Inside the Lines
“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.”
— Twyla Tharp

I have always loved to create. My parents encouraged my siblings and I to be creative beginning at a very young age – signing us up for drama, dance  and art classes. We participated in band class at school, devoured books, took creative writing classes, auditioned for school plays, and always entered our artwork in the local art show. Our favorite things to do in our spare time were to play pretend and to color for hours and hours (actually, in my case, my favorite thing to do was break my sister’s beloved crayons and color outside of the lines in her pristine coloring books. Sorry, Katy!)

The point is, I owe my parents a lot for showing me the importance of having creative outlets at a young age. Although I am by no means a professional artiste – I gave up my tap shoes and drama mask long ago! – I have always found myself seeking creative outlets in my work and in my spare time.

If you’ve been living under a rock the past few months, you may not realize that coloring is making a comeback. Adult coloring books are selling like hotcakes on Amazon right now. Why? Because American adults are stressed out, don’t take their vacation time (a concept I will never, ever understand. Take your vacation time, people!), and won’t unplug.

When I first heard about the coloring trend, I was curious about it, but felt a bit goofy buying a coloring book. I didn’t own any markers or crayons! When would I find time to sit down and color? But the idea of coloring again stuck with me for a couple of weeks. There were a few moments of stress where I thought about how nice it would be to have a little creative project to work on. So I finally took the plunge and ordered myself a coloring book for adults, plus a set of brand new markers.

I have a terrible habit of watching bad reality TV and playing Two Dots on my phone at the same time. If I want to unplug, I have to doubly unplug – both the Apple TV and my iPhone. But you can’t play Two Dots AND color at the same time. I’ve found myself opting for the coloring book over my phone every single time. It’s relaxing, and I get a feeling of accomplishment whenever I finish a new page. It’s a mini-achievement, even though these “works of art” are never going to end up being displayed on our fridge. It’s nice to have something in this chaotic world that you can simply start and finish, without any stress at all.

For those of you who break out in a cold sweat at the thought of putting your phone down for an hour or two, check out the Colorfy app.

Do you have a coloring book? What’s your favorite creative outlet?

Until next time,

LL