Book Review: Big Magic
I'm often caught up in the daily grind of life, so it's nice when I'm able to find time in the day to get lost in a book. Earlier this year I was engrossed in a book by Elizabeth Gilbert titled Big Magic. If her name sounds familiar, it's because she also penned the wildly successful novel, EAT PRAY LOVE. I had been seeing the colorful cover of Big Magic all over social media and heard positive reviews from my favorite YouTubers, so I quickly realized I needed to get my hands on a copy.
The book is all about creativity -- the process and its mysteriously illusive behavior. Elizabeth Gilbert writes with candor and authenticity and shows us that living creatively requires us to face fear head on. She explains that to do what you love, requires risk; whether that risk lies in receiving inevitable criticism, failing, or striaght up disliking the finished product. I don't want to give the whole book away, so I'll keep my thoughts brief. My takeaway from the book was to just throw caution to the wind when it comes to creative adventures. That's the moment when the lightbulb kind of went off in my head and I decided to create The Simple Somethings blog.
If you're stuck in a creative rut, want a break from the norm, or just need a dose of positivity I totally recommend you give this book a read. To give you a taste, I've included one of my favorite quotes:
"A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner—continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you—is a fine art, in and of itself." - Elizabeth Gilbert