This January I undertook a new challenge in my life- graduate school. I am working on a masters degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from Gratz College. It is something that I have wanted to do for many years. I knew going into this that there would be a lot of work, but I really had no idea how much. I was completely overwhelmed. As a result I spent all of my time reading and working and I closed off all of my creative outlets. I stopped Zentangling. I stopped card making. I stopped everything. And, lo and behold, I got burned out.
As I started to burn out I noticed my neglected sketch pad on the coffee table. I picked it up and started to doodle. Then I started doodling some more. And I started to find myself relaxing. I know that is one of the key purposes of Zentangle, but until I experienced it for myself I didn't really believe it.
I am now taking breaks from my reading to Zentangle whenever I start to feel overwhelmed. As the final week of the semester looms, along with two research papers, I'm sure I will be Zentangling a lot. The most important thing I have learned out of all of this is that, no matter what, you have to take time for creativity.