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4 Cool Ways to Show Off Your Colored Pages

As an avid or casual colorist, you may have wondered what to do with your completed coloring pages.

Surely, you want to glance at them regularly to reminisce the moments you spent coloring – whether alone or with your community. You want to hold on to that earned sense of joy and gratitude at how coloring may have led you to make peace with yourself and others and be on your way to healing.  

And, yes, there is this thing called pride in your creativity and having completed a masterpiece.  

Is there a way to bask in that pride for much longer?

How can they continue to inspire you? 

How can you show them off (if that’s what you want)?

How can you maintain this connection with your finished art pieces on an ongoing basis?

How about giving them a makeover or a new home?

Certainly, they can’t remain incognito in the pages of your coloring books. Soon, they’d be forgotten and end up in your stockroom, garage, donation bin, if not in the trash can. That would be spell T-R-A-G-E-D-Y and D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R. 

Well, rejoice! It’s not the end of the world. There are plenty of ways to show off your work and if you have rights to brand them (as what PLR content provides), then you may leverage them for added income.  

4 Cools Ways to Show Off Your Coloring Pages

Here are simple ways to fix your situation:

First, Hang on Your Wall or Art Gallery

This is the simplest way to showcase your finished coloring pages. Frame them and hang them on your wall. If you want, create an art gallery to share with your family. If space is a concern, you always have the option of switching the pages out as new colored pages come in. 

Second, Create Cards 

You can create cards from your finished colored designs for all sorts of occasions – wedding, engagement, graduation, birthday, anniversary, housewarming, retirement, among others.

But then, who said that cards are merely for special occasions? Why not give them to say thank you, to celebrate a friendship, or for no reason at all?

Creating cards from your colored pages is simple – just in half for that old-fashioned, handmade look. If you want a more professional look, you could always photograph, scan and plug each one into a card creator or app.

Third, Make Bookmarks

You usually keep bookmarks for yourself but, hey, why not give them as gifts?

To create your bookmarks, cut your colored pages into bookmark sizes and shape. To avoid ripping, tearing and discoloration, you need to laminate them. After all, you want them to last for as long as possible.

Fourth, Use as Gift Wraps 

For something small to gift to someone, why not wrap it in one of your coloring pages! That’s a fun and creative way to wrap presents, isn’t it? You may also use them to wrap giveaway souvenirs for parties that you’re hosting. That would be cool.  

What do you think of these possible uses for your colored pages?

Have you done any of these?

Would you consider doing any one of them? 

Let me know what you think in the comments section below.  

Daily Gratitude Practice: 9 Easy Ways to Nurture Thankfulness

Daily Gratitude Practice: 9 Easy Ways to Nurture Thankfulness

We are all familiar with more ways than one on how to practice gratitude; however, we either forget to do so, find it uncomfortable, icky or cheesy, or simply take it for granted.

If that sounds like you, why not start small and let the habit grow into you.

The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings. ~Eric Hoffer

You never know what wonders it would do, to you and others.

How Can You Practice Gratitude in Your Daily Life?

Consider these practical ways to express and show thankfulness where it is due, and reap your rewards of positive aura from feeling joyful, peaceful, contented and forward-looking.

#1 – Write a “Thank You” Letter or Note

There is probably someone in your life right now that you need to thank. It is best that you take time to send them a handwritten letter of thanks. This adds more meaning, especially at this time when reaching out to people is as easy as pushing a virtual button. The time that you take to express your feelings by writing them down means more lasting rewards than using electronic media.

However, if this feels like an ordeal, go ahead and send a “thank you” post-it-note, text message, email, private message at Facebook (via Messenger), or whatever means that doesn’t intimidate or scare you from expressing thanks.

#2 – Create a Gratitude Calendar

On your gratitude calendar, write down 3, 5 or 10 things you are grateful for each day. Identify people who have touched or moved you in some way. After writing them in your calendar, read them out loud. Keep this calendar where you can see it constantly.

#3 – Keep a Gratitude Journal

Instead of just jotting down on a gratitude calendar, take it further with a journal where each day you express your thankfulness with just a list, detailed expression, or art. Learn how you can cultivate thankfulness through a gratitude journal HERE.   

#4 – Say It Out Loud

Each day, say “I’m grateful for you” to important objects, events and people in your life. Saying thank you to objects like your purse, comb, mirror, notebook, pen, or dress may sound weird or silly. But try it anyway. You’ll be amazed at how much energy it gives you to thank things that serve their purpose 24 hours a day with not a smirk, grunt, cursing or complaining.

#5 – Practice “One Person a Day” Gratefulness

Take a different friend, family member, acquaintance, coworker or service provider each day of the year. Call that person and tell him or here how grateful you are for their presence in your life. You may hug the person, if that’s fine for you. This works a couple of ways. It lets people know that you care about them and appreciate them, and it also forces you to expand your circle of influence.

#6 – Say “Thank You” for Your Meal

Many people in the world don’t eat for days or are uncertain if they could even have water, but you may be more blessed than them in that respect.

You have several choices as far as what food to eat, how much, and when. You could try all sorts of expensive diets – paleo, vegetarian, vegan, keto, gluten-free – not because you have to but because you can afford to. You bulk buy, food binge, and go restaurant-hopping. You discard food that doesn’t suit your taste as easy as a snap. You get what I mean.

Whether you have an abundance of food or eat sparingly, express gratitude for the food you put into your body.

#7 – Give or Donate

You may lament the fact that you don’t have as many clothes, pairs of shoes or possessions as you would like. Find someone who has less than you. Give them something of yours. Perhaps, donate to your local charity, church, food bank or thrift shop. Collect your recyclable bottles and cans and hand them to people who depend on them for their income.

Doing these acts of kindness can make you realize how fortunate and blessed you are.

#8 – Share Your Expertise

Sometimes, all people need is a little boost in knowledge and skills to make a significant difference in their life.

If you are good at cooking, sewing, computing, writing a job application letter, or cutting hair, why not go to local community organizations or even schools to pass on your expertise to others? You may have worked years to achieve that level of proficiency but, hey, we all start somewhere, don’t we?

#9 – Let the Most Important Person in Your Life Know That You Appreciate Them

Go to the nearest mirror. Ask – Who is that person staring back at you? That is the person you should be most appreciative of.

You obviously love your friends and family, but you need to express self-love first before you can form the deepest relationships with others. Frequently look yourself in the eyes and express gratitude for who you are and what you have given yourself.

Tips to Reinforce Your Gratitude Attitude

What you do depends a lot on what goes on in your mind and heart. We’re talking of values and attitudes here.  To give you a boost in that respect, here are some helpful tips:

Tip #1 – As soon as you wake up in the morning, give thanks that you have another day to live. 

Tip #2 – Use all your senses to discover things to be grateful for. Touch. Feel. See. Smell. Taste. Hear. Live. 

Tip #3 – Smile and feel the warm sensation of positivity engulf your body.

Tip #4 – When you catch yourself thinking negatively, shift to positive mode immediately. 

Tip #5 – Rather than focusing your attention inward, look outward and realize what others have done for you.

Tip #6 – Keep a gratitude journal at your bedside. Use it at the same time each day or night.

Tip #7 – Keep “Be Grateful” sticky notes at places that you frequent at home and work.

Tip #8 – Have a list of “gratitude quotes” to refer to each day.

Tip #9 – Find a partner to practice thankfulness each day.  

How about you?

What ways do you express your gratitude?

What tips can you add to this list to spread the positive habit of daily gratitude?

Please feel free to share what you’ve got in your pocketful of wisdom!

8 Positive Mindsets to Boost Your Creativity

Do you often wonder why you were not born with a paintbrush in your hand?

Do you envy those who can create art after art after art?

Do you imagine yourself launching your solo art exhibit or taking part in an art show alongside acclaimed artists?

Do you wish you were creative yourself?

Paintbrush. Art. Shows. They are tools of artistry that paint limiting images of creativity.

Defining Creativity

What really is creativity?

How is it to be creative?

Can you be one?

According to Robert E. Franken, author of Human Motivation (1994), creativity is

“the tendency to generate or recognize ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems, communicating with others, and entertaining ourselves and others.

He cited three reasons why people need to express creativity:

  • To solve problems;
  • To communicate ideas and values with others;
  • To achieve novel, varied, and complex stimulation.

8 Positive Mindsets About Creativity

Many myths or misconceptions surround creativity. Martin Zwilling, Founder and CEO of Startup Professionals, discusses this in detail in his article “10 Myths about Creativity You Need to Stop Believing Now” at Entrepreneur.

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” ~Rumi, The Essential Rumi

These ways of thinking need to get busted, and what better way than changing your mindset.

Here are interesting ideas about creativity to address these myths and misconceptions:

1. Creative expression varies from person to person

Creativity is not only about arts, crafts or hobbies. It permeates all areas of your life – how you think, manage situations, create solutions to problems, and deal with life in general. You can be creative without necessarily creating with your hands.

Here are a few ways to express creativity differently:

  • Whip up new recipes by imagining what ingredients work together and picturing out how to cook them;
  • Do a makeover or transformation of your jeans by hand-painting, cutting the legs to turn to shorts, creating a hobo bag instead of dumping it to the rubbish bin or donation box;
  • Sew a hole in your favorite dress or shirt and put a patch or flower fabric with a button on top of it;
  • Concoct a perfumed deodorant from natural and readily-available ingredients in your kitchen.

For finished colored pages, read here about creative ways to enjoy them more.

2. Creativity is “out of the box” thinking

Creativity is a way of looking at a situation from a new angle, vantage point, thinking process, or perspective, to reach a solution. It is thinking, doing, and feeling differently as others do. It means veering from the usual, traditional or commonplace.

3. Creativity is inherent in everyone

When you were born, you didn’t start out with words. You worked with images and your creative imagination to make sense of the world. Creativity is in you. It may lie dormant but it’s there.

4. Creativity is a problem-solving tool

Creativity is a tool to deal with situations, problematic or not.

You may think up of solutions creatively by asking:

  • How come?
  • What if?
  • What about?
  • Why not?

5. Creativity can be learned

I didn’t know much about creating coloring designs in 2014 but I vowed to learn the creative and technical aspects of doing it.

You, too, can learn to be creative… or learn the tools to pursue your creativity. Have confidence that you can do it.

6. Creativity is never lost

You think you lack creativity when you became a lawyer, doctor, accountant, investigator, police, or politician. These are professions that demand logic and objectivity.

However, just because you are in a strongly left-brain run environment doesn’t mean you can’t be right-brained, which is the realm of the creative brain. You can be both. That’s how brilliant doctors who try novel ways of treatment are able to perform surgery much faster as usual, or they are able to discover breakthrough healing modalities.

Also, just because you think you have not been doing creative stuff since a child of six means that you’ve lost your creativity. Your creativity stays with you and is never lost. Try using your non-dominant hand to doodle or write anything. Try the opposite of what you’re used to doing. Soon, you’ll have it back.

7. Creativity is a choice

Decide to spend an hour a day to perfect that stroke is a choice. Practice writing fiction every day. Keep a daily doodling habit. These are creative expressions and doing them is a choice.

8. Creativity is vital to life

Picture a boiling kettle with a closed lid that has no outlet. When it can no longer take the pressure from heat, what happens? It would explode.

It’s pretty much like blocked creativity. If you don’t let it go, soon you become irritable, lethargic, lifeless, stiff, bored, tired, and sick.

If you keep holding back your creativity for whatever reason, you must stop now. Sing, dance, write poems, doodle, do lettering or calligraphy, or think up a new recipe. Liberate your creative sparks. Doing so would keep you well and alive for a long time.

Tips to Relax Rigid Mindsets on Creativity

Here are simple ways to boost your creativity:

  • Be like a child. Creativity is a child's domain and an easy way to get there is through play. 
  • Embrace your creativity. Denying it blocks your creative juices.  
  • Play with ideas. Brainstorm. Ignore the notion of right or wrong. There should be none. Even the ridiculous are welcome. You never know just what you end up with.
  • Make room for new ways of thinking and doing. Think outside the box. Cultivate new values. Develop new mindsets. Create new habits. Pursue new ways. 
  • Go beyond your comfort zone. Enjoy your discomforts. Try new, different, untried and unconventional thoughts, ways or solutions. 
  • Pursue creative activities that you enjoy. Then, pursue them.

Talk is cheap. Action speaks louder than words.

What are you waiting for?

Go, be creative!

Succeed in Publishing: Captivate, Capture and Compel with an Awesome Book Cover

There is an old Chinese Proverb that goes:

“On a journey of a hundred miles, ninety is but halfway.”

It’s like writing your book. Just when you thought you’re done, you’re stumped to find out that you forgot to get your book a cover. 

A book cover is essential to your book.

All authors – amateurs and veterans alike – get their book a cover, how simple it may be. (These days, simple and clutterless works best.)

A sentence that doesn’t end with a period is not a sentence, is it?  

To complete your book writing process, get your book a cover.

To let it stand out and sell, dress it up with a cover that has that “X” factor.  

Your Book Cover: Beyond the Aesthetics

So… what exactly is a book cover?

What can it do for your book?

What is it supposed to do?

From an aesthetic point of view, it is eye candy to your readers. It strikes and captivates them to pick up your book, browse through, add to cart, and buy. 

It gives your book a unique personality or distinct character. All its own.

In a practical sense, your book cover adds a protective layer to your book. It safeguards your book from the elements and extends its lifespan.

From a marketing standpoint, it is a powerful tool to promote and sell your book.

The 3C’s of a Book Cover

A book cover has three main functions: 

Function #1 – Captivate

Whose attention? Your target readers’.Your book cover should turn heads and grab attention. 

It flaunts and flirts with its target readers, to describe it in a fun way.

 It charms, warms and disarms.

It is not only different but unique, special and electrifying. 

It speaks for you 24/7/365.

It works hard, untiringly and relentlessly. 

In a vast ocean of books, it tries its darnedest to stand out from the pack.

As the book author, it is your task then to cloak your book with a captivating cover.

Function #2 – Capture

After grabbing your target readers’ attention, your book cover must hook them in, lock them up, and take full control. In a psychological way, of course.

How?

Arouse curiosity. Stimulate their senses. Create excitement. Heighten their cravings. 

At this stage, your target readers are flooded with questions such as:

  • What is this book all about?
  • What’s so unique and special about it?
  • What message or story does it tell?
  • What does it propose or promise to do?
  • What can be learned from it? 
  • What does it offer that others haven’t already?
  • How can it ease pain or alleviate a situation?
  • How can it make things better?

This questioning takes place in a flash. Effortlessly. Unconsciously. Subconsciously. 

If your book cover does an awesome job, capturing your reader happens seamlessly. 

Function #3 – Compel

Now that you’ve whet their appetite, your target audience will want to satisfy their curiosity, ease their excitement, and get their questions answered.

They’re nearing the finish line.

Soon, they grab their debit or credit card, click the “buy button” and complete the sale.

A sale just happened. That’s it. Mission accomplished!

What do you think of this post?

Does it resonate with you either as target reader or book author? 

What do you look for in a cover?

What captivates your eyes, captures your attention, and compels you to buy when shopping at bookstores online or offline?

Please comment below and let us know experience.  

 

 

8 Smart Tips to Advance Your Journaling Practice

There are countless ways to do journaling. 

Anyone who is into journaling can teach you a thing or two on how to do it.

Here are eight smart tips on journaling that you can learn from:

Tip #1: Find a journal that inspires you

Your journal doesn’t have to be fancy.

It can simply be a lined notebook oftentimes used at school.

It can be from recycled or recyclable paper that you buy or bind.

Use your computer, if you wish.

Whatever it is, let it be something you would spend long hours with (or, perhaps, most of your life).

It should inspire you to keep journaling even when you don’t feel like.

Tip #2: Keep things simple

Keep your journal log simple and short.

You don’t have to write kilometric paragraphs or error-free sentences.

Journals are supposed to be relaxing and liberating.

The more you keep things simple, the more you get out of it.

As such…

Forget about rules.

Even your own.

Take things easy.

Focus on opening up and being mindful of your thoughts and feelings.

Do that and you’ll be fine.

Tip # 3: Write freely

Your journal is your kingdom.

As a ruler, you do as you please.

Nobody can tell on you.

Don’t hold back.

Don’t make your handwriting lovely.

Don’t even correct mistakes.

If you have the urge to end each sentence with a stop, question mark or exclamation, stop!

Write freely – whatever and however.

Cry, sulk, laugh.

Be happy.

Tip #4: Focus on your feelings

The most important person in your journal is you.

Focus on you – most especially your feelings that affect your thoughts and behavior.

Being mindful of how you feel could liberate internal blocks or bolster positive energy.

If you are stumped about what to write, begin with the phrase, “I feel…”

This will unblock you and let your thoughts and emotions flow freely.

Soon, you’re better able to journal your thoughts and feelings.

Tip #5: Use prompts

If you’re struggling with what to write, use prompts to get your juices flowing.

Journaling prompts are idea starters that can aid and boost your journal writing.

They do wonders specially when you don’t know how to start, what to write, or how to keep going.

Examples of prompts are:

  • Think about a horrible experience in your childhood that transformed you into the person you are today.
  • Describe your perfect career and the reasons it would fulfill you.
  • Who is the person who influenced you to seriously pursue a profitable hobby or business?
  • If you were to start all over in your relationship with your significant other, what would you do differently?
  • What are your greatest regrets in life and why?

Tip #6: Make sense of your journal

Take time to review your filled-up journals.

You would understand yourself more if you do so.

Over time, you will see clear patterns of how you think, feel and behave.

Be open to possibilities while being as objective as possible.

Don’t judge, beat or belittle yourself.

Accept everything in it – good or bad, tasteful or distasteful, delightful or horrible.

Think – How can your discoveries improve your circumstances? How can they help you grow?

Focus of them.

Proceed from there.

Tip #7: Protect your privacy

Your journal is a sacred part of you. It is a window to your soul. It is therefore very important to feel secure writing and pouring yourself into it.

If you’re haunted by fears that people would violate your privacy, it is important to take the necessary steps to allay those fears.

For ways to keep your journal private, click here.

Tip #8: Keep going

Let journaling be second nature to you

Write daily.

Write when you feel like.

Write even when you’re under the weather.

Write for as long as you like or as briefly.

Write about anything.

Write about nonsensical or extraordinary things.

Write or do art.

However, do it regularly and don’t stop.

Soon, it would become effortless and involuntary.

By then, you shall have developed a great journaling habit!