Breaking Through to the Other Side

Leave your statue of limitations outside

Please, Leave Your Limitations at the Door


When noone's looking, when your attention is relaxed and the pressure of life suspended, the backdoor will be cracked open.... and your Muse will come out to play.  ~me

Hi ,

Creativity. Oh that ol' thing ....the one that makes life worth living. She is a fickle one, isn't she?.... [nervous chuckle.]

Some days you can ride her crest and flow for miles on a divine high of spectacular proportion, washing into shore on the smooth grace of high ideas.
And other days, dude! her seaweed gets caught around your big toe, you eat it, and you end up with a head full of sand.  Seems like on those days, the sound you hear in the conch shell is more like TV static  than the prelude to genius.

Well, despite the surfing metaphor, this month's theme is Slipping Though the Back Door To Creativity (aww..the non-linear-ness of it all, swoon).  We will break through to the other side of a few creative blocks [cue Doors] by slipping in the back door of our creativity with one or two KMCC tips.
Sometimes the front door is blocked by fear, self-sabotage, comparison, overwhelm, spider solitaire, gummy bears, crabgrass, UPS boxes from Pottery Barn, crazymakers! you know.. those things.

A little childlike mischievousness often frees the Muse and the free call on Thursday, October 8, 2009 is about just that.  Signup here for: Using Your Child-like Mischievousness for Creativity or be a stupidhead.

Jill Badonsky
Get a chuckle from Johnnie Carson and Jack Webb (wonderful humor). Click here for the Clapper Caper in the Closet Clepped by Cleveland's Claude Cooper


Painting (without the lettering) by Regina Coeli deWinter

Slipping in the Back Door of Your Creative Process

Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching MischievousnessTip
Creative people are frequently rebellious.. makes sense doesn't it. We CREATE .. we make new things instead of settle for what other people do. We don't always conform and this is good. However, it can also be a habit that we use against our Muse. 

We set out to write/draw/photograph/paint/garden/play creatively and we rebel by ending up for hours on Facebook, watching Reality TV, picking lint off the hamster, cleaning the suspicious dark chocolate fingerprints off the refrigerator door.. ANYTHING but being true to our creative call.

Following a vast series of exploratory experiments involving velcro and nylon stockings, food fights with Jell-O, and poll vaulting, the Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Labs and Hoola Hoop Chambers has discovered a few backdoor strategies

1. This first one plugs into rebellion and turns it around to work for you. Ready?..
On your To-do List write down a bunch of things To DO and plug them into your schedule. And THEN when it's time to say, Clean the Fridge or write an update on Facebook... REBEL and Write Creatively.. (or  whatever it is your soul has been politely ask you to do for the last decade or so). Do it for just 5 minutes.  Sound silly....? try it ;).  If you want to keep going at the end of 5 minutes, permission is granted. THEN get to your to-do list.

2. Which brings up the second tip. Sometimes we abide to subconscious, twisted permission NOT to make time for our creative passions installed by parents who, no matter what we did, expressed to us that it wasn't good enough. We seemingly disappointed them ...OR being creative threatened them.  So we subconsciously replicate a weirdly comfortable, lower-self condition by disappointing ourselves.  Give yourself permission to succeed- show up.  As obvious as this sounds, there may be subterranean forces keeping you chained to self-sabotage.  I even advise making a permission-to-succeed slip, having your muse sign it, and keeping it in your pocket to show to the hall monitor on your way to your creative passion. My hall monitor has stopped asking for mine.

Be your own creative freedom fighter,
The Muses (and a Bodyguard)

More BackDoor Strategies will be Revealed on the Call Next Thursday

Door Painting by Jill

October's Door

Hey There! Here's a few new things to peek into:

An EXQUISITE Blog from Jessica The Wisdom Woman... She likes The Awe-manac. Well, I KNOW you'll like her blogs too. I do.

Molly Anderson-Childers is interviewing the Modern Day Muses on Creativity Portal.  Even I'm surprised at some of the answers they come up with.

A Few Things at October's Door:
Creative Prompts from The Awe-manac
National Clock Month,
Fantasy Month,
National Popcorn Poppin' Month,
Right Brainer's Rule Month, - a great blog entry from Sara J. Schmidt
Adopt-A-Shelter-Animal Month, (I give you permission to donate) 
Diversity Awareness Month,
Month of the Dinosaur,
National Roller Skating Month, (rollerskating babies...kinda scary)
National Apple Month,
Dryer Vent Safety Awareness Month, (a pumpkin made out of a dryer vent)
National Sarcastic Awareness Month (oh great, just what we need), and

Like an irreverent sense of humor? Me too. My most irreverent friend is novelist, columnist, and Dime Stories Dominatrix, Amy Wallen. Check out her irreverent columns on Unconventional Relationships at Faster Times.  If you feel inspired, insulted, dumbfounded, opinionated, passive, republican, lizard-like, or understood, leave a comment. She made me say that.

My lovely assistant, Rae Warde's inspiring blog.

Click here for last month's Muse Flash

Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach Spotlight: Suzie Stambaugh

Let me present to you, Suzie Stambaugh, Artist, B.S.Ed. and Certified Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach. She is a warm, funny, spiritual, and amazingly creative woman with coaching wisdom to help individuals move through challenges creatively. She'll be going to the Taos Retreat with me!
Suzie integrates 40 years experience as an artist and a teacher into her Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching practice. She specializes in helping artists, baby boomers, and people "in transition" willing to face creative challenges and move through them with the incredible effectiveness of KMCC's small steps, compassion, imagination, play, and intuition.
Suzie believes that we are pulled ahead by our creative dreams, visions and inspirations that reside deep within our hearts when we honor our creative call.  We create what we want through a series of ups and downs. 
When we are in a down cycle, we can trust that we will come up again even stronger.  In her conviction that there are no mistakes, only opportunities for learning, Suzie opens up a safe space for creative expression and co-creates an action track with her clients. In addition to her art and teaching, she is completing a Master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology.

"Before you can do something that you've never done before,
you have to imagine it's possible."
~Jean Shinoda Bolen

Contact Suzie:

Visit Suzie's site

Last door on the left

Lookin Out My Backdoor.  This'll take ya back.

This last thought is from a Anne Lamott excerpt taken from an article in O Magazine.
Age has given me what I was looking for my entire life - it gave me  
me. It provided the time and experience and failures and triumphs and
friends who helped me step into the shape that had been waiting for me all
my life....I not only get along with me most of the time now, I am militantly and maternally on my own
What's one small thought you can think today that will make you feel as if you are on your own side- maternally and/or militantly?

The Muse is In Classes


In Here:

Please, Leave Your Limitations at the Door

Slipping in the Back Door of Your Creative Process

October's Door

Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach Spotlight: Suzie Stambaugh

Last door on the left

Schedule of Events
Thursday, October 8, 2009 5 pm Pacific/8 pm eastern
Everyone is invited.. click here to sign-up: No prerequisites, no participation necessary.. just listen.
You will be invited to Use Child-like Mischeivousness to Access More Creativity.
Learn about this The Awe-manac potion as well as more about what Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching is all about.  (I KNOW you are, but what am I?)
Tuesday, October 13, 2009  5:30- 6:30 pm Pacific Time (8:30-9:30 pm Eastern) Wrapping Your Existence in Words Teleconference Part one: We will use the influences of Tom Waits, Dorothy Parker, David Sedaris and Lorrie Moore to write our own personal essays. Discover how stream of consciousness, intuitive-driven journal writing can result in satisfying pieces of writing about your life and experiences to keep or share. 
$15 Pay here or go to the classes page for more details.
February 10 - May 12, 2010 Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Certification Training
Find out more about how to add another stream of income and joy to your life by becoming a certified Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach. The small step method of Kaizen meets up with the Muses' inutitive/playful practicality in this 14 week accelerated coaching training designed to teach coaches how to help anyone embarking upon a positive change or a creative passion. More information here.
Jill and Mabel's Creative Retreat in Taos, New Mexico!
January and/or July 2011 (yes, that IS the year after next): Planning this far ahead creates doable payment plans. Only a few places still open. Click here for more information.

Free Teleconferences Monthly. Watch for them in the Muse Flash.
Last Month's Muse Flash
The Muse is IN classes webpage
Visit The Awe-manac Column at Creativity Portal
Awe-manac Holiday Solution
Send personally signed Awe-manacs to all your friends for the holidays and receive: an Anti-aging Workbook, a muse-powered pen, and a PDF coloring book with Badonsky art to keep you centered and sane during the holidays. (Your friends get a coloring book too).   Beam yourself here for details or just trust me and pay $30 here. (includes postage/handling and all the goodies).


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