Big Magic

“The Universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.”

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This book by Elizabeth Gilbert will change your life!!!

Big Magic is essentially a self-help book for the creative genius in you that’s just waiting to flourish.

Her words are honest, simple and incredibly insightful. For me, an artist who’s also pursuing a career in healthcare, this book taught me that I can live creatively no matter what I’m doing.

Gilbert introduces a mindset that will allow you be as honest and trusting as possible. She encourages the reader to take pressure off of oneself, for this pressure will only keep your work from naturally flowing out of your body.

She touches upon the fleeting moments of success and how unimportant they should be when your art is concerned. The idea is that your art is for you and no one else. We shouldn’t be creating for other people, and if we are, some self reflection may be in order.

Another part that struck me is when she scolded artists for ever referring to their work as their “baby.” She described this as something that will hold you back as an artist. If you’re truly treating it like a baby, you’ll never give it the freedom it needs to fly out into the world.

Gilbert commented on the idea of perfectionism by saying, “I think perfectionism is just a high-end, haute couture version of fear. I think perfectionism is just fear in fancy shoes and a ink coat, pretending to be elegant when actually it’s just terrified.” This was possibly my favorite quote from the book.

I find perfectionism to be a major problem with so many people, artists or otherwise. We’re all so afraid of consequences that we hold back our passions and truths. It’s sad and stifling!

Whether you’re a seasoned artist, a curious mind or an accountant trying to broaden your horizons, this book is a must-read. You will be left feeling inspired, confident and fearless.

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