thoughts on “Big Magic” & getting your creativity back

big magic

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

what i’m reading: february 2015

Winter is cold here in New York and sometimes the best thing you can do is curl up with a good book (or a few) and keep your mind off of these freezing temperatures and away from day dreams of waves, sand, and sun.

Before I share my February reading list with you, I must preface it with a few things.

  • I read multiple books at once. Do you guys ever do that?  I read mostly non-fiction; without a major storyline to follow, I find it easy to bounce around from book to book.
  • Although I almost never read fiction, I love it and my goal is to read at least 1 fiction book per month in 2015
  • I began reading some of these books in January. My plan is to finish them in February!

Leave a comment and let me know what you’re reading in February or I’ll always take a good book recommendation!

What I’m Reading: February 2015:

untethered

The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer

I have rule. If a book is recommended to me by three different people on three different occasions, I must read. This is one of those books.  

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dyss 

Discovering your Soul Signature by Panache Desai

A great friend recommended this book. There is a short passage to read in the morning, afternoon, and at night for 22 days. I’ve already learned so much and i’m only half way through. I included one of my favorite passages in last week’s post on finding gratitude in our darkest moments. 

pamgrout

E-Squared by Pam Grout

Energy experiments that work. I’ve already manifested yellow butterflies in the middle of winter in NYC. It works. This is a very great go at your own pace or rather experiment at your own pace kind of book. 

 

thealchemist

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

This classic probably needs so explanation for you but I will leave you with my favorite quote:

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.”

#truth

we were liars

We were Liars by E. Lockhart

My escape into fiction. Yes; I realize The Alchemist is also fiction but the classic story resonates with so many of us that I cannot mentally file it in fiction. digress. I read a preview on my kindle and went out to purchase the very next day. I can’t wait to curl up with it.

Now, let me know what you’re reading or what should be next on my list!

Thanks for reading! (pun intended)

Amy K Hall