When was the last time you colored?

Mindfulness has been my focus word for the year 2015. I started this year writing an update every month about how I was developing the habit of mindfulness. It’s funny to look back now. The first half of 2015 was an incredibly stressful time for me and I needed mindfulness (and meditation and stress reduction, etc.!) desperately. Now that a lot of the stress from that time in my life is gone, I don’t feel the desperate need to remind myself to maintain my focus on mindfulness. I haven’t written an update in a number of months. Ironically, though, the habit has been built and I continue to do some of the activities that help me be more mindful on a regular basis.

One activity I discovered a few months ago was adult coloring.

IMG_3217There has been a lot of laughter about this topic in my life recently, but I do swear by the power of coloring. I have always been (regardless of my stress level) a person who says the typical, “I could never meditate because I can’t clear my mind. My brain moves faster than I talk and it never stops!”. This is true despite my attempts to listen to meditation and mindfulness apps. However, when I am coloring, everything else melts away.




I strongly recommend you try this out! I encourage everyone to buy a coloring book, carve out anywhere from 10-30 minutes at home, alone in a room with no distractions (I don’t even have TV or music on). I was amazed at how quickly I was able to focus on the coloring and NOTHING else, enjoying the peace and quiet, being fully mindful of what I was going.

I have never had the talent to be an artist, but coloring is easy! And it’s a fun activity, similar to playing with Play Doh, that I get to enjoy with my young nephews!

JPEG image-D8BB54B0E046-1When I grow up, I dream that I will have the coloring talent of my good friend Barb. She gifted me the amazing coloring below that she did, and I am having it framed to hang in my office. Just looking at this piece of art gives me peace of mind and makes me happy.

Barb's elephant

As the year comes to a close, I’m really reflecting on mindfulness and how helpful it was to have a focus word this year. I’m starting to contemplate what my 2016 word might be. Will you have a focus word next year?


About Amy's Reflections

Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in Southern CA, taking time to reflect on leadership and learning
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3 Responses to When was the last time you colored?

  1. Brenda Robles says:

    I will definitely give this a try. Thanks for sharing Amy.

  2. Pingback: A Year of Mindfulness | Reflections on Leadership and Learning

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