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Color Me Happy!

photo (1)Coloring books used to be the highlight of every shopping trip when I was a child. My parents usually purchased them for me at discount department stores or at the magazine section of the grocery store. A new box of crayons and a coloring book could mean hours of happiness, lasting for several days. This fond childhood memory pops up every time I see a new coloring book targeted for adults.

Why are there so many adult coloring books available?

Let’s Explore: These days adults have very little time to express themselves. Drawing figures and shapes can come with the high risk of dissatisfaction. Fear of failure may stop some of us from exploring the creative realm of drawing. But, coloring on the other hand, offers a risk-free and worry-free alternative to the Monet hidden inside all of us! You can’t make mistakes when you color! (Unless you color outside the lines, and even then, that can be seen as thinking outside of the box!)

Why is coloring an appropriate use of our time? We are a success-oriented, efficient society. We need observable outcomes that justify the use of our available time. When we have downtime, we often feel the need to explain non- productivity. Coloring books are filling the gap for more and more people these days. We have something to show for our moments of slacking, and can say we took a mental vacation and show the completed picture to prove it.

We also have the thrill of choosing the pigments that reflect our mood at the time. It’s the perfect combination of relaxation, choice, success, and the appearance of creativity. In this age of fast results, coloring books satisfy an instant need.

Plus, let’s face it, coloring is fun. To call it Art Therapy is a stretch, but that’s not the reason people are choosing to color. A coloring book is more likely used by adults when they need a moment to unwind. It’s a guilt-free, whimsical way to recharge before you return to the daily grind.

Everywhere you go there are variety of coloring books available. Six years ago, I thought I had invented the idea, but now mine are just one of many to choose from. The fact that they continue to be one of my best sellers tells me it’s not a fad that will disappear anytime soon.

Color me relaxed, color me beautiful, and color me happy!

Karen Stabley, Art Therapy (ATR)

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Achieving Balance In An Age of Efficiency!

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We pride ourselves on maximizing our time and resources, and being organized multitaskers, but why are we in direct competition with everyone around us and competing for likes and retweets? How long do we plan on living like this, and is it really healthy for us and those we love?

During the moments when we aren’t running the rat race, we chastise ourselves and feel deep pangs of worthlessness while comparing ourselves to everyone else. The only way to remedy this is to do more, be more, accomplish more, and do it all more efficiently, right? Wrong!

What we need to realize is that we may be in danger of passing our bad habits onto our children. To prevent that, we need to slow down and reevaluate our priorities. Do we want our kids to be over-achievers and compete in their own age-appropriate rat race? Is that why we feel better when our children are away at science camp, rather than squabbling with a sibling, or playing video games at home?

The fact is, children need all three types of interactions.

  • They need to squabble and argue with their siblings to learn how to problem solve.
  • Video games and computers are here to stay and they do provide some benefits like quick reflexes and hand-eye coordination.
  • Science camp also has its benefits, because it gives them a desire for knowledge and expands their horizons and interests in other life forms.

To want children to excel in only one area stunts their growth. Just as you and I would prefer to enjoy a balanced meal, you and your children will thrive if you live a more spiritual, social, educational and physically balanced life.

It may be worth sitting down with your kids and creating a chart to see if you are balanced in all fours of these areas. See the sample picture above of a simple chart I use with my clients to help them achieve balance. Before you try this highly efficient chart system, remember one very important rule – to factor in the FUN!!! (And also, remember to forgive yourself for not realizing this sooner!)

Karen Stabley, Art Therapy (ATR)

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Faux Cakes and Cupcakes with Naughty & Nice Messages!

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Visit my Etsy Shop to order up a slice of “Sweet Revenge” – You can also create your own message!

Be as naughty or as nice as you like -just make sure he/she has a great sense of humor, too!

Messages include:

  • Life is a party not that you’re gone!
  • Eat THIS!
  • It’s not you’re fault, but I’m blaming you!
  • I’m pretty sure the whole thing was your fault!
  • Life is sweeter without you!
  • Get well soon!

These can be used as centerpieces or party favors!

Please visit: https://www.etsy.com/shop/HealingArtByKaren

All of my products are handcrafted and made in the USA.

Please share with your friends and family! Special pricing is available for bulk orders.

 

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