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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 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
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
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
"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
“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
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
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
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
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
“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
"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
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
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
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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Perception is fickle. Especially in the creative process. This can be hazardous to wanting to finish stuff. Yesterday, I worked the whole day on a manual for a new creative workshop called Finding Uber Bliss and I was about to call it quits. It just seemed like a lot of blah, blah bliss and blah, blah blat and I feared I had lost my writing chops. Forever. I started contemplating joining the Peace Corps or tiling bathrooms. I pulled out the manuscript this morning and much to my surprise, loved just about everything I wrote, and what I didn’t love... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at The Muse is IN Blog
A lull can be counted as part of a creative momentum. It's actually essential to the connections, inspiration, and perspective needed for creative successes. Thousands of creative seekers crash and burn because they don't take breaks from time to time. “It takes a lot of time to be a genius. You have to sit around so much, doing nothing, really doing nothing.”― Gertrude Stein Save Save Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2016 at The Muse is IN Blog
Driving to Sedona to run a retreat one March a few years ago, I stopped for a pedicure. The Vietnamese lady who attended to me was so refreshingly authentic and to the point, that she made an impression on me I couldn’t shake. That impression evolved into Blanche Baldwin. The pedicurist, who was around my age, had no idea I was looking at Arizona as a possible place to move to, but after I told her I was from San Diego she said, “You move here. I leave my family in San Francisco and I very happy.” I chuckled to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at The Muse is IN Blog
TV jingles . . . they are imprinted in the file folds of our mind's memory and so easily accessed with the cue of a few key words. "Oh I wish I were an Oscar Meyer Weiner. That is what I truly want to be ee ee." I performed a seven-character one woman show once called, "I Can't Always Handle Reality, But It's Really the Only Place to Get a Good Cup of Coffee." One character watched so much TV she could only talk in TV jingles. She would say things like: "You've come a long way baby, actual mileage... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at The Muse is IN Blog
[to be read with a New Jersey accent] Hallo. I’m Blanche, I’m here to explain to you what a muse is. Raise your hand, sweethearts, if you know what a Muse. Oh, never mind, cuz I’m going to tell you anyway. Plus I can’t see your hands. The ancient Greeks... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at Blanche Baldwin: Muse Broker
Hi Creative One, Mark Twain said, “Explaining humor is a lot like dissecting a frog; you learn a lot in the process, but in the end you kill it.” No frogs were dissected in the writing of this blog-post. I was thinking about that quote the other day because I want to write better poetry, (which is another way of saying that my ego was comparing my poetry to other people’s poetry and telling me mine wasn’t good enough. The ego likes to say stuff like that, bless its heart, and unless I’m paying attention, I buy into it and... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at The Muse is IN Blog
Hi Creative Ones, As soon as I was old enough to do a cartwheel, my mom stuck a tennis racket in my hand and signed me up for tennis lessons. Life became tennis. I lived in Miami, my mom was a tennis-pro, and my dad was on the court at every free moment. Eventually, my mom entered me in tournaments (whether I liked it or not), and sat on the sidelines grimacing every time I missed a shot; a LOT of pressure for a sensitive, creative soul. She meant well. I ranked first in the Miami-wide school district when I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at The Muse is IN Blog
How do I push my creativity into new places? First, I ignore the title—I don’t push. Creativity happens in the lightness of being. It shows up when I show-up with benevolent mischievousness, a deep love for what I’m doing, and the decision to be curious about where the process will take me rather than being worried about the results. If I love the process the results take care of themselves. Pressure is not a requirement, in fact pushing often leads to procrastination, avoidance, and social media marathons. An occasional deadline to make adrenaline work for me helps, but I give... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at The Muse is IN Blog
Shereen found me on her friend’s coffee table. It's a place I like to frequent ... mostly in book form. The Muse is IN: An Owner’s Manual to Your Creativity was there, so it caught the eye of Shereen Sun, a multi-passionate artist, educator, and activist living in Los Angeles. She invited me to be a guest in her on-line Creative Revolution Summit. I’ve been a little hesitant lately about participating in “summits” because it means agreeing to a lot of promotion. To me, the right kind of business comes to people when they share who they are and what... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2016 at The Muse is IN Blog