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Apply imagination to 
lost dreams one tiny star at a time.
Cultivate tenacity, grace, and courage. 

(Warning: Wolves may howl, tides may flow, but you also may be able to see yourself better).

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Dear ,
In 1997 I wanted to write a book about creativity that had about 37 Muses in it -a worthy amount to help me deal with my formidable procrastination skills. What a relief when I found out there was only nine Muses in Greek Mythology, so my task was to squeeze 37 Muses (or creative tools) into nine upgraded modern day muses... (and a bodyguard).
But I procrastinated.
I was also resistant, easily distracted and activated impressive avoidance strategies when it got hard. Additonally, I let myself get discouraged by family members and hindered by the uplifting sentiment “Who the hell am I to write a book?" oh, and the ever popular "This has already been done."  I also ate a lot of sugar that fuzzed my brain out and I was addicted to on-line card games. 

But I wanted to write the book .. so badly that I actually asked for help which is unlike me . A life coach would turn me into a devoted, disciplined, notoriously beguiling writer. That’s what I figured.
But I got more blocked and less beguiling.
My moody, sensitive, rebellious, prone-to-sabotage temperament didn’t respond favorably to checklists, high expectations, linear goals and ESPECIALLY being told what to do.
As a perfectionist, when I didn’t complete EVERY SINGLE one of my tasks I felt IMPERFECT and didn’t want to be reminded of this by some coach lady so I skipped sessions. When I did show up I got overwhelmed about 15 minutes into the session, steam came out of ears, a fog horn went off and I didn’t want to play anymore.
What I eventually discovered is that these abnormalities are not that weird at all. They IN FACT are what sensitive creative people experience regularly. They're not not signs of hopelessness or criminal behavior.
Irony not lost on me, the book I was trying to write was ABOUT getting through creative blocks. Ha ha [deadpan, hold the giddiness]. So I wrote as I experimented and I experimented in order to write. A Bodyguard kept me from abandoning my passion and as requested nine Muses showed up.
I was more cooperative with myself when I took the simple off-the-wall tools I was discovering and imagined they were Muses (upgraded from the outdated and negligent nine Greek Muses). They became the keepers of what worked: Here are four of those things in a PDF you can hang in your bathroom.

The whole concept of imaginary friends always worked for me and these Muses were a lot like have ten imaginative coaches who, by the way, were fun, available when I needed them, shrewdly understanding and BACKED-OFF if I was feeling overwhelmed. With their help the book got written and became the foundation of Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Certification program in 2004. Add to that the genius of Robert Maurer’s Kaizen approach and hundreds of people have been creatively liberated. 

Through Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching I have met talented, funny, wise and warm real-life Muses who “get” that coaching can be fun, intuitive, imaginative, and kind --which requires they have a playful, eccentric way about them – my tribe! How grateful I am that they found their way to this coaching training. I get to play with all of them regularly and so can you.
I am delighted to share with you just a few of the Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaches who are now out in the world sharing these wacky, playful, permissive, imaginative resistance-busting tools. These coaches are located all over the world and are available by phone, Skype, in person, and I assure you some of them, by miracle means:

Bo Mackison
Gentle Coaching combined with Life's Hard Earned Wisdom -- Spacious Results
Chris Smith
Holy Spirit-Inspired Heart to Heart Creativity Coaching for Women
Daisy Tse
Helping you to flourish and be a Sparkling Leader!

Dakota Gold
Inspiring Momentum, Change and Well-Being Through Creativity

Dawn Cupero
Specializing in reawakening the spirits and passions of those who are experiencing the void of an empty nest.

Dawn Kotzer, Assistant Director of Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching
InnerWildernessGuide 'get real~find freedom' 

Debbie McDonnell
Creativity - Recovery - Spirituality
Denise Lumiere
Denise Ruzich
"The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect...” - Carl Jung

Diane Szwajkowski 
The path of artistry in healing.
Donna Mulholland

Donna K. Wallace
The Creative Art of Living
Let me be your magic moon
Shinning light on your inner passion

Ginette Larose
Creative Love and Compassion

Ginger Moran

Book, Creativity, and Life Coach

Ginny Lenox
Special Moments In Time
Create a life where every moment is special!
Janet Whitehead
Life coaching with a creative twist.

Jill Allison-Bryan
Discover your Creative Oasis and dive into guilt-free creativity that makes your heart sing and time fly!

Julie Ann Lien
Stay in conversation with what is wild and sacred for you. It's easier than you think.

Karin von Schantz

Let's bring through creativity! Flexing, elongating, soothing, energizing and sometimes tricking that wonderful muscle of creativity - no matter what shape or phase it's in.
Katie Fowler
Helping creatives believe as many as six impossible things before breakfast, one small step at a time.

Kate Robertson
Helping Women become their most creatives selves
Kathy Kane
Uncovering Possibilities for the Second Half of Life
Kathy Wachendorf
Get your Creativity Bubbling - find your passion after
Kim Selby
Living Well at any age.... How to Express Yourself and Shine! 

Laurie Hawley
The art of living creatively 
Lisa Marie Selow

Helping misfits & rebels to get unstuck & create nourishing habits & get passionate again about their creativity
Liz Gow
Phinspire – DEEP Body Love Coaching
Satisfy your hunger with the right kind of nourishment.

Maureen Perideaux
Brilliant Sparks: Ignite your ideas!
Maggie Kolkena
Mary McDowall
Supporting creative professionals and professional creatives in achieving their goals one small step at a time.
Makenna Johnston, Kaizen-Muse Extraordinary Staff Member
Unsticking Stuck Entrepreneurs Through Business Strategy and Kaizen

Nina Hart
Paula Graham
Tune Your Creative Vibration
Robin Ritz
Guiding, inspiring & empowering others to identify what creates joy and excitement & honoring the journey every (small) step of the way.

Sandy Ackers
Stop Strangling Your Muse! Learn to Live a Creative Life in a Stressful World.
Stephanie Christenson
See more clearly through the lens of a pen.
Sue Mitchell
Writing about your life can feel easy and fun with Kaizen-Muse tools.

Susan McLean
Creative Energy Sparkle for the ART that is Your Life!
Susan Seitz
PLaYfuLLy creating space for the Young & Young at heART to practice the process of discovering Imperfect Greatness!
Suzie Stambaugh
Vicki Nathan Kramer
Choosing your creative life in what you do, in who you are.
Vivian Liebenson
Cuppa Creativity: Fill Your Creative Well - One Sip at a Time
Yuriana Kim
gnite & Nurture Your Creative Spirit
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Become a Creativity Workshop Facilitator based on the book The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard):10 Guides to Creative Inspiration by Jill Badonsky

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September 14 - December 2, 2014
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You will personally experience the creative life changing coursework while training to be a certified Muse Group creativity workshop leader. Includes a hard copy manual which gives step-by-step instructions on how to run and market creativity workshops and classes.

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(Trainings begin every August and September)
The training is customized for individuals interested in learning how to use tools that have empowered thousands since 1996 to reach creative dreams and live the blessing of an authentic, joy-filled life.
This training is for you if:
  • You want to be part of one of the most distinctive, refreshing and enjoyed communities of creativity coaching rapidly gaining worldwide attention.
  • You have a passion for and experience with the creative process and are curious about what tools make creativity more accessible to yourself and others.
  • You have a desire to make a difference in the lives of those searching for creative fulfillment.
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Jill Badonsky, M.Ed., is founder of the Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching training, artist, and author/illustrator, of The Awe-manac: A Daily Dose of Wonder, The Muse is In: An Owner's Manual to Your Creativity and The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard).
She lives in a San Diego canyon with two cats and a songwriter.
(c) 2014 all rights reserved, feel free to share with appropriate credits. thank you.

Now go make stuff.
Love, Jill Badonsky

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