Fearless Fun Friday…Guest Post by Jill Badonsky..

I believe a happy heart is a creative heart.  In the last year, I’ve looked for many ways to expand my creativity past that which I already know.  I find as I allow my heart to express itself through different mediums, these creative forays then open doors in many areas of my life.  One of the resources I use is the book “the Awe-manac”, by Jill Badonsky.  It is fanciful, fun, full of daily inspiration of writing prompts, celebrations, insights.  As my gift to you, one lucky reader who comments on this–my first “Fearless Fun Friday” series post–will receive a copy of “the Awe-Manac”.  One name will be picked at random on Monday May 3rd at 4am Pacific time and announced on the Monday morning post.

 I am absolutely *delighted* to have Jill share this space with me.  We’ve all heard: ask and you shall receive, step and the Universe shall meet you.  I love Jill’s work, so I wrote to Jill about new blog and my hopes for enriching our creativity with this Friday series, and she answered!  Open your heart, and your life will follow.  Truly.

Thank you, Jill, for sharing this space with me today…..The following are the words she shared with me….In her book, The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard): 10 Guides to Creative Inspiration for Artists, Poets, Lovers and Other Mortals Wanting to Live a Dazzling Existence, Jill Badonsky updated the nine Greek Muses into 10 creative principles that help mortals break through blocks like procrastination and overwhelm, and get in touch with their creative joy. 

As written by Jill, here is a description from the book of one of the Muses: Albert: The Muse of Imagination and Innovation.

“To get into the spirit of this Muse, rules and protocols were broken. Thus, this Muse is a male instead of a female. AND not only that, a mortal named Albert Einstein inspired the selection of this Muse in a realm where Muses usually inspire mortals. The Muses giggled at this disobedient gesture of pure genius, and then I can’t remember which one, but one of them said, ‘Well, we’ve got to throw in some surprises or else the mortal mind will stall in the obvious when it could be cruising in the miraculous.’ Albert inspires mortals to see with new eyes so that their world can be construed in a much different way, a way that serves their creative dreams.

Break the Rules. Albert Einstein was told that his work on relativity was not possible. Has anyone doubted something you wanted to do? Break their rules and decide for yourself how to do something. The Muse, Albert says if it’s not a rule about safety or morals, break it in order to live your creative dream, make it up as you go along, commit yourself. You will inspire others to do the same.

Have you ever not done anything because you didn’t think you knew how? Pam Grout author of Art and Soul has written two plays, a TV series, and 11 books but she didn’t know how…She just did it anyway. You’ve heard of Michael Caine, haven’t you? He broke the rules of being an actor… he didn’t take one acting lesson. He just watched people and started practicing doing what they did. Where have you given up because you didn’t think you were doing it “right?” Make up your own definition of right and know that in the world of creative thinking there is more than one right answer. There’s more than one right answer to planting a garden, writing a novel, scrapbooking, running your business, parenting … to being who you are. Which answer energizes your spirit the most?

 Seeing Differently. Albert also gives us tools to see our world differently. He helps us see through a new imaginative lens. When you have a challenge in your life, imagine trying on the personality of someone who is fearless, decisive and filled with grace. What would she say? What would Oprah say? Or Eleanor Roosevelt, Audrey Hepburn or even a strong character from a work of fiction or a movie?  What decision would you make if you thought like you imagined these women think?

This concept can also turn dull writing into irresistible prose, a relationship suffering from routine into one rich with novelty, or an unexciting business plan to one thriving in distinction. Try on a new attitude or genre. Here’s an example of seeing the full moon differently by applying a new lens to the full moon:

Irritable:
Could Someone PLEASE turn the moon off?

 Hard of Hearing:

Huh? Cool tune?

Thoughtful:
I’ll just have a crescent, you take the full one.

Imaginative:
The moon punched a hole in the sky.

Teenager:
Who cares, turn up the radio, dude.

 Error prone:
The moon is sort of oval this evening.

Poetic:

The moon is a harsh mistress.

Stephen Colbert:
Nation, because you are so important I have made the moon full for you.

These new slants can lead to a new energy to creative.

 To See Differently Ask What if?

What if this lapse in the economy made you think differently about what’s important? What if you finally realized how much you already have?What if you acted from your courageous side rather than your scared side? What if you believed in your dreams?

What if almost every loss you’ve had saved you from something worse?
What if you said “no” to the things that don’t serve you and “yes” to your creative call? What if doing that made you better for everyone and everything around you?

What if engaging in something creative made you love life more even if you weren’t perfect?

This notion may take some time and practice to adopt so imagine opening to its possibility just 5% more this week, try that now. Practice thinking differently this month.

 Ask yourself small questions:

What’s one small way I can adopt a different way of thinking about what I’m doing? What’s one way I see what everyone else sees, but think something different?

“There’s a wonder in the way we’re always free

To change the world by changing how we see.”

Cyndi Craven

Visit www.themuseisin.com and www.kaizenmuse.com

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  1. #1 by Evelyn Lim on April 30, 2010 - 6:53 am

    Albert Einstein was certainly a great role model on creativity!! The explanation of using him as a muse is very funny! I love the examples of how we can view the moon differently. The suggestions are brilliant, light-hearted and very creative!!

    • #2 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on May 1, 2010 - 2:14 pm

      Evelyn,
      Thank you for stopping in:)
      And thank you for the beauty and joy in your comment. Some people stress over creativity, I believe it is just a natural overflow of a happy heart…and it is hopefully tons of fun to explore:)

  2. #3 by Sulwyn on April 30, 2010 - 2:37 pm

    I always need all the encouragement I can get to think about things differently, and this came at a perfect time today! I’m so glad you were able to share this space!

    • #4 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on May 1, 2010 - 2:13 pm

      Sulwyn,
      Thank you for stopping in:)
      Although we share energy, we each choose different ways to embrace life. Which is why I love our blogging community so much–each time I visit, or read, my heart responds to something new, and it enriches my life in awe-some ways! I believe if I allow our minds to rest, and allow my heart to experience, my life would is most rich and full indeed.

  3. #5 by Lance on April 30, 2010 - 8:31 pm

    Hi Joy!
    I am finally here!!! And the new site looks GREAT!

    Jill,
    It’s great to meet you! I really love this idea of “what if”…and what that can mean if we really and truly let those words settle into our being. It just really opens up the possibilities for what CAN be! And – well, Mr. Einstein was a pretty awesome guy, and I love his way of thinking!!!

    • #6 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on May 1, 2010 - 2:10 pm

      Hi Lance,
      Thank you for stopping in:) What if is quite powerful, as expansive as my beloved ocean, because the Answers to what if are as abundant as you allow them to be. Which then means your life is as abundant as you allow *it* to be….

  4. #7 by Wilma Ham on May 1, 2010 - 2:51 am

    Hi Joy and Jill.
    I love having fearless and fun in one sentence together.
    That already refers to what spoke to me the most; “Albert also gives us tools to see our world differently. ”
    Seeing things differently is the only way that gives me a way out of what I perceive to be my prison.
    I am constantly challenging my view points and it is getting easier and easier to do that and more and more rewarding. It means I am seeing far more possibilities and opportunities and that in the end are what miracles are.
    xox Wilma

    • #8 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on May 1, 2010 - 2:07 pm

      Yay for fearless *and* fun!!!
      Miracles Wilma…you are manifesting miracles and allowing your heart to be open to receive them! What an amazing insight. Our minds “think”, our hearts experience, so when you open your heart anything is truly possible. Thank you for sharing that.

  5. #9 by Zeenat{Positive Provocations} on May 1, 2010 - 6:49 am

    Hi Jill and Joy,
    First of AWESOME post! Awesome Guest! And Awesome viewpoints!
    Ok..now after all that awesomeness 😉 thinking differently is kind of my way of life NOW. There was a decade in my life when everything had to e exactly the same everyday…and if it wasnt I would throw a fit….but today after many many learning experiences….If there isnt something different about my day….i dont think my day is complete…hence, at the end of the day, I make sure I add the difference myself. And yes, it all starts with the thinking, seeing and feeling differently right…
    Much Love to both you lovely ladies,
    Z~
    p.s. Joy-am loving the blog look more and more everytime i visit 🙂

    • #10 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on May 1, 2010 - 2:04 pm

      Zeenat,
      Thank you:) I’m learning in all areas of life..it’s truly amazing!
      I love that you dare to be bold by adding differences to your day–by embracing change, even creating change, you are allowing your heart to remain open to Infinite Possibility. Perhaps you needed a decade of safety in sameness to embrace this new part of you:) Your Light shines so brightly through your words today–thank you:)

  6. #11 by Tess The Bold Life on May 1, 2010 - 12:29 pm

    Joy,
    I just lost my huge response of all the “what if questions!” Arghhhh!
    I love them…the what if about the economy is done just that truly made me look at and value what I have. Like you Joy I have it all…love of life, happy and healthy children, the sun and the moon and all of nature at my finger tips. A hubs that love and accepts me as I am, a wonderful blogging community. The downfall of the economy has erased so much of the illusion for me. What’s left now is my own power to make life the way I want and love it.

    • #12 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on May 1, 2010 - 2:01 pm

      Tess,
      *grin* you have your what if responses inside, *that’s* what counts…
      Your love of, and joy within, life just bubbles over and touches all around you. The condition of the economy is external, and can’t touch powerful internal. You are absolutely right, your perspective and your own internal power coupled with that of the Universe determines exactly how your life will be. I know how to make lemonade, sometimes it just requires more sugar:) If i have an abundance of “lemons” I’m going to learn how to make pie:)

  7. #13 by Amy on May 1, 2010 - 3:00 pm

    I really like the idea of being fearless, decisive, and full of grace! I want that more for myself and for my son…in this world that I see as having a lot of obstacles as well as a lot of opportunities.

    Sometimes certain people, circumstances, and ideas can suppress or crush. I love the thought of rising above all of that and moving in the direction we want.

    • #14 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on May 5, 2010 - 6:25 am

      Amy,
      Thank you for stopping by!
      You are right–we choose which direction we’d like to take, and we can ignore anything negative as we grow the positive and allow our creativity to blossom!

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