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From Jill Badonsky  April 2016
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Hi Creative Ones,
If you are overwhelmed, just scan the newsletter and find the one thing that's here especially for you. Then breathe, realize how much you've done already,and take it, one tiny step at a time.
To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.”
~Mary Oliver
Your ability to be an artist of being alive is dependent on how well you pay attention, to be present to the art all around you, and to lose any attachment to the way things need to look, sound, feel, or taste to be art.
Seeing like an artist opens up new dimensions of life that replace the crap that snags us in crankiness -- it's a lot like freedom (which might be why artists are often called "free spirits"). 
This morning I was walking the cats in my new little backyard... well, actually they were walking without me, but I looked up to see a crow cleaning himself among the wires. I saw art. 
The photo below was what I saw (and the cats, who are Pay-Attention Experts, saw it too). I'd love for you to share your art discoveries. Smart phones make it easier. Go beyond just "pretty things" and find patterns, negative space, rhythms - stretch yourself into new ways of seeing as if you were a modern artist. If you send one I'll  post it next issue if it meets the above criteria and you will receive a delightful noun. Give it a title.
There's a Crow on the Line, It's For You

From the Mind of a Muse:
What Creativity Foreplay is...

I make a point of engaging in foreplay often: while waiting in line at Trader Joe, stuck in traffic on I-15, and especially when waiting on hold. It gets me excited for what's next.
I also use foreplay quite often with my clients. They love it too. They thank me afterwards. It’s not only one of my favorite coaching tools but one of the most effective as well.
The climax of this NON-OFFENSIVE article is here.
How I Was Discovered on Someone's Coffee Table ...

Shereen Sun found me on her friend’s coffee table and took me to a Creative Revolution 
Join me in one (or all of the events) below especially The Company Muse: For the Reluctant Marketer if you are wanting to easily move ahead in building your business using creative tools, in a non-competitive environment  with the help of Muses(it's are affordable and involves tiny steps versus overwhelming one) or the Camp Creative Thunder Taos Retreat < memories for a lifetime and your taste buds will thank you.
Let's celebrate April with some acrostics,
(which are like acronyms but they use sentences instead of one word per letter):
Liz Fulcher:
Actually, I'm
Pleased with all this spring
Irises, purple and white, now
Line my walkway.

Karen Bayly
All the pretty promises
Pissing on my dreams
Ride the winds of fortitude
In ever swirling streams:
Let this be the last time.


After I go to bed at night
Peace comes to me from the day's surrender.
Recognizing its deliverance,
I begin to welcome the
Lullaby I forgot was there.

Diane O'Connor:
Above the
Planet where
Riddles never cease,
I wonder what
Languages the natives speak.
P.S. .
Last month's newsletter still lurks here. Take a lurk.
(c) 2016 Jill Badonsky All Rights Reserved
Two books I highly recommend this month:
I am a Golden Buddha is the true story of how a woman named Jenny Messerle turned her life of self-criticism into a life of self-appreciation and inner peace. This beautiful and wise-beyond her years woman came to my Taos retreat last year, and I WONDERED why she was so creative and peaceful, now I know! Find it here.
 Mastering Fear: Harnessing Emotion to Achieve Excellence in Work, Health and Relationships
Dr. Robert Maurer is consultant and visiting teacher in the Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Training. His new book is getting accolades from current students and coaches alike. Dr. Maurer has changed the lives of thousands in gentle, kind and easy ways and this is a great book for people who would like to learn to reach out to others.

 The Company Muse: Business Building for the Reluctant Marketer
The program begins again Tuesday, April 5: 11 am pacific time/ 2pm eastern time
Enlist a friend for added support and a free Awe-manac or So What Mug
 Previous Informational Teleconference and Scoop about The Company Muse
Experience a Kaizen-Muse Infused Master Mind Group
Join Master KMC coaches Kathy Kane & Mary McDowall for a 90 minute KMI Master Minding Circle and see what a creative play zone could be like. Tuesday, April 5th 7-8:30 pm ET(6 pm CT/5 pm MT/4 pm PT) for just $25. They will bring you into their special virtual space, teach a tool, call in a Muse and let you hop into the “CON” seat with an idea to brainstorm. I highly recommend!
Click here to sign-up
Discover the KMI Difference! 

Starting April 11, 2016 The Creative Revolution Summit (Free)
I share my personal creative journey with my friend and fellow creative, Shereen Sun and the FREE Creative Revolution Summit. 
Camp Creative Thunder in Taos, New Mexico!!
July 12- 16, 2016
Experience creativity, yoga, field trips, gourmet meals, being pampered like a kid. This retreat fills f last year. It's early enough to break it down into smaller payment. This includes a workshop that trains you to run Coloring events.
Check it out. Invest in your creativity and life-time memories and new connections with kindred spirit.
I love the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos so much I'm having two more retreats there annually:
The Muse in Winter: February 15 -19, 2017  Writing and Art 
The Inner Muse (Meditation, Yoga, and Writing): April 9-13, 2017 in Mabel's beautiful new Yoga/Meditation Facility
Reply to this newsletter for early information and/or to start monthly payments on both.

Parallel Universe Time 

Mondays 8am/pacific/11am/eastern
A complimentary hour (that means it's free) where creative souls wanting some structure to show-up for their passions or their project-put-offs, hold the space for each other to work on those things. Been going on for 5 years now. No obligations or propaganda.
Bring things to work on. Mondays with Jill at 8 am pacific/ 11 am eastern. Sign-up here

Writing Club
Two original Jill Badonsky writing prompts and inspiration a week to provide simple, fun structure to practice and share writing with a tribe of like-mined writers. No pressure - you can post or keep it to yourself.
CLICK Here One month free to try it at no cost.
Thanks for reading the fine print. You look lovely today. Don't be afraid to do that thing your soul has been asking you to do.     
July border curls and stars

Jill Badonsky, M.Ed. is founder  of the Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Certification Training, multimedia artist, inspirational humorist, yoga teacher, and author of three books on creativity.

 Look up right now. What around you could consider art?

Savor it, it's your life.

Titles as a Inspiration
Asking a group of people to title an abstract does a number of things:
1. Provides fun conversation and an exercise in creative invention
2. Shows how differently our creative minds work
3. Honors different interpretations.
4. Results in some rich titles you could use for poetry or prose.
Here are a few of my favorite titles for the silly abstract I created up there ^ on Adobe Illustrator when I was chatting on the phone to a friend:
Jukebox on steroids. ~Jill McCarthy
floor plan ~Tracy Dove
Klimpt's Fantasy ~Jeff Doucette
Poetic Colorinth ~Sandra Meier
elephant dreams ~Karen Livesay
The things I think ~Mary Chapple
We're Each Wired Differently ~Connie Dillion
Which one of those could be a springboard for writing for you? Share your writing with me and I'll send you an adjective. ;)
See more titles here, I'll be happy to be your FB friend if we're not already
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes,
but in having new eyes."
- Marcel Proust

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