Last night I had no reason not to color.
Sitting in silence next to my teenager, we created. We unwound from our full weekends. We connected to each other without saying a word. I was filled with joy, remembering all the hours we did this very thing when she was 4 years old.
Coloring relaxes. Coloring taps into a creative place of self expression that has no words. My god-daughter’s dad, whom I have known since he was 17, use to color when he got home from work. His know 18 year old daughter would have all the necessary supplies. He would unwind from his day by putting color to the white page. His wife would tell me, “It total de-stresses him.”
That’s how I felt last night. I wasn’t stressed but the bubbling energy inside of me had a place to go. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and all various shades in between helped me to express the feelings inside of me.
When was the last time you colored? Could it possibly be a way for you to creatively express from the deepest parts of you? Would you be up to trying?
Hi, I’m Jenny Gwinn McGlothern, Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. As founder of my retreat business, Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, one way I know I fill my cup is by showing up to a blank page to write. Thank you for stopping by and reading my Random Monday Thoughts, because I will be honest that fills my cup too, knowing others are reading my filled page. Life is too short to blog about anything else unless it touches my heart. Please know I appreciate you joining me on this journey whether you visit every week since I began in 2008 or this is your first blog stop.
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