Working Hard Doesn’t Mean Working 24/7

Working Hard Doesn't Mean Working 24/7 -- Write RightI work hard. However, I differentiate working hard from working 24/7. I’m prone to the latter; it’s easy for me to work and incredibly difficult to rest. I have to exercise great care and self-discipline so that I don’t fall into workaholism.

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Is Grit Important?

Is Grit Important? -- Write RightGrit. Stick-to-it-iveness. (An impossible, almost Seussian word to say. I don’t recommend it—) Getting things done. Those people.

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Order Your Write Right Colors Shakespeare Coloring Book!

Write Right Colors Shakespeare Coloring BookIt’s been a project two years in the making, but Write Right’s coloring book is finally done and available for purchase! It’s been such fun to work on the drawings, many of which have never been published online—I want people to be as surprised and delighted as I was while I drew them.

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You Don’t Have to Be Perfect

Now that You Don't Have to Be Perfect -- Write RightThe problem with a perfectionist, albeit not the only one, is her attempt to be perfect. It’s an impossible standard, and it isn’t the one she should set out to attain. She should desire to be good.

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Why Should Adults Color?

 

Why Should Adults Color? -- Write RightWhen adult coloring books started to become a “thing,” I wondered at the phenomenon. It seemed a little strange except for the fact that I, as an adult, still color—or to be more correct, I work in color. While I may not often color other people’s work, I do experiment with chalk pastels and other media.

(Side note: most of my exercises in experimentation are thanks to Art Snacks, a monthly art supply subscription service that I adore and highly recommend.)

The craze about coloring, though…how to make sense of it? Why should adults color? Is it just a fad? Or are there real benefits to the activity? I obviously have a conflict of interest since I sell a coloring book, but I hope the following reasons show that coloring isn’t trendy or a wish to return to Peter Pannish childhood. It’s altogether good for adults.

1. It’s Therapeutic

Coloring isn’t therapy, but it can be therapeutic. Some counselors use coloring to augment art therapy, which typically involves creating original work rather than filling in someone else’s. For example, coloring can relieve stress. Men and women use coloring to unwind after a long day of work or school. It’s akin to taking a lavender-scented bath or listening to soothing music. It forces the body to still and the mind to calm.

2. It Trains the Mind

Coloring can also be used as a way to improve mindfulness, or, as I sometimes term it, “mind-fullness.” The activity is easy enough, but it asks a person to give concentrated attention to one thing and one thing alone. It’s a bit like controlling the breath in yoga. As the person colors or breathes, the mind sharpens to a single point. Everything else—the television set in the background, the phone with its notifications, the already building to-do list—falls away for a while.

3. It Helps with Problem Solving

It’s amazing what one can solve when not paying attention to it. Coloring acts in that manner, as does running. It’s as though the body is set on autopilot, and the mind goes to work on something else, be it a work challenge or a draft for a poem.

4. It Exercises Fine Motor Skills

Coloring is a favorite activity of parents and teachers during the toddler years and preschool because it develops kids’ fine motor skills. Kids don’t care; they’re having fun scribbling on the paper. They have little comprehension that learning to color inside the lines is preparing them for the finer work of penmanship or, if they continue in the arts, drawing. Coloring has the same effect throughout life, although it’s starting to be used more with the elderly and people who have experienced a stroke or other injury. It helps redevelop fine motor skills and improve quality of life.

5. It Can Be a Social Activity

Perhaps one of the best parts about coloring is that it’s a social activity. Teachers often join kids in coloring; so do parents, grandparents, and even the angst-ridden older sibling who’s hit the teenage years. Coloring brings people together and often produces a household peace, be it ever so fragile.

Adults have taken the social aspect a step further with coloring clubs and meet-ups. They get together at a local restaurant or library and color for a few hours. Through the activity, they get to meet new people and develop friendships.

Coloring has a number of benefits. It can reduce stress, help solve problems, and build relationships, but the greatest and simplest benefit may be this: it’s fun. It doesn’t take a large capital investment (although Prismacolor pencils can cost a small fortune), nor is it high-maintenance. The coloring book sits on the shelf or table and patiently waits for the colorer to come.

Check out the Write Right Colors Shakespeare coloring book! It features 15 hand-drawn illustrations with quotes from the bard.

Image: aotaro (Creative Commons)

How to Be a Better Writer: Be an Ant

How to Be a Better Writer: Be an Ant -- Write RightGo to the ant, O sluggard,
Observe her ways and be wise,
Which, having no chief,
Officer or ruler,
Prepares her food in the summer
And gathers her provision in the harvest.
— Proverbs 6:6-8, NASB

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Beauty to Sustain the Soul

Beauty to Sustain the Soul -- Write Right“You shall create beauty not to excite the senses but to give sustenance to the soul.” – Gabriela Mistral

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Write Right Throws a Birthday Party for Shakespeare

Happy Birthday, Shakespeare! -- Write Right

Please Excuse My Not-so-Insane Work Ethic

Do All the Things! -- Write RightI work hard. I have a tendency to try to do, as one of my friends says, “all the things.” She’s called me out on it; it’s the wrong approach to this life. God commands his people and his children to rest. If I’m not resting, I’m disobeying.Continue Reading

Working with Excellence

Working with Excellence--Write RightOne of my goals as an entrepreneur is to work with excellence rather than with perfectionism. It’s not easy for me; I sometimes joke that I’m a recovering perfectionist. I always have to take time and evaluate how I’m doing the work I’m doing.

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