His doodles, something that his Mum was always supportive of, became a way of expressing the feelings he couldn't talk about out loud and healing himself in some way. Slowly, Gareth started sharing his drawings with other people, despite having qualms about the imperfections and mistakes, and found the response to be overwhelmingly positive. He started a crowdfunding campaign and managed to raise over 6,500 euros, in support of turning his own method of dealing with problems into a book that I think will help countless others. If you have some time, take a look at this video from Gareth to explain further about the background behind this project.
This is not just a colouring book. Most of the colouring pages are accompanied by a journal-slash-therapy page in which Gareth explains the ideas behind the illustration he designed, and gives you room to add your own personal thoughts and feelings. He has a very informal, easy-going style of writing which seems so conversational that you really feel as if you are sharing this journey with him as opposed to being analysed on a psych's couch. As for the illustrations themselves, they are so beautiful and worthy of spending time and effort on that I really think this book is a gem of a find. Take a look through the book below.
There are a few ways you can use this book depending on what you want to get out of it: If you want to focus inwards and practice the mindfulness this book promotes, fill in the journal boxes and use it as a tool to help you figure things out. If you just want to zone out, there are plenty of interesting colouring pages that can be completed without having to think too much about it.
Overall, I would really, REALLY recommend buying this book- it's a labour of love for the creators and could be really helpful to you, especially if you're suffering from bereavement, mental health issues, or just feeling despondent about life in general. It can help you get your head straight, gain some inspiration from the wonderful quotes sprinkled throughout, and be something to look back on in years to come.
I dedicate this candle to my Nanna, the woman I looked up to my whole life, who nurtured and cared for me, and was my soulmate from the start. Miss you every single day, wonderful lady xx