This weekend, I participated in a fun craft fair in Billerica. It was wonderful to talk with people who had never heard about the Zentangle Method®. It's always exciting to see eyes light up when people learn about something that might be perfect for them or for a loved one. I enjoyed having the opportunity to talk about my passion!
Here is my pre-edited booth. I ended up paring back before the sale opened.
Check out my next craft fair on Saturday, December 7 at First Parish UU in Chelmsford, MA. The sale runs from 8am-2pm. Stock up on Zentangle® supplies and gift ideas including handmade magnets and greeting cards featuring my original Zentangle® art.
The highlight of my day was having one of my students stop by specifically to find my booth. She has been very stressed lately and hasn't tangled in ages. She has wanted to tangle but didn't feel like she had the time. I think that if you have the time to think about not having the time, that you probably have enough time to tangle just a bit.
I encouraged her to go home that night and start tangling a piece even if only for a few minutes. She could work with one pattern--whichever one she likes or feels the most competent with--to eliminate decisions. The important thing was to start.
I hoped that she could work on a piece a little bit each day even if it took three weeks to finish a tile that she hated. It wasn't about the end result (it never is!), it was about starting, putting pen to paper, and trying to find a way to cope at this stressful time in her life.
Unless we find a way to relieve it, stress will continue to build. It will build until we either explode or implode.
It can be hard, especially when we are busy and stressed, to make time for ourselves. I think that is the most important time to take a break. I know that when I am stressed, I approach my family, life, and challenges differently than when I am calm. When I can allow myself a few minutes to breathe and to tangle, I become more focused and centered and better able to handle whatever is thrown at me next.
Taking time for yourself isn't selfish! It's essential for getting through challenges and stressful times in life.
I wish you all a happy holiday season filled with relaxing moments just for you. You've earned it, and your loved ones will benefit from your peace of mind.