21 Day Challenge, Day 14: Releasing Your Inner Child

Part of healing through journaling is allowing your inner child to come out and play. Constantly restraining your inner child can kill your spirit and greatly hinder your creativity. We should all let our inner child out to play — especially when we are creating.

My husband and I took the boys to the Crayola Factory in Easton, PA today. This is a picture that my husband took:

Letting My Inner Child Out to Play
Letting My Inner Child Out to Play

He caught me while I was coloring with my boys. You can see one of my sons on my left and the other one’s arm/hand can be seen on my right. But, the point is that I was relaxing and enjoying the simple pleasure of coloring like I used to do when I was a child.

I completed coloring the picture you see before me, plus I also drew a quick portrait that the Crayola Factory then cut into a 12 piece puzzle for me. Again, I let the inner child in me out. Here’s a picture of my puzzle there’s already a missing piece LOL):

Crayola Factory Puzzle
Crayola Factory Puzzle

My and the boys also did some encaustic painting. The Factory had a section where they melted crayons and you could paint with the melted wax. We each made butterflies. Here’s mine:

Crayola Factory Butterfly
Crayola Factory Butterfly

Lastly, there was a watercolor painting room. They had strips of prints in black and white that you could color with watercolor paint, send through the dryer, and then fashion the strip into a set of binoculars. I painted the strip, but didn’t make the binoculars as I will be using mine as a cover for a handmade art journal. Here is what I did:

Crayola Factory Book Cover
Crayola Factory Book Cover

Moral of the story? Let your inner child out to play — it does a body good! I had a blast being a big kid in the Crayola Factory today. I painted. I colored with crayons. I played with watercolors. I allowed myself to be free to create without inhibition, without caring if it was “good enough,” and without worrying who was looking over my shoulder. This is how we should all create everyday…

Crayola Factory Coloring
Crayola Factory Coloring

Will you let your inner child out to play?

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