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What it Means to Live Colorfully

It was only after going through a series of disconnection that I realized when we live without something, without seeing or feeling it, we eventually forget about it.  It’s just the way our mind frame works.  When we live in a world without color, we forget what it feels like being surrounded by it.

For years, my default palette has always been black and gray. I always found myself gravitating towards the monochromatic hues especially in my fashion choices but I didnt realize how much looking at life through a gloomy lens was an effect of an underlying issue. After going through a slew of changes over the years, I’ve felt as though I’ve lost connection with myself and everything around me. What was once a passionate endeavor turned into a heavy load I couldn’t figure out how to carry.

This is a subject Jim Carrey touched in his short documentary entitled ‘I needed color’. Sometimes the darkness in this world and our own personal turmoil snaps the creative and positive spirit in all of us that we forget the only person that can save us is our self.

 “You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world.” – Oprah

After being constantly worn down and beleaguered by the endless avalanche of life’s inherent complications, I’ve made the conscious decision to live life with more color. To live in vivid splashes of color means you are choosing to fill the cracks with light than hiding in the shadows; you are choosing to live with intention and mindfulness; you are choosing to see the beauty despite the chaos. I understand that pain demands to be felt but by being aware of its existence aids in the healing process, allowing you to make incredible discoveries of your self.

How does one embrace a colorful life?

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Bring in Color

Colors evoke that uplifting ambiance of spiritual renewal. To live in color means you surround yourself with things that make you happy like propping a vision board on your desk or photos of happy memories. Injecting bits of colors to your everyday things like coffee mugs, planners, pillows does a lot of wonder for your mood and overall mental wellness.

[ Read: How you can create your dream life with Vision Boards ]

Create your Mental Happy Place

As a child, my grandmother always told me whenever she’s upset, she would close her eyes and picture herself in a meadow with flowers all around her and that was her happy place. Creating our mental happy place is as important as the physical counterpart. How can we tap into this mental state when our minds don’t know how to rest? The important first step is to slow down enough to become aware of your thoughts.

Close your eyes.

Take a few deep breaths.

We all need to spend more time in our happy places. No matter where you are or how much the scenarios in the outside world changes, tapping into your mental happy place allows you to shift your focus onto the positive aspects and thus changing your attitude and outlook towards any situation.

Open your Heart

Living colorfully means you are opening your heart to better things. I’ve ultimately learned the value of forgiveness not just towards other people but essentially towards myself. I used to beat myself up over something I have no control over and that didn’t yield healthy results. Opening your heart allows you to let go of the excess baggage you no longer need, creating space for things that truly matter thus bringing color into your life.

Celebrate the Little Victories

Aced a job interview? Got an A on your final paper? Don’t forget to treat yourself because no matter how small you think that accomplishment is, the amount of work you put in to achieve it, is worth celebrating.

Lastly,

Flex those Happy Muscles 

I found that morning pages are indeed very helpful. A journal is the best place to pour all your thoughts in their raw and most unfiltered form, before the chaos of the day even consumes it. I also recommend the book 52 Lists for Happiness by Moorea Seal. The author encourages readers to take some time for themselves to sort what ultimately makes them happy and acknowledge what doesn’t.

[ Read: Why Notebooks and Journals Still Rock in the Digital Age ]

 

Live Colorfully,

 

 

 

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25 Comments

  • Reply Kim

    I love how eloquently you put into words lifes most precious lesson, Choice. Chosing happiness, peace, content in life is a choice and an intentional motion we make happen. I’m especially brought to smile with your ‘Flex Those Happy Muscles’ haha.. I have a feeling I’ll be using that expression often in days and years to come!

    August 9, 2017 at 10:03 pm
    • Reply Steph

      Thank you for the kind words Kim! I hope this inspires you in a way… and yes, keep flexing those happy muscles!! Much love <3

      August 10, 2017 at 12:06 am
  • Reply A Busy Bees Life - Sheri

    When I learned that happiness was a choice, it changed my life for the better I love this post so much and I think so many will be able to relate to it. So open and honest. Will be sharing.

    August 10, 2017 at 5:22 am
  • Reply Jhilmil

    That’s such an important life lesson, to dream and live in colours. I personally love all shades of colours and when I’m somewhat sad, I go out with bright colours to liven up my spirit.

    August 10, 2017 at 7:09 am
  • Reply Adarsh M

    Sometimes some colors can make people better! I don’t know why but they have got something like that. And I love your post. Living a colorful life is everyone’s dream.

    August 10, 2017 at 7:50 am
  • Reply ryan

    I love having a happy place. Sounds weird, but it actually can work!

    August 10, 2017 at 8:23 am
  • Reply Saidah

    Pink and turquoise are the colors that energize me so I try to infuse them everywhere I can.

    August 10, 2017 at 8:36 am
  • Reply jadoreledecor

    Life throws all of us a curveball from time to time. So we’re all in the same boat. But nature and color can do a lot for our outlook. .

    August 10, 2017 at 10:05 am
  • Reply Jojo Vito

    Oh, this reminds me of the famous expression, “painting the town red”. As a person I would like to describe myself as a very colorful person. Not only colorful, but bold and striking hues…Hahaha. Well, I love fun and wanted to bring laughter to any environment I am with. I want to bring red and orange and yellow and green into others lives…

    August 10, 2017 at 12:22 pm
  • Reply Meet Courtney

    Wow. Such a powerful piece! Thank you for sharing these truths.

    August 10, 2017 at 3:50 pm
  • Reply Ankita

    This absolutely correct, my life revolves around black and white. There’s no harm in changing to colors,you just need to do and understand the mentioned things..I’m sure that will definitely give you a mood lift..

    August 10, 2017 at 4:11 pm
  • Reply Rose

    I need to being in more color. I never thought of that. I certainly don’t wear it but why not have it in my house and around me.

    August 10, 2017 at 8:13 pm
  • Reply Deimarys

    I definitely need to get out of my comfort zone and add some color to my life. I am always going back to black blouses and blue jeans. 🙁

    August 10, 2017 at 9:57 pm
  • Reply noonetocompare

    I have never shied away from collar and however there were certain colors that I did avoid. Recently I decided to give the color orange to try and I’m so happy that I did because it really did make me feel better and really livened things up. Getting out of your comfort zone has some really awesome results!

    August 11, 2017 at 12:15 am
  • Reply Ana Ojha

    Beautiful piece of writing and a great reminder! I agree with you that we all need to find our happy place so that whenever we are combating with our challenges, we have something to calm down our mind!

    August 13, 2017 at 1:35 pm
  • Reply madeinnigeria89

    Such a great read on a Sunday to start off the week!!

    Insightful post

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    August 13, 2017 at 6:20 pm
  • Reply Amila Wickramarachchi

    yes,it is true.Life should be full of colours.Not the dull colours such as black and grey,but full of rainbow colours.These tips are really awesome to improve positive way of living!

    August 13, 2017 at 10:21 pm
  • Reply Lmitch

    This is such a beautiful post. Great reminder as we move into a new season full of new possibilities!

    September 1, 2017 at 6:26 pm
  • Reply Jamie

    I agree with adding color to our lives! I love that journal.

    September 1, 2017 at 6:38 pm
  • Reply Rhiannon

    Beautiful piece of writing!

    September 1, 2017 at 7:04 pm
  • Reply Kelly

    Great article and creativity 🙂

    September 1, 2017 at 10:41 pm
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  • Reply Justine N Moore

    I’m so happy I came across your blog! You are excellent writer, and I love what you have to say. I read this post to my husband and even he was moved by it. Thanks for sharing!

    September 11, 2017 at 12:02 am
    • Reply Steph

      Oh my, thank you for your kind words Justine! Truly appreciate it! 🙂

      September 11, 2017 at 7:30 pm
  • Reply Deanna

    I love this whole post! Especially the part about the mental happy place. Such an important part of developing a positive mindset and staying mindful. Thank you for such a detailed and positive read!

    Dee
    http://www.morningcoffeewithdee.com

    October 13, 2017 at 10:28 pm
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