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CZT Family Tree: Miriam Zimms

CZT Family Tree: Miriam Zimms


We always say that the Zentangle Method attracts really awesome people. We have had the pleasure of working with wonderful Certified Zentangle Teachers (CZT) all over the world and we are excited to share these wonderful people with the entire Zentangle Community. Through our series, CZT Family Tree, we will introduce individual CZTs.




Today, we are excited to introduce Miriam Zimms

 

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Name: Miriam Zimms                                                                             

CZT#:20

 

Hometown: Tampa, FL

Favorite tangle: Molygon

Favorite place to tangle: in my bed.

 

Favorite quote:  I am a Champion of Life.  (by me)

How I use the Zentangle Method in my life:

I started my art life in 2010 after a battle and victory over breast cancer. Throughout all my visits to Moffitt those first three years, I utilized all the art methods available at the Arts in Medicine (AIM) studio located on the third floor of the Clinic Building – String Art Using India Ink with watercolors, word art, collage, story books, Mandela coloring pages, and origami.   In 2013, I was diagnosed with a separate and unrelated cancer, ChondroSarcoma (primary bone cancer). The second cancer required that my left pelvis and femur be amputated and rebuilt (HIPster). I spent a lot time still in bed after surgery and approximately two-years relearning how to sit-up, stand-up and walk again. I now have a permanent disability and use a cane for short distances and a wheelchair and scooter for longer ones.

I suffered from severe insomnia during my pain management and rehabilitation period. Through that rehabilitation process and introduced by AIM staff to help with insomnia, I fell in love with the Zentangle Art Method. The side effects we talk about with cancer are often the negative ones, but the meditative and healing arts, gave me a positive side-effect through a renewed purpose from art; something I never did as a former environmental consultant. Zentangle has helped my insomnia by slowing my mind down at night (yoga for the mind) with repetitive, deliberate strokes. It helps me daily to focus away from pain by drawing tangle patterns on small tiles that allow me to finish something and gain closure without feeling overwhelmed. The art method aides me by reducing my anxiety around stressful situations and people. Lastly, it’s just plain fun. The art is small and portable and I can take it anywhere to relax.

The Meditative and Healing Arts have helped me to understand basic concepts about drawing and shading. I’ve become a better and more confident artist as a result of it.  Now there isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t use the meditative and healing arts for mind, body and spirit healing. Cancer took motherhood and my career away from me but it left me with something I’ve never done before, making and teaching art. I currently volunteer my time teaching the Zentangle Art Method in the Hillsborough County Libraries, Faces of Courage Summer Camps and Children’s Cancer Center.

I have walked along my tangled healing arts journey and found the Zen in the Tangle. I am grateful to Rick and Maria and the entire Zentangle family for the creation of this amazing art method. Peace.

If I’m not tangling, you will find me…: I love writing, botanical poetry, and being the storyteller of our garden. My husband has been collecting since he was 16, we have over 10,000 cacti and succulents and probably the largest private specimen collection in the south.  I say he’s the Green Thumb and I am the garden storyteller.

Mosaic Name (if applicable): HIPster the Artist

Website/Blog:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hipsterczt/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TangledHIPster

Bijou

28 comments

  • Thank you for sharing this powerful story. It reminded me of the time my husband was in the hospital suffering from various complications arising from his appendectomy. So many days were spent in the hospital room watching him sleep and being rather lonely; so I picked up my sea shells and tangled on them – fully engaged and relaxed. When finished, I would line them up along the shelf in the room. As doctors, nurses, food servers, housekeepers, phlebotomists entered the room, we offered them a shell – much to their delight. And to our delight, more and more people would pop in to chat and take a look and a shell. So that relieved my loneliness and boosted the spirits of my husband. 😊

    Mary Wilson on

  • Thank you for sharing! I know we are all inspired by your courage and love for life and Zentangle. May God bless you

    Janice Romero on

  • Thank you to everyone here for your heartfelt, supportive and uplifting words. They are deeply felt and appreciated. Putting yourself all out there is risky, but I do it because “there are no mistakes, only opportunities.” And it allows oneself to heal and find a purpose. I am grateful to be a part of the Zentangle family. I appreciate you. And I hope for us a continued path in the Healing Arts to change the world, “one stroke at a time” through our founders the Rick and Maria Family. PeAce. Love. Art.

    Miriam Zimms (HIPster) on

  • Thanks for sharing your story Miriam. I’m so happy you and Zentangle connected, because it has connected you to all of us!

    Margaret Bremner on

  • Dear Miriam, thank you for sharing your inspiring story. I cannot even begin to imagine what you have been going through. I am happy you discovered Zentangle to help you through challenging times. May you always be happy, healthy, safe and protected. Love, Karin

    Karin godyns on

  • Miriam, your resilience is inspiring. Having met you recently it is evident you are fully engaged in the Zentangle community. You embody the best of what It is to be a CZT. Thank you, Rick and Mary for sharing your story with us. Looking forward to hearing more about your Z journey in the future. [Your gardens must be amazing!!]

    Chris Titus on

  • I am delighted by your story! I also found that Zentangle carried me through my recovery after knee surgery. When I couldn’t concentrate to read or even watch TV, I could tangle.

    Your art is beautiful & you are beautiful for sharing it with so many others.

    Amy Gill on

  • I have watched you in small glimpses on FB for yrs and you truly are inspiring and gracious. Thank you for sharing your journey and your fight for peace of mind. Thank you for sharing your beautiful struggle, wins and what inspires you. Your amazing ❤

    Tina (Lee) Weeks on

  • You are an inspiration.

    MKay B B Watson CZT17 on

  • Thank you for sharing your story💗 you are an inspiration for us. We leven a los from you.

    Love you!!!!

    Mafer Solares on

  • We are very proud of you and your effort

    Kevin Gonzalez on

  • Thank you for sharing your story Miriam.
    I’m happy you found the Zentangle method which I find so helpful and fun to do.
    I would love to see your garden❣️

    Annika Wiener Awasthlm on

  • Forever indebted to the women who opened by eyes to what the Zentangle method was and the possibilities it had for life. And YOU encouraged me to become a CZT….. ! You are courageous, authentic, thoughtful and always inspiring. You are an artist….I am an artist. Honored to call you friend.🎨💕🌵

    Maryam on

  • I feel honoured to have met you in person my friend. You are a very strong and kind woman and an inspiration for all of us.

    Maria Vennekens on

  • Is it possible to have this story sent without photos so I can have a printed copy to share with therapists I am working with? It would be very helpful.

    Sandra Blade CZT 32 on

  • Miriam, I am in awe of you and your Journey….As an acquaintance of mine once quoted “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”….You are amazing…..😲🤗🤗♥😃✏✏

    Sharon Jerkovic on

  • What a wonderful story! You have certainly made made lemon pie out of your “life-lemons”! Congratulations on all you victories and thank you for being an inspiration!

    Clara A Brunk on

  • Miriam, I have just spent a delightful hour+ perusing your beautiful tangles & art on Instagram and Facebook. I appreciated your story and how discovering Zentangle helped you experience Zen in your challenging journey. You are an inspiration! ❤️

    Ginny Sones on

  • Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. Such a precious gift! I never cease to be amazed at the courage and resilience of the human mind-body-spirit, but especially yours today. Thank you for your testimony for the Zentangle Method. I think all of us who have joined this family have felt its power. You inspire me to share Zentangle even more. Thank you.

    Kathy Wright-Starr, CZT12/StarrSongTangler on

  • Miriam, you are an inspiration! I am so glad you found Zentangle and that you are part of this amazing community!

    Tharina on

  • I am honoured to be your Zentangle sister.

    I too have had a battle with breast cancer and I can imagine how scary it must have been to get it back. Your story leaves me in awe at your resilience and gusto for life. And I see a kindred spirit in your deep love for gardening and cacti 🌵!!
    The cactus is so resistant and adapts to it’s desert native home with fortitude and good will. It’s thorny exterior beguiles the viewer!!
    Keep tangling and I hope our paths cross in the days to come.
    I salut your wonderful spirit!!

    Binaifer Karanjia on

  • I am honoured to be your Zentangle sister.

    I too have had a battle with breast cancer and I can imagine how scary it must have been to get it back. Your story leaves me in awe at your resilience and gusto for life. And I see a kindred spirit in your deep love for gardening and cacti 🌵!!
    The cactus is so resistant and adapts to it’s desert native home with fortitude and good will. It’s thorny exterior beguiles the viewer!!
    Keep tangling and I hope our paths cross in the days to come.
    I salut your wonderful spirit!!

    Binaifer Karanjia on

  • Miriam, friend of Terri, your story is beyond words. I am thankful you found Zentangle or it found you. I’m so happy you are my friend!

    Terri Young, CZT 16 on

  • thank for sharing your story – I am so glad that you have found Zentangle and it has helped and inspired you -

    Deb Prewitt on

  • Thank you for the courage your story inspires. I could also really feel the peace that you received from Zen tangle. Your story will stay with me. Thankyou

    Cynthia Rosiek on

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