July 25, 2019

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August 2nd is national coloring book day, so today seemed like a good time to introduce everyone to Color Joy!

I embarked on this journey to create a blog as a way to document my own struggles and wins. Then, I decided that I wanted to empower other women and to step out of the shadows. I wanted to make sure that those who didn’t have access to the same healthcare and resources that I have access to, still knew that they can get help. That there are resources out there, even if they’re not always easy to find and are spread out all over the web.  I wanted to consolidate as many of those resources as possible

So, I created more than just a blog, but a website with all of these things in mind.  If you’re in crisis or you think you may be having symptoms of depression, you can find answers and help here.  And, as always call 911 if you’re in danger of hurting yourself or someone else.


Here’s the story:  I’m not going to lie – I’m on medication to manage my depression and anxiety symptoms and I see a therapist 6x a month, but medication isn’t needed by everyone, and even on medication I still suffer from overwhelm, anxiety, depressive episodes, and stress.  I can only swallow so many pills. I tried everything out there, just like you. I exercise. I meditate. I pray. I practice breathing exercises.  And, sometimes I got even more overwhelmed with all the options. Do you know how many breathing exercises are out there? Four square and 7-11 are just two examples.

I was struggling with selfcare.  It seemed that it took too much planning, money, and time. Resources I thought I didn’t have.  In actuality, I did, but I was so overwhelmed that I couldn’t see through the fog.

Then one day, my therapist not only suggested that I color, but encouraged it – even during our sessions.  And, I discovered that I could color for 15 minutes or for 60 minutes and keep myself distracted from my symptoms long enough to let them melt away.  And, at the same time, I was more focused.


A coloring page of a young girl with long hair and a butterfly on her hand.  The page sits on a white background surrounded by a cell phone and pink macarons.

Picture from Woodland Girls

Suddenly the daily stressors started melting away like butter on an Arizona sidewalk, and I felt better than I have in years! I still slip into major depressive episodes, but they’re farther and fewer between because I have tools in my toolbox – and coloring is one of them.




I went from waking up at noon and isolating myself in my bedroom…and watching TV all day, when I had a business to get off the ground…to waking up at 5:00 AM without an alarm clock, showering, getting dressed, eating breakfast, and carrying myself down the hall to my office to get things done! I had been working on this very blog, that became more than just a blog, for a year. A year!

After I started coloring, I switched gears, started the site over again from scratch, and got it launched in three weeks! Not only that, I now had two websites. Coloring books and colored pencils sit on my desk so I can take a few minutes as a time-out, whenever I recognize that my symptoms are percolating.  I finally found a selfcare activity that I could do with ease and limited attention, time, and focus.

The other website? It’s accessible from the menu, but in all honesty, after over a year – I’ve closed down the website – for reasons I’ll discuss in a new post, and yet I have all the books available to purchase.

The site was called Color Joy – it was a membership site for women (although we never turned away men) who wanted to carve out time for selfcare, but didn’t have all the resources – time, energy, money..and let’s face it, brain power. Because brain power can be limited too, after working or taking care of a family all day long.

I took away the barriers to a simple selfcare activity, and I still do with access to the books in the shop.



Yes, you!

You’re having a tough time sneaking in moments of quiet time, too, and wondering what you have to give up in order to get what you so desperately need. You’re burning the candle at both ends – taking care of your spouse, your children, your home, plus the full-time side hustle.

Now you can carve out some time for self-care even when you don’t think you have any moments to spare. Self-care isn’t selfish. It’s necessary. It’s being on the airplane, losing cabin pressure, and putting on your own oxygen mask before putting on the kiddo’s mask.  That wasn’t always such an easy concept for me. I thought being super- human meant I didn’t need to take care of myself.  It meant putting everyone else before me. Two things happened:

  1. I taught everyone else around me that it was OK to pile on extra work because I never said, “NO!”
  2. I inadvertently taught my children that they didn’t deserve self-care either. It broke my heart to see my children on the brink of exhaustion. As parents we want to instill a good work ethic, but there’s also merit to “work hard – play hard!”




When you order a  Color Joy coloring book, you will have get a premium 15-30 page coloring book and be able to….

  1. Unwind
  2. Calm your mind
  3. Reduce anxiety symptoms
  4. Reduce depression symptoms
  5. Help with distress tolerance
  6. Become more mindful

It all comes as part of the new Color Joy line of books.   you’ll be able to download your book, print all or some of the pages, and color on!  You can follow the Color Joy InstaGram account where I post finished pictures by both customers and professional artist, Anita Young.

Try it!   I think you’ll be delighted!

You’ll love being more mindful, having a tool to help with distress tolerance, the ability to unwind, calm your mind, reduce your anxiety, and depression symptoms, and have a way to be creative even if you believe you don’t have a creative bone in your body.


Coloring a page from Mystical Mandalas


The one thing that was crucial to creating Color Joy: I found most existing premium adult coloring books/pages you can find online to be expensive($4/page) and the cheaper ones, are just that, CHEAP! So, I worked really hard to create Color Joy – a line of adult coloring books with premium coloring pages.

These are pages you’ll want to color! You don’t have to go searching for them. You don’t have to pay per the page. You’ll always have them at your fingertips.

It’s time to play the Color Joy way!




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  1. Tiffany says:

    Love how this has helped you – sometimes the answers are not where you expect them. Looking forward to Color Joy – might have to get on that waiting list – and LOVE that you are setting boundaries! We all need to do that sometimes!

  2. Sian says:

    I love colouring! My dad has ADD, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia, he loves to be creative, but sometimes this includes projects he doesn’t finish which can affect how my dad and step mum live. He has also been really tired recently So I bought him a colouring book and pencils. He has a creative and relaxing outlet without half repainting the kitchen!

  3. This is such a great idea and so inspiring to get out there and just DO what you love! It sounds like you’ve been able to find peace with it also, which is so great. Keep up the good work! 🙂

  4. paloma says:

    I love adult coloring books! how awesome! 🙂

  5. This is a great tool to have in your tool box. Quiet time is precious and hard to get but taking the time is so important!

  6. Haley Kelley says:

    My sisters and mom love these books! We spend a lot of time together coloring like this to relax together and catch up

  7. Cynthia says:

    Your drawings are beautiful!

  8. Congratulations for doing something so unique and powerful! That is so inspirational to me. I love coloring and find it very relaxing.

  9. Kendra says:

    Coloring is so calming! Great post! Do you have a favorite brand of colored pencils that you use??

  10. Stacey says:

    Coloring is helpful for so many! I know it calms my high school students sometimes, and every once in awhile, my youngest and I will color together. I like it!

  11. Amy Irvin says:

    Coloring day? I got into adult coloring about a year ago. Didn’t last too long lol

  12. Angela says:

    I love coloring too!

  13. I soooo need to read this again…and again. I suffered from Yes Syndrome for years. I still do to a point, though I am much better. Overwhelm and anxiety are no fun.

  14. What a great way to relieve stress! I still love coloring and so does my mom! I love the idea of your other website as well!

  15. When it fits into my budget, I’d like to subscribe. In the meantime, I’m pinning this.

  16. Meditation in motion. There has always been something very therapeutic about coloring. So glad this is helping.

  17. Candy K says:

    I love to color! I have an app on my phone that I use when I don’t have a coloring book with me.

  18. Lina Thao says:

    What a great idea! It looks so beautiful! Congratulations.

  19. Jami says:

    Interesting idea to use as a stress reducer! I do enjoy coloring though 🙂

  20. judean says:

    I have coloring books and I also have anxiety and depression. Never was it suggested that one would help the other but it makes sense. I need to start coloring again…maybe it will help me. Thanks!

  21. Tiffany says:

    Self-care is so important! I’m all for whatever works to help de-stress!

  22. I love coloring! I spend time coloring with my granddaughter and found I loved it so much. So I got a color bible, and really enjoy spending time reading and coloring. SO peaceful.

  23. So cool. Love this idea for self care!

  24. Alexandra says:

    Thank you for sharing! i’m always inspired by personal stories..

  25. Heather says:

    This is a great idea!

  26. Catherine says:

    This is a great idea! I need to try it out!

  27. Amy says:

    I love how open and honest you are with your own struggles and that you’re willing to put yourself out there in hopes that you can help someone else by sharing the tools you’ve utilized…coloring! When I feel anxious or overwhelmed, I have a couple coloring books and crayons set aside for myself and it works like a charm.

  28. Art is so relaxing. I’m glad it is helpful for you, too.

  29. bee says:

    I love adult coloring books! I too find coloring to be such a stress reliever.

  30. T.M. Brown says:

    I can totally see how this could be relaxing, therapeutic and blissful. My issue is finding the time and forcing myself to be still to color. I love the idea, though.

  31. Monica says:

    First off big hugs. I suffered from postpartum depression and it was no joke. It is one of the worst feelings having your head stuck in a fog. I tried exercise, eating healthy, talking to someone. Thank you for sharing these resources with others 🙂

  32. Cindy says:

    I LOVE coloring! I find it to be relaxing. And beyond that, it has a meditative quality that quiets my mind and grounds. Plus it lets me express creativity.

  33. Like!! Great article post.Really thank you! Really Cool.

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