By keeping a small book with blank pages in your bag or back pocket at all times, plus a pencil, pen or biro, you have everything you need to add adventure to your life. Every time the bus is late, or the waiting room is full, or you have 10 spare minutes, get your book out and draw something in it. Keep your book private – you don’t have to show it to anyone, ever, if you don’t want to.
Your right brain would love to notice the colour reflecting up from the table, the sunlight hitting it at an angle, making blue-toned shadows. The shining spoon making spirals in the hot liquid...... This doesn’t take any more time, but cultivating and encouraging our visual senses makes life so much richer and endlessly fascinating.
You don’t even need to draw ‘properly’ to enjoy using your book. Draw things you remember happening during the day. Did you have a fight with your boss, or your partner? Sketch them in a cartoon! Draw them ‘hopping mad’ ‘seeing red’, or yourself ‘under a cloud’ ‘dragging your feet’ ’feeling blue’ Draw your frustrations and worries as well as your triumphs and joys – draw ‘stars in your eyes’ ‘skipping with glee’ ‘over the moon’. By doodling cartoons and making marks to express how you are feeling, you will become more self aware, which can help you in all kinds of ways.