My Story

Meet Elisa

So Who am I?  I'm still trying to figure
that out, but here's what I do know.

I'm a mom, a wife, a survivor.

As a classic “New Englander”.   I’m a huge fan of sarcastic humor, waves crashing on a Cape Cod beach and school cancellations during a wicked good snow storm. 

As a Certified Zentangle® Teacher (CZT), my goal is to be your guide on a journey that is simple to understand, easy to enjoy, and fulfilling beyond expectations.

I found Zentangle® while trying to reconstruct my life after the devastating, sudden loss of my 13 year old daughter.

I completed my first Zentangle tile on October 11, 2013 (exactly one year and one day following her death) and rediscovered a creative, peaceful light within myself that I thought was lost forever.

When practicing the Zentangle method, I reclaimed the blessings of slowing down, quieting my mind and focusing . I unexpectedly felt a sense of pride and accomplishment every time I held up a completed 3 1/2” paper tile.

Eager to share this simple, yet powerful experience with others, I knew that I needed to become a Certified Zentangle Teacher. On June 25, 2014 I did just that!
Today, with my unique background in social services and crisis intervention, I am not only at ease teaching people of all ages, but also those who may require adaptations for access, due to varied physical and/or cognitive functioning levels.


If you’re wondering why I chose a starfish as my logo, here’s your answer. My purpose as a CZT is to be a “Starfish Thrower”. 

The Starfish Story

An old man was walking on the beach one morning after a storm.

In the distance, he could see someone moving like a dancer.

As he came closer, he saw that it was a young woman picking up a starfish and gently throwing them into the ocean.

“Young lady, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”

She then replied, “ The sun is up, the tide is going out, and if I don’t throw them in they won’t survive.”

“But young lady, do you not realize that there are many miles of beach and thousands of starfish? You can’t possibly make a difference.”

The young woman listened politely, then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea.

“It made a difference to that one.”

—Adapted from the original by Loren Eiseley
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