The Book of Doing: Everyday Activities to Unlock Your Creativity and Joy #Review

Everyone needs a break. A time to play, explore and celebrate. That break may very well be best served with The Book of Doing by Allison Arden. It doesn’t get much easier than this…just open the book and the fun begins! It’s a fun way to get “doing” something.

the book of doing by allison arden

I read through the book twice before I began my journey. I love the tid-bits throughout the book. Take for example page 78 where Arden shares “Know Your Apples”. Here she covers five varieties of applies with some fun facts. It ties into to a color by numbers activity and compliments the Extol The Virtue of the Apple. From there the fun is just starting because she also shares her grandmother’s apple cake recipe!

There are quotes mingled in the pages–page 116 shares:

“It is not in doing what you like, but in liking what you do that is the secret of happiness.”

-J.M. Barrie, creator of Peter Pan.

The Book of Doing took me back to my childhood when we made up games to play together. Some of them were done alone, like painting a landscape, while other were more hands on fun with friends, like Make a Movie of Your Own.

This book is therapy for the soul. It takes a light approach to help you discover more in life, change what you want and discover a new passion.

About the Book

Arden, the Vice President and Publisher of Advertising Age, never intentionally set out to write this book. In fact, THE BOOK OF DOING came out of her decision to start living life rather than just going through the motions. Approaching her fortieth birthday, Arden wondered whether she needed to leave her job in order to find passion in life, or if she should continue with her day-to-day responsibilities (working and being a married mom) and just commit to figuring it all out eventually.

Arden kept thinking about her childhood and how she loved arts and crafts. Even as an adult, simple creative tasks like decorating cupcakes with her daughter or going to a crafts store excited her more than she ever thought it could. She loved trying out new activities and getting her hands dirty: “What I loved most of all was the physical act of ‘doing.’ With it came a simple focus on pure delight.”

Arden took this newfound strategy to the workplace and to her everyday activities. She tested new concepts and reworked packaging at work while making up local tasting tours and park visits at home. The joy and freedom she discovered while doing this led her to write the fully illustrated and designed THE BOOK OF DOING, in which Arden passionately encourages readers to do what they love most, create new ideas and engage with the world around them. She includes 94 fun activities such as learning code, making a popsicle stick replica of your five favorite people, crafting something special out of a sentimental article of clothing and learning the meanings behind flower types and colors.

THE BOOK OF DOING is a fun, must-have guide for anyone looking to reawaken their senses and reclaim the serenity of doing the things that they love.


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