One year ago today, I took my first Basic Zentangle Class with Aleesha Sattva. In some ways, I'm like, “WHOA, one year already? That went so fast! I have so much more to learn!!!” Then, in other ways, I'm like, “WHAT? Only one year?!! It feels like I’ve been doing this much longer!”
My first Zentangle tiles from my first Zentangle class
Needless to say, the last 365 days have been a whirlwind. When I reflect on the last year, two words that come to mind are love and gratitude. Every day since that first class with Aleesha, my love for this art form has grown deeper and deeper. The love and gratitude I have are influenced by the people I have met, and the opportunities I have had along the way.
Some highlights from the last 365 days include…
My life has become more enriched in the last 365 days from my desire to learn the Art of Zentangle, and I can feel my desire to share the Art of Zentangle with others growing stronger as well. Therefore, in just over 80 days, I will be travelling to Providence Rhode Island to attend Zentangle Teacher Training (CZT#26), and become a Certified Zentangle Teacher. Oh, man, as I am writing this I’m crying. My husband is chuckling at me. He wants me to write why I’m crying, but I don't think I can find the words right now...
To add to this amazing opportunity, after I am done Zentangle Teacher Training, I will be spending a few days in New York City. To top it all off, momma Deb, the person who first introduced me to Zentangle, will be joining me on this whirlwind adventure! For those who know us well, know how much we love our adventures.
I have some big ideas, goals, and plans once I am a Certified Zentangle Teacher, and I can’t wait for what the next year will bring and how the next 365 days will unfold. I am truly grateful to have a creative outlet to help me through all the ups and downs of my wonderful life. I appreciate how it has helped me take time to notice and reflect. It has helped me have more patience with myself and it has built my confidence as an artist, although, I am still very hesitant to use that word to describe myself.
In conclusion, as I embark on the second year of my Zentangle journey, I think it is important to express my gratitude and appreciation to all the wonderful people who have supported me this past year. Thank you to all the creative Zentangle artists I have had the privilege of getting to know (in person and online). These artists have truly inspired me through their art to push my own creative boundaries. Thank you to all the Dashtangles followers who have followed and liked my social media posts on Facebook, Instagram, etc. Thank you to all my family and close friends who have spent time looking at my creations, listened to me ramble on about my new projects and future plans; and of course an extra special thank you to momma Deb and my husband, Andrew for always being supportive and encouraging along the way.