Lost In Colouring


When I first heard about the new Adult Colouring Book craze a few months back, it immediately caught my attention. As someone who has suffered with anxiety and stress a lot over the years, I try to practice meditation and mindfulness as much as possible and it has really helped me cope in times when I become overwhelmed. I’ve always been open to things a little bit out there (much to the amusement of my new hubbie!), so when I came across this, I just had to find out more.

I bought my first colouring book, ‘The Mindfulness Colouring Book’ just after Christmas. It describes itself as ‘Anti-stress art therapy for busy people’. I have never been any good at art or drawing, but that doesn’t matter when it comes to colouring, so why not give it a try I thought… A few days later as I was strolling around the bookshop as I tend to do, the fashion lover inside me spotted another two books, The Liberty Colouring Book & Vintage Colouring book and I just couldn’t resist. Three colouring books and a packet of colouring pencils – I was now ready to give this a go.



I took them out over the weekend and started colouring. At first it felt weird, I was immediately transported back in time to my childhood, but all of a sudden a half an hour had passed without me even realising. I was lost in the patterns on the pages, a world away from reality and it felt amazing. For some reason Carrie Bradshaw’s quote ‘When Big colours…he rarely stays inside the lines’ from the SACT Movie kept popping into my head at the same time too. Where did that even come from?! Isn’t it funny how the mind works? But what I then realised, was for that whole half an hour I had a big smile on my face, utterly content in my ‘lostness’.

If that’s how I felt after such a short time on a quiet Sunday afternoon, how would I feel if this became a part of my daily life I wondered? Good I reckon, maybe even great. From now on I will happily get lost colouring anytime, and I’m already thinking about sitting down this evening with my pencils and having some time-out.

Ps. When Dave came home and saw colouring books on the bed, he started laughing out loud for a good minute or two. He said he thought I was joking when I told him I had bought a colouring book! So I’m determined to get him colouring also and see what he thinks then.

I’ll keep you posted on that one… 🙂

Sorcha x

Embracing Change

We’re brought up knowing that the one certainty in life, is that nothing is certain. If we know it, and understand it, then why is it so difficult when change comes our way?

Some change is good, amazing in fact. It makes our lives interesting and fun and unpredictable. But the kind of change that comes out of nowhere and slaps you in the face? That’s the change I’m taking issue with today!

People have varying ways of coping with slap-in-the-face change, some better than others of course. But it’s confession time. I am not one of those people. I one of the ones who’s mouth goes dry, nerves build up in my gut and I hover for days between dizziness and nausea depending on the extremity of the change. It all sounds very dramatic I know.

Today I found out something is changing, just as I had arrived at a happy, comfortable, easy, breezy place with it. It’s a new year and it’s all about change I get that – I’ve been talking nothing but change for the past few days and now it’s come back to bite me in the ass! Don’t you just hate when that happens?

A 2015 version of me would have had a complete panic about it, but in the spirit of embracing positivity this year, I’m going to need to embrace the change also. Damn. What was it Lemony Snicket said – if we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives? I best get on with it so…

Rant over. I feel better. Thanks for listening! 🙂

I think it’s time to go meditate now. Ommmm…

Sorcha x