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From Jill Badonsky   April 26, 2017
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Hi Creative Ones,
As soon as I was old enough to do a cartwheel, my mom stuck a tennis racket in my hand and signed me up for tennis lessons. Life became tennis. I lived in Miami, my mom was a tennis-pro, and my dad was on the court at every free moment. Eventually, my mom entered me in tournaments and sat on the sidelines grimacing every time I missed a shot; a LOT of pressure for a sensitive, creative soul. She meant well.
I ranked first in the Miami-wide school district when I was 14 years old but at some point the pressure to win turned into a huge tennis block. I choked and the ruthless forehand that won me so many matches now betrayed me and I hit everything out. I had lost something that brought me a feeling of competence at a time when life was turbulent and awkward. The lack of experience and support in dealing with the pain and embarrassment led me to quitting.
                                                                                                                                                high school 
Fast forward to my thirties, I found a Zen tennis instructor to help me work through the block because I wanted to return to tennis for fun. He used metaphors and creative exercises to invite less mental interference. He gave me permission to hit badly as a way to remove the pressure. (These tools may sound familiar to those in the KMCC sphere).
My favorite tool was his instruction to “fascinate on the ball" as it came toward me. The words “fascinate on the ball” created an entirely different experience of being present with this round, fuzzy thing being whacked at me. Not only did it move me from overthinking and pressure to getting lost in a relaxed zone of easy follow-through, it was freeing and made tennis more fun. Bingo!
Words evoke feelings and if we repeatedly use ones that entice us to consciously approach our creative passion with more color, over time the subconscious will relax its habitual delivery of pressure, judgment, and comparison and we can shift toward showing-up more effortlessly.     
Our blocks will melt.
Instead of focusing on how much you can accomplish,
focus on how much you can absolutely love what you’re doing.
~Leo Babauta
On page 53 in The Muse is In: An Owner’s Manual to Your Creative, (turn there now, I 'll wait...), I have a whole list of words called "Process Fuel" that can evoke a better feeling for showing-up for your work than pressure and judgment.  If you’ve had great success in a creative arena or are just starting, it’s not uncommon to have resistance. Often the best way to get through it is with novel strategies that shift the mind out of the pattern that hasn’t worked but is automatic because it's been established as a habit.
Scan this list and see if your intuition finds an enticing combining of words that may evoke follow-through in your own game of love. Do any of those work for you?
heightened curiosity
playful anticipation
fascinated presence
loving simplicity
conspired joy
quiet trust
mischievous amusement
other: your chance to invent one
From the Mind of a Muse:
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, creative rejuvenation, and the delight have three gourmet meals a day!.
(c) 2016 Jill Badonsky All Rights Reserved

 The Company Muse: Business Building for the Reluctant Marketer
The program is open for new Company Muses at the beginning of each month. Next new participant date is  Tuesday, May 3: 11 am pacific time/ 2pm eastern time
Enlist a friend for added kindred support and a free Awe-manac or "So What" Mug
Previous Informational Teleconference and Scoop about The Company Muse
By permission, from an email a current artist participant sent:
Thank you for the coaching. I've participated in so many online and real
life coachings to work on my marketing and selling, but none have gone
as deep as our Tuesdays already have. I feel deeply appreciated as my
creative self and the inner material that has kept me from implementing
or even finishing the previous coachings is now finally going somewhere.
 I really appreciate your take on this. <3  ~ Marie Tiger Mikkonen
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 spirits.

I love the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos so much I'm having two more retreats there annually:
  • The Muse in Winter: A Creativity Retreat February 15 -19, 2017  Writing and Art 
  • The Inner Muse: Yoga (Meditation, Yoga, and Writing): April 9-13, 2017 in Mabel's beautiful new Yoga/Meditation Facility. Come experience how your connection to intuition, imagination, and instinct through yoga,music, guided meditations can effortlessly lead to a deeper more liberated experience of creativity and unconditional happiness.
Reply to this newsletter for early information and/or to start monthly payment for 2017 workshops.

Next Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Certification Training

August 10 - December 7, 2016 More here
February 22- June 14, 2017
It feels so freeing! I am so in the right place I even believe it (@ least 75% more than I have in the past)! ~ Stacey Huffman, OT and  KMCC coach
Most coaching models use the big challenge or blast model of change which appeals to a certain type of person who thrives on going big.  Often this is not sustainable.
The Kaizen-Muse model creates change by taking baby steps - and change sneaks up on the client.   Creativity is such a treat with KMCC - the process becomes it's own reward. ~Samantha Sinclair, Certified KMCC Coach
As a psychotherapist, creativity coach and facilitator of writing groups, I have followed and taught Jill’s work for years.  But it wasn’t until I actually took her KMCC training, that I got to dive into the deep essence of her philosophy and truly experience the Beauty of her work—both soulful and practical in its application.  Each and every tool that she offers provides direction that empowers our creative expression.  Through her compassionate and skillful guidance, I learned how to navigate the challenges that can stall and block us, to mine our rich, intuitive inner Muse-inspired resources, and to use viable structure to make the creative process productive, fun and enjoyable. 
Through Jill’s gifted vision and the exciting community that she has formed around creativity, I am now armed with incredible material to empower my clients.  I feel filled with fresh enthusiasm for my own creative process.  She has forged a path for the creative spirit in all of us—and one I had been waiting for all my life.  Thank you, Jill!  ~Cyncie Winter, MH, MA, LPC

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.

Creative People are Everywhere
Each month this column will be featuring the work of artists, writers, photographers, and KMCC coaches residing in the Kaizen-Muse Circles and Writing Club.
If you EVER find yourself comparing or beating yourself up when you see other people's work, STOP. It's toxic to your creative process. Instead, remember all you do, ask if there's one small inspiration you can find from what you see, and then consider what tiny, tiny small step you can take next.
Here's a Comparison Antidote I use with clients and myself.
Here's the work of artist, Marie D. Tiger Mikkonen
King of My Heart, Mixed media, 100×140 cm, 2014. This painting is about 
receiving all the good that the Universe is constantly offering us, when
we pay attention and open our heart. I lived my childhood close to the
deep woods and saw many an elk from afar. For me, the elk is the king of
the Northern woods. ~Marie

Marie D. Tiger Mikkonen
+358 50 591 5919
In the last newsletter I asked for people to send what in every day life they consider to be art in the #ArtIsEverywhere. Susan Lawson sent this and entitled it Psychedelic Slap (She's in a car-wash!)
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes,
but in having new eyes."
- Marcel Proust

Yours Truly, Jill Badonsky
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. #ArtIsEverywhere

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