A Creative Solution to Stress

Hello Citizens of The Blogosphere,

Art has been my passion for pretty much all my life. When I was a kid, coloring was my favorite pastime. As I grew older, I created my own unique characters and even made a really cheesy comic book. (Don’t ask.) In college, I doodled all over my notes and created drawings to escape the stress of constant studying and exams. The funny thing is, no matter how passionate you are about something… life always seems to get in the way. When I got a full-time job, I slowly began to abandon art and focused my efforts on something more important…work.

This is the story about how I changed my life by making art at lunch.

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A Need For Change

My job wasn’t necessarily the most stressful job in the world, but it was stressful enough to get me down sometimes. I can remember always being grumpy, having trouble sleeping at night,and feeling so stressed that I made myself sick. I kept myself busy by working hard, but the hours seemed to drag by. What’s worse, I often felt like I worried more about my job than my own personal health or happiness.

Relax and Make Art At Lunch

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Colored Pencils are just divine.

Eventually, I decided that I was tired of slowly letting my creative spark burn out. Since I worked full-time, I didn’t have entire days to devote to art projects. What I did have was an hour lunch break and a renewed interest in art, which was at least enough to get started. So, I put together portable art kits and every day I carried something with me to work so that I could create during my lunch break. Lunchtime art projects ranged from card making to coloring to watercolor painting (Click here to see a watercolor painting that took me several lunch breaks to complete) and everything in between. I even participated in art challenges, such as Inktober where artists create one ink drawing every day in October. (Read about my Inktober experience here.)

Creativity is Contagious

Little by little, my life began to change. Instead of waiting for workdays to end,  I was

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Coloring with Work Friends at Lunch.

actually excited for the next day. On top of that, after spending an hour creating during my lunch break,  I found that my stress disappeared and I was rejuvenated and refreshed. Before long, I was gathering groups of my work friends during lunch breaks to create art together.  For our first color at lunch session, I brought photocopies of my illustrations and a big bag of art supplies to share with the group. Coloring together was a great way get to know each other in a relaxing environment that was seemingly miles away from the deadlines, emails and piles of paper on our desks. In fact, even though I don’t work at the same place anymore, I still talk to (and am great friends with) many of the people I would color with.

Five Valuable Lessons

Creating art at lunch taught me many valuable lessons, but I could probably name five that continue to resonate with me.

  1. You should never stop doing things that you are passionate about.
  2. It doesn’t take much time or effort to do something creative every day. 
  3. Art melts away stress.
  4. Creating art inspires more creativity and coloring is a great low-impact way to start creating art.
  5. Art can bring people together in ways that not many things can. 

Fast forward a few months and… I’ve actually saved enough money working full-time (and tutoring on the side) to buy myself the opportunity to pursue art full-time for a while. These days, art is so much more than just a creative escape for me. Art is my life. (Read about why I decided to give up a stable job and move to the desert to become an artist.)

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Desert Dweller.

With the lessons I’ve learned in mind, I decided to do something that could help other people experience the same transformative experience that I did. Combining my passion for art and my desire to inspire creativity in others, I’ve produced a coloring book of my illustrations for anyone in need of a creative journey. I truly believe that everyone is artistic and I encourage everyone to explore and find their creative spark. Coloring is a great way to get started because you can play with different techniques without worrying too much about the end result.

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This is Lisa from my Feminine Florals Coloring Book.

In conclusion…

Clearly, quitting your job and moving to the desert to pursue art full-time isn’t for everyone.  However, I know from personal experience that doing something creative every day, (especially when most of your days are filled with monotonous work) can really make a difference in the overall quality of your life. Art really has changed my life in so many ways, and I can’t wait to hear about how art will change yours.

As always, thanks so much for following my creative journey!

🌵Audrey

– P.S –

If you found this interesting, or if you know someone who might benefit from my story, please share it.

If you are ready to start creating art at lunch, you can purchase my Feminine Florals coloring book on Amazon.

Feminine Florals Coloring Book on Amazon

If you’d like to support my art and content, you can purchase my artwork from my online shop.

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18 thoughts on “A Creative Solution to Stress

  1. Audrey,
    Thanks for the great post! I love that you were able to find a way to work something you’re passionate about into your workday! I do the same with my writing most days, but I also really enjoy coloring and other forms of creativity. I’ll have to give coloring a try over lunch as well as I’m a big fan of its calming and meditative effects. Good luck to you on pursuing your art and good for you for making that choice! Choosing a life path that doesn’t fit the majority’s idea comes with a lot of challenges and often judgment. I love to see people going for it anyway! Hope I’m not far behind you!
    Anna 🙂

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    1. Hi Anna, Thank you so much for such a lovely comment. It really brightened my day. I’m so glad that you incorporate creativity into your day. I really do believe that creativity is an essential part of a fulfilling life. Coloring is a great way to be creative without even thinking about it. It’s an escape, but it can also be a new beginning. I don’t even know you, but I can tell that you are a person with passion and drive. I’m completely confident that you’ll be living the life you crave very soon. -Audrey

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  2. I am very impressed with how you took hold of the situation and made changes to steer things more toward the way you wanted them to be, rather than wringing your hands and complaining that things aren’t as you want them, so on and so on. Good luck to you in your next chapter.

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  3. Hi and thanks so much for sharing this with us! I love art and feel exactly the same way. This is my passion! I love your work? How did you learn? I am self taught and yes I find that spending a little time a day makes me happy and calm

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    1. Hi Myra, I’m glad you liked this post. I just felt I had to share. This experience has been really eye opening for me and I really want to spread the word about the transformative capabilities of art. As a society, we deal with so much stress. Its so great to be able to let go of all of that and have a creative outlet. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and be a part of the conversation. Happy creating! -Audrey

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  4. I like your work. I thought of doing a coloring book, too. I read the review of yours and it said the paper isn’t high quality. Was there any options as to what type of paper you can use? High quality to me would be someone else’s lower quality. I also liked the mention it was self published, to me that makes it another reason to buy it. $10 is really worth it.

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    1. Hi Mike, Thanks so much for taking the time to join the conversation… and for checking out my book on Amazon. The paper quality is not bad, its just not as thick as the paper found in more expensive/ high end coloring books. It is more like printer paper than drawing paper. There weren’t many options through Createspace, which is the service that I used. It was basically white or cream… and I went for white. I’m putting together a post about my self-publishing process. Stay tuned for more details and tips. I hope that helped. -Audrey

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  5. I am one of the lucky ones who saw Audrey take this amazing journey. I’m so happy that you are living the life you were meant to! P.S. You NEVER seemed stressed at work! Love you!

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    1. Thanks so much for helping me along the way. Your encouragement and support really inspired me to keep creating. The funny thing about stress is that the more you internalize it, the worse it gets. I tried to put on a front and pretend that I was fine, but at one point I was really stressed out and it was pretty bad. Creating art again truly changed my life. It helped me calm down, find peace, and reduce my anxiety/stress. I will forever be thankful for that. -Audrey

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  6. This post was fantastic! As a lover of being artsy on the reg, I felt like you spoke to my art loving soul in this post! It is so easy to lose sight of the importance of a little art a day, but once you pick it back up again.. BOOM, you’re hooked!

    Thank you for following my blog, I am SO happy I am following yours!

    Happy blogging!

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