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Jill Badonsky
san diego
Author, Illustrator, Founder of Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Certification Training.
Interests: creativity, hiking, writing, film, music, art, laughing, nature,spirituality, love
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I have digestive problems. I’m one of those creative people some call an empath, others consider highly sensitive, and my family deemed, “Oh, why do you have to be so sensitive?” Nevertheless my creativity runs on sensitivity so despite its inconvenience, despite it being a pain in the ass when my feelings get easily hurt and I get irritable from the noise other people tolerate, I’m grateful for my sensitivity. Sensitivity not only gives me profound spiritual experiences in nature, helps me design creative work for my audience, it also feeds the intuition that wakes up when it senses an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at The Muse is IN Blog
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“Unlike a fountain that circulates the same water in an enclosed, perpetually recycling system, a human being circulates thoughts in an unlimited reservoir of self. Don't limit yourself to being a mere fountain when you contain an ocean.” ~Vera Nazarian Don't fall in the fountain. Originally developed by Abraham Maslow in 1964, "peak experiences" are described as "rare, exciting, oceanic, <(really?!), deeply moving, exhilarating, elevating experiences that generate an advanced form of perceiving reality, and are even mystic and magical in their effect upon the experimenter." I've been swimming a mile at La Jolla cove at sunrise a couple times... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at The Muse is IN Blog
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From a recent NPR interview about his creative process, David Crosby shows he a disciple of the Modern Day Muse, Albert: “’If you want to talk about something you can't go straight at it,’ he says. ‘It doesn't work that way. If you want to write about the Eiffel Tower you don't say, 'It's big and it's tall and it's made out of iron!' You don't. You look at the Eiffel Tower through somebody's eyes who's watching it in the mist over their lover's head. In Paris. On a quiet night. And then, you see the Eiffel Tower.’” When the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at The Muse is IN Blog
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Aha-phrodite inspires mortals to pay attention. She's a modern day Muse from my first book The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard): 10 Guides to Creative Inspiration which was about ten creative principles personified as nine new and improved Muses and the all-important, Bodyguard. (The Greek Muses were rendered obsolete because they couldn’t keep up with the modern day distractions including Netflix, Facebook, and computer solitaire so a new gaggle of Muses was required to get creative inspiration to mortals. That’s what Muses do.) In an entertaining fashion, each Muse has a story about how she or he, (yes...... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2017 at The Muse is IN Blog
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The other day on a walk, a little roly-poly kid cut through the middle of someone's lawn heading straight toward me. As soon, as SOON as he saw me he held up three quarters of an old ragged Frisbee and announced with great verve, "Look what I found!" I didn't know this kid, never saw him before in my life. He added, not missing a beat, "And I have a dog!" not doubting for a minute I would know the connection of dog and Frisbee. He was elated about this imperfect booty, I was honored that this kid shared the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2017 at The Muse is IN Blog
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Dear Friend, In addition to wanting to be a super-hero when I was a child, rock star was also on the trajectory. The two work well together, especially if you have back-up singers that can double as hero-side-kicks. In my imagination there would be an audience of adoring fans, a bass player I fall in love with, and really cool sequined Bermuda shorts with matching cap (geek DNA). But I failed after only one guitar lesson. I quit because playing like a rock star didn't happen quickly and easily. I thought I just wasn't good at guitar, but really, I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at The Muse is IN Blog
Dear Friend, When I was a mini-muse, I was a wild child. My parents rarely disciplined me to be or do anything in a certain way. Perhaps they were afraid of me because my real mother was Ruler of the Amazons and my dad was Zeus. Oh wait, that’s not me, that’s some woman with spectacular bracelets . However, I was an imaginative and willful imp who liked to do things my way, which is not rare in the land of creative kids. Maybe you were a wild child too and that’s why we get along so well. My parents... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at The Muse is IN Blog
I was listening to the radio while driving last week and the weatherman launched into local temperatures, but when he got to the desert he said, “And the desert has hotter temperatures… as usual.” Just a slight afterthought interjected where one usually isn't. Insignificant to many, perhaps, but the “as usual” struck me a funny, seemed like a bit of an attitude, and as such, it stirred the simmering soup of creative play within me. What if there was a story about a character that was enamored with a weatherman who had an tendency to add his opinion to the... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at The Muse is IN Blog
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Where in your life are you trying to be perfect? Where is it not even obvious anymore because perfection and not feeling good enough are habits? How can you see it differently? Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at The Muse is IN Blog
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Happy April Fools Day! Sometimes the only way I can show -up for my creativity is by fooling my fears (the world of irrational thinking that leads to avoidance, resistance, and odd preoccupations with flying lint). Since today is a day of fooling, I'll share some of my sneaky secrets about how to fool your fears JUST in case you run up against creative-intention-interference too. 1. Reframe First Attempts When I redefine the purpose of beginning or returning to a creative endeavor as generating a mound of material with no merit, I accumulate writing or art I can then work... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at The Muse is IN Blog
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"Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun." ~ George Scialabba I like to get the most out of the accessories I was endowed with as a human. Such as my imagination. The things our imagination can do for us is limited only by, well, our imagination. One of the things I do, when needed is get rid of painful obsessions with imaginary scenarios. If you're creative, chances are you're also sensitive. High sensitivity is a gift in the creative process. Intense feelings are amazing triggers for poetry, painting, music, plays, writing, and large portraits of our moms riding Harleys. Sensitivity... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at The Muse is IN Blog
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“Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.” ~George Bernard One of the phases we traverse in the mindfulness creative program called Finding Uber Bliss is to see things differently; it's called Head Tilt. I love how this painting humorously captures a tilt. Humor is a necessary medicine for me. It helped me survive a difficult childhood - it gives me the relief I need when I see the news, and shows me absurdity in a way that liberates my disillusions. This concept may pertain to our politics now, but if you're not in that place, it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at The Muse is IN Blog
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Dear Reader, I just ran across the photo I took of this ^painting and was sad. I painted it a few years ago and then painted over the wild spontaneous city because I doubted my initial feeling of absolutely loving it. My partner at the time, told me I should stick to watercolors and I allowed his opinion to influence my feelings toward it. When I saw the photo, I loved it again, but alas, now it's a a kid holding a balloon. [drats] Art preference is so subjective. What one person rejects, another may adore. Trusting Our Instincts Comes... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at The Muse is IN Blog
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1. We ARE Art Itself - If we pay attention Virginia Woolf said, “… the whole world is a work of art; … we are the words; we are the music; we are the thing itself.” In the dark hours, I am pretty sure I am a typo. But when I accept the call of creative passion, I am a bold stroke of vermillion, a renegade hyperbole, or the wild fury of jazz violin. The world is a canvas to explore, a blank page to fill, and an arpeggio of waiting experiences. This moving masterpiece called “life” becomes intoxicating when... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at The Muse is IN Blog
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Writing in my journal what the inner tyrant voice slings at me, heightens my awareness of its deviousness and gives me the power to do something other than passively believe it. What about you? Any of these tyrant-generated statements sound familiar? You never finish anything. You quit too easily. Someone else is doing that idea... better than you. What if you're wasting your time and your idea goes nowhere? This is too hard, too much, too perpendicular, too ecru. I have no time. You have mustard on the corner of your mouth and never-ending clutter on the corner of your... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at The Muse is IN Blog
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Hi Creative Friend: In Greek Mythology, Mnemosyne was the goddess of memory and the inventress of language and words. She and Zeus, the sky and thunder god, had a fling responsible for nine kids who became called Muses (with hard to pronounce names). It must have been a pretty darn passionate fling to result in that many girls, but I suspect Mnemosyne was extremely desirable because creativity is an aphrodisiac. Each of the muses was in charge of inspiring a different creative realm for Greeks who couldn’t otherwise explain where creative inspiration came from so they made up this story... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2016 at The Muse is IN Blog
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“The greatest gift you can give (yourself or anyone else) is just being present” ― Rasheed Ogunlaru To create is to imagine, build, modify, edit, embellish, delete, enhance, touch-up, lose oneself and reinvent. And savor. This is where I find consolation, reward, and freedom when I feel frustrated for not being able to make changes in the world at a time where it seems so colossally crazy and cruel. What I can do in the world is pretty limited and obsessing about the negativity makes me less capable of being any good for anyone. Plus there's still so much in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2016 at The Muse is IN Blog
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"The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state that makes art inevitable ." ~Robert Henri I have this quote in my email signature because I love it so much. It’s a reminder to me that my art isn’t just about selling or displaying. It’s about the state I’m in when I’m painting. Most of the time it’s a mindless state of bliss, but sometimes when the colors mix in a way I wasn’t expecting or when I put a streak of turquoise across the white and it reveals all the nuisances the world loves about... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2016 at The Muse is IN Blog
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He conquers who endures. ~Persius Writing my third book was not fun for the first year. It was like putting together a jigsaw puzzle whose pieces didn’t fit, and I kept accumulating pieces. What I was trying to write kept getting bigger and more unwieldy. More than one piece wanted to fit in the same space so I had to eliminate pieces I fell in love with. Then one day, it seemingly let me know what it wanted to be. And it became fun again. But I had to stay with it. I had to trust it was going to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2016 at The Muse is IN Blog
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Creativity is about seeing things differently. When I'm not getting to my creative pursuit as much as I'd like, I tilt my head ... in other words, I try looking at my approach differently. Then I'm using creativity to be creative and I love creativity so I can't help but get my creative butt in gear. Although redundancy is not uncommon. Here are five such head tilts: 1. We're fooling fear! People run up against resistance when starting or returning to a creative pursuit because creativity triggers dastardly demons invented by fear including pressure, perfectionism, and comparison. When I change... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at The Muse is IN Blog
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Raise your hand if you’ve NEVER made a mistake… Uh huh, that’s what I thought. (Not that I can see you but I predict no hands that were telling the truth went up). I would ask, “How many of you are afraid of making a mistake?” but I’m afraid that question would be a mistake because according to the world of empirical guessing, 4 out of 5 people are afraid to admit they make mistakes because they think admitting to making a mistake is a mistake. Odd It’s odd that people are afraid of making mistakes. Making mistakes comes with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at The Muse is IN Blog
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