Late January 2008
from Jill Badonsky

These are For You - I Picked Them Myself

Happy MLK day to you.
This is just a quick hello with a few announcements, some invitations and those crazy faces on the left there, that I picked from my Garden of Weird Heads.  I tried to pick their brain, but all they said back was HAAHG! .. over and over. The middle one sounds like Woody Woodpecker.

** We are changing newsletter servers because we have happily grown too big for this one - so you will be receiving a confirmation email in the next few days. If you do not respond, sadly you will be lost from the Muse Kingdom :---( Please excuse our inconvenience but we don't want to lose you, so respond according to cyber directions you receive). As a REWARD for signing up anew, you will receive a complimentary link to a guided meditation that will take you on a musical and voice-led journey to the inside of a Muse's Kitchen Cabinet... and you don't want to miss that do you? Find out what nourishes the entities that nourish our inspiration. And find out what is in their specially marked boxes of LIFE cereal.

The Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching training that begins January 30th is almost full. If you are interested email . See other events over there on the right. ---->

Visit Jill's column at Creativity-Portal.

The Muse is IN site..

Join us for the Michael Gelb Teleconference
Me Again

Tomorrow, January 22nd at 10 pdt, 11 mdt, 12 pm cdt, 1 edt, Jill Badonsky's Interview with Michael Gelb, best selling author, creative genius and all round very cool dude. He is author of "How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci" and his latest book is "Innovate Like Edison: The Success System of America's Greatest Inventor."

As you read this astounding book, you will feel as if that light-bulb has appeared above your head, enabling you to see yourself, your world, and your opportunities in a whole new light. You'll enjoy, you'll grow, and you'll profit handsomely from the success secrets you'll learn from the Wizard of Menlo Park." ~Ronald Gross Co-chair, University Seminar on Innovation, Columbia University ...

Come get some new watts for your bulbs!

The call is free to V.I.P. and Club Level Body Blissmas members and is $49 for anyone who wants to join. This includes a postage paid CD or downloadable MP3 recording. Michael's talk can renew your creative juices each time your listen to it.
Visit Michael's site to find out why I'm such a big fan.

To sign up for the call click here Add To Cart or visit here.

Michael's site

Jill's Cat on Kaizen-Mews Creativity Coaching
from Mambo, the cat

Monster drills. I call them monster drills. People sometimes think that we cats are possessed or that we ate a bad chicken part when we  act like we are spastically afraid of either something that's not there or of you, our familiar person. We fluff up then run insanely through the house knocking things over seemingly unprovoked. Humans, this is a drill for when dogs, vacuums, or large plants come through the house. It's practice ... one small spasm at a time.. very Kaizen. It's more progressed than you might think.

And sometimes when it looks like we are napping (which is most of the time), we practice monster drills in our head. You may think this is simply twitching-while-dreaming.. NO, it's practice in the form of visualizing or as we say in Kaizen-Mews Creativity Coaching, "mind sculpting." Practice is one of the keys to success, confidence and a prevailing species. What small thing can you be practicing- even if you are just going over the small steps and the way they feel -in your head?

Okay, that's all. I'm out of here. FLUFF and whoooooooosh

Congratulations to Paula Graham in PA and Elizabeth Clontz in N.C. - Two newly certified Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaches. YAAY!
Elizabeth's KMCC description:
Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching is a process of gently yet powerfully moving through blocks of overwhelm, perfectionism, procrastination and the like that have nestled between you and your creative dreams. We’ll free the strength and energy these blocks now hold captive and redirect them toward creating what you love.  AND we’ll do so in ways that honor your whole being - your intuition, your body’s wisdom, your inner artist child’s need for play, and your practical side. I am creating the most prolifically ever  - in my creative work and in my life. I would love to work with you so can truly DELIGHT in your creative self.

Find out more about Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching at our monthly
free teleconferences. See the new site that KMC3 Executive Director, Ken Dow put together. Way cool, Ken.

Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching

Calendar of Events
Tuesday, January 22  2008 
10 am 11 am 12 pm 1 pm (pdt, mdt, cdt, edt)
Micheal Gelb Teleconference $49 includes the CD

Wednesday, January 30 - April 30, 2008
New Kaizen-Muse Creative Coaching Certification Training


Wednesday, February 6th, 2008 at 5 p.m. PST (8 p.m. EST)
Free Teleconference
on a Kaizen-Muse Creativity Tool
This month: EXPOSURE and it's Inspirational Potential
sign up at

Saturday February 16, 2008  $55
11:30 am - 3:30 pm includes lunch. Space is limited.
Post Valentines Day Creativity Party
Refugees of the Heart Holiday Unite for a Creative Fix
We creatively write our hearts out, laugh and do some Mail Art
The Fir Street Coffee House (i.e. The house where Jill lives) San Diego's South Park
To sign up email and write: HEY! I wanna sign up for 2/16!

Thursday, February 21, 2008 7-9 p.m. (and EVERY THIRD THURSDAY)
Third Thursday Drop-in Writing Class
Flower Hill Mall, Del Mar at Book Works
Also check out Writing Classes at
Just show up.

August 2008
Body Blissmas (and a Happy New Rear)
II for current Blissmas Babes begins a New Journey : Watch for information or email

October 10- 12 2008
Agelessness and Creativity Retreat Re-ignited
We return to Spirit Fire for another Retreat! Massachusetts
This time on Body Blissmas and a Happy New Rear
For information:

December 4, 2008
THE AWE-MANAC: A Daily Dose of Wonder by Jill Badonsky debuts. Bring Jill to your neighborhood for an Awe-full event.. hmm.. I'd better talk to the marketing department about that one. How about an Awe-some Event?

Creativity Tip
Just keep going through the imperfection, the cursing, the demons, the funny looks, the desire to nap, the flying monkeys, the echos of people saying you're not the one, the longing for rut-like behavior, the desire to avoid the fears, the false starts, the second-thoughts, the seventeenth thoughts.. just keep with it. These impulses are not your weaknesses.. they are the nature of the creative process. Decide NOT to be one of the 85% who give up on the process as these hurdles arise. Little steps give you confidence and self respect. Practice "success drills"... see someone reading your work and benefiting, someone viewing your work and being deeply inspired, someone appreciating that you kept going because now they are inspired to keep going to. See it, believe it, just keep going. Say it to yourself "Just keep going." If you need to see how someone kept going despite an impossible situation go see the movie, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

TAKE 40% off your next unrealistic expectation!!!!

Put Yourself in Motion

Lower your expectations by 40% in your next creative endeavor (which includes positive creative changes like weight loss, wellness and being less cranky as well as art, writing and music) and notice how much easier it is to get started. Once you've started, practiced, and stayed with it you can start shooting for excellence. If you are a perfectionist you may not be starting at all because you're expecting too much. Get over it. Doing SOMETHING.. even if it's flawed, imperfect or downright disgusting ... is better than a perfect nothing. When you have something.. it can be improved on. When you have nothing... it create a vacuum for regret. Lower results, add compassion, and begin.

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