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December 19, 2018
Holiday Thoughts

At the bottom of this issue is a little relaxing reverie and a free PDF permission slip. Make sure you scroll all the way down.
Dear Cherished Reader,

I am reminded this time of the year, of when my hair caught on fire at a candlelight service when I was a teenager. Leaning down to pick up my purse while holding a candle was not the smartest thing I ever did, but it could have been my last. Luckily my brother, who routinely clobbered me on the head for no reason, now had a valid one as he swatted the flame out. (Thanks, Jim). I cried as the congregation sang Silent Night, the church smelled of burnt hair, and I had lopsided locks until late February. 

The important thing is as a writer hair catching on fire is great material. Stories bring our writing alive especially when they expose our missteps. Being human kinda unites us, because we ARE human and delightfully imperfect. 

There is material EVERYWHERE all the time for our creative fodder. What's something that happened recently in your life you can alchemize into a story, a poem, or an interpretive dance.?  On Saturday, in glorious jetlag, I dropped a carton of eggs but only eight of them broke. Creativity reframes in a little comic-relief that only four of them made it.  Resilience is a fringe benefit of immersing ourselves in creative thought, new angles, and tinsel... the non-sequitur. 
The more imperfect our lives are, the more fuel we have not only for creative expression, but to use our creative powers to transcend any reason not to celebrate our imperfections with brilliance, comedy, and graceful acceptance.

Enjoy how you, a creative person, can define your own way to do things.    Do something you love. Approach all you do with love. Love, when you thought you couldn't. 

Make Creativity Even More Important in 2019. 

It's a world we can believe in.
It transports us in the healthiest way possible to our best selves. 
It makes visual our soul's signature.
It celebrates our human potential.
It beats cleaning the fridge.
Ways to Make 2019 Your Year of Creative Celebration
Being a part of a class, workshop, or training is guaranteed to
make showing up for your creativity easier in 2019


Live Visioning Workshop with Jill Badonsky
 On Zoom from the comfort of your home
January 3, 2019 4pm pacific/ 5 mountain/ 6 central/ 7 eastern, one and a half hours

Includes one FREE month in The Underground Highway to Creative Results and a downloadable MP3 you can use all year long. More about Visioning here.
Kamikaze Drawing with the Muses!
January 10 – February 21, 2019 (no class February 14) For all levels including intimidated beginners.
Combining the Nine Modern Day Muses with drawing techniques from the recent Sketchkon experience, Jill takes you through a journey of deepening your writing voice or overcoming any obstacles from flowing freely with your drawing. Drawing info here.

Dream Board Workshop in Kensington San Diego
Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM [PST]
This year, kick off 2019 by creating a Dream Board that illustrates what you want out of the new year. Get a discount if you bring a friend.
More about the Dream Board Workshop here

Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Certification Training
 January 28 - May 20, 2019
Going into its 15th year of a journey to understand what makes creativity possible. 18 weeks of immersing yourself in what triumphs over blocks such as procrastination, resistance, and perfectionism to allow creativity to flourish in every aspect of life for you, and/or for you to help others.
More about KMCC training here.

The Muse in Winter Creativity Retreat in Taos
February 15- 19, 2019
Only two spaces left to refresh your creativity at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in enchanting Taos. Writing, art, yoga, improv games for the timid to the bold. Check it out. Another retreat is happening in July if you can't make this one.
Winter Retreat Information

Get Certified as a Dispatching Creativity Facilitator for another stream of joy and income
Learn to facilitate your own creativity groups based on the book, The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard). 
In this 12-week course you will learn how to gather your own tribe of people in the spirit of unleashing creativity and/or can take your own creative replenishing journey. More about dispatching creativity here.

 Camp Creative Thunder in Taos
July 16- 20. 2019 
 It's the last year for Camp Creative Thunder in July. I'll still be coming to Taos in February, but for those who love Taos, flowers, thunder storms and their influence on creativity, please join me for this camp finale... after eight years.
Some former campers will be here as well as new ones! And singer/songwriters, Kate Mann and Mark Dudrow.
More here about the CreativeThunder
Whenever you can: Find Your Own Way
A Little Relaxation

If you're like me, you wear a size 8 1/2 shoe... 
No wait, start over, Jill.
If you're like me... holiday stress compounded by any chaos you may be soaking in from the news or your inner war with yourself can ruin your joy, drive you to over-nog, and make you cranky.
If there's too much reality happening, I invite you to get lost in Toshio Ebine's painting up there, Ancient Wind, ^  even if it's just for 30 seconds.
 What would it be like to be a float on an ancient wind filled with joyful reverie of every human throughout the ages?
Or maybe just 160,000 of them?
Here's some float inducing music to help 

Sometimes simply asking the question feels better than exposing yourself to incessant world weirdness, family drama, and various machinations of stress that zap the energy you could be using for creative exploration, sending a note to a friend you haven't contacted in a while, or laying under the Christmas tree and gazing up into the wonder.
Those of us always producing, need a time where we surrender our own efforts and enjoy the magnificence created by others. It's everywhere. Just waiting for us to float on it. Even for just a moment. Enjoy Toshio or the art, music, writing, dance, photography of whomever brings you awe.
Merry Everything,
For you,

And in conclusion ...
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. Norman Vincent Peale

Sending you heightened softness-and-beauty-detectors for this day and everyday.
Thank you for being a kindred spirit.
 JJill Badonsky, M.Ed. is an internationally recognized workshop leader, creative consultant, and author/illustrator of three books on creativity  (All three would make good Christmas presents..just sayin').
She is founder and director of Kaizen-Muse Certification Creativity Coaching. 
She lives with two cats and a bougainvillea. 
Find her at and
 No need to jingle all the way, just jingle the best you can. xxoo
(c) 2018 Jill Badonsky
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