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 Haiku Hiking Trail  Season 1, Episode 15
Kaizen-Muse Creativity Tools
 The subconscious loves having time to arrive at an idea. So many times my initial idea morphs into something better if I let go of the way I think it needs to be… Then I have arrived … I am here

 In the Issue:
  • The first article
  • The Latest Muse's Daydream podcast
  • A Creative Prompt for Writing and Art
  • Workshops and Events: Complimentary Gratitude Workshop: Nov 25: 9 am pacific/ 12pm eastern Sign-up here - Guided Relaxation and Guided Writing  - A last minute thank you to my subscribers- 30-40 minutes
  • Jill Badonsky 2021 Art and Story Calendar is ready
Dear ,

During a time where we feel a little out of control  because of the unknown outcome of this pandemic, the creative process gives us power. To  bring something into existence we edit, modify, rearrange, direct, amplify, frame, cut, give characters life, give emotions form and sound, we control outcomes... those are all acts of power. 
Even just a small step can begin a journey of creating because it's a good time to make it easy. Join me in taking a little hike that could be a metaphor for the creative process but might actually result in some relaxation, rhymes, and amusement. Haiku Hiking Trail
It's a week of gratitude. I swam a mile and a half in the ocean today. I experimented with the notion of swimming in an ocean of gratitude and the reframe of my usual swim gave it a feeling of depth and otherworldly wonder. As many studies have shown, I could feel a surge in both mental and physical health. And gratitude is free.
Maybe you don't swim in the ocean, but do you experience a breeze, the movement involved in a walk or yoga, the company of an animal or bird, the feeling of a favorite chair, the soothing sensation of a cup of tea? All of these things can be imaginatively endowed with gratitude to create an augmented reality of thanksgiving . There's so many applications of creativity.
I hope your creativity is plentiful and healing on this Thanksgiving.

Seeds of Gratitude Workshop
If you want a little creative infusion, tomorrow Nov 25... please join me for a short workshop by registering here. Sometimes ideas come at last minutes.
Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Certification Training
Consider also joining me in 2021 to make creativity a bigger part of your life, cultivate a deeper creative voice, and apply it to all areas of your life. If want to get through the overwhelm, procrastination, resistance and doubts that naturally arise and get in the way, or want to help others to do so, check it out here
 Come Daydream With Me

The Latest Episode: 
It was time for me to get out of the house for a hike and at the same time discover something about the creative process. This episode includes owls, squirrels, and garbanzo beans. Beam yourself here.

I happened to grab 17 moonbeams on my way back from Episode 13... A Swim on the Moon . Despite a nightmare about dishes running away with spoons, I did end up writing by the light of one of them a few secrets about the creative process.  Sometimes ideas don't go anywhere... that's okay. It's a natural part of the process. 
Sometimes when the earth is a little dark, we need to take a swim on the moon.  This is a little daydream for relaxation and creativity during a tough phase in
reality.  It may be a dark phase, but just like the moon, the light always comes back.
Listen here

 Refrigerator Art was influenced by my love of Alice in Wonderland, art that kids do, and a kind gesture. It also includes themes near and dear to me, like the extent I might go to to satisfy a chocolate craving, feeling a little crazy during the pandemic, and my propensity to lose things. And it answers the question as to whether the refrigerator light stays on.

What happens when you ask a Coaster on your bedside table  a question and then let it answer through writing? The answer might take a moment to sink in...just like the ring on the bottom of your cup.

A Muse's Daydream uses mindfulness, wit, and a secret embedded in a story to revel creativity tips that can make it just a little easier and more fun. They are  short for the 2020 attention span. Written, narrated, engineered, and illustrated by yours truly. 

A Muse's Daydream episodes

are found on the following outlets:

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Subscribe through your favorite podcast platform and episodes will automatically be downloaded so you don't miss one. Send links as little gift-stories to your friends in need of an inspiring diversion. 

And if you leave a favorable review,  I will be most grateful. 
Review of Daydreams of Muses  
   "This was magical, and just what I needed. Thank you!" ~Val Cashman

"I love your podcasts. This one is a beautiful mix of expressive sounds, language that evokes images, humour and music with a heavy dash of compassion." ~Rozy Walker
  Take Care,

Write your name vertical down a page and come up with a subject for each of the letters. Pick two or three of the subjects and write haikus about them. Two ways you might try one:
Three lines:
First line is 5 syllables

Second is 7
Third is 5
one word
two words
a whole sentence
two words
one word

Copy the owl upside down. Turn it right side up.
Consider modifying it and giving it a background with your own designs, colors, and power.
For more creative prompts:

Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Certification Training 
Now taking applications: The week of January 11- April 26 (Now meeting twice a week, recorded if one of the times doesn't work for you) Mondays: 4pm pacific/7eastern, Wednesdays 11am pacific/2pm eastern. Please email me: (info @ themuseisin . com) with your background, experience, and/or passion for creativity, and why KMCC is a good fit for you. More here -    
 My own creativity has been reinvigorated, and the importance of fostering creativity has been reconfirmed. When I consider the time before KMCC creativity coaching ever existed and compare it to what we have learned and experienced in the past four months, I'm overwhelmed by Jill's creative vision along with those who supported her. Thank you for sharing your gifts with our hungry creative souls. Anita Mack Beatty

 January Classes on Zoom through the Athenaeum:

(These fill quickly)
Writing As An Easy Art:
January 12–February 23, no class on February 2 and 9 (5 Weeks, 10 Total Hours of Instruction)

Wild Abandon in Watercolor and Sketching
January 14–February 25, no class on February 4 and 11 (5 Weeks, 10 Total Hours of Instruction)
Wild Abandon Workshop
January 23
Saturday, 1–4 PM
The Muse in Winter, Taos New Mexico February 6-10, 2021:
Mabel's has given me the go for ten participants. NM has strict guidelines for COVID!
There's room for only two more people . More information here.


Complimentary Parallel Universe Time: Going on 11 years
PUT is holding the space for each other to focus on our own work in distractible times. It's a grounding feeling that makes focusing easier. You're invited. Just keep this link in a place you can find it and click on it. Bring something you want to work on, I'll be holding the space for you to do just that, distraction-free.  
8:30a pacific, 9:30a mtn, 10:30a central, and 11:30a eastern on Mondays. Let me know if you want to be put on the reminder list that goes out every Sunday evening. 
 Upcoming, Email or Message me for more information:
  • Creativity on the French Riviera has been rescheduled to October 2021: Still has a few openings. 


Jill Badonsky, M.Ed., Creator and trainer of Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Training (since 2004), author/illustrator of four books on creativity, multimedia artist, internationally recognized retreat leader, yoga/mindfulness teacher,  inspirational humorist, creative mindfulness teacher, poet, and cat servant.

Blanche Baldwin, Muse Broker is my alter ego. I was born in Morristown, New Jersey. Her story is on her Facebook Page.

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