I felt like I was in a rut, both emotionally and creatively. Over the winter, I became more closed off than I’ve ever been. I needed something to shake this feeling. Something that would help wake me up. “Big Magic” has been talked about in creative circles since it was published last year.
The queen of finding yourself, Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat Pray Love”, had put her very own struggles with fear and insecurities into a beautiful, anecdotal book that I've quickly devoured.
Yes, it’s a self-help book, but it’s more of story of a woman working to understand how creativity happens instead of a bland “you can do it, just believe in yourself.” Gilbert’s genius comes in and blasts down that seemingly insurmountable wall, saying it’s OK if you say no to creativity if it’s beneficial to you. It’s ok that you’re scared. Find a way to accept that you are afraid but continue to trudge forward. To hold onto ideas lightly, because the Universe has a way of changing your perceptions and if you hold on too tightly, you might lose it and your drive.
“Big Magic” was a quick read for me, but it’s almost indecent how much time I can spend in a day reading. Your mileage may vary. Now that it’s spring, it’s the perfect time to dust off those thinking caps and figure out what you need to do in order to become fulfilled and there's absolutely nothing more inspiring than reading the work of a person who's done it many times over.
What have you enjoyed reading lately? Let me know in the comments!