This is not your typical blog post today. I’ve had lots of little bits going on in my mind this week, so much to share, but so little time to write. So, I’ve strung them all together for a new monthly series featuring “Random Ramblings.”
The New York Times recently featured an article based on a new Pew Research Center survey that “revealed” working parents are stressed, tired, rushed and short on quality time with their children, friends, partners or hobbies.
While I found the article an interesting read, it wasn’t anything that I or any other parent (working or not working, quite honestly) didn’t already know. Work/life balance is a constant juggling act, and it is hard to ever achieve perfect balance.
As a full-time working mom I feel like I’m constantly running in a race. I’m going from one checkpoint to another, always looking to ahead see what obstacles are coming up instead of focusing on the here and now and what’s around me.
Instead of reading another story that outlines the laundry list problems of working families, I’d love to read an article that offers some practical, realistic and workable ideas/solutions to solve this situation. Paid family leave? Higher wages? Maybe a national flex-time bill? Debt-free higher education? Affordable housing? Fair taxes?
Listen up presidential candidates; I hear a platform screaming for your attention……
Apparently I did a lot of reading this past week…because another article that caught my eye was from The Atlantic entitled “The Zen of Adult Coloring Books.”
Coloring used to be reserved for children, but recently the activity has found a whole new demographic. What started as a niche hobby has turned into an international trend, as adult coloring books are finding themselves on more and more bestsellers’ lists throughout the world.
Now while coloring is a fun way to pass the time (in my opinion), there is also a valuable therapeutic aspect to it. Coloring engages the mind and forces it to focus on the task at hand, giving colorists a temporary relief from their everyday stresses.
Clinical psychologist Kimberly Wulfert of EverydayHealth.com explains that “In coloring, you’re being mindful, and when you move in a rhythmic fashion for an extended period of time, that becomes a meditation.”
Think of it as cheap therapy for your stress, worry and anxiety…..
So I sat down with two new adult coloring books, Sea Life and Calming Patterns, sent to me by Skyhorse Publishing.
Each book features 75 detailed patterns that range in complexity from beginner to expert level to color. They are hardcover books and conveniently sized (6.5 x 8.5) so you can carry it anywhere you go.
I have to admit, I was a little stressed when I started coloring, mostly about my color choices. A glass of wine and my daughter’s Hello Kitty tin of colored pencils soon took that all away and I did find it to be very calming.
I can actually see myself taking this with me on the plane on my next business trip to the West Coast – not only would it pass the time, but help me stay zen while in the air (anything over 2 hours makes me antsy).
Wanna try adult coloring out for yourself? Download a PDF of this Calming Patterns page here.
To say that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is highly-anticipated movie this holiday season is the understatement of the century!
Disney has unveiled a series of brand new character posters that highlight the heroes and villains from the new film. Front and center are Leia, Finn, Rey, Kylo Ren and my favorite Han Solo. Well, hello scoundrel!!
December 18 can’t get here fast enough…I have to say I’m pretty excited about #TheForceAwakens. I wasn’t so much with Episodes I – III. Maybe it’s because this new installment brings back the iconic characters I grew up with or maybe it’s because my eight-year-old son and six-year-old daughter are finally old enough to understand and enjoy it as well. It’s great to be able to share this experience with them – to this day I still remember the wonder, awe and delight the first time I ever saw those words “A long time ago, in galaxy far, far away…” up on the big screen.
I’m thinking we’re going to do own #StarWars movie festival at home in the days leading up to premiere. The big debate though is what order to watch them in? Should we watch them in actual movie release order or watch them sequentially?
Now it’s your turn to share. What’s randomly rambling around with you? Will you go see the new Star Wars movie?
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