Julie 2015Aloha, bonjour, howdy, hello! Wow, what a year it’s been! After living in sweet paradise on the Big Island of Hawaii for just over two years, I’m now back in my home state of North Carolina. What brought me back? The same thing that took me to Hawaii in the first place… following my heart. I landed a job teaching Graphic Design at a college in NC and knew that’s where I belonged… in the classroom (at least for now).

Let’s backtrack… in June of 2012, my partner and I sold nearly everything we had, rented our home, packed up our two dogs, and took a leap of faith into the unknown… on a wild and wonderful spiritual and cultural adventure—living on the Big Island of Hawaii.

While on the island, I explored collaborative teaching with Lois and Earl Stokes, CZTs. Our teaching styles compliment each other so well, it was a dream! I also collaborated on a project with my friend, and fellow artist, Mishi Clauberg. We developed a series of 28 cards with tangles and messages to inspire a daily practice of Zentangle. We launched TangleSpeak Focus Deck, Vol. 1 in 2014 and the response has been very positive and uplifting. A little more on that later…

The experience of living in Hawaii has grown me in ways I’m still discovering, but one thing’s for certain, the aloha spirit is alive and well within me ~ wherever I go! Hawaii is a magical place, and the energy is palpable when you live on an active volcano. The wonders and patterns of nature surround you and you realize how small, but connected, we are to one another. I look forward to re-connecting with you all here in 2015.

Yours in tangles,

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