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1 July, 2019
 Five Ways to Move Beyond Comparing Yourself to Others
 Back when Thor first drew a bison on the wall of his cave with torch soot, he was pretty impressed with himself. He pointed to it so Troshe, his woman, would notice and be proud, or … maybe turned on. He didn’t then go to Instagram to upload a snapshot of the sketch and while scrolling, notice that across the savannah, Vilk had already drawn a bison and in fact, had rendered it larger and better than Thor’s, causing him to feel discouraged, envious, and maybe even so despondent he didn’t notice the saber tooth tiger ready to devour him. He just remained encouraged and then maybe happily added a horse. “Good Thor!” say Troshe.

The visibility of what people are creating, accomplishing, and happily experiencing is in our face more than it ever has been in any other time in history. And like many developments of modern society it has a wickedly double-edged sword. We get to see myriads of art, music, writing, and discover strangers we want to follow because we are inspired, entertained, or sense a kindred connection. Sometimes they even end-up our friends in real life.

The dark side is more common. Comparison can slime us with envy, a feeling of not being good enough, and sometimes depression all of which can definitely ruin our day not to mention derail our passion. It has derailed me on several occasions as well as many of the people I work with in my creativity coaching practice and training. Out of creative survival I designed five comparison antidotes fueled by mindfulness, common sense, and a little bit of play. One may work for you, or in more serious cases you may need all of them.
See what you think (my favorite is #5) : Rest of the article is at Elephant Journal: 
Finding Focus
Here is the MP3 of last month's Zoom Focus Workshop. It includes some wily ways to reclaim our focus amid all the modern day distractions so that creativity is possible and frustration is minimized. It was a visual workshop, some of it may need your imagination:
Listen to on your computer
Download the MP3
In the workshop, I mention the Underground Highway to Creative Results - Being in a fun, non-overwhelming, non-competitive community that provides the structure many of us need to show-up is one way to stay true to your creative call and it's at an insanely low-cost. Underground Highway Here. 
Reality Show of Idea Contenders
When I have a bunch of ideas how do I choose one to start with?   Here's a little tool we use in Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching.  I know if I make it fun, my childlike spirit which is strong, perfectionism-proof, and enticing will chime in so I make the process of choosing a game.
I write the ideas on the contender's list below and let them individually audition like in a reality show for my next move. I choose the top three by scanning the list and seeing which ideas energize me from a place of eagerness and intuition (not from the place of shoulds).  I know this is where my passion lies, and with passion there is perseverance.   Click on the image for a free download of the form. Try it yourself. Let me know how it goes.  
Also know, if you are never choosing an idea and always coming up with new ones, this can be a form of avoiding the difficulties inherent in the creative process .  Creativity is not always easy, find ways to hang in there even during the hard parts.  


Taos, New Mexico is filled with flowers, views, and the spectacle of creative restoration in the summer.

 Taos, New Mexico, Annual Retreats:

Camp Creative Thunder: Creativity Retreat 
July 16- 20, 2019 three spaces open

It's your turn to be a kid again. Remember when everything was taken care of for you? And you got to discover yourself in creative pursuits. You get to do that again, only THIS time the food is REALLY delicious.
Restore or deepen your creativity in enchanting New Mexico. Be pampered, fed three gourmet meals immerse yourself in your creativity - discover a new voice, or deepen the one you're loving. Lots of laughing, lots of relaxation.
Especially for the hesitant and doubtful person, looking for new energy, kindred friends, REALLY good food, laughter and pampering.
"I thought your workshop was going to be great - I just didn't know HOW great.  I've been to tons of workshops and retreats, have facilitated some myself, and yours far exceeded any expectations I had. Your ability to help us open up, use our inner demons  (and joy) to expand our creativity, and grow community in only 5 days is quite amazing."
~Marilyn Venegas

More information about CCT here
and from a camper here
Two spaces just opened up!
 Free Range Art Generation in Portland with Jill Badonsky
 July 27-28, 2019

Restore your creative jones for drawing in artsy Portland in a lovely weekend sponsored by Sellwood Carriage House, Portland, Oregon, Artisan Workshop.
Especially designed for the hesitant and unconfident as well as those looking for a fresh voice.
 More information here.

The Muse in Winter:
February 15-19, 2020-
A winter creativity in beautiful Taos, Mexico at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House.
Sign-up now and break the payments down monthly.
Deets coming soon.
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Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Certification Training
with Jill Badonsky, Robert Maurer and Sarah Sadie

Now Taking Applications for the Next KMCC Creativity Coaching Training:
August 12 - December 2, 2019 
Take the journey yourself to understand our mindfulness and creativity work together to create the life you love.
Understand the psychology behind creative blocks and the tricks that confound them and the tools that make creativity easier. Procrastination, perfectionism, overwhelm, too many ideas, resistance to start, difficulty finishing projects, self-sabotage, fear - all are normal challenges and all have solutions that affect your entire life.
Take your own creative journey to finally GET to your call and learn how to liberate the creativity of others for another stream of income and joy.
Send me a little about your background and why you think this is a good fit for you. If you're passionate about creativity, you will be nourished. 
More information here

I am so glad to say that it was Jill's books that paved my way into signing up for the KMCC training. And am I thankful. This study course has given me so much more than I ever expected; knowledge about the creativity process, tools that truly work to keep the creativity flowing, my favorite has been the interaction with other students and master coaches. ~Anita Mack Beatty

 I just want to thank all of you for making this experience more than unique, it was a life changer. I realize I’m not alone in the crazy world of art and voices of self-doubt are NORMAL!  I now have Kaizen tools like the 4-part belief maker, the PLANETs and a great support group! I know I have this; I know I am an artist, and NO ONE can take that away from me! Great class and a great group of talented women ~Kathy Gonzales
Jill it’s been a sheer honor, blessing, and utter gift to be in this class with you and the crew! I am so excited to embark on my coaching path and plan to continue to grow with your support and all of KMCC!!  ~K.L.


Parallel Universe Time
Mondays 8am pacific/ 11am eastern
A Kaizen-Muse Tool that Makes Showing Up Easier - no fee

Complimentary time, where we hold the space for each other and get LOTS done.
Since 2009! Come and try it, no obligation. All you need is an internet connection and a free download of Zoom.
Meet here on Mondays:
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Welcome to the Underground Highway ... Well, it's just the description for the Underground Highway, but I want you to take a deep breath in and imagine you are in a creative community, surrounded by supportive and inspiring kindred spirits, where your creativity is nurtured WITHOUT a lot of pressure in the comfort of your own home. How? Go here

Love, Jill

  Jill Badonsky, M.Ed. is creator/trainer of the Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Certification Training founded in 2004, inspirational humorist, multimedia artist, performance poet, yoga teacher, and
author/illustrator of four books on creativity.
(c) Jill Badonsky 2019
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