What I’m Reading: Elizabeth Gilberts “Big Magic”

What do Emma Roberts and I have in common? We both are currently reading this book! “Big Magic, Creative Living Beyond Fear” by Elizabeth Gilbert the author of “Eat, Pray, Love”. This book is about finding the bravery to let your creative self thrive. What I am most enjoying about this book is that it is not just for the professional artist or entrepreneur, the principles she explores are really applicable in all areas of life.

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I have always been a creative person and a bit of a perfectionist at times, and one of the key ideas that stood out for me was her emphasis on creating for the sake of creating. Oftentimes its easy in this Capitalism driving world we live in that if it doesn’t make money(and lots of it) its not worthwhile. In this book Gilbert challenges that notion and says just do it, even if your not that great at it, or it won’t be a means to support you financially, or no one else gets it. Just do it because it brings you satisfaction of expressing your personal inspirations.

That idea was very motivating to me. I don’t know how many times my soaping has stalled because I worried about how well things were going, or getting an idea perfect, or feeling like small detail was holding me back. This was a nice wake up kick in the pants to just do the things that make me glad to be alive more than worrying about the “what ifs.”

Are there any projects, great ideas, or life goals you have been putting off? What motivates you to get creative?

Here’s a great video of Elizabeth Gilbert discussing her book, and some of the ideas from it with Marie Forleo(whom I also like but more on that in a later post). Enjoy!

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Trash Day: Self check to avoid extra baggage

Change can be a wonderful experience. Often times, however,  it doesn’t feel that way until your on the other side of the experience looking back at how far you’ve come. While you’re in the transition its often unpleasant, uncomfortable, scary and sometimes even painful.

I have my great days when I’m extremely motivated and feeling optimistic about this time and stage in my life. Other times I have days like today when I’m just irritable, depressed and grasping for a clear sense of direction. In my efforts to redirect my energy and pull myself out of my mini “funk” I came across this article 40 Ways to Let Go and Feel less Pain on Tinybuddha.com and it really had a wealth of information that I found very helpful. These three jumped out at me as a great way to scrap old negative feelings and push forward:

“15. Take responsibility. Many times when you’re angry, you focus on what someone else did that was wrong, which essentially gives away your power. When you focus on what you could have done better, you often feel empowered and less bitter.

16. Put yourself in the offender’s shoes. We all make mistakes, and odds are you could have easily slipped up just like your husband, father, or friend did. Compassion dissolves anger.

17. Metaphorically throw it away. For example, jog with a backpack full of tennis balls. After you’ve built up a bit of rush, toss the balls one by one, labeling each as a part of your anger. (You’ll need to retrieve these—litter angers the earth!)”

I definitely will be putting these into use whenever the need arises. Which of the 40 ways speak to your personal growth challenges? Are there any you already put into regular practice?