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Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching
   Mid November 2019

 Dear Creative Friend,     
Hi. Almost everyone I ask is overwhelmed these days, it’s no
wonder why, right?  There’s so much to do, see, and ... if you’re a creative person, there are so many ideas, projects to start, projects to finish, projects to promote, places to go, people to meet, and cool people posting their stuff.   And then there's life and Netflix.
Letting feelings of overwhelm fester can result falling further behind and gradually becoming numb to the way the bougainvillea stares at you with those little white eyes  and how the hummingbird suspends herself like a helicopter above the a hibiscus. But overwhelm can also lead to unnecessary stress that might be causing fatigue, digestive problems, and deep-dark, inconvenient crankiness.


Calculate your results:

1:     Even experiencing just one symptom sucks.
2- 7: That sucks even more and if you're cranky, I'm not surprised. I've been cranky an overwhelming number of times).
More than 7:
        You are overwhelmed to the point where you’ve lost the ability to count.
 If you checked ANY symptoms you are invited to stop this
compromised quality of life At The Muse is IN Office Hours

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There are some gentle, soul-validating solutions that might change your entire life when it comes to managing overwhelm.
I'm opening up The Muse is In Office Hours this coming Tuesday, November 19, 4p pacific/ 7p eastern to share some solutions, offer some reverie, and get you grounded with a little excursion into creativity.  Sign-up here

If you like, sign-up even if you can't make it, the recording will be available for a week afterwards.
Jill's 2020 Art Calendar
Wonder As a Conduit for Creativity

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Illustration by Ella Frances Sanders,
Author and Illustrator of my new favorite book, Eating the Sun
 (the illustration is from another one of her books: The Illustrated Book of Sayings
Wonder is at the origin of acts of creativity, both historical and mundane, from big breakthroughs in science to the everyday discoveries that lead to works of art, music, writing, and
The Care and Feeding of Wonder:
Three Ways to Keep Wonder Alive
1. Ask Questions Without Needing an Immediate   
Questions are brokers of wonder.  The brain can't resist

answering questions, but often the questions we feed it lead to creative constipation. Questions like, "How come I can't come up with a good idea?" or "Why don't I get more likes on my posts." Our brain works on those but the answers are not as wonder-prone as:
  • "What if I painted the teapot upside-down?"
  • "What music does the color turquoise play?"
  • "What if my character met a parrot for a beer everyday?"
  • "What if I projected myself into the future and looked back? How would I have solved my latest problem?"
  • 'What if I'm the only one in existence and everyone else is just an illusion?"
  • "What would be fun to wonder about today?"
     2.  Take a quote about wonder and
          personalize it. Here are two examples:
The world is full of magic things patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.  ~ William Butler Yeats
The world is full of magic things patiently waiting for my senses to grow sharper: The way the sun is split into an accordion of light as it comes through the blinds of my window. The way petting a cat makes it rumble with the healing blessing of a purr."
“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.” ~ E.B. White
I am always on the lookout for the presence of wonder. It doesn't have my phone number, yet it calls me when a star shoots through the heavens, when my dreams entertain me at night, and when a loon impersonates a moody clarinet."  

3. Hang around Children
Go out, go out I beg of you
And taste the beauty of the wild.
Behold the miracle of the earth
With all the wonder of a child.
~ Unknown

What brought you wonder when you were a child? What made your eyes flash? Can you crack the door back open to that wonder again? What's one thing you can wonder about the sky right now?


  ~ Wishing you wonder,
Jill Badonsky

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Jlll Badonsky
Jill Badonsky, M.Ed. is creator and trainer at the Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Certification Training - now 15 years in operation. She is a multimedia artist,
inspirational humorist, poet, yoga teacher, and author of three books on creativity.
 Wonder more,


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