It's been a bit of a roller coaster ride thus far this year. Lots of turns, banks and dips of personal changes and challenges. Throughout it all, and with help, I have managed to come out the other end pretty well.
I find sudden and repeated curve balls difficult; more so as I get older. How did I manage so much before and not even give curve balls a second thought, I wonder? It comes down to pure innocence, I figure. What I have learned is that each one usually propels me out of my comfort zone du jour and sends me hurdling in a new and more exciting direction. This time it is no different.
With these changes I have decided to scale back on a few things. First of all, a few weeks ago, I suspended my FaceBook account which included the Zentangle Spokane page. My time was being sucked up too much by the cyber world and interfering with my artist vision. In short, it was messing me up! So out it went and I feel so much lighter not carrying around so much distracting crud in my head. Bonus is that our meals aren't burning.....as much. I still have an Instagram account which I post to on occasion, so you can find it here and follow along if you wish: loretta.west Spokane, Washington. Because I just can't help sharing, now can I? I may reinstate the Zentangle Spokane page this winter.....but life is okay without facebook....actually really good, trust me on this one. You might want to try it yourself for a while and notice any changes.
The other change involves learning a new tool for me. A few months ago, a friend introduced me to the intuitive and transformative work of SoulCollage. It involves three of my loves: Meditation, Intuition and Collage which are used as tools to listen to your soul to help guide you through your life. Like Zentangle anyone can do it and it requires limited supplies. Soon I will leave to train to become a facilitator in this process and am very excited about it. You can find out more about SoulCollage at this link:
Choose your own adventure!
With all the personal changes I have experienced this year, I have decided to scale back my Zentangle teaching for a bit. In gratitude to each of you who have supported my teaching journey I am having an Autumn Appreciation Sale! I have always offered private classes in my bright studio,(see photo below), but now I am offering a 30% discount on private Zentangle Classes of 1 to 4 people until November 30th, 2016. That way I can more easily manage my time with all the rest life has to offer me right now.
I can design a class for you whether you are a beginner or more advanced tangler. We can cover color, mixed media, luminaries, tangling on objects like gourds for fall, Holiday gifts, or something you would like to try and you need my studio and assistance. You can choose your own adventure.
Check out more details on my Classes page on this blog:
Well, my adventure in Art and Life continues to unfold and I hope that we meet along the way!
Blessings and Peace to you.