dog-eared: big magic

I just finished reading Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert and I’m giving it 3.5 stars out of 5. She’s a wonderful writer, but I don’t know.. the way people went on about it, I was expecting so much more. It was a little underwhelming. Regardless, there were several passages in the book that spoke to me in such a way that I felt the need to dog-ear the pages. You know.. in case I need them for future fear-crushing motivation. Honestly, I rarely revisit the pages that I mark in a book (weird), but doing so this time allowed for some much-needed self-reflection as I head into a new year. I also want to mention that while this book may appear to speak to a literal artist, I think Gilbert’s insights also apply to our every day lives – embracing our curiosities, facing our fears, and living life with more mindfulness and passion. I’d recommend this book if you’re looking for a light, inspirational read.

Interestingly enough, of all the things I could take away from this book, the thoughts/ideas that stood out to me the most are the things that I am currently working through – creatively and professionally.

Part I – Courage, page 18
“As the saying goes: “Argue for your limitations and you get to keep them.”

Part IV – Persistence, page 143
“It’s a simple and generous rule of life that whatever you practice, you will improve at.”

Part IV – Persistence, page 171
“if I am not actively creating something, then I am probably actively destroying something (myself, a relationship, or my own peace of mind.)

Part V – Trust, page 247
“they quit as soon as things aren’t easy anymore, as soon as it gets painful, or boring, or agitating. They quit as soon as they see something in their minds that scares them or hurts them.  So they miss the good part, the wild part, the transformative part – the part when you push past the difficulty and enter into some raw new unexplored universe within yourself.”

Part V – Trust, page 252
“Whatever you do, try not to dwell too long on your failures. Own your disappointment, acknowledge it for what it is, and move on.”

Good stuff, right? My mantra for 2017: courage, persistence, trust the process. It’s a sticky note on the bathroom mirror kinda thing, for sure.

Did you read Big Magic? I want to know what you thought! Share in the comments below. :)

09. January 2017 by paige
Categories: Books | Tags: , , , | 4 comments

Comments (4)

  1. Today I decided to leave my job-gave notice that Feb 10th will be my last day. I booked a one-way ticket to San Diego and am driving back to Atlanta stopping every place I wanted to see my whole life along the way-I thought of you. I’ve got a stack of fear-breaking books ready for the adventure. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • girl, YAS. good for you! and how exciting.. let me know if you drive through LA! maybe we can meet for coffee. also, i hope you’re planning to document your trip!

  2. I did, but I listened to the Audiobook and so I had a different experience. Honestly so much of the motivation came from the energy in Gilbert’s voice as she narrated…. the audiobook is like 5 hour inspirational speech vs what I imagine could have felt like a manual or a repetitive essay if I’d read it.

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