thoughts on “Big Magic” & getting your creativity back

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Elizabeth Gilbert’s newest book, Big Magic, launched last week and I inhaled it.

Maybe it’s a little dose of big magic but this book release felt timely for me, personally, just as I was starting to ask the universe where the heck my creativity ran off to. When I was in 5th grade I wrote derivatives of R.L. Stines Goosebumps books and illustrated pictures to go with them. One in particular that comes to mind is of a skeleton who circled suburban cul-de-sacs on roller blades terrorizing the children of the neighborhood. You did not want to live in that cul-de-sac.

It was ridiculous, terrible, and amazing; I’d kill for that creativity today.

As we grow older and life happens, it’s so easy to throw yourself whole heartedly into your work or your career and if that work or career doesn’t happen to be innately creative or feed your soul, finding a creative outlet becomes work on top of your already all consuming work-life balances and you’ll find your once creative self describing your new self has not all that creative.

Well, that’s what happened to me. I’ve actually said the words over the last few years; “Im not all that creative.” I think my rollerblading skeleton would disagree.

Within the first few pages of reading “Big Magic”, I felt this gravitational pull to grab my notebook and start writing before all of the thoughts left my head. I began scribbling memories that I must have locked away somehow — a memory of being published in my high school literary magazine and submitting my poetry to poetry websites. I had no inhibitions, confidence that I’d kill for today, and simply put? Creativity.

Elizabeth Gilbert’s book demystifies creativity and that’s a beautiful thing. Why? because demystifying it, makes it accessible and it should be accessible because we all have our own version of it – even if it’s just locked away somewhere.

and the magical way to access it?

Is to put in the work. Inspiration can certainly hit you in a magical way but taking inspiration, following through, and turning it into something that fills you up creatively (whatever that may be) will always require you to be disciplined, sit down, and do. the. work.

If you want to feel inspired to create something (anything!) I recommend reading Big Magic.

It certainly got me writing again.

Thanks for reading!

Amy K Hall

new year, new blog

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Let’s get this blog party started.

First and foremost, thank you for reading in 2014! Despite my lack of recent posts, your comments, shares, love, and encouragement have kept this little blog on my mind and I’m really excited to bring you even more in 2015.

In true re-launch fashion, allow me to re-introduce myself! Well, it’s me, Amy K Hall. (See what I did there?) To keep it simpleI launched this blog with a desire to share some of my beliefs, thoughts, and practices for living a better life.

My hope is to inspire other people to change the way they fundamentally think about life, love, stress, and everything in between. I believe that if we are strong enough to ignite change within ourselves, we can change our lives and ultimately, change the world.

Here’s the thing, even if your goal is not to rock the whole world, who doesn’t want a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life? That’s what I thought.

If this sounds like something you’re into in 2015, you’re not only following the right blog, you are in for a treat. In addition to a weekly betterment post from yours truly, you’ll be the first to hear about the launch of my little betterment book club and any 2015 workshops that are in development!

But now, I’d love to hear from you! 

  • Is there a topic you’d love to read about?
  • a book you think would be great for the book club?
  • Just want to say hello? I’d love that.

Leave a comment or contact me here. 

Thanks again for reading & cheers to 2015!

Amy K Hall