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The Muse is IN with Jill Badonsky

A Moment with a Muse
November 1, 2021

Hi There, 
I remember writing my first book, The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard).
In my head, the company of ruthless naysayers taunted me:  “People are going to think this is silly," "No one is going to take you seriously.”  "Who do you think YOU are?"
The fact that I had promised the book to a large group of people gave me the urgency of having to get it done and therefore, to survive all this painful self-doubt.
I needed a plan.
The antidote: To just write what I want to read in the way I want to write it:  With humor, illustrations, and not so much dry theoretical, conventional seriousness. Afterall, it was about creativity and creativity is made easier with fun. If I did that, at least I’d have something I’d like at the end of all that.  Five publishers also liked it and Penguin/Putnam ended up first publishing it so I quite like this antidote.
I’m not perfect about letting go of what people think of me. That’s pretty normal. But in the moments where I am audaciously sipping from the fountain of confidence there is a sense of remarkable freedom that not only leads to my willingness to share my creativity without a care, but also results in a relationship with myself that feels satisfyingly steadfast. As strange as that sounds, it is  important because I’m the one I’m around the most.
Truth is, when I wasn’t worried about what people thought, I was having a blast writing that first book. Even more so with The Awe-manac. If you are a writer, musician, business builder, architect, craftsperson, artist, or human, don’t you want to be free enough from the restricting nature of caring what people think to have fun and feel free? Creativity works best that way
I’ve invited some well-known experts on the subject of letting go of what others think to share their wisdom. For each quotation I have a question or a suggestion for you so you can move in a liberated direction if you so desire.
The first one is Georgia O’Keefe. Find out her powerful thought in this short Moment with a Muse: Georgia On My Mind Podcast
Lao Tzu: “Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.”
Change this quote to the first person, and see how much more influential it might be in your life: If I care about what other people think, I will always be their prisoner.
Michel de Montaigne: “I do not care so much what I am to others as I care what I am to myself.”   How would it feel if you adopted this belief? Could you just adopt 5% more of it?
Author, Suzy Kassem: “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” Where have you or are you letting doubt kill a dream? Where can you start again to revive it?
Actress, Angelina Jolie : “Some people say you are going the wrong way, when it’s simply a way of your own.”What way of your own would you travel more on if you were able to be okay with it being different? Maybe you ARE okay. I think that’s great.
Cynthia Kersey :“Believe in yourself and there will come a day when others will have no choice but to believe with you.”  Imagine that. No really, go ahead and IMAGINE that.
Tina Fey: “Some people say, ‘Never let them see you cry.’ I say, if you’re so mad you could just cry, then cry. It terrifies everyone.” I just really like this quote.
 Onward, Jill
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Creative Prompt for Art:
Visit this beautiful lion (artist unknown) and render a blind or partial (looking sometimes at what you draw) contour... Do it for yourself. Let go of the need to be perfect, embrace the benefit of being courageous, have fun.
Creative Prompt For Writing:
Take Angelina Jolie's quote, “Some people say you are going the wrong way, when it’s simply a way of your own," and write about your "own way."
Suggestions: Make a list of adjectives, nouns, and verbs to describe your own unique way and people who have helped influence it. 
 Do whatever you're doing as if your audience
were made up of people like you.
Because it is.

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Jill Badonsky, M.Ed. is an inspirational humorist and author/illustrator of three and a half books on creativity, creator and trainer at Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Certification training.  She's an internationally recognized workshop leader, yoga/mindfulness teacher, podcaster, and lives in San Diego with two cats and a bougainvillea.
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