"Author, Creativity Coach"
Jill Badonsky is a star! When she gives a presentation she lights up from the inside out.
She's also wildly funny. If you ever get a chance to see Jill in person - RUN to it. She's one of the few writers who shine on stage (many writers are shy and do their best communicating on the page). You'll leave one of her presentations with a different perspective and a lighter, freer feeling.
My favorite thing about being lucky enough to have met Jill (at 2 Artella retreats) - besides being lucky enough to meet Jill : ~), is that I now "hear" her voice when I read her book.
Here's how she answered the Square-Peg questions in our interview:
How do you see yourself as a Square-Peg?
I've always valued being different and when given assignments, homework, directives in school and work have made it my rule to do the unexpected and creative.
I'm very much considered eccentric by friends and students and feel that that is a compliment. .. I went out of my way NOT to be part of the "conformed" crowd within any group of people.
Being different, as in artistic and original, are high on my list of values - as is freedom (including freedom from conformity).
...I'd rather invent my own Square-Peg ways than fit in round- holes that don't inspire me.
How Do You Maintain Your Square-Pegness (in a round-hole world)?
I left the round-hole world (back in '96) and actually invented my own company, The Muse is In - Facilitating Creativity for Joy and Prosperity. Within this company I train people who gravitate toward my quirky ways to teach classes based on my book and the quintessential way to affect change according to Square-Peg ways...
...I teach people to be creativity coaches...which defies life coaching in that it honors the resistance, sensitivities and quirks of each individual in creative pursuit and takes into account the nonlinear nature of creativity by prescribing unusual activities including pampering, daydreaming and capitalizing on lulls.
What Has Been the Hardest For You as a Square-Peg?
In college I began to enjoy the freedom, joy and benefits of being different and noticed that I found others enjoyed this in me and themselves, too.
It's so wonderful to find a tribe of people who are Square-Pegs and art groups such as Artella are a great place to connect.
It sounds like Jill created her own safe haven - including establishing her own company and finding her own "tribe".
There seems to be a pattern with Square-Pegs who are thriving - they create their own Square-Peg world within the round-hole world. And it looks like the foundation for that comes from accepting that they ARE different - and finding a way to be OK with that - then surrounding themselves with people and environments that appreciate who they are. Cool!
What is Your Favorite Square-Peg Trait?
I'm pretty sure I got this trait because my parents laughed at me a lot as I was growing up and because humor became a a major coping mechanism for me at an early age.
I felt drawn to ask Jill an additional question in this interview:
Do You Have a Favorite Square-Peg-Person?
Ellen Degeneres, Robin Williams, and Douglas Adams are favorites of mine and I believe they are all Square-Pegs.
I didn't ask Jill what her favorite book was (our new interview question). I realize now that I skipped that question because I assumed that I knew. My thought was that if I'd written a book like The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard) it would be my favorite...hmm, now we'll never know.
You can read our Square-Peg People review of The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard) here.
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To read more about Jill and to get information on her training classes (or to find out if one of the folks Jill has trained works near you) please see Jill's site: The Muse Is In.
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