Mindful coloring is a very simple concept. It is the art of coloring while practicing mindfulness. Being mindful is all about being in the moment and being engaged and involved in what’s going on around you. The art of mindfulness is lost on so many these days. The presence of cell phones and instant access to the lives of millions of people across the world is so tempting. Many people miss out on the basic pleasures and the simple little things in life because they are so focused on doing more than one thing at a time they have no idea how to be mindful. Adult coloring is here to change that.
Mindful coloring is simple. You are busy coloring, which means you’re busy doing one thing. You can’t color and carry on a conversation with the kids. You can’t color and watch a television show or cook dinner. You can focus on one thing, and you then clear your mind of everything as you choose colors, work to stay within the lines, and you focus on what you’re doing.
This is the type of teaching tool you use to help you create better habits. Mindful coloring allows you to learn to clear your mind and focus on the task at hand. The task here is the page you are coloring, but it transcends into other areas of your life as well. When you learn to be mindful while coloring, you’re learning the tools to practice mindfulness in other areas of your life.
One of the biggest benefits of mindful coloring is the way it relaxes you. You’re no longer focused on all the things that overwhelm you and make you feel down or stressed. You’re focused on something so simple and so easy, and you are really focused on it. You don’t have to sit back and think about it further. You are now engaged in something that doesn’t bring you stress or anxiety, and it relaxes you. Many people use this tool when they feel angry or upset as a way of calming down and focusing. Coloring is beneficial to anyone, even if you are a little worried you seem childish. This thought process is not uncommon, but it’s one that’s quickly changed once you realize just how beneficial it is and how it’s not childish at all. If you begin to practice mindful coloring, it won’t take you long at all to realize it’s beneficial to you in more ways than one. It can help you change your life for the better over time.
I was born in Bad Homburg, Germany. Growing up in foster care I spend a lot of time alone creating art or writing stories. In 1992, when I became pregnant, I discovered crochet and emersed myself in the craft. I also immigrated to the US and throughout the years, I explored various mediums of art – such as macrame, cross-stitch, and painting - while raising my kids. In 2005, I wanted to create my own wood beads and discovered the wood-burner and fell in love with it. It’s at the same time I had the nudge to start my handmade business part-time with the intention to be full-time someday.
But life derailed for a little while, as I became a special needs parent, enrolled in online college twice, and am the proud owner of a B.S. in Accounting and an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling – which eventually led me to start my coaching + consulting business.
Throughout the years I kept coming back to three mediums: coloring, crochet, and wood-burning, and am now balancing two businesses! With most of the kids creating their own lives and only the youngest left, I get to create art and teach people how to make art, while also helping people with their goals. It’s having the cake and eating it too!
I live in Central Virginia with tons of inspiration out of my backyard, the blue ridge mountains, and the events I attend!