A couple of weeks ago our friend Nisha shared her favorite list of self help books. Since that post, I have read Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and I am currently reading Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. Sidebar, I am now stalking Nisha’s Goodreads and going to just go ahead and start reading her library. She’s batting 1,000 with her recs. Cannot wait to hear what else she has to say.
Sorry. I digress. Big Magic. This book blew my mind. Elizabeth Gilbert goes off about creative living and her view on the mysterious nature of inspiration. That most recent read not only reignited my desire to create, it is also the inspiration for this post today. I am obsessed with this book. I hung onto every word. Elizabeth Gilbert nailed it. She doesn’t know this, but she wrote Big Magic for me. Thank you Elizabeth!
I believe I had a sort of mid life revelation a couple of years ago in terms of creative living, and I am here to tell you, since that moment, when I dragged my sisters to the coffee shop, I personally have never felt more fulfilled in my entire life. A self proclaimed non-creative person had a creative idea. How could that be?
I’ll tell you. We are all creative people. That is what makes humans different from animals. Every single one of us has the ability to create. The question is how do we draw that creativity to the surface? It is simple. Sort of. We have to let go of what is stopping us first. That mother f’er, FEAR! I love how fear just looms sometimes. Fear is like those giant, cartoon vultures with the big ‘ol wings draped over their shoulders. Just waiting to swoop in and nibble on your insides. Blech. I was totally bombarded with negative thoughts by my old friend, Negative Nelly. She was always dogging me. Telling me how much I suck.
Don’t do it. It will never work.
You aren’t smart enough.
You can’t work with your sisters. That is COMPLETELY IMPOSSIBLE.
You don’t know anything about anything. Especially blogging. You are wasting your time.
You want to be like your dad, but you aren’t him so you will never be successful.
No one wants to hear what you have to say.
Your writing blows.
You can’t blog for a living.
You aren’t funny.
This is dumb.
Awesome right? I finally ditched the fear and went with the force that was drawing me to my sisters. Once fear was properly destroyed, the creativity began to flow. That is the fun part! Finally. Execute. Act on it. Whatever it is do it every single day. Make your thing. Sing your song. Write your blog! Ever since we started The Sister Project, life has been a little bit fuller. Everything seems just a little bit brighter. Lauren, Nicole, don’t you agree?
There is so much joy to be had. Listen to the world around you. Open your heart to possibility and wonder. Whatever is pulling you. If there is something you have been thinking about, don’t sit around anymore. Tell fear to take a hike and get after it. Life is short. Create something. Work at it. Every.Single.Day.
What is stopping you?
Love it. Live it. Share it.