Can I just be honest for a moment? I haven't wanted to Zentangle for a couple weeks now. More specifically, I haven't wanted to make a Zendala.
I love the Zendala Dare, so much so that I think about it all the time. New challenges, new templates, new materials....you name it, I think about it. When it comes to completing the Zendala's however, I'm just not down with it.
As you have probably noticed, there was no Zendala Dare this week. I tried all week to pull it together but my schedule just would not allow it. I thought I could get it done yesterday but all I wanted to do is watch bad TV and avoid my homework. I thought about writing a white lie and saying that my computer had broken or something but my readers deserve better so I abandoned that idea.
So I had to take a hard look at what my issues were and figure out how to overcome them. I knew that part of the problem was that I haven't had time for traditional Zentangles. When I started the Zendala Dare I had a lot of time on my hands. I did alot of traditional 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 tiles AND lots of Zendala's. The traditional ones appeal to my organic side and my Zendala's appeal to the control freak in me. Lately, things are so hectic that I have not been able to feed my creative side with traditional tiles and in turn my Zendala's have become a chore and as a result are not the kind of work I am proudest of.
The second issue is school. Oh, what to say about school. I am in my third semester of nursing school and it is a killer. Each semester is split into two different rotations. This first rotation has really taxed me and I hear the second rotation is twice as bad. More hours, more homework, more testing etc. There isn't a whole lot of time for anything else and school has to be my priority. And if nursing school wasn't enough, did I mention that I'm also taking a history class? And I hate history. I really, really, hate it.
I decided I needed some time to recharge. Some time to focus on school, take the down time I need and not have to worry about deadlines.
So how does this affect the Zendala Dare? Well, I'm going to have to limit my posts. I will still be posting and giving you a Zendala Dare on a few random Saturdays but I will not be able to do weekly posts until after this semester has ended and I am able to fully commit to the Zendala Dare the way I want to. So until June 1st, my posts will probably be few and far between, but don't worry there will be a few. I apologize for having to do this but I really don't have a choice at this point. I hope you understand and stick with me. I love the Zendala Dare community we have built and hope to come back in June to make it even bigger and better.