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Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching  . September 2016 .  Jill Badonsky .

“For what your writing loves is intimacy. What it loves is mutuality. What it loves is the gifts you co-create to share with others. What it loves is filling the stillness, the empty places in your heart with the slow dance of words. What it loves is the joy you find in showing up."
~ Alissa Lukara
Hi Creative One,

Creativity is about seeing things differently.
When I'm not getting to my creative pursuit as much as I'd like, I tilt my head ... in other words, I try looking at my approach differently.  Then I'm using creativity to be creative and I love creativity so I can't help but get my creative butt in gear. Although redundancy is not uncommon.

Warped rainbowsHere are two such head tilts:
1. We're fooling fear!
People run up against resistance when starting or returning to a creative pursuit because creativity triggers dastardly demons invented by fear including pressure, perfectionism, and comparison.
When I change my intention to doing something below-par for just five to fifteen minutes, fear is caught off-guard. Before fear catches on, I've created a momentum, engaged in the process for an hour or more, and below-par turns to better than I expected. Pisses fear off. Hahahaha!
2. Make it about kindness and curiosity
Consider changing the wording of your intentions. This is how I word them:
I get to be curious about where this idea is going and practice kindness to myself in the process.
I have to get a lot done and it better be good
The new approach takes the pressure off and reframes the time as an adventure. Not only THAT but I'm not just working on an idea, I'm working on the qualities of a gentler, more fulfilling life.  Contrary to what task-masters say, I end up getting a lot done. I have to like myself in order to SELF-express.
 Pssst, There are three more angles here for those curious with longer attention spans.

Pointer one
 I'll be in FLORIDA in January!
My latest passion has been detonated in the development a new program called:
Finding Uber Bliss- A Wildly Creative Journey to the Present Moment ™.

Speaking of New Angles:
The Head Tilt is one of the levels participants traverse on their way to Uber Bliss
In this level, approaches to writing, art, and smart phone photography are explored from a series of new angles. Most importantly, it gives participants ways to think like an artist of being alive, something new for the mortal who is constantly down on him or herself.
Finding Uber Bliss brings together the most celebrated teachings of spiritual joy with creative expression making both easier. It demonstrates how finding your creative voice is one of the most liberating things you can do in the short time we have on the planet.  
I'll be taking people through the journey in Delray Beach, Florida, January 19-22, 2017 (mosquitoes take the winter off). You are invited to either go through it to deepen your own creative-spiritual connection or to learn how to facilitate your own Finding Uber Bliss groups with friends or others for another stream of joy and income. More here.

More Creative Musings for the Devout Muse:

(c) 2016 Jill Badonsky All Rights Reserved
Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach Spotlights
Many amazing people sign-up for the Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Training. They inspire me. There are choreographers, directors, dancers, numerologists, authors, inventors, artists, musicians, comedians, poets, photographers, quilters, massage therapists, moms, secret agents, rambunctious hellions daring to ride on the winds of life’s irreverent freedom, people risking escape from secure but unhappy existences, seekers in transition, people wanting to get back to their beloved creative passions and those who simply want to understand creativity.

Master KMCC coaches, Kathy Kane and Mary McDowall,  have put together Master Minding groups Kaizen-Muse Style. Their next Kaizen-Muse Infused Master Mind starts September 13th, 2016  What ifYou could effortlessly sustain momentum for your projects or business? Working alone didn't feel lonely?
More here.
We've had several authors who have published books. I thought I'd share four superb books that were written by KMCC coaches after they graduated.
Somewhere in a Town You Never Knew Existed Somewhere by Nina Hart, KMCC Coach
Selected as a Short Stories (Adult Fiction) category finalist in Foreword Reviews' prestigious 2014 ‪#‎INDIEFAB‬ Book of the Year Awards.
It's a book that speaks directly to society's "elephants in the living room," through kooky hooliganism and satire.
It's a creative, surrealistic read for those who appreciate departing from the predictable. I went away feeling the kind of freedom you feel after attending a modern art museum.

Nina teaches writing workshops in Asheville, N.C. and on the Internet.
Nancy Norbeck, KMCC Coach wrote:
THE SILVER CHILD is a modern fantasy about a teen who needs to understand her power and the doctor who helps her unravel the truth about the past and their present, the regime known as the Brotherhood, and the magical and ordinary power they each carry deep inside.  THE SILVER CHILD shows us a fantasy world that is all too real, ruled by a modern Inquisition that seeks to control minds and wipe out history.

Nancy is designing writing workshops using KMCC tools and the Nine Modern day Muses.

Makenna Johnston, KMCC coach wrote The Intention Generation

Amid a haze of blue, yellow, red, and green cornstarch and hullabaloo, author Makenna Johnston stared into the abyss of jovial bodies that make up an adult summer camp and had an epiphany: We're a culture mired in expectation. And despite the co-opting of intention by every coach, self-help guru, and goal setting specialist we as a culture are farther away from understanding intention than we ever have been.
This is a must-read. Makenna has a fresh, fun voice that makes you want to keep reading whatever she writes.

Kim Flowers Evans, KMCC Coach wrote: What I Gave to the Fire
It's a beautiful and poignant story of how Kim turned to writing as a tool for healing from two miscarriages. She tells about how she listened to her inner voice and responded to its calling to reclaim her fertile, creative energies. This story offers companionship, compassion, and hope to readers who have experienced any type of setback in life. What I Gave to the Fire breaks the barrier of silence surrounding miscarriage, a common yet rarely talked about experience in the lives of many women.
January 19-22, 2017 Finding Uber Bliss: A Wildly Creative Journey to the Present Moment
Meet me in Florida and go through a journey that teaches you how to be an Artist of Being Alive  Creativity is made easier, peace of mind is discovered anew.  You can either learn to facilitate groups or simply go through the journey with likeminded tribe members. It's filling quickly, so you might want to check it out now.  More here.  

Next Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Certification Training is taking applications - Guest lectures with Dr. Robert Maurer

February 22- June 14, 2017
If you are interested in joining a journey of enriched creativity, please reply to this email with your background and why you think KMCC is a good fit for you.
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
So Much Freedom!” “So much Permission!”
"This is exactly WHY I sought out this program. I wanted to make my whole life more like this. I wanted to give myself permission to live exactly the way I want, deserve and know I’m meant to and I want to feel the freedom of this. And it is so exciting to think about the possibility of introducing this level of control and freedom to others! It is so invigorating!! It is so important. And I have learned to really value MY importance in this world, my value and the value of my words, my art, my energy, what I have to give through this magical coaching course.It was like unlocking a beam of sunshine. " ~Christina Barsi, New Grad KMCC
Taos Creativity Retreats 2017
I still have the afterglow of Camp Creative Thunder last week in Taos. I'll be having it again July 18-22, 2017 as well as one in February or April. More info here.

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

Thank you for paying attention, go make stuff, start with five minutes,

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