Courageous Creativity in Business Interview: Jill Badonsky

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Courageous Creativity:  I’m fascinated by how it shows up in life and in business.  I created the Courageous Creativity in Business Interview Series to find out!

Today I’m interviewing one the Guest Business Muses of my Business Fusion StudioJill Badonsky of Kaizen Muse Creativity and author of The Muse is In: An Owner’s Manual to your Creativity.

Tell us a little more about your business.

I founded and direct Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Certification program. This is a coaching model based on the non-linear process of creativity and takes into account the resistances, sensitivity, and unique approach people take when engaged in the creative process. Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaches work with anyone wanting to be more creative, make progress on a creative passion, or simply create steps to meet their vision with gentleness, intuition, and imagination. We specialize in breaking through procrastination, overwhelm, fear, self-sabotage, and difficulty getting started.

The three books I’ve written/illustrated on the creative process reinforce the training:

  • Jill_Badonsky_1cover real cover with museThe Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard): 10 Guides to Creative Inspiration
  • The Awe-manac: A Daily Dose of Wonder
  • The Muse is IN: An Owner’s Manual to Your Creativity

What do you do to prime your creative pump?

To prime the creative pump I meditate, take walks, read inspiring material, and listen to music. Talking to others about the process almost always leads to an “aha” moment as well.

What do you do when you feel stuck or blocked on a project? 

I do a number of things. Since the creative process is a bit fickle what works one day, doesn’t work the next so having a variety works:

  1. I ask a small question about it: What would make this easier? How can I make this fun?
  2. I break it down smaller – sometimes I have a block because my expectations are too big.
  3. I team up with someone and work at the same time. Holding the space for each other creates a wonderful grounding energy that’s also inspiring.
  4. I revisit things I’ve done in the past to remind myself what worked.
  5. I meditate or take a walk.

What role does passion play in your business?

Passion is vital to the success of my business. Since what I do requires perseverance, I need to love what I do. My business reflects my the core beliefs I feel passionate about:  having fun, sharing my knowledge, talking about creativity, meeting kindred souls, and helping others it is easy to show up for what I do.

What would you consider your bigger Passion Project?  What do you feel you are here to create?

I feel like I’m doing exactly what I was called to do which is an incredible feeling: Design education around inspiring people to liberate their creativity in a way that is both profound and playful, and to share my own creative expressions and humor.

Where do you see the next edge of your Courageous Creativity? 

Jill_Badonsky_may 2013 painting classI’m moving into making pod-casts that are fun, entertaining and educational. I’m also ready to write and illustrate another book, this one a little more pure humor and less self-help… but it seems like simply following a creative call results in intuitive detours that are better than anything I can plan, so I’m staying open.

What encouraging words can you offer to our community about claiming their Courageous Creativity in Business?

Most everyone comes face to face with their demons when executing an endeavor such as a business. Don’t feel alone if you are reluctant, procrastinating, overwhelmed or thinking you made a mistake in choosing to do this. Focus in on why you are passionate about what you are doing, break it down to tiny steps, take breaks, reach out for help and for goodness sake, where you can — make it fun!

Where can our creative community find out more about you and your business? 

www.themuseisin.com

www.kaizenmuse.com

Sign-up for my newsletter at www.themuseisin.com (with a title beside your name like Mary Smith, Writer or Jennie Jones, Business Goddness) and I’ll send you a free Tah-Dah List PDF.

Personal Note from Laura:  Jill is getting ready to teach another one of her Creative Coaching Programs!  She is a pioneer in the creative coaching industry.  If you sign up – tell her Laura sent you! 🙂

Courageous Creativity in Business Interview Series: Jennifer Lee

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One of the things I’m passionate about is Courageous Creativity.  I’m fascinated by how it shows up in my life and in other creative entrepreneurs.  I created this interview series starting with one of the Guest Business Muses of my Business Fusion Studio.

jennlee-soul-portrait-sqNext in the Courageous Creativity in Business Interview Series is Jennifer Lee of Artizen Coaching.  She is the award-winning author of The Right-Brain Business Plan.

Tell us a little more about your business.

I’m the founder of Artizen Coaching, and I’m a best-selling author and business coach for creative entrepreneurs. My first book The Right-Brain Business Plan has helped tens of thousands of entrepreneurs around the world grow their business authentically and creatively. We have more than 70 facilitators who lead workshops worldwide based on my unique and visual approach to business and life coaching. I also led an 8-month mentorship program for right-brain entrepreneurs.

How does creativity show up for you in business?

Photo credit: Rebecca Stumpf

Photo credit: Rebecca Stumpf

My business (and my life) is an expression of my creativity. My brand, writing, content, products and programs are all extensions of what brings me joy. When I learned to fully embrace my creativity in my business, I brought in way more visuals, fun, and playfulness into my work and that authenticity and permission has made all of the difference for me. Plus, creativity helps me come up with innovative solutions and new ways of approaching my work, like being a pioneer in doing video summits (instead of telesummits) since I’m such a visual person.

What do you do to prime your creative pump?

Having lots of white space is probably the single most important way that I prime my creative pump. When I’m too exhausted, overworked, or busy, my creativity wanes. So I make it a point to carve out quiet alone time throughout the day (I journal in the morning, go for walks with my dog in nature, and take breaks just sitting in my back yard). Plus, every week I also practice what I call Self-Care Friday, where I don’t have any meetings and I get to do things just for me whether that be getting a massage or allowing myself to dive into my own creative projects (sometimes work related or sometimes personal). This white space helps me connect with my own inner muse and listen to my intuition. I also enjoy intuitive painting and doodling to get my creative juices flowing.

What do you do when you feel stuck or blocked on a project? 

When I’m feeling stuck or blocked on a project I give myself permission to step away. Sometimes a little distance helps me come back with a fresh perspective. I’ll usually just move on to something else that is small so I can get a quick win and build momentum. In fact the launch of my short 9-page illustrated Right-Brain Business Plan® e-Book back in 2008 was actually the result of me being very, very stuck on my first tangible product idea, The Unfolding Your Life Vision® Kit. I was getting nowhere with my kit project and felt very overwhelmed and frustrated. Instead of continuing to bang my head against the wall, I decided that I wanted to complete a simple and do-able project and the idea for my first e-Book was born. I was able to get it up for sale in about a month and that felt great! Plus it paved the way for many other opportunities in my business (and gave me the confidence to finish the kit project soon after).

What would you consider your bigger Passion Project?  What do you feel you are here to create?

I’d say that my bigger Passion Project isJenn-Lee-intuitive-painting to help people embrace their right-brain genius and create the lives and businesses that they dream of. The “how” I do that continues to evolve through the years, but the core message of inspiring people to embrace their creativity in life and business remains the same.

Where do you see the next edge of your Courageous Creativity?  Where are you being called to go that feels like a brave journey?

The last several years I’ve focused so much time growing my business that the edge for me right now actually feels like giving myself permission to tend more fully to my personal life and health & well-being. My husband and I moved into a new house this fall. We didn’t take very good care of our first house because we were always so busy with work, but with this house we’re excited to really make it home (who knows, I may even start to garden??! Well, that may be pushing my domestic skills!). What feels brave about it for me is I had been operating before like it was one or the other. But with a lot of life transitions that happened this year and with the business doing even better than it has before, I am forming a new belief that I do have capacity for a rich home AND work life.

What encouraging words can you offer to our community about claiming their Courageous Creativity in Business?

Being an entrepreneur is a courageous act. You’re constantly putting your passions and gifts out there in the world and that can feel scary and vulnerable. The more that you can bring your authentic, creative self into your work, though, the more you will stand out from the crowd and attract your right peeps. You’re actually doing your people a disservice when you’re not allowing yourself to shine as brightly as possible, so please, please step into and own your courageous creativity. The world needs you and your gifts.

Where can our creative community find out more about you and your business?  (Give us your website and a description for any free gift you may have to offer. 🙂

You can visit http://www.rightbrainbusinessplan.com for more information and resources to help your creativeRight_brain_biz_plan business. And if you’re a right-brain entrepreneur who feels befuddled by the left-brain details, join me for a free video class (http://www.rightbrainbusinessplan.com/free-video-class) where you’ll learn you’ll learn a simple and easy approach for Assessing Your Left-Brain Business Know-How: What Right-Brain Entrepreneurs Can’t Overlook and How to Get Started.

Courageous Creativity In Business Interview Series: Marcy Nelson-Garrison

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As I get clearer and clearer about my business, one of the things I’m passionate about is Courageous Creativity.  I wanted to know how my colleagues and women entrepreneurs I admire bring out courageous creativity in their lives and businesses.  I knew I wanted to start with the Guest Business Muses of my Business Fusion Studio.MarcyNelson

First in the Courageous Creativity in Business Interview Series is Marcy Nelson-Garrison, MA, LP, CPCC: creative catalyst, product mentor, writer, artist and founder of the Coaching Toys online store. Marcy helps clients create products aligned with their personal manifestos. www.PinkParadigm.com.

Tell us a little more about your business.

Like many creative people I wear many hats and I have two primary businesses. I founded the Coaching Toys online store as a way to advocate for creative processes that facilitate personal development and to provide coaches, counselors and healers with a venue to showcase their products. I’m proud to say this year we celebrated our 10-year anniversary.Marcy_AnniversaryCakeSmI am also a life and business coach. I help professionals (particularly women) take a stand for what they know and express that wisdom through products and programs. I’ve been immersed in all things “product” for many years, reviewing products for choice Magazine, running the online store and teaching about product development. My clients always benefit from the depth of my expertise and my extensive resource list and more recently, with the addition of my P.I.N.K. Model the work has become more about empowerment. I believe that women’s leadership, creativity and authentic expression are needed for advancement in all arenas of life and business and feel excited and humbled to be a part of that movement.

How does creativity show up for you in your business?

I don’t think there is anything I do in my business that would not benefit from a little creative infusion. That said, I’m realizing as respond to this question that I don’t bring creativity to everything. Creativity definitely shows up when I’m working on articles, new programs, products or web graphics – the obvious. I could also bring creativity to the not so obvious things like systems and infrastructure. All of a sudden those things seem a lot more interesting.

What do you do to prime your creative pump?

Marcy-PaperDollI really believe creativity requires stimulus. New ideas come from putting two unrelated things together in a new way. My creativity gets pretty stalled if I’m all work and buried in my to do list. I need to regularly get input from outside of my immediate situation or surroundings. I’ve written about the 3 circles of stimulus and I use them all:

1. Close to Home (pulling a book off your shelf, visiting Facebook, reviewing with materials or playing with art supplies)
2. The Cognitive Mall (using cognitive strategies like SCAMPER, or actively seeking information from other fields of thought)
3. The Cosmic Soup (all the ways we can access intuition and spiritual guidance).

What do you do when you feel stuck or blocked on a project?

When I am feeling stuck, the first place I personally go is the cosmic soup. I use a journaling technique called non-dominant hand dialogue and I have a chat with my spirit helpers and various archetypes. I might also do a “medicine walk” which is an intentional walk holding a question in mind and allowing nature to give me an answer. The other thing I do is set it aside and work on something else. This approach comes from many years as a visual artist. I found it helped if I had several drawings or paintings going at once. If I got stuck on one I could shift to another. That strategy almost always gave me fresh eyes when I returned to the picture that was set aside and the next steps would be clear.

What would you consider your bigger passion project? What do you feel you are here to create?

This has shifted a bit over the years. From the outside, I think many people would say my passion is all about creating products and that’s not quite true for me. I absolutely love products but what I love more is the impact a product can have to shift awareness or open the heart or create new  visibility. This is still an important part of what I’m called to do but not all of it. I think the bigger passion project is to help women take off the blinders to their power and the gifts of the feminine. I love how Christina Donnell (psychotherapist and shaman) speaks about the anima – it is the authority that comes from the unseen. Our society trusts the seen, the concrete. I want to see the anima fully embraced and honored. I want to play a part in helping women express their deep feminine wisdom in authentic and courageous ways. I want to see more women stepping into a bigger arena. My Manifesto Magic class is really grounded in this passion as is my P.I.N.K. Model.

Where are you being called to go that feels like a brave journey?

It’s really about sharing my wisdom and stepping into a bigger arena. I am feeling the beginning call to write a book based on my P.I.N.K. Model tentatively called; Walking The P.I.N.K. Circle.(P.I.N.K. stands for; power, imagination, nurturing and knowing.) The courageous edge is that it is not about creating products – the thing I’m known for. It’s about empowerment and personal development. It is exciting to me is that I will be able to draw on my experience as a psychologist, my experience as a coach, my experience as an artist and as an entrepreneur. It’s a bit scary and my gremlins want me to think I’m not up to it and we all know those pesky voices lie. Writing a book calls me to stretch, invite plenty of creativity and grow. I heard Janet Goldstein (former New York Publisher) say be careful what you choose to write about because spending that much time with a topic will change you. This is a change I’m ready for.

What encouraging words can you offer to our community about claiming their courageous creativity in business?

I think the most important thing is to really nurture your creative urges and in the early stages when they are new, tender baby shoots sprouting out of the ground, protect them. Give them room to grow, give them lots of attention. When they are sufficiently rooted and sturdy, seek feedback. Feedback can be a powerful creative partner. It allows for further growth and each iteration will be better.

Where can our creative community find out more about you and your business?

Marcy_pinkassessmentSmallDo check out the Coaching Toys Store at www.coachingtoysstore.com. If you ever have questions about what type of tool might enhance a workshop or event you are planning, give me a call. To learn more about my coaching business visit www.pinkparadigm.com. As a free gift, I invite you to take my P.I.N.K. Assessment. It explores your relationship with Power, Imagination, Nurturing and Knowing and gives you a worksheet for personal development. You can download it here: http://www.pinkparadigm.com/PINKAssessment.htm