Color Me Perfect

How coloring helped me find the source of my burnout

Growing up, I was always known as the one who liked to draw. It started on one of those magnetic drawing boards. I used to draw balloon-headed women with heart-shaped lips and sparkling eyes. Their names were always something like Crystal or Sparkles. I loved how every time I finished one, I could literally clean the slate by swiping a little plastic knob from left to right, and back left again.

Seeing my fascination with drawing, my parents enrolled me in art classes pretty early on. I…