1. Adj.: Describing a person born between 1 Jan. 1946 and 31 Dec. 1964
2. Adj.: Description of a person, place or thing possessing Baby Boomer je ne sais quoi
3. See also, Boomer, Esq.: A Baby Boomer who is also a licensed attorney (See, e.g., About).

Zentangle Diva Challenge #347 – New Year’s Resolutions Edition

by Suzanne Fluhr on January 17, 2018 · 19 comments

travel refrigerator magnetsIf you’re wondering about this Zentangle thing, you can read more about it, here.

I’ve been MIA here in ZentangleDivaLandia since November 15, 2017. No real excuses, but if you’re nosy interested, it has something to do with my New Year’s resolutions, so you can scroll down towards the end and read about them.

I’m hoping that by sharing my resolutions, I will be too embarrassed to not produce. I mean, you never know when you might meet a virtual friend IRL (in real life) and have them say, “So, how are you doing with your New Year’s resolution to do _______?”

This week, the Diva challenged us to create a tile using random objects to guide us in drawing our string. I chose refrigerator magnets because I happened to be sitting where I could see our refrigerator and it is covered with different shaped magnets collected on our travels (and one sadly failed political campaign).

The photo I took of my string is too out of focus to share (Note to self: pay attention to what you’re doing.) However, here are the objects I chose to use to produce my tile string:

Of course, the Canadian flag is in honor honour of the Diva who is freezing up there in Saskatoon. And, here’s what I came up with. Like the Diva, I resorted to some of my favorite tangles:

angles used: Crescent Moon, Sand Swirl, N'Zeppel, and Knightstar.

Tangles used: Crescent Moon, Sand Swirl, N’Zeppel, and Knightstar.

If you have no little interest in my New Year’s Resolutions, you should now return to your regularly scheduled life—after perhaps leaving a comment below.

Of course, my New Year’s Resolutions require a preamble.

Since 2005 when I semi-retired from the practice of law, I referred to myself as a “recovering lawyer”. Now, partly thanks to Zentangle, I can say that I’m an almost recovered lawyer. I’m keeping up my law license — just in case — or because I worked hard to earn it — or there’s a zombie apocalypse or something. (No, seriously, if there’s a zombie apocalypse, they’ll probably kill all the lawyers first—if they read Shakespeare.)

So, now at the ripe old age of ___-something, after a 30+ year legal career, I find myself trying to figure out what I should be when I grow up — or as I grow old(er). Consequently, in addition to the two perennial resolutions #1)  to lose weight (making progress), and #2) to exercise more (don’t ask), I have resolved to:

  1. Figure out why I have a blog.
  2. Finally redesign this blog into more of a magazine format, so readers can more easily find a topic that is of interest to them. This assumes I find a good reason to continue to have my own website. (See #1).
  3. Figure out social media. Mark Zuckerberg, et al, have no interest in making this easy for me (or anyone other than the Russians) to do. If I do ever figure it out, they are sure to change “the algorithm” immediately.
  4. Learn more about SEO (Search Engine Optimization). (Again, see #1, and the same comment about the ever changing algorithm applies. See #3).
  5. Explore other writing opportunities. I do write for other outlets, but I’ve never really systematically “pitched” my writing. I’ve just gone with the low hanging fruit that miraculously found me.
  6. Should I try to do something with Zentangle and Zentangle Inspired Art other than just enjoy it and be happy it helps keep me relatively sane?
  7. Look into being an enrichment speaker. Zentangle for Lawyers, anyone?
  8. Don’t procrastinate! (I’m carrying this one over from last year.) 😉

We are leaving on  a trip to South America (Ecuador (Galapagos) and Colombia) very soon. We will have 9 flights in 3 weeks. That should give me plenty of time to think about ##1-8 and to tangle on land, sea, and in the air.

Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions you would care to share? Don’t be shy. We’re all virtual friends here. 

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

The Creative Miss L January 17, 2018 at 12:52 am

I love your collection of fridge magnets. Given the number of places you visit (every time I read your blog you seem to just about to go somewhere or have just come back) should you add another resolution to buy a new fridge so you have room for more magnets?


Suzanne Fluhr January 17, 2018 at 3:15 pm

We’re downsized, so no room for a new, bigger refridgerator—plus the new stainless steel ones aren’t magnetized, so you can’t use refrigerator magnets on them—tragic. 😉


Roz Warren January 17, 2018 at 8:14 am

You have a blog to that I can enjoy reading it. My resolution for you in 2018 is to keep up the good work! (And maybe find some time to have lunch with me IRL.)


Suzanne Fluhr January 17, 2018 at 3:16 pm

I would love to have lunch with you IRL. I wish the Cynwyd Line ran more often. Or, you can drive to Merion and trek all the way to CC. I’m putting you down as one vote for the blog — thanks!


Ken Dowell January 17, 2018 at 10:13 am

Sound to me like a great alternative to figuring out your blog, social media and SEO is to head off to South America for three weeks.


Suzanne Fluhr January 17, 2018 at 3:17 pm

Hopefully, I won’t spend my time in South America obsessing about my blog, but I’m pretty good at obsessing—hence, my need for Zentangle. 😉


Pat Mathes January 17, 2018 at 11:46 am

Great tile. Great list of resolutions/thoughts for the coming year. After spending 50 years assisting in the legal profession, most of it in the litigation area, I know a lot of lawyers and judges who might benefit from using Zentangle to calm down. That might be a good area for you to examine. Have fun on your South America flight. Happy New Year and good luck with 2018.


Suzanne Fluhr January 17, 2018 at 3:20 pm

Oh dear. I guess law types aren’t known for our calm demeanors. Actually, the more stressed I was, the calmer I seemed on the outside – and I only threw a pencil up in the air once in 30 years in court—not bad. I never threw anything at anybody.


Nan January 17, 2018 at 4:40 pm

You blog so those of us who live vicariously through you, your travels, your beautiful historical town can enjoy life through it! DO NOT QUIT. You feed my history-loving soul because you share about things I love in a way that is interesting and often funny. You teach me about things I don’t know (Zentangle). You’re my age and don’t talk old and decrepit (thank God because I’m so tired of listening to people who are younger gripe about age). DO NOT QUIT!!


Suzanne Fluhr January 17, 2018 at 11:13 pm

Nan, thank you so much for your encouragement and for being such a loyal and engaged reader. Do you remember how you first found Boomeresque?


Nan April 4, 2018 at 5:07 pm

You had commented on someone’s website and I liked your comment and the title of your website. So I came over and have been here ever since!! I’ll have to think on who it was.


Sue Sharp January 17, 2018 at 9:12 pm

Fun and interesting post! Very nice tile, and I especially like Knightstar!


Annemarie January 18, 2018 at 2:29 am

That tile is beautiful!!!


ria matheussen January 18, 2018 at 8:07 am

Very nice DIva tile with lovely layers-effect.
I wish you all the best for the new year and very soon a wonderful trip to South America and I hope you can make your list of resolutions true.
In 2017 I had to deal with health problems (arthrosis in back/neck/shoulders) I had to change habits and do daily exercises but the problems diminished and I feel a lot better. So my only resolution is to keep doing exercises to stay in a good condition. I will try to make the best of every day of the year!


Suzanne Fluhr January 20, 2018 at 6:11 pm

As you noticed, more exercise is on my list of resolutions. I hope 2018 will be a healthy, happy year for you.


ARHuelsenbeck January 18, 2018 at 2:38 pm

I love your shading. It makes the string look like a collage.


1 Art Lady Kate Tangles January 19, 2018 at 9:11 am

Love your tile this week and the shading sets it off so nicely. No resolutions for me as they never seem to work! Just a few small goals to accomplish. I am hoping however, for a Vikings win in your beautiful city this weekend! 😉


Suzanne Fluhr January 20, 2018 at 6:09 pm

I’m sure you’ll understand if Indont share your wish for a Vikings’ win tomorrow. We’ll be at anout 35,000, so I’ll have to do my rooting for the Eagles from the wild blue yonder.


Donald Wilka January 21, 2018 at 6:40 pm

Nice work. I like the tangles that you chose to use.


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