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Jodi: The Gift of Happiness ~ Guided Imagery

Guided imagery. Ugh. For me, these two little words struck fear in my soul when I first heard them referenced in my quest to become a Kaizen Muse. I’ve never done a guided imagery before. I talk too fast, too loud, and I most certainly do not have a calming bone in my body. What the heck was I going to do?

I listened to a series of coaching calls with lovely women offering even lovelier guided imageries. I printed off GI scripts and tried to absorb them by osmosis. That didn’t work either. Then, one night, while I tossed and turned in bed thinking about my dilemma, the words started to flow. At first I tried to ignore them. I love words but these did not feel like my words. They wouldn’t stop. They were persistent, so I hopped out of bed, grabbed one of my sketchbooks, and began to write. I tweaked it the next morning and made it into a document that was perfect for printing and sharing. They were my words. My voice. I was so damn proud of myself!

I can tell you with complete honesty that I still don’t know which part of me produced “The Gift of Happiness,” but it was most certainly an experience for me. I tend to make things happen. This taught me that sometimes we need to just let things happen. We don’t always have to try so hard. With our lives, our families, our work, or our creativity. Sometimes we need to just let things unfold.

I hope you enjoy what I’ve created. I have only used it once and it resulted in my client wrapping up a table in her craft room — not exactly my intention but funny for both of us!

Download the PDF and enjoy.

I’d love to know what you think of it!

Kaizen Muse Creativity Coach in training (not for long!)

Jodi: Mommy’s going to be a what?!

I took part in my first teleconference today and I rocked it! I’m 39 and I was genuinely terrified to do this call. My husband who has done a thousand of these calls is out of town so I didn’t even have him to lean on. I was on my own. Just me. Okay, let me back up a bit.

I’m going to be a Creativity Coach. An actual Kaizen Muse! This time last year I was a burnt-out daycare provider. I was also an uber-talented photographer (in my own mind) and a wannabe writer. I needed a change. Badly. I felt like I was going to explode. I made the decision to close my daycare and be happily unemployed until I figured out what my next move was. In September 2010 I started my blog, Living Life Photographically. In November 2010 I opened up my first Etsy shop and filled it with my best prints. I joined a few teams and held my breath. I’d never sold anything before and had no idea what I was doing.

One morning in March 2011 I finally got my first sale from a stranger for one of my prints. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. I hollered for my hubby to come downstairs to confirm that what I was looking at was my first sale. It was indeed, I’d made my first $30 from my photography! I sold a few more prints after that and I continued to blog my butt off. My readership grew to in the 400’s and I was now lining up guest posters and conversing regularly with some crazy talented women. In the meanwhile I had come across Studio Mothers and Miranda graciously said yes when I e-mailed her to see I was Studio Mother material. I discovered (and have a total girl crush on) Goddess Leonie. I joined her forum and started networking there.

I then got the itch to do something a bit more hands-on with my photography. I’d created my ‘Write’ print and it was selling fantastically. I wanted to be able to offer it to those who didn’t want it as a print. Long story short, I got into the jewelry biz. I shrunk down my images and made jewelry from them. My jewelry then started to outsell my photography so I closed up my Photography by Jodi shop and opened up Creative Life Designs. I transferred over my favorite prints and sold them in this shop instead. It was the best decision. I maintain 1 shop and sales are steadily growing. I was officially a WAHM. I was making my own money!

But something was still missing. I was using my hands to fill my creative need but my brain was craving more. I then came across Miranda’s coaching site and filled out her questionnaire about my creative habits. It took me 45 minutes and I tried to be as honest as possible. It was while answering these questions that I realized I wanted to do more for my fellow creatives. If I could, at 39, have so much fun writing for my blogs (I started a 2nd blog, Creative Life Designs), enjoying my photography and making jewelry, why couldn’t others have this same opportunity? I know that sounds simplistic. I know that not everyone can quit their job tomorrow to pursue their dreams, but what if I could give them a gentle nudge to at least consider this possibility? And if they considered it, what if I could help them realize it? Read more

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