Hi Creative Friends,
"I believe when you stand in the middle of the driveway and wish upon a star for a handsome prince, you get bit by a mosquito and your mom tells you to come in and get a sweater." ~Me at 10 years old
I just recently had my heart broken. All the red flags were there, but ... you know ... love being blind and all. I needed two Seeing Eye Dogs for Love Blindness like the ones below. (They are blind memory drawings because I love how it looks when I draw without looking, it frees me from having to be perfect like I was expected to be in that relationship).
I need to look closer before I give my heart but when I take a risk and it doesn't work out, it's fodder for my first love - creativity. Out of the broken heart emerged these seeing eye dogs for blind love ^, (I drew big noses on them so they could sniff out the imposters including myself), this funny speech, a blues song I quite fancy (lyrics available upon request), and I had a renaissance of creativity as I returned to my own authenticity -- which, despite my tenure as a self-help author, I compromised.
And yet I am still a hopeless romantic, I still believe in princes, I'm still nine years old in my heart. I never want to lose the innocence and imagination that goes into wishing but at this age I know that if those wishes don't come true, or if the idea doesn't translate, if the result of sharing my work does live up to my wish, if I don't get the writing residency in Taos... I'll be okay. I'll wake up and create again. I'll love again. I'll laugh. I'll write and even dance.
In the creative process we create more than the writing and the art. We create ourselves as more powerful beings. I've built my tolerance muscle in the creative process for Things Not Turning Out As I Wish - and that muscle now applies to life and saves me from sinking in a quick sand of despair. I don't pretend to be happy when things don't work out,- but I can accept that I don't have to always like it when that happens, life is full of loss and pain. And grace and joy. I shall go to Scotland in August and visit the castles ....
“Love is a circular emotion that surrounds you, like a hug. Or a noose
― Jarod Kintz
“My love is meatloaf flavored. I just wish my meatloaf was also meatloaf flavored
― Dora J. Arod
“I run like I have cirrus clouds for legs and rainbow knees. What is life, if not a marathon of love?
― Jarod Kintz, again
Creativity Out There in the Cyberland:
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The Underground Highway to Creative Results: Sign-up by 6/30
Creativity is easier to get to when there's a place to show-up, be nurtured, have a monthly workshop, and be inspired by other creative people in a non-competitive, non-overwhelm way. Includes a subscription to The Writing Club.
Underground Railroad is only $17 a month. (After June $35)
July 17-21, 2018
Camp Creative Thunder: A Creative Renaissance of Fun and Food
Someone recently told me that they were intimidated by signing up for a creativity retreat. This is the right retreat for both the fearful and the accomplished. The experiences are geared to make it easy in a non-threatening way to discover or go deeper with your creativity whatever level you are. It's laid back, the people who come are not annoying, the food is worth the price of the ticket. You can do as little as you like and it's at one of the most magical places in Taos, the Mabel Dodge Luhan House. Just a few spots left. Take a look
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August 10 - December 3, 2018
Become a Certified Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach
And now for a very DIFFERENT way to learn to mentor people using creative tools, take your creativity (and your life) to a whole new level, and create another stream of income. Using intuition, imagination, in-session experiences. The tax-deductible investment pays off in many many ways. More here on KMCC, payment plans available.The training begins every August and January
SKETCHKON 2018 PASADENA is filling up fast!!
For three fun-packed days, we’ll experience a non-stop smorgasbord of rich visual presentations, inspirational talks, collaborative art projects, technical demonstrations, sketchcrawls, and one-on-one advice.
For the first time ever, over five hundred creative folks — including many top sketchbook artists from around the world — will gather in sunny Pasadena to celebrate our art. I will be giving a keynote and a workshop*. SIgn-up soon!
*Kamikaze Drawing and Low-Flying Creativity See More Here
Using fleeting multimedia projections, poetry, music, the silly and absurd you will be tricked into effortlessly colliding with your true creative voice without overthinking or scaring it away. Any perfectionistic tendencies, hesitancy, and/or immobilizing self-judgment will be terribly confused and ask to be excused from this workshop.
You will experience
- The unleashing of a deeper creative voice.
- What it’s like to generate a plethora of sketches in a short amount of time under the influence of an altered state of sketching.
- Learn techniques that make sketching not only easier but a hell of a good time to create.
- Go home with at least three sketches you’ll want to frame, share with the world, or simply become.
Parallel Universe Time An hour every Monday to get to your creative work or anything you've been putting off. This is a sacred, grounding time where we hold the space for each other to focus. It's been happening for nine years now. No charge. All are welcome. Sign-up here, unsubscribe anytime.
Go entertain some wishes,
Jill Badonsky, M.Ed. is head muse of the Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Certification Training founded in 2004, multimedia artist, yoga teacher, and author/illustrator of four books on creativity.