Life Lessons from Zentangle CZT seminar

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creativity is contagious

Since Sunday evening at dinner time, I have been immersed in the world of Zentangle® 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.

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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 Zentangle® 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…”

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Here are some of the Zentangle®-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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  1. Maryellen De Vine on June 18, 2014 at 10:46 am

    What a lovely way to view life and biz ~ the Zentangle way!

    • minette on June 19, 2014 at 4:01 am

      Thanks, Maryellen!

  2. Deanna Heiliger on June 18, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    What a neat post Minette. I have never heard of zentangle, but you have peaked my interest. Slow down is a good one for me…I tend to want things NOW! 🙂

    • minette on June 19, 2014 at 4:02 am

      Deanna, I totally empathize, that’s probably why I am so drawn to this meditative form of art – it forces me to slow down, breathe, and take one stroke at a time…

  3. Susan Parcheta on June 18, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Minette, I’d just heard about Zentangle recently and was curious about it. So your post attracted me. I look forward to following your work and learning more about this amazing art form. I, too, like the slowing down thoughts expressed 🙂

    • minette on June 19, 2014 at 4:02 am

      Hi Susan, it’s so much fun! Check out their website to see some amazing examples of the work!

  4. Sherry Bumgardner on June 20, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Aloha Minette, It was such a pleasure meeting you this week at Our CZT Training. I felt bad when another gal took your seat the last day. I wanted to ask you more about your Journey in Life. But I am here and still want to purchase your Zen cards. I will message you for the incidentals. Any way, lets keep in touch, and maybe someday we can have a CZT-14 Reunion somewhere…maybe here in Kauai! Mahalo for walking with me to the shop in Providence! I really needed the exercise.
    Heres to Celebrating Our CZT Credentials, and always, the Gift of Life
    with Warm Aloha,
    Sherry Kalei Bumgardner

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