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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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Time for another word salad. Use the following words and phrases along with additional words to create a piece of writing without worrying about making sense. division love your enemy pause fixare take three deep breaths picture someone brain choice story doesn't matter care butterflies place plane infuse find sound distance it's possible grand scheme think nothing note fort rose Artists: Draw three one line roses. Paint or color in. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago 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
I was in prison for eight years. Okay, I taught yoga in a military prison for eight years. The men in my classes weren’t hardened criminals like the big institutional reformatories. Just ones caught in drug and … sexual offenses. Okay, some of them were a little scary. On the other hand, many of the women did really bad stuff because this particular facility was one of the only women’s brigs in the country. I wasn’t allowed to ask them what they did to receive a prison sentence but when one of the guards said, “She’s a lifer,” I had... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2019 at The Muse is IN Blog
It is in those moments when our intuition can get through all the chatter in the monkey mind that we hear our soul entice us with possible stories alchemized from our hardships into prose, give us ideas on how we can breathe new energy into that landscape by painting the sky pink, and reinforce our place in the world of creativity. To me, the feeling of words are powerful in shifting me from a stressed state of mind to one that is receptive to my inner world of creative wisdom. Here are some words I use, maybe they'll work for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2019 at The Muse is IN Blog
Being a recovering perfectionist, I am intimately familiar with the inner tyrant. Perfectionism is my creativity’s evil step-sister and robs the joy of who I am and what I do.... if I'm not equipped with a strategy. Those are big crimes in the realm of being a creative seeker. My inner tyrant committee (cuz there are several) likes to regularly remind me of total mess-ups from my past, how I sometimes squander my time away, and what an organization Neanderthal I am (I hope I haven’t offended an Neanderthals). I figured out how to be free from her looping oppressive... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2018 at The Muse is IN Blog
Ever feel intimidated by other writers, artists, musicians, or dancers to a degree of despair or paralysis? Me too. I ventured into travel journaling on my trip to Scotland a few weeks ago. I did this despite fears of messing up the pages of my newly acquired Field Artist 6.5 in. x 6.5 in. Square Watercolor Journal, Hardbound with 80 pgs. 200 GSM, Cold Press Paper. Those fears came partially from looking at other people's travel journals and KNOWING mine wasn't going to look like theirs. Well duh. Most of those people have been sketching on trips for years. Why... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2018 at The Muse is IN Blog
When I was a miniature muse, I was a wild child -- rarely disciplined by my parents to be or do anything in a certain way. Perhaps, they were afraid of me because my real mom was Ruler of the Amazons and dad was Zeus… Oh wait, that’s not me, that’s some wondrous bracelet-wearing woman. But 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 kinda gave up.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2018 at The Muse is IN Blog
“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” ― Gautama Buddha “The desire for more positive experience is itself a negative experience. And, paradoxically, the acceptance of one’s negative experience is itself a positive experience.” “But a true and accurate measurement of one’s self-worth is how people feel about the negative aspects of themselves.” ― Mark Manson, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life Hi Creative Friends, Yesterday, blissfully positioned in pigeon pose, (my favorite yoga asana), a car alarm went off in my neighborhood. BLEeeHK! BLEeeHK! BLEeeHK! It kept... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at The Muse is IN Blog