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Meet Jill Allison Bryan of Creative Oasis Coaching in East Dallas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jill Allison Bryan.

Jill Allison, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’m Jill Allison Bryan … founder of Creative Oasis Coaching … certified master Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach … Singer/Songwriter … Recovering Procrastinator and Perfectionist … Coffee Devotee … Picture Snapper… Live Music Aficionado … Veggie Lover… Meditation/Yoga Fan … Runner Girl … Sporadic World Traveler… Rabid Recycler… Believer in Infinite Possibilities … and Generally Happy Human!

I’m absolutely passionate about helping women give themselves permission to experience more joy and personal satisfaction by spending time with the creative projects, passions and pursuits that energize and delight them … or as I call it, their Creative Oasis!

In 2006 I started working with a creativity coach. Luckily, my coach, Jill Badonsky, was also the founder of Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching. After she helped me bring consistent creative joy back into my life through my music, Badonsky invited me to apply for her rigorous (yet, delightful) training program to become a certified KMCC coach myself.

Saying yes to that opportunity has been one of the best decisions of my life! I absolutely believe that the transformations, successes and joy I’ve experienced in my life due to creativity coaching make me uniquely suited to now share those methods with my clients as they embark on their own creative journeys.

Learning and practicing the powerful tools and techniques of this unique coaching method helped me to:
* Earn my Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching certification and later be chosen as one of the first Master level KMCC coaches
* Start my Creative Oasis Coaching business (which now in its 10th year)
* Write, record and release my solo CD, “Dancing In Limbo”
* Create and host “Infinite Possibility ~ A Night of Music, Art & Women Helping Women” ~ my CD release/benefit event which featured a concert, silent art auction with works by 13 female artists inspired by the 13 tracks on my CD plus a huge raffle ~ all of which raised more than $10,000 for Women for Women International
* Train for and run my first half-marathon and later my 5K per month personal challenge
* Embrace my own Creative Oasis by consistently weaving creative joy and satisfaction into my daily life

All of these rewarding life experiences and many more were made possible by using creative coaching methods that I continue to practice in my own life and share with my clients through Creative Oasis 1-1 coaching.

My personal Creative Oasis includes a multitude of things such as making music, writing, reading, traveling, attending concerts, photography, cooking, yoga, exercise, hiking, entertaining, coloring, visual journaling and more.

Truthfully, I believe life is our canvas and gives us the ultimate opportunity to live joyfully and express ourselves creatively every day!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Of course, as with any business, there have been challenges along the way. Thankfully, I’m able to use my favorite coaching methods to help myself navigate past those!

For example, the very first time I was hired to plan and deliver an interactive creative workshop for a group of more than 60 managers at a Deloitte employee enrichment retreat, I honestly felt a bit overwhelmed.

I was able to diffuse those feelings by implementing Kaizen techniques. Kaizen is a Japanese term that means “small steps to continuous improvement” and I use it in a multitude of ways in my coaching practice.

By breaking the entire project down into super small steps (or as I like to say ~ delightfully doable steps) I was able to dissolve my overwhelm, keep moving forward and create a fun, engaging experience that had a room full of accountants and engineers playfully creating a “pop-up art/poetry happening” while diving into the creative process in unexpected ways. (I’m happy to say I was hired to deliver a half dozen more workshops for that team over the next two years.)

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Creative Oasis Coaching – what should we know?
My latest offering is, Creative Oasis Conversations ~ where creative women connect and converse to care for themselves and the world!

Much more than a networking event, these unique events provide the opportunity to engage in purpose-driven conversations with interesting creative women while exploring ways to live your best life and do some good in the world while you’re at it!

Each month I interview a local creative woman I admire so you can learn about her creative journey in all areas of her life ~ personal, business and the causes she’s passionate about.

Then we break out into small discussion groups to dive deeper into the topic while getting to know a variety of interesting local women.

I wrap up the evening with a Q & A and fun raffle prize.

Your $25 ticket covers:

  • Your first glass of wine
  • Break out supplies
  • Door prize raffle ticket
  • ALL profits benefit my guest’s charity or organization of their choice.

We meet at Times Ten Cellars in Lakewood.

Calendar of events and ticket purchase on the Creative Oasis Coaching website.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I think the fact that I do my best to practice what I preach and live by example every day shows the people that I work with how much I believe in the power of the coaching philosophy I share with them.

One of my favorite quotes is by Albert Einstein “There are only two ways to live your life: as though nothing is miracle, or as though everything is a miracle.”

My personal twist on that is, “There’s only one way to live your life: as though every experience is a chance for creative joy and expression!”

I believe you have the opportunity to infuse your life with creative joy in so many ways! Sure ~ it could be through making art or making music or writing a book ~ but you can also experience creative fulfillment in the way you dress or decorate your home or cook a meal or entertain friends or travel!

I try to model that for my Creative Oasis community and help remind them that living a creative life is a choice they can make every day to add more joy to their existence on so many levels!

Work With Jill
Currently, the only way to work with me is via my 1-1 coaching. I’m happy to offer a complimentary consult call to anyone interested in exploring my 1-1 Creative Oasis Life Coaching.

I invite anyone who’s curious to learn more about Creative Oasis to visit my website and sign up to receive my Creative Oasis Moments newsletter for weekly inspiration and motivation plus details about my upcoming events and offers.

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Image Credit:
Vonda Klimaszewski ~ One Last Marble Studio

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  1. Liz Gow

    July 20, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    I have been fortunate to experience coaching with Jill many years ago and loved the experience, which helped me through a challenge at the time using creativity as a tool, which then was new to me. It was amazing and is still part of my practice. Since then I have connected with Jill through the years and am part of her Creative Oasis Collective, which is fabulous and it inspires me every week, day to use creative ways of being, including those gorgeous wee steps to achieving and being.There is such a lovely supportive group on FB and we all support each other. I have also been so lucky to be at her home where the retreats occur. I felt so spoilt, it was bliss. Thank you dear Jill. 🙂

    • Jill Allison Bryan

      July 26, 2018 at 2:03 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words and your support, Liz! I am so grateful for all of our creative connections!!! 🙂

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