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Once when I was experiencing overwhelm, a coach wanted to help calm my anxiety and started asking me about color to help create a place of joy and ease.  It was an exercise that would lead to me consciously considering color in a bigger way.

My mom is a talented seamstress and I spent time with her at the fabric store growing up.  As a result, I have a love of fashion, colors, textures, fabrics, details in clothing, etc.  When my coach asked me what my favorite color was, it wasn’t an easy choice.  Yet when I let my mind wander my history, it’s pink.  Pink has been my favorite color since a child and if I’m being honest, it’s still my favorite.  I don’t want my house covered in pink but I still draw to the color overall.  I love all shades of it.  I also can’t help but think of my childhood love of pink without remembering a stuffed elephant that was this deep shade of dark pink.  Not quite fuchsia, but a rich and vibrant pink.

As I found myself explaining my lifelong love of pink, I got excited and felt joyful.  I was rambling on and on about pink as if I was 5 years old again.  My coach then asked, “How can you add more pink to your everyday?”  Ah Ha, now I saw where she was going.  Clearly, I love pink … do I have enough pink and everything else I love in my life?

Are you thinking about your favorite color as you read?  I bet your Grandma and a favorite aunt knows it.  Your childhood bedroom was painted in the color, birthday parties were planned around it, and you wore it in your school pictures.  Do you still draw to that color?  Does thinking about it make you feel joyful?

When was the last time you consciously considered your favorite color or colors?  Would adding a poster with your favorite colors to your cubicle make you smile throughout the day?  Do you wear your favorite color enough or do you dress in grays and blacks?  What if men wore less of the corporate uniform of khakis and a blue shirt?  Wouldn’t a bright green button-down spark a fun conversation on a Monday morning?  How about around your home?  Is it all beige because it’s safe?  What about those bright red throw pillows?  Would that pop of red have you feeling more energetic?

Color can be very powerful.  Where can you add color into your life in a meaningful way?  Have some fun and see if you can find that same 5 year old excitement you used to feel from your favorite color.