The Paradox of Overwhelm

So, by now I think everyone knows I am closing my studio in Temecula. (Yes, I am still teaching, at my house, and the online store is staying.) This is a daunting task. Inventory management is not easy for the most seasoned professional, and trying to guesstimate what people will buy at any given time is just not my thing.

That being said, I have a *lot* of stuff that I had either guessed too high on, or the class didn’t go, or yada yada yada…it goes on and on. I had a near breakdown yesterday as I reviewed the volume of things I still needed to catalog and update in the system, so that I can offer it to you good folks out there. I’ve slashed prices on a few things (t-shirts and Trim-a-rims) and the discount MAR15 will still get you 15% off till the end of the month. I will issue a new discount code in May, to help me clear more.

This has become pretty overwhelming for me. So naturally, I turn to tangling to try to resolve some of those feelings (I also have been meditating daily on top of that.) So I found this week’s Diva Challenge (#357) to do a monotangle of Rick’s Paradox to be quite soothing. Line work. Making lines. Line after line after line.

I decided to use my Big White Bee charcoal paper journal for this, and I traced 2 tiles, not really knowing what was going to come out of it.

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I really liked the one we did during the 12 Days of Zentangle, so I decided to revisit that one, with a bit of a twist.

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And then just a plain line work style in the second “tile.”

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And part of getting through the overwhelm is eating nourishing food. Since Mike is on a trip, I am trying some different recipes. Zucchini and cheese Tacos? They were actually pretty good.

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But, calming down again got me in the mood to try a ZenButton…I really like this way to use fragments…I am trying a black one next.

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I had another calming day on Saturday, with a small Zentangle 101 class.

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And then I got a little more overwhelmed today when I went to get some washi tape out of my box to decorate my Giants Baseball Opening Day page today…

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That, my friends, is what more than 200 rolls of washi tape looks like. I may have to have a swap or something, as I have a few duplicate rolls. (In my defense, most of this was swag from the recent Planners Rock conference I went to.) The case is from Michaels, you can get it here (use a coupon and save!)

So, the game starts in 5 minutes, and that means I have to go!

(PS…I didn’t publish this before the game started. Giants beat the Dodgers 1-0!)

 

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3 thoughts on “The Paradox of Overwhelm

  1. Thanks for the FB share of photos demonstrating how you use washi tape. I’ve acquired a few rolls (about 198 fewer than you have) somewhere along the way and want to do something with them. I don’t envy your inventory wrestle. I’m just trying to clean the art supplies off our “island” and coffee table. I eat healthier when Mr. Excitment isn’t home for dinner too. I like your Paradox as a string. Great minds. 🙂

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