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Years ago, my Mom sent me a coloring-in book. I was twenty-seven. A little perplexed, I asked her why. “It’s good for stress,” she explained. Not one to doubt her wise counsel — particularly when it entailed me doing nothing but coloring-in — I gave it a try. It turns out that doing something as trivial as coloring-in has a remarkable effect on the brain.

Today, there is a whole section dedicated to adult coloring-in books — from the creative to the crude. Why? Because we are sending ourselves into an early grave worrying about inconsequential things that don’t matter. We have stopped making time to simply be, filling up our free time instead with endless status updates and overwhelming to-do lists. I mean, when is the last time you laughed out loud? Danced for no good reason? Let your mind wander freely?

“Free, imaginative play is crucial for normal social, emotional and cognitive development,” says Melinda Wenner in Scientific America magazine. “It makes us better adjusted, smarter and less stressed.”

So in this, our Play issue, we explore what it’s like to run wild in today’s world — from indulging our inner child with the latest Star Wars inspired collection from Irregular Choice, to taking the leap and changing careers like dancer-turned-photographer Kane Bonke.         

“Play” means something different for each one of us and can lead to things one would never expect. For handbag designer Dominika Swaicka, it was the act of creating collages from holiday snaps that led to the launch of her eponymous line of amazing bags. For ready-to-wear designer Kristi Vosbeck, it was playing in her family’s clothing store that inspired her to create her own label in New York City. Whatever it is that makes you happy, I say indulge it. Carve out time to do something than is simply fun to do.

When you look back on your life, it’s not the amount of Instagram followers you have, the number of cat videos you’ve watched or the mint condition of your very expensive designer sofa that matters. It’s that moment you laughed so hard jello came out your nose while playing Travel Guess Who that you’ll remember — it happened to my sister, it was hilarious.

Until next time, may your heels be as high as your standards,

Angela Gilltrap | Editor-In-Chief

Heaven Has Heels Magazine