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what a week.
If there's one thing i can say about this week - it's that i'm glad it's over. It couldn't end fast enough. I could not get on top of it, i felt like i was constantly struggling to keep a float, to keep my sanity in check, to keep from hopping in my car and driving towards the sunset. Not to worry, i'm not going anywhere, but it's been one of those days, that turned into several of those days, that turned into: THIS WOMAN NEEDS RED WINE AND CHOCOLATE STAT!! GOD HELP WHATEVER SMALL HUMAN GETS IN HER WAY!!
Moms - you know what i'm getting at, right?
Kindergarten, it can't come fast enough.
Also, B-rad spent the majority of the week finishing up the rest of the railing for the deck, and then he went fishing for the weekend. (It was a trip planned weeks in advance, just bad timing for my poor little brain).
I also had signed up to volunteer for a Children's Hospital fundraiser, doing face painting, this weekend - only to find out that i had the date wrong, that the event was Sunday, not Saturday, and now i would not be able to volunteer. Ugh. i'm sad i missed it. it would have been fun.
Weekly Challenge #133: "Tipple - love it or hate it?"
This week, i had a bit of an internal struggle, trying to decide if i should take a 'personal day' from the challenge, because my week had been so challenging. I was on the fence, undecided, until 9 pm last night (Sunday), when i just decided to sit down and tangle SOMETHING, ANYTHING, and see how it went. I had been mulling over some ideas for what my challenge would be, and had a few things percolating... but i kept coming back to three things: Simplicity, Breathe, and Orbs.
See, i've talked about it on this blog before, but i suffer from anxiety - along with millions of people all over the world, and the one thing that has helped me more than any other is Zentangle. It's why i became a CZT in the first place. When i found myself in a deeply upset state of mind, i could always count on those mindful pen strokes to bring peace and calm, at least for 15-20 minutes. ;)
I still didn't know exactly what i was going to do with this challenge, so i started with simplicity. Okay, keep it simple.... and i took some deep breaths and drew some orbs on my tile as my string. Without really thinking too much about it, i started filling in the negative space with Tipple, one of my Go-To tangles for my anxiety. Now, tipple is one of those patterns that shouldn't need step outs. You draw teeny tiny orbs, and that's about it. Sometimes, if there's a bit of space between the orbs, i would colour that in, to add more contrast.
As i *mindfully* created these tiny orbs, still unsure of what i was going to do, i realized that i was writing my post in my head - about how tipple is such a great tangle, how drawing circles is very calming to me, and how sometimes things just flow - if you JUST BEGIN.
|Tipple - in my zone|
Breathe. Take time. Be aware. Go slowly.
When i teach Tipple in classes, the class inevitably splits into two camps. Those who love Tipple and those who hate it. To those who love it, rock on Tanglers! To the haters - don't fret!! i PROMISE it will be okay.
The pressure to "DRAW CIRCLES" can be a lot, so don't draw circles. Draw orbs. Skinny Orbs. Fat, luxurious, succulent orbs. Small orbs. Big orbs. Wonky, sideways, bubbly wobbly orbs. Perfect symmetrical circular orbs. If your hand starts to cramp, ask yourself why you are holding so much tension, try to release it.... TRY to enjoy the orbs.
The challenge is to try tipple, a little or a lot, whatever you are comfortable with. I unintentionally ended up with an ALMOST-Monotangle. That's not part of the challenge, but you are more than welcome to create a Monotangle if that's where your heart lies. :)
Thank you to all of you who allow me this space to vent out my 'crazy' and to share my love of the meditative and restorative aspect of this beautiful art form. Remember, it's about the PROCESS not the PRODUCT.
Namaste. (the divine light in me honors the divine light in you)
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If you don't have a blog but still want to participate, you can email your tile to me and i will post it here. (See the contact tab above for my email address). I just ask that you put in the subject line: Challenge # ________
The deadline for each weekly challenge is Saturday night so that i can round everyone up by Sunday. What this means is that i will stop adding tiles to the slideshow on Sunday. You're still more than welcome to do the challenges and add your name to the linkey machine.
I will be more diligent with the linkey machine - by editing out the ones that don't work, the doubles, the links that lead to nowhere, the links that go just to blog home pages (this is why we need those site specific urls), and the spam. And there is some spam. PLEASE do not put your *home* page in the linkey machine... please? for me??