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From Jill Badonsky   May 22, 2017
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Hi Creative Ones,
I was listening to the radio while driving last week and the weatherman launched into local temperatures, but when he got to the desert he said, “And the desert has hotter temperatures… as usual.” Just a slight after thought interjected where one usually isn't. Insignificant to many, perhaps, but the “as usual” struck me a funny, seemed like a bit of an attitude, and as such, it stirred the simmering soup of creative play within me.
What if there was a story about a character that was enamored with a weatherman who had an tendency to add his opinion to the forecasts?  Aha! I was inspired to at least play with a shitty first draft just for fun. That's how stories begin... and then, you know if you are a writer on-fire, your subconscious takes control and it's as if someone ELSE is writing - both in fiction and nonfiction. All three of my books were like that. 
Optimal conditions for intuitive creating, (my favorite kind), include driving while awake enough to the moment to be gently startled by a singular stimulus – an image, a sound, a sentence, a thought that snaps you into a connection, that summons a possibility, flirts with the “what if …” and seduces your passion to create.
Optimal conditions also include showering, walking, daydreaming, sitting and beginning and trusting your intuition to ignite a parade of willing ideas, characters, images, songs, kindnesses, surprises, new thoughts about your existence on a regular basis. And showing-up so the creative fireworks can shoot off.
This not only applies to writing, but art of any kind including the art of living your life with amplified awareness, to how IT IS ALL ART, the good and the bad, the gifts and the losses. It’s the art of being human and all of it can be alchemized into creative expression - the antidote to reality.
Mindfulness in collusion with creativity = colossal contentment.
Ray Bradbury speaks of this:
“What is the Subconscious to every other man in its creative aspect becomes, for writers, The Muse. Here is the stuff of originality. For it is in the totality of experience reckoned with, filed and forgotten that each man is truly different from all the others in the world. All that is most original lies waiting for us to summon it forth.”
This is why the material for my trainings and workshops emphasize instinctual, intuitive creating over linear, forced, should-infested pressure.  Right brained drawing, free writing launched off of clever devices and media that catch the critic off-guard, guided relaxations to connect to the intuition and imagination - all set the Muse free.
How do you get into the instinctual flow? Many of you are there already, you just need to acknowledge it. Others need to get out of your way. Still others, and this is the biggest number, need to show-up - which is not easy this days without a few tricks.
Free Call: A Few Tricks
 Dear Muse: Help!
Join me in a free creativity call on Tuesday, May 23, 2017: 2pm pacific/5pm eastern to discover some new ways to make creativity more of an instinctual, intuitive passion and priority in your life.  Includes intuitive writing,  a creativity coaching session with a volunteer, and a word from Blanche Baldwin< Muse Broker

 Jacarandas are in Bloom in San Diego
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The Creative Alchemist Initiation: How to Get Unblocked, Create Constant Inspiration, and Finally Finish Your Projects 
Beginning June 1, 2017- A free online event
Edeline Wrigh interviewed me on this free event, chock-filled with creative inspiration. She is a creative, fun, magical spirit and coach. I will be speaking on the plight of unfinished projects as well as ways you can keep your creativity alive bypassing many of the typical blocks. But note - my own bias is that sometimes a Lull is in order: a time to put the need for constant inspiration down; and sometimes we need to set free our "unfinished projects" and decree them as complete in their own way.  Find out more here.
San Diego Writers: Free Writing Workshop at the Kensington Library
Free-Range Creative Writing Workshop with author, Jill Badonsky
6:15 – 7:30 No Charge
Please call 619-533-3974 to register.
June 21, 2017
July 19, 2017
Free Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Call 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 TOMORROW!
2 pm pacific/3pm/4pm/5pm
Dear Muse: Help!
Calls fill - sign-up here

Find out more about how you can free up your intuitive resource of brilliance. 
Sign-up here

Become a Certified Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach: Since 2004

Next Training August 16 - December 13, 2017  
Now accepting applications
Ready to create a new stream of income and joy?  Discover the tools based on the powerful approach called kaizen in collaboration with 10 powerful principles I call Muses, which have freed hundreds to living with more authenticity, joy, and creativity.  Creativity is the process of being alive - this is how can you deepen your own.

For those passionate about the creative process. Presented with mindfulness, intuition, imagination, and compassion. Tools to experience more creativity and break through resistance, procrastination, feelings of overwhelm, fear, and focus-challenges.
It feels so freeing! I am so in the right place. ~ 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
Taos Creativity Retreats:
Free your writing, art, photography and improv at the Mabel Dodge Luhan house in enchanting New Mexico, where creative greats from Georgia O-Keefe to Dennis Hopper came to get inspired. Kindred connections here have lasted many years. The food is beyond DELICIOUS and I want to meet you. Enrollment limited, retreats fill.
The Muse in Winter February 14-18, 2018
Camp Creative Thunder July 17- 21, 2018

Modern Day Muse Facilitator Training

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
Ten powerful creative principles in the guise of nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard) help you unleash your authentic creative voice, defy blocks to unfettered creative living, and you to an unique version of mindfulness. 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. 
Paid in Full $745 
Two Payments of $380
Three partial scholarships available based on need

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

The Muse is In 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.

If you want to be a writer. ~Charles Bucowski 
if it doesn’t come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don’t do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don’t do it.
if you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your
searching for words,
don’t do it.
if you’re doing it for money or
don’t do it.
if you’re doing it because you want
women in your bed,
don’t do it.
if you have to sit there and
rewrite it again and again,
don’t do it.
if it’s hard work just thinking about doing it,
don’t do it.
if you’re trying to write like somebody
forget about it.

if you have to wait for it to roar out of
then wait patiently.
if it never does roar out of you,
do something else.
if you first have to read it to your wife
or your girlfriend or your boyfriend
or your parents or to anybody at all,
you’re not ready.
don’t be like so many writers,
don’t be like so many thousands of
people who call themselves writers,
don’t be dull and boring and
pretentious, don’t be consumed with self-
the libraries of the world have
yawned themselves to
over your kind.
don’t add to that.
don’t do it.
unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don’t do it.
unless the sun inside you is
burning your gut,
don’t do it.
when it is truly time,
and if you have been chosen,
it will do it by
itself and it will keep on doing it
until you die or it dies in you.
there is no other way.
and there never was.
Trust that it's there - even if it's just 5% more trust. Sit down and free it
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. Just take a tiny step.    
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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.
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