creativity is contagious

Since Sunday evening at dinner time, I have been immersed in the world of ZentangleĀ® and training to be a CZT or certified Zentangle teacher. I am in Providence, RI which is gorgeous but a long way from home in Santa Barbara. I was committed to being here but maybe not sure why it was so important to me. If you read my blog, you might get mixed messages sometimes – am I an artist or a business coach? I am both and the past few days have shown me how to incorporate even more art into the coaching that I do with women.

I am including a few pictures here of our combined work and my own practice – all photos were taken with my iPhone so they may be a bit blurry.

zentangle santa barbara

Not only that but the founders, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, are two of the most amazing people I have had the good fortune to meet. They truly model a collaborate, authentic and heart-centered model of business. They seem themselves as the stewards of the Zentangle process and they share their gifts and talents in so many ways. While they are in this endeavor to make money, their generosity and integrity around how it gets shared is broad-minded and inclusive. It’s been amazing to witness the unfolding of their journey over the past few days.

Today is the last day of Zentangle training and while I am tired, I am also sad to be leaving such a supportive community of artists and visionaries. Many of the conversations around the table at mealtimes has been around building business and visions for how to incorporate this process into our life and our existing work. I have heard so many different ways to take this meditative art form into the world to help adults, children, seniors, people with disabilities…

Fair warning right now to all my clients. Don’t be surprised when ZentangleĀ® becomes a regular part of our coaching sessions and you here me quoting creators Rick and Maria saying, “Anything is possible one stroke at a time…”

zentangle santa barbara

Here are some of the ZentangleĀ®-inspired lessons I have learned in studying this process on a deeper process (interestingly, these are all tools that I teach clients on the business side of my work.)

Slow down.



Take your time.

Savor, appreciate, admire your work.



How do these lessons apply to your life?


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