The Coloring Chronicles

Recently, I have been investing more time towards coloring, once again. I have not been making enough time for this past time, so definitely be expecting more works of art in the future!
Coloring has always served as a very therapeutic hobby for me and has become one of my favorite past times!

Check out my newest pieces of work ♥‿♥

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Sending all the creativity I have in my life your way!

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

The Cheapest Form Of Therapy

What does therapy mean to you? To me, it means making and creating art.

The cheapest form of therapy is art therapy. Art therapy, includes crafting, coloring, drawing, painting, pottery, etc., and is one of the most beneficial hobbies you can pick up.

Inspiration is everywhere, if you just look hard enough. After looking hard enough, I discovered my vivacious enthusiasm for the art of coloring.

To this day, I own about 12 coloring books and am in the works of finishing a full coloring book. I find that through coloring I am calm, cool and collected; much cooler than a cucumber.

Coloring simply allows me to be mindful, and allows me to zone in on the art at hand, rather than the extra white noise happening all around me.

When I first began coloring, I found it extremely difficult to stay on task, and I also found myself frustrated by how long and intricate some of the coloring books were. Since then, I have noticed my senses heightened, my attention span lengthened, a better attention to details, and an increased awareness of mindfulness. It also has helped me quit some of my bad habits! After about six months of effortless coloring, I am finally proud of where I am at with my own new set of creative skills. Slowly, but surely, I found myself coloring quicker, much more intricately, and much more detailed. It was not an easy feat! In fact, picking up coloring as a hobby was one of the biggest challenges I faced this year. Now, I color every day and make it a goal to finish at least one of the mandalas that I color every day.

There’s also something about shading, choosing a color scheme, and the feeling of accomplishment after choosing something to color, that allows me to release any sort of pent up anxiety, stress, panic, etc.

Similarly, coloring allows individuals to connect back to their childhood, something that I have realized has helped me in many ways. Channeling your childhood, during your adult life, helps keep things light and fun. Coloring has become fun, because I remember how much I enjoyed coloring, and just making art in general, especially as a kid. Your childhood is something that can be taken away from you, or maybe you just got old, however, it’s never too late to uptake your childhood hobbies.

I believe that your childhood plays such an important role in your growth, biochemical makeup, standards, values, etc. This is where you learn how to be a human, how to be good at being a human, societal rules, etc. Most people always complain about how they want their childhood back and want to be younger, but do NOT let age stop you. No matter how old or young, understanding the joys of being a child is something one will never forget. This is because every day is an adventure when you are young. For some reason, incorporating one’s childhood into their day-to-day lives has served a higher purpose and allowed many adults to have a creative outlet, which is something society rarely offers.

Similarly, coloring has been said to have many benefits as an activity, including increased mindfulness, heightened senses, increased attention span, increased attention to detail, overall emotional well-being, increased attention to detail, decreased anxiety, utilization of both the right and the left brain, assists in memory retention, and the ability to channel creative energy. It has also been said to help mood swings.

Not only does coloring have the benefits listed above, but it is also said to heal and assist PTSD patients, ADD patients, ADHD patients, OCD patients, and any average human being. Generally, coloring serves benefits to anyone who partakes in the activity.

Adults should not feel embarrassed to try this new hobby out, as they have come out with coloring books specifically assigned for adults. Lately, you can find coloring books at local grocery stores, gift stores, retail stores, book stores, and even boutiques everywhere. Places, such as Target, Walmart, Walgreens, and Barnes & Noble, sell an assortment of coloring books.

If you are looking for a way to kill time, a new hobby, or just a way to release some creative energy, pick up a coloring book from your local store.

Prices typically range from $4.99 up to $30.99, depending on which retail outlet you decide to purchase your new hobby. The prices on supplies vary, depending on whether or not you are using different mediums, and whether or not you want quality products. Colored pencils, markers, gel pens, and crayons are fun utensils to utilize when coloring. Of course, if you are willing to spend the money, mediums, such as charcoal, acrylic paints, oil pastels, or chalk, may cost a little more than usual. To keep it under a budget, King Soopers, Target, Walmart, etc. have fun, cheap colored pencils that should service those who are in need.

Wondering where to begin? Simply buy yourself a coloring books and some gadgets. If you would rather be with company, try a wine and paint class. Wine and paint class includes people of age coming together and painting, while casually drinking. As if coloring could not be more fun! While these wine and paint classes are not free, it offers a way for adults to connect with other adults and create art. A form of therapy that is underrated and underappreciated.

Art soothes the heart, soul, and mind, as it has helped me slow down my thoughts, and take a break between my busy life.

In this fast-paced society, it is hard to take a minute out of your day to just color for a while, as it is even harder to even catch your breathe. We are all so busy doing whatever society tells us to do. Well, this is society telling you that coloring, and/or art therapy, is the best solution to all your stressors and your problems. It is cheap, easy, and lots of clean fun.

Finally, remember, it truly does NOT matter what your age is, just keep creating and art-ing!

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

The Road Less Traveled

Some days you feel lazy, challenged, a little unmotivated, angry, frustrated, bored, sad, and irate about this crazy world we live in. This is quite alright, actually.

What is your ultimate vice to cover up the guilt, anxiety, and pressures of modern day society? I have countless, and as the saying goes, old habits die hard. I used to cope with the abuse of a variety of illicit narcotics, but now have turned my unexerted, and unlimited energy towards other habits, such as blogging, hiking, coloring, shopping and working full-time.

It is not easy to turn away from your old, toxic habits, as they are cyclical parts of our day-to-day life. The simple act of going to Starbucks every morning and drinking a Venti Caramel Macchiato can be categorized as an old toxic coping mechanism, as none of us really should be drinking 3 shots of espresso in our coffee every day.

The key to success is maintaining composure, and a level-head, when you are stressed. Turning your unexerted stress towards positive habits, such as your health, new found hobbies, staying on top of your school work, and hanging out with positive influences can be a way to take the road less traveled.

You see, none of these old, toxic habits are serving you any good. Though it is alright to slip up a few times, as I have time-and-time again, recognizing, addressing, and acting upon being aware of your old habits is the key to success.

Some days I find myself bored, and unsatisfied with life. I am constantly doing the same thing every day, working full-time, coloring and shopping. I also attend therapy once a week to switch up my routine.

By taking the road less traveled on, and working hard to combat these habits, you will begin to lead a life of happiness and simplicity. All things that every human being craves. The key to understanding why you must take the road less traveled on is thinking about more than “the now.” You must learn to think long-term and think about your long-term goals before deciding to be impulsive and reckless. These small habitual toxic habits that you engage in are a big part of who you are as a person, but learning to persevere through the tough times, especially when you are overwhelmed, is a skill that cannot be taught or mastered. We all make mistakes sometimes.

The road less traveled on is much more difficult and time-consuming than one would hope, which is why it is the route that is traveled on much less. In the long run, however, the outcomes will be enormous, and will be self-fulfilling. The best feeling in the world is learning how much your hard work pays off, even through the thick and the thin. Not every day is easy, and not every day is fun, especially when you’re traveling in the opposite direction than others. Chances are very high that you will feel lost, uncomfortable, vulnerable, unstable, emotional, irate, sad, happy, relieved, etc.

This is all natural. Life is supposed to be challenging, so why not take up the challenge now? It is never too late to change. Today is a new day – another day for you to change.

Validation from others is the reason why others turn their cheek and travel in the most traveled on road. Sometimes we can be prone to take this route, however, take small steps towards change and rewards will come in surplus.

Appreciate the challenge and embrace the challenge. As Nike exclaims, “JUST DO IT!”And, as 2Chainz most famously stated, “I’m different, yeah, I’m different!” Embrace being different and taking a different route than everyone, because no one is the same and the route that they may decide to take is probably drastically different from yours.

Change your perspective ad shoot for the stars, loves. Aim high, work hard, and keep your expectations low. Do not rush the process, as it is a lifelong process. Adapt to your current situation, whatever it may take, and begin there. Make a list of things you wish to change about yourself, and then most importantly, make changes and take action! Actions always speak louder than words.

Lastly, do not do this for anyone other than yourself. After a while, doing the same shit for years becomes a bore. This is simply just a sign that you are growing and maturing. Figuring out what you like and do not like, standing up for yourself, and loving yourself are all things that become incredibly uncomfortable, as you will find yourself spending more and more time alone. Uncomfortable is good – it simply means you found some inspiration to grow, mature, and take action against your old habits.

Do not be so hard on yourself, but take up this challenge, and do things you do not normally do. Make yourself uncomfortable, in order to face the uncomfortability. Remember those who mind, do not matter.

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

Things To Do When Bored

I get bored so, so easily and have had to come up with some things to when boredom hits me harder than the bricks on the Great Wall of China.

  1. Coloring – Coloring and anything related to art therapy helps soothe my anxiety and assists with stress management. I love coloring and have about nine different coloring books, which are also manufactured for those adults who are interested. They are sold everywhere from your local bookstore to 711. Barnes & Noble is also a great place to find a variety of them. Do not just limit yourself to just using colored pencils, try crayons and pastels as a fun new medium.
  2. Crafting – Coloring and crafting are the two C’s that I thoroughly enjoy. Crafts and DIY’s are my absolute favorite. I personalize and distress my own clothes, and often craft things in my room. My next mission is to be able to make a white and sea foam green dream catcher, with florals and sea shells as ornaments. Crafting can include things, such as, origami, basic DIY’s, tie-dye (one of my personal favorites), plant crafts, crafts to put on your wall, drying out flowers, etc. You can honestly find DIY videos for everything these days, as YouTube and the internet have become so accessible to us. Making jewelry is also something I am trying to learn. Many crafts are fairly easy, but require many items in order to make them. JoAnns, Hobby Lobby and Michael’s often carry amazing supplies and materials, as they are crafting enterprises.
  3. Photography – I may not have a professional camera, nor do you need one, however, I love photography. Nothing makes me feel better than when I finally get “the shot.” “The shot” takes me one million hours to get and about 40 photo bursts on my iPhone, but hey, whatever gets the job done! Channeling your energy into capturing memories is a fun way to exert some positive, and creative energy. Fuji Mini Instax Polaroid cameras are a fun way to get a great photo and have the photos developed instantly. Polaroid cameras are easy to find and retail at places, such as Urban Outfitters, Amazon, Walmart, etc. They are a great investment and the polaroids are a great decor for your walls!
  4. Hiking – Any form of exercise really helps with boredom. You are actively able to exert energy outwardly and forget about all your troubles. I choose hiking, because yoga, cycling, etc. are too much for me to afford. If you are a college student, you usually have a gym included, however, I have never been to mine in the four years of attending the University of Colorado Boulder. I choose the outdoors, because the therapy that nature gives me is unlike any other. Not going to lie, I am a little spoiled with the Flatirons and do not nearly spend enough time exploring all the hikes in my area. I am also a little more spoiled, due to the amount of hikes there are in Boulder. Sorry to toot my horn, but I know there are plenty of places to walk or hike everywhere! Spending time outside getting some Vitamin D is important for your physical health, as it is an essential to keep your immune system running properly. Similarly, when you workout and/or exercise, keep in mind that extra endorphins are released, giving you the ultimate high that is thoroughly enjoyable. Kickboxing, yoga, hiking, cycling, zumba, or hitting your local gym are some extra fun ways to exude your energy and forget about your boredom.
  5. Interior Decorating – Want to make your chill space better? Then, do it! I love spending time mindlessly tacking up every single magazine clipping that I find visually stimulating, and have all my walls decorated with tapestries and drawings.Similarly, I love spending time doing more than just decorating my walls, but other areas of my room. I display candles every where, and try to get amazing decor from local decorative stores in and around the Boulder area. I also love mandalas, so I have plenty of tapestries to cover my walls, as well. For a fun, sophisticated touch, try covering your ceilings or walls, by putting up some Christmas lights. They add a beautiful touch to a bland room that has yet to be decorated. HomeGoods and Target both have eclectic decor that matches the taste of a wide audience. They also have so much variety, including minimalist decor, extravagant decor, etc. These items are also all very affordable to the public. Stop by your local HomeGoods or Target and take a peek at their selection! Chances are you will walk away with something!
  6. Retail Therapy – Hey, I am the worst at budgeting, but love to spend cash. Any one else the same way? Whatever forever is my motto about that. I love spending money on clothes that I absolutely adore. Fashion is always changing, so my taste in clothes is always adapting to the new, and current trends. Shopping, whether it is for groceries or clothes or gifts, are all good fun. It is a great way to get out of your living space, and hopefully treat yourself or someone else.Cash deserves to be spent, and if we are spending money, are we not helping the economy? These are the things I think about, while I mindlessly spend my hard-earned $300 paycheck in a matter of seconds.
  7. Free Events – If you look hard enough or are bored enough, looking up events in and around your area is something fun to do. It’s cheap…dirt cheap. Free events are always happening, and there’s generally not a shortage of things to do. Usually, finding a local bar, coffee shop, etc. assists in the process of finding free events. During one of my most recent job hunts, I visited a local coffee shop and eatery that held events, like karaoke night, slam poetry, etc. This is something fun to do! Similarly, if you attend a university, there are always free events, with free food included. And, the best things in life are most definitely free! Get to know your campus a little more, and look for local listings for free events. There are usually posters for fun events, or announcements in your classes. Free food is too hard to pass up on for a broke college girl like me!
  8. Volunteering – If you are into helping out the community and society, I think that volunteering may be right up your alley way. Volunteering for local homeless shelters, the local Humane Society, retired living homes, etc. are great ways to spend time helping others, instead of being bored. It also allows you to have a perspective on how blessed you truly are, and I am always counting my blessings when I volunteer. Helping out the community not only helps others feel better, but most importantly, makes me feel better. Talk about another head high! It is amazing the people you will end up encountering, during your volunteering. Plus, you can get a good recommendation or two out of it. Whatever helps, right?
  9. Get a job – This is what your parents want from you, right? What does being self-sufficient even mean? My parents have allowed me to learn really quickly the value of a dollar, as I am personally responsible for outward expenses, such as clothes, rent, food, events, etc. I am financially responsible for myself, except for my tuition and part of my rent, which my parents pay. Getting a job not only builds character, but helps you develop essential skills, such as being respectful, being a team player, being outwardly kind, being punctual, and allows you to have a sense of responsibility. Though I moan and groan about having another responsibility on my plate, I love working hard for my money. Spending my money and saving it feels ten billion times better when you have made it yourself. If you are trying to find new outlets to make a new social group, a job will definitely help with that! While working with your coworkers, after just a week, you already feel like you have known them a lifetime. Slowly but surely, they become one of your support systems and friends, just through simply working with them part-time, or full-time. Work is not supposed to be fun, but you can make it fun! Having a positive attitude and an uplifting work environment is hard to find. I usually challenge myself to find a job that makes me feel comfortable, happy, and holds me to a high standard. I also love having a great manager or managers, depending on where you work. This makes all the difference in the world! So, to sum this up, getting a job is one of the biggest blessings and most efficient way to actively combat your boredom. If you are trying to make your parents proud of have gotten cut off financially, take a stab at taking on a career as a responsibility.
  10. Education – Focus on your school! For crying out loud, you are probably not even bored…you probably are just avoiding your homework! Do not just settle for your grades, work hard for them. Attend classes, take notes diligently, get to know your professors, and make friends in your classes. Friends are easily made in class, seeing that you are all on the same boat – trying to pass with the least amount of effort exerted. Studying and school can be incredibly boring, this is why I am currently taking a year off of school. I love double degree in Psychology and Advertising, however, it is a lot of work. Be realistic – every day, if you set aside one or two hours from mindlessly watching television, you could study, revise, and review your notes, instead of feeling crammed and stressed, by the end of the week. I have found that planners help me stay on top of everything and not forget assignments. Also, reviewing your class syllabus is one of the most important things you should do when the class begins. You will then have a more general understanding of the class, and will not feel bothered and stressed when your professor gently reminds you that you have a test next class. Rewriting notes is one of the ways I try to understand concepts from class, and I generally rewrite them the day after the class. This has helped me retain all of the information into my long-term memory, as opposed to cramming and losing all the information. Finals are no joke, and to do well, you need to also be attentive during class. Concepts can be hard to understand, especially when you are vigorously writing notes, however, I found that listening and writing down examples that professors give on concepts assists me in understanding the overall concept. Examples to big concepts allow me to understand the concept more than memorization. In college, tests test beyond just simple memorization, and were created to test your thorough knowledge of the topic.
  11. Journaling/Blogging – With all these technological advancements, I have found solace with blogging and journaling all my thoughts and emotions. Journaling is what led me to making a blog, as I wanted to let my creative ideas out on more than just paper. Journaling has a way of being extremely therapeutic and has allowed me to mature, by using it as a way to identify problems in my life, solutions to problems, ways that I can grow, and a way to celebrate myself and my accomplishments. You do not need to write in it every day, or really at all, I also color and doodle in my journal, because it is your journal and you can use it any way you like it. My journal is something personal to me, and I have already accomplished filling out on whole journal with my thoughts. I used to journal every day, and for hours. The amount of anxiety and stress we, as humans, feel every day is tiring and rigorous. Journaling is where I vent, and is my imaginary girlfriend. Instead of venting so negatively about others to others, journaling is a great avenue for venting about small, petty stuff about your “stupid friends” who are annoying you. Better out of your system, than kept bottled up in your system. I would not spend so much time “venting,” as I use it as a way to make solutions, but I do have a full novel of things I have written about all my wonderful friends. Trust me, I do not need it released to the public. Journals keep you out of trouble with friends, drama, and help with stress-management and self-awareness. Honestly, it is also something to be proud of. Apple Inc. has even released a basic journal application that allows you to take pictures, while simultaneously allowing you to journal about the photograph. Journaling is very accessible these days. Try the old school way and write, if you are really feeling adventurous.
  12. Conquer A Fear – Whether it’s a piercing or a tattoo, it is always good to push yourself out of your comfort zone. My fears of heights and deep waters were tested this past summer, when I went cliff jumping for the first time. The cliff was tall, and was about 40 feet tall. I had about a 16-person audience that would not stop calling me a “pussy.” This went on non-stop for about 3 hours, when the sunrise had slowly begun. So, I just jumped to a song called “Twenty One” and took a leap of faith. Mind you, I was completely and utterly sober. I blacked out for the whole experience, as I hit the water hard. It was cold, not to mention I was under water for longer than everyone had told me. But, I was safe, so who cares, right? After the jump and after I got warm again, I realized how good I felt. I finally had done something that was on my bucket list, and I had done it without the use of any alcohol. My emotions reset themselves and I immediately felt a trillion times better about myself. I also just really could not stand being called a “pussy” any longer, and a bunch of middle schoolers had just pulled up to the scene. I did it for myself, if you look at it from my perspective. Just kidding! Either way, if you are doing it for others or youself, do something fun and adventurous. I would love to recommend cliff jumping to everyone, though I will never do it again. But, things, such as zip lining, skydiving, and scuba diving are all on my list of things I would like to do. For some reason, all of these activities involve my two biggest fears of heights and deep water, but I am always willing to get out of my comfort zone. Be brave and be bold!
  13. Pampering Yourself – When I pamper myself, I usually indulge in a long, hot shower and a face mask. I also get it on with nail polish, constantly changing my nail colors, according to the season and my mood. Similarly, I try to dress better, in order to pamper my ego and feel good. My ego is almost non-existent, but my clothes are endless. I love dressing better and being passionate about taking good care of myself. This obviously goes beyond just dressing nicely (and when I say nicely, I mean what ever makes you feel best)! It goes as far as getting enough sleep, hygiene, exercising everyday, eating better, drinking lots of tea and water, getting all of your nutrients, etc. These are all vital to pampering yourself and being at 110% everyday. Because, we are all functioning at 100% at this very moment, as we are currently the best versions of ourselves to date. Pampering also includes practicing self-love, self-awareness, isolation to a certain extent from stimulation, and engaging in healthy habits. I like to spend most of my days simply pampering myself, and think my overall wellbeing has improved simply from pampering. If Pampers’ diapers pamper babies, why can we not make our own imaginary Pamper’s and pamper ourselves?  I do not think anyone, but yourself is holding you back.Now, do not get too crazy about over-pampering yourself, because hard work is necessary to get places in life. And, the real world is cruel and will not spend time pampering you very often.
  14. Make a bucket list – I call mine my “YOLO list,” aka the things I want to do before I die. I have accomplished quite a few since turning 21, seeing that I did not plan to even make it to this age. I would even go as far as to say that I have only completed about 1/10 of the things on my list. My list includes traveling abroad in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia, going to Europe, meeting a koala bear, which is my spirit animal, going to the Blue Lagoon, going to the white sand dunes, going to a SuperBowl game, attending the Grammy’s, going to the Salt Flats in Bolivia, exploring all the national parks, like antelope canyon, hiking all the trails at Rocky Mountain National Park, getting a nice Nikon camera and a GoPro, zip lining, competing in an eating challenge and winning, sky diving, graduating from college, getting a job in the fashion industry to do fashion marketing and advertising, going to a music festival, landing an ad campaign with Kendall Jenner, Cara Delevigne, and Gigi Hadid, learning to become self-sufficient and responsible, etc. The list honestly continues to grow every day that I am alive, but it makes me feel great once I have accomplished them. One of my things on my bucket list was making a blog, and actually blogging. I finally have gotten around to doing this and it is one less thing I have to do before I die? Bad joke? Probably.
  15. Cooking & Baking- This one is NOT my front running skill, but I still take a stab at it once in a while. I wish I was better at cooking and baking, but this is a great mechanism to learn to kill boredom. Recipes are online everywhere, making it easy for even a beginning to learn how to cook some chicken and pasta. Tasty and Spoon University are two major foodie online websites, that feature videos and short tutorials on how to make amazing recipes.
  16. Text/Call/FaceTime friends & family- Your friends and family are your ultimate support group. In fact, you rely on them more than you know, especially when you are bored. One way to kill boredom is to take a minute or three hours to go through your contacts and text, or call, or FaceTime your loved ones. Random calls and texts from others that you love can only do one thing: warm your soul up. Recognize the role they play in your life and thank them for blessing you with their presence. See, Christmas can be every day? I try to envision myself as Santa Clause. Just like Clause on Christmas Eve, I deliver messages and gifts to my loved ones, just so they know I care. This is a very effective way to stay in-touch with your friends more often, who you probably do not see or talk to enough. Use your technological devices to your advantage!

Boredom feeds my soul, but finding new hobbies also feeds my soul, because through boredom I find new hobbies and activities that I can engage in, in order to live my life to the fullest.