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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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Many mindfulness teachers teach that there is no “self,” but that doesn’t stop my fascination with the quirks and qualities that seem to follow me around. When I’m in a mindfulness zone, I am curious about them. Other times, they confound me. Some are helpful but all of them are fodder for creative fuel and the transcendence we can find through writing, art, and interpretive dances in living rooms (watch out for the chandelier). “Laughter is carbonated holiness.” ~Anne Lamott Survival Humor As for me, I loved making my parents laugh when I was little. It was pretty much the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2022 at The Muse is IN Blog
“Start before you’re ready.” ~Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art It was the late nineties when I cooked-up the delusion of being an author … a few years before I was one. “Oh yes, I’m writing a book,” I’d announce to students in my writing classes in a voice that had a nasal arrogance to it, like Mrs. Drysdale from The Beverly Hillbillies, (a reference you’ll understand only if you watched TV in the 60s and aren’t afraid to admit it). I was attending a new thought church and in between Sundays there were nine weeks of “Sacred... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2022 at The Muse is IN Blog
A few years ago, I thought about taking a hip-hop dance class. My feet couldn’t stay still when I heard that music, my background is in ballet but I thought hip-hop would be more fun, and there was a class nearby. When it was time to show up, I changed my mind. I couldn’t imagine fitting in a hip-hop class with kids spinning and hopping complicated rapid-fire choreographed moves that could render me breathless, klutzy, and possibly in need of hospitalization. Back to Stairmaster. But the desire didn’t go away. Once again I considered going to the class but my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2022 at The Muse is IN Blog
I once lived with an incompatible boyfriend on a steep, boulder-strewn hill in the high desert outside of San Diego. One December day, after returning home from buying groceries and Martha Stewart Christmas ornaments that sported a delightful motif of pink and green, I opened the trunk of my car and hurried the groceries into the house. Eager to retrieve and hang the ornaments, I came back out to the driveway … but my car was gone My eyes grew wide in horrified disbelief. I looked hard at the spot where my car used to be as if doing so... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2022 at The Muse is IN Blog
Jill Badonsky Writing Rules ARE HERE Dear Creative Seeker, I wanted to share with you the story of how the Wild Abandon painting and writing I teach in my workshops and retreats came about. I used to accompany my mom on her painting outings when I was little. Sometimes we’d go to Coconut Grove, a bay in Miami as exotic and tropical as it sounds, one that challenges painters to capture the shimmering reflections of multicolored sailboats on a turquoise bay. Mom had her oil paints. I had my crayons, which regularly melted in the Miami sun giving me the... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2022 at The Muse is IN Blog
If you're human, when you try to meditate, your mind wanders. If you're creative, sometimes you're distracted. Here are some mindfulness suggestions to allay concern about these things. Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2021 at The Muse is IN Blog
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Jul 30, 2021
Creative expression and mindfulness are cousins, maybe even siblings that get along really well. Both cultivate an inner world that welcomes all aspects of who we are without expecting perfection. Both take us on an adventure fueled on an elixir of curiosity, courage, and rebelliousness. Both awaken us to a different way of thinking that moves us beyond fear to a more liberating way of life. How we talk to ourselves results either in despair or joy, creative paralysis or unfettered creative expression. Creativity is a relationship with ourselves. That relationship will either result in resistance, pressure, and judgment in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2021 at The Muse is IN Blog
I’ve been listening to and reading Kristin Neff, the leading expert currently on compassion. My little creative association-maker installed in my intuition found a relationship to how important both gentle and “fierce” compassion is to our creativity. The only way creativity thrives is with practice and persistence. Practice and persistence takes quite a bit of strength when we are dealing with the distractions currently buzzing around in our world. Compassion might mean understanding, without harsh scolding, it's easy to give into those distractions, but more importantly we are compassionate with ourselves when we prioritize those things that make bring us... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2021 at The Muse is IN Blog
I challenged myself to create a different version of an ice cream cone as part of a 20-day creative workout. So far I have 16 cones and a relentless craving for ice cream. Next time I think I'll do celery. What would you chose? You can find my ice cream cone work so far here on Facebook and here on Instagram. Thinking differently is the realm of the Modern Day Muse, Albert. Practice in this area hones our ability to generate ideas, be resourceful, and impress friends and relatives at dinner parties. 20 days was enough of a workout for... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2021 at The Muse is IN Blog
I noticed that when I hang out with my creativity, it wants to hang out with me. Just thinking about it can be enough for me to break through resistance to a tiny step which then leads to a momentum. Writing and reading about creativity does the same thing, so I thought I'd share these ideas, in case reading them helps you. Five Ways to Hang with Our Creativity First: Wash out distractions They may be lodged deep in the fabric of our habits so we shouldn't fret if they don't come out immediately. Rather than trying to move away... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2021 at The Muse is IN Blog
I've always wanted to be a docent in an art museum, learned and wise, knowing from where all the art emerged , why and how the artist created what they did, the symbolism, perspective, motives... giving talks to groups of curious onlookers, school kids, and tourists from faraway places. But... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2020 at I'm Still Here
Tilted City by Jill Badonsky 2020 Watercolor, mixed media, ADHD, a little cat hair I've always wanted to be an art museum docent. I took Art History in college and was mesmerized by what went into the making of a great paintings: symbols, sentiments, negative and positive space, accentuated color,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2020 at I'm Still Here
I'm not sure from whence I keep channeling these prompts, but they only qualify as ones I post on Facebook when the possibility of what my friends might post brings a smile to my face. There is a dependability of the crazy minds that are my friends out there. It's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2020 at I'm Still Here
10th anniversary of dailyish FB prompts From June 9, 2018: Title of Your Bestseller about Sardines Teri Velazquez: Tin Can Alley..... Bradford Richardson: RED HERRING - A reclusive Sardinian Detective comes out of retirement to find the killer of a Sea Captain. Lauren Bryn: Skip the sardines and go for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2020 at I'm Still Here
I don’t have a dog and my cats are not cooperative on a leash, ( I don’t blame them), so I’m out walking my cloud. The world is odd right now, I’m striving for odder. #bothsidesnow #staycreative #catsdontlikeleashes Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2020 at I'm Still Here
To celebrate the 10th year anniversary of posting creative prompts on Facebook, I'll be blogging and illustrating responses. 99.5% of them are ones I invented because I'm a prompt dispatcher. All four of my books are filled with prompts. It's programmed into my DNA to invent prompts, I can't help... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2020 at I'm Still Here
Yesterday I was doing my daily mindfulness meditation. It's a liberating place of quiet, insight, healing, and rebooting my focus. A loud garbage truck entered the neighborhood roaring its loud garbage truck noises and shattering the soothing ambiance. The mindfulness experts would tell you it was providing me good practice... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2020 at I'm Still Here
Welcome to my I'm Still Here blog and excuse my presumption that you want it. It goes out to my newsletter subscribers because you are my peeps and thank you for that. I wouldn't send this to a bunch of people who don't get me unless I was feeling particularly... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2020 at I'm Still Here
“Here's to the moments when you realize the simple things are wonderful and enough.” These are solely the beliefs of the management (That would be me), and possibly people like me (maybe that would be you, hard to know for sure.) Living deeply means not avoiding, denying, or repressing the... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2020 at I'm Still Here
I first wrote the title as, "A Tour of Heart." by mistake. Or was it? I suppose this could be a tour of heart too, since I haven't ceased to be in awe of the irony of my heart being slightly broken.. literally. I've often thought my heart was too... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2020 at I'm Still Here
"Do you know why birds sing? Scientists believe it’s to tell their mates that they made it through the night, as a way of saying. 'I’m still here.' Maybe that’s why we sing too, why we create art — as a way of saying, 'I made it. I’m still here.'"~Jeff... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2020 at I'm Still Here
“I’m just not creative.” “I can’t draw like that.” “I wish I could write, but I can’t. “This isn’t good enough.” “I’m not good at art.. writing… etc.” I want everyone to experience the province of creative delight the way I do… yet, I wasn’t always in this place of liberation myself, so… there’s that. Maybe you hear those things too, if so, consider passing this on. The world is a better place when we’re creative. Most of these insecurities and untruths come from unmet expectations; expectations that are unrealistic, dare I say, to a delusional degree. These are expectations... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2020 at The Muse is IN Blog
Poet, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg wrote, “[Mary] Oliver’s writing is a gateway drug to poetry, gently and fiercely cajoling would-be readers into the wilds of the shining earth and living poem… Oliver’s poems landed on thousands of refrigerator doors and in multitudes of journals, scribbled by people at wit’s end finding solace in the questions she asked, such as ‘Tell me, what is it you plan to do/ with your one wild and precious life?’” My poet friend, david brydges, shared that, “Much of Oliver’s inspiration was going for walks in the woods with her dog and observing. She even hid pencils... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2020 at The Muse is IN Blog