Remember that new challenge website I found?  The one run by the lovely Judy West?  Well whilst I was scrolling through her archives, I found this wonderfully funny image.


It was at the top of a post that listed a 12 Step Recovery Program.

12 step program

1) Do not cover all your walls with doodles.  Leave some space for family photos.

2) Do not keep multiple projects going at the same time.

3) Do not buy pens, pencils, markers and sketch pads when you have lots at home.

4) Do not let your drawing area look like you can’t stop to clean up.

5) Do not look at everything as if it is your next idea for a doodle.

6) Do not stock up on supplies just because they are on sale.

7) Do not let doodling distract you from fixing dinner, doing the washing and taking the kids to school etc.

8) Do not stay up doodling all night.

9) Do not keep every magazine and piece of junk mail for the patterns you could copy.

10) Do not relegate the kitchen table to doodling only.  The family have to eat somewhere.

11) Do not save all packaging for the doodling ideas, you have to throw out some things as rubbish.

12) Do not promise you will quit tomorrow, it never comes.

Judy then goes on to write:

This is a good check list if you are not sure you are a Doodleaholic.  If you do 3 of the 12 items listed you are well on the way to becoming an addict.

Considering I’m very guilty of numbers 2, 3, 6, 8 and 12, I suppose that means I’m a Doodleaholic.  However, like Judy says as she finished the post…

If you cannot keep to this 12 step program you may as well continue to doodle because the addiction is not harmful anyway and is soooo muuuch funnnn.

The lady has a very good point 🙂





About Colette Horsburgh

A 30-something creator/baker/writer/doodler/crafter living with several (but not enough) scatty animals.
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