Book Discussion : Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

OKAY YOU GUYS who finished the book?!?!? I finished minutes before writing this haha procrastinator to the next level over here! I just had a tiny bit left to finish! Tell me what you thought?! Love, hate, so so? Normally when I read books I either lovvvve them and read the whole thing SO fast or slowly stop reading half way through because I lose interest. I loved Big Magic overall! Except for a couple parts I kinda had to “get through” and found boring ya know? But I loved the overall message and a lot of the things she talked about! So below are some of my favs.
January Podcast #2 Discussion

Dreams & Inspiration

Obviously the whole book was about inspiration and encouraging people to chase their dreams. I couldn’t help but think how that was making me think about ideas I have with the blog and with my business but for everyone it probably meant something else. Like someone may have wanted to write their own book, start painting again, start a farm, whatever it is!! What was your thing that you kept thinking about as she talked about chasing dreams?! I mean you don’t have to tell us your amazing patent pending idea but curious what your dreams are and what idea is in your head that you would love to see come to life!

I think right now all of my crazy ideas are kind of in motion – I dreamt about Barefoot Blonde Hair for a VERY long time so the fact that it is here is so fulfilling for me. BUT I do have crazy ideas coming to my mind a lot, that I sometimes have to push out because like I said I have my BIG IDEA already movin and groovin and I cannot take on any more. But other little things like I think David should make a digital keto recipe book, don’t you?! He has the bessst recipes and comes up with the best low carb meals so that was one idea I kept having. Others were just things I would love to do with our company or things I want to do later in life.. like in 10 years I would love to home school my kids and travel for a year. Anyways, tell me your dreams big or small!

Things I loved about Big Magic

1. I love that she talks about how you don’t have to quit your day job to go fulfill this new dream, you just weave it into your existing life! She talks about how her dad had a dream of having a goat farm and just did it. Knew nothing about goats but moved to a farm and got goats! Freaken rad. I love that.
2. LOVE how she says we need to stop making art and ideas such a big deal. How most good ideas just came about not from trying to change the world but just playing around with fun ideas. Take it seriously but also don’t.
3. I loved when she talked about how she does her little ceremonies and vows by herself – I mean maybe weird but I am into it. I love stuff like that. Just making up your own rules.
4. I love when she talks about not chasing a dream because “it has been done before” because every idea when done with your own expression and passion behind an idea it becomes your own. And I like that. Because it is so true with companies. I mean look at energy bars – there are SO MANY. And just when I think I found the best one I try a new one that is done by a company with an awesome mission and clean ingredients and bam. (referring to RX Bars because holy crap so good).
5. Never too old. I especially think this when I listen to How I Built This because so many of the companies we all know about were started by people in their late 30’s or early 40’s.
6. If you love it, you’ll find time for it. Even if its just 15 min a day. Most of the work I do for my businesses I actually do from 7pm-1am after the kids are asleep. And sometimes my best work is when everyone is asleep and I want to bust out a bunch of stuff in one hour at 3am because I can’t sleep.
7. Dressing up before sitting down to look for inspiration. (not all the time but when you are in a rut) Basically any excuse to dress up for me haha but I just really believe we feel our best when we are feeling confident AF ha.
8.“done is better than good.” Don’t be a perfectionist. Finish the job.

Acknowledging Ideas

As overkill as it was, I loved when she was talking about acknowledging ideas and either accepting or dismissing them. I felt this way when reading “The Art of Tidying Up” when she talked about talking to her shoes daily and thanking them – thinking how I wouldn’t ever talk to my shoes. So I felt the same a little when she talked about ideas in the same way and talking to them. BUT THEN I FOUND MYSELF DOING IT LOL. I legit got an idea and was like “yep that’s a good idea. thanks. but nope.” The reason I like this is because David and I are DREAMERS. I have said this before but we are probably too spontaneous sooo we get a lot of ideas and I think its important for me to take on ideas one at a time and either be a very serious YES or a very serious NO. I don’t like having things that take up space in my brain when I just need to be focusing on my current project.

How do you get inspired?

What are the ways you guys get inspired? Where do you go? Who do you talk to? These are the ways I usually get my ideas flowing and get inspiration…

 

1. Just talking to my employees! We are lucky to have employees who are passionate about our business and sometimes when we just talk and have brainstorming sessions we always walk away with some really great ideas.
2. Looking at magazines. This has always been one for me!! I used to look at magazines when I was little and dream of creating the sets for the shoots and doing the crazy hair and the crazy make up. One day I even did this insane make up that I saw in Vogue (it was silver shadow with actual rhinestones glued on the outsides of the eyes in this swirly design) which I did – I glued rhinestones on my face. And tried to go to school like that. My mom made me wash it all off haha! Thank heavens.
3. Since my thing that gets me all excited is hair – I love looking at pictures from award shows or looking at hair on pinterest.
4. Chatting with David or my siblings! We all love to talk about our crazy ideas. Sometimes we go around the circle and say what we would start/do if we had unlimited money and I love hearing their business ideas.
5. Traveling – every single trip we leave with new ideas or even just a new mindset.
6. Listening to podcasts and reading books – this is actually a very very big one for me! My friends all kinda make fun of me how obsessed I am with podcasts but I really do feel like they spark sooo many new ideas for me! Especially the How I Built This podcast which is the one I have on the calendar for for next month! I don’t think there has been a single one I have listened to that didn’t make me think about something with our business that I could do differently or start doing or whatever it is. But this one is why I wanted to start this book club!!! So we can read and listen to the same
things and share what inspired us!

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  1. I recently took a cruise and decided (based off this blog) to grab a copy and take it with me. Not only do I LOVE turning physical paper pages (something my real life does not afford me to do regularly), but reading it on a floating verandah and tropical beaches made it even more fulfilling. It struck a chord with me, and I am so glad that I spotted it here and trusted my gut to bring it with me on my trip! As a working creative, being creative consistantly and on-demand can be daunting…this was a breath of fresh air for me, and made returning to my daily grind more bearable. THANK YOU!

  2. I really am enjoying this book club so far! Big Magic didn’t interest me as much as I thought it would so I was a little bit disappointed as I had higher hopes to be fully immersed in it but I think it was only because I myself thought I couldn’t really relate to it. The one part that did stand out to me was the quote saying ‘we all spend our twenties and thirties trying so hard to be perfect, because we’re so worried about what people will think of us . Then we get to into our forties and fifties, and we finally start to be free, because we decide that we don’t give a damn what anyone thinks of us. But you won’t be completely free until you reach your sixties and seventies, when you finally realise this liberating truth – nobody was ever thinking about you, anyhow. They aren’t. They weren’t. They never were.’ It made me think about myself now in my early twenties and how other people’s opinions mean so much to me when I am making decisions about my own life and it really shouldn’t be that way at all. Definitely something to think about for the year ahead. Looking forward to the next book!

    Bethany 🙂

  3. Just a few thoughts about Big Magic!

    I resonated quite nicely with the creative focus and the crucial importance of fighting against fear that Elizabeth Gilbert emphasized throughout her work.
    As a fellow writer myself, I’ve experienced studying Journalism in college, to later working as a full time travel writer after college, to now continuing freelance work and going back to school for a master’s. Writing has always touched the true essence of my purpose thus far in my life. Speaking about the acknowledgement of ideas (I’ve had a few big ones for the new year), I really appreciated the way she explained the energy and “pulse” an idea can have in our world. I hope to become an author of my own novel within this new year, so I found it helpful to see her perspective on cultivating the true heart of an idea, manifesting it and creating your own ultimate idea of success from that idea. I truly believe an idea is just an idea until you do something about it, its the doing part that matters most.

    Which is why I highlighted this quote and truly believe it to be true: “It might have been done before, but it hasn’t been done by you!”
    ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.

    This seems like such a daunting task, truly being vulnerable and “good enough” to publish my writing on such a professional scale. It’s hard to even cultivate this grandiose idea without the fear of failure defining the path to one of my ultimate dreams, but I can’t really reach that dream until I at least give it my own go- because there are way too many authors out there that have so eloquently put words on a page, that they are the fabrics of our mere history, so well known and so highly regarded, that I could possibly never match up. But why not just try? Not to outshine the ones that can’t be out-shown, but to give my dream its ultimate pulse, and fulfill a true dream in my life.

    To me it feels quite like Big, Gigantic, creative, messy, confusing Magic.

    And I can’t wait for it to shine through in my work so eminently one day.

    Already looking forward to next month!

    Xoxo,

    Robin

  4. This book really resonated with me. I have a lot of big ideas that scare me — I like stability and knowing what’s going to happen in my life, which makes me risk-averse. I even used to look at notebooks and planners with things like “Dream Big” written on them and groan and roll my eyes. *confession* This year, though, with the support of my amazing fiancé and my own inspiration, I’m determined to take steps to make these big ideas reality. I’m a clinical psychologist and want to leave my job (which is nice because of the stable income and schedule but also uninspiring and limiting and full of unhappy people/bad leadership) to focus on my private practice. I’m being interviewed on the local news this week and getting credentialed with an insurance panel, so taking what feel like really big steps. I’ve also always had this idea for a bakery (I LOVE baking) with a name and everything for my second career. My good friend’s husband is a trademark attorney, so this weekend, I am buying the name that has been in my head for five years now. There is a lot of fear and “what if this fails miserably” in my head, but why not try the things that scare me for once in my life? Now is the time to do it. Nothing will be so bad that I can’t redirect my life, and I would rather try than continue to just hope passively that things will work out for me!

    1. BIG STEPS usually lead to reallllyyy great rewards!!! And just to say, “if” your bakery “fails”… You can look back and enjoy the time you had with it!! What a great awesome fun experience it will be! Success isn’t overnight and you have to be willing to hang in for the long haul…America thrives on small businesses!! I wish you so much success and fun

  5. I listened to the book on audible and loved it!! The fact that she says don’t stop just because it might have been done before or done is better than perfect and not done. She really pushes me to stop thinking that my ideas might not be good enough and just do it or write it. Also, the part when she says that if you aren’t willing to receive or act upon your idea that it will move onto someone else. Brilliant and simple at the same time.

    I also suggest some great motherhood books on my blog.
    http://www.citruslove.com

    1. Yep love those as well!! I will have to check out the books on your blog – thanks for sharing!!! Xoxoxo

  6. Also, PLEASE DAVID WRITE THAT BOOK. Such a good idea!! Every time y’all post about his cooking I’m dying to get recipes.

  7. Hey Book Club! I enjoyed reading this blog post as well as everyone’s comments. It was rad to see everyone’s perspectives and thoughts on the book. I took many great things from this book! I love how Elizabeth Gilbert is just a go with the flow, see the beauty in life, don’t sweat the small stuff and really get into your creative self author! It made me feel hopeful, inspired and opened my eyes to all sorts of possibilities. 1. I love the part (page 75) “Because either way, it’s all kind of amazing–what we get to do. what we get to attempt, what we sometimes get to commune with. Gratitude, always. Always, gratitude.” Humans are capable of creating all sorts of wonderful and beautiful things and ideas that can help others and make a difference. Also, just feeling grateful and taking moments out of your day to recognize the things that make you happy and bring you peace is so important! 2. (page 85) “I never recall my parents expressing any worry whatsoever at my dream of becoming a writer.” I just loved this because it reminded me of my mama, she always wants my brother and I to follow our dreams and happiness. I feel so blessed to have that support and love. 3. (page 101) “Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart. The rest ill take care of itself.” OKAY! HOW PERFECT! Be your most authentic self! Love yourself! I feel that when you love yourself you can be as creative as you want to be! 4. (page 111) I love when she talks about all the jobs shes had and all the experiences and how she felt that taught her everything she needed to know vs. going to college and going in debt because of it. This quote kind of sums it up for me and why i think social media can be so wonderful because it connects so many people and stories and opportunities to make a difference and make the world a better place! “(As a bartender, I learned that not only does everybody have a story that would stop your heart, but that everybody wants to tell you about it.” This reminded me of something that i read a while ago, that everyone you come in contact with knows something that you don’t! It makes me just want to smile and say hello to random people and tell my loved ones how much they mean to me.. just make those connections more meaningful and deeper and really listen to the world around me. 5. I love love love when she talked about the fat kids and saving her money to travel and just that part of her life seemed so fun and so liberating. It seemed like the ultimate happy times even though she wasn’t a famous author yet she just enjoyed the process and the moments. Ultimately, what i took from this book is be more grateful, stop complaining, this is your life and its your responsibility to live it to the fullest and create the life you imagine for yourself, what others think of you in none of your business, be your most TRUE self. Enjoy creativity. say it aloud, scream it if you must but acknowledge it. I felt this was the perfect choice for our new year/book club reads! Thank you!

    1. Aw love love loved these as well!!!! “Do whatever brings you to life.” 🙂 I like that one. Thank you so much for sharing! And I’m so glad you read the book!!!

  8. Hey Amber,

    Thanks so much for starting this book club! Can’t wait to see what is on the agenda for February! I definitely wouldn’t say Big Magic was my favorite but that might have been because I love her book Eat Pray Love so much! There was one section that I did love that went something like this “The end of the day no matter who your teacher was or what level of mastery of your teacher has you still have to be the one to create your own level of work.” The end the day no matter who your teacher was or what level of mastery your teacher has you still have to be the one to create your own level of work. You will graduate from your institution and you’ll be left by yourself having to find your own “Big Magic”” I can’t tell you how many friends I have heard say that they cannot do something or start something until they get some form of formalized education. But like Elizabeth said at the end of the day you will still have to be the one to create that no diploma, no teacher, no anything can do the work for you beside yourself. It’s like her example with her dad he could’ve gone and learned all about goats or he could’ve just started it like he did and learned as he went. This mindset will definitely be something that I will take with me in the future next time I think I cannot do something or achieve something because I am not already a “master” in it.

    Once again thank you for starting something that I look forward to each month.

    1. Yes totally I loved that too – probably because I never finished college so I really do believe you don’t NEED a degree to go chase your dream! Thank you for sharing xoxoxo

      1. 100% ! I love that Elizabeth pointed out the money wasting truth…I mean unless you want to be a surgeon or another profession that requires specialized training….but besides that, living life is a great teacher itself, learn along the way and believe in and persue your passions!

  9. CAN WE ALL JUST BE FREE AND SIXTY RIGHT NOW?!! 😉 Yeessss!!
    “We all spend our twenties and thirties trying so hard to be perfect, because we’re so worried about what people will think of us. Then we get into our forties and fifties, and we finally start to be free, because we decide that we don’t give a damn what anyone thinks of us. But you won’t be completely free until you reach your sixties and seventies, when you finally realize this liberating truth—nobody was ever thinking about you, anyhow.“

    1. Oooo!!! Another quote🇺🇸 AMERICANS ARE DREAMERS TOO🇺🇸 -state of the union address
      Just look at that!
      😍🎉💕

    2. Omg yassss girl!!! Loved that too!!! Like why are we waiting til sixty to not give a crap?! Xoxoxo

  10. i also get inspired by listening to podcasts and they always put me in the best mood! i have been listening to oprah’s and also jess lively’s (the lively show) they put me in the best mood ever and i always end up with such great motivation and happy thoughts. can’t have enough of them haha.
    much love
    http://www.juliezeneth.com

    1. I’ve never heard of Jess Lively’s!!! I’m gonna download one! I freaken love podcasts too! Xoxox

  11. Thanks for doing this!! It really kept me focused knowinggn “I gotta finish bc we all want to talk about it!” I gleaned a few very encouraging quotes from this book, a few that I needed to hear RIGHT NOW!! And a few that I’ll keep in my back pocket 🙂

    So here’s some favs:
    -Must have stubbornness to accept our own gladness💖🎉🎉☝️Yes!
    -Everything sucks some of the time you just have to decide which sort of suckage you’re willing to put up with
    -Inspiration will always be drawn to motion so go do something
    -No matter the teachers…eventually you will have to do the work yourself
    -To be reminded that the world does not owe anyone anything, just like her Italian film director friend got a letter saying it’s not the world’s fault he chose to be an artist the world is not owe him the pleasure of enjoying his work and an artist should enjoy the work themselves, for them self! World does not owe you anything so don’t expect anything
    -Announce yourself do what you need to do for yourself don’t wait for someone to come knock on your door and offer you what you want, go out and get it
    ***A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future -coco Chanel

    1. Girl loved all these too!!!! So glad you posted them. So true about the suckage haha. I always have to remind myself that because even with two jobs that I LOVE so much there is suckage parts to it. Thank you thank you thank you for sharing!!!!

  12. Okay so just finished the book because I am a procrastinator as well. But doing things last minute always work out better lol. The whole time I was reading I kept thinking about all the things I’ve wanted to do and how I’ve always been a timid person who doesn’t like change so this book has inspired me to stop limiting myself on what I can do or what I think I should do based on being too scared to leave a job, scared to put myself out there, scared to take chances all because I don’t want to get a little uncomfortable along the way. My favorite part was in the beginning of the book where she says imagine you and your idea having the courage to take a road trip, worry and fear are obviously going to come along but to keep them in the backseat. I’m going to try to remember this anytime I have to make myself a little uncomfortable in order to better myself or chase a big idea.
    I can’t really pinpoint what usually triggers my inspiration but lately it’s been this book and the podcasts we’ve been listening too. And now that I’ve gotten into podcasts I’ve been exploring so many. It’s like a hidden treasure I never would have thought I’d enjoy.
    Can’t wait for next months book club, thank you for opening me up to the podcast world xo

    1. So glad you have gotten into podcasts!! They are full of inspiration. I loved that part in the beginning too! Glad I’m not the only procrastinator 😉 thank you for sharing babe! Xoxoxo

  13. Hey Amber 🙂
    How is January over already haha I love these discussion especially the podcasts, i still have a little bit to go in the book but thought I’d share what I liked/have learned so far.
    “You can support other people in their creative efforts, acknowledging the truth that there’s plenty of room for everyone.” I loved this as it’s hard in life to stop comparing yourself to others and this just reminds you that we all want what others have but we can all support each other and work together without being jealous.
    “Everything reminds us of something. But once you put your own expression and passion behind an idea, that idea becomes yours.” I also liked this as it’s true as long as you don’t directly copy someone else’s ideas, the end result will be similar but different, with your passion you can create something that is uniquely yours.
    “So many of us believe in perfection, which ruins everything else, because the perfect is not only the enemy of the good; it’s also the enemy of the realistic, the possible, and the fun.” I really loved this, especially in the social media world, there is no being perfect and I think we all have to remind ourselves of that or I don’t think we will be happy or free to create, what ever it is you want to create 🙂
    And also like you I liked the “done is better than good” because not matter the goal or idea at least you have finished and it may not be your best work but now you can move on to your next idea without this idea of having to get it finished perfectly.
    I really enjoyed this book, it’s helped me start thinking more creatively and not worry what others think, just focus on me and the rest will come 🙂
    Can’t wait for next months book club x

    1. I know right January flewww by!!!! Thank you for sharing your favs! All these comments are making me so happy!! Xoxox

  14. Overall I really liked this book and it’s message! Some parts were a little drawn on and others I was like hmm weird lol but I really love the message of trusting yourself and your passions to guide your happiness. How many of us totally let other people’s judgments about our passions or our success guide how happy we are about them?! It’s so crazy.

    This book made me realize how awesome creativity and dreams are! I’m a TOTAL dreamer too. I just really loved the big magic idea so much. I totally believe in fate and it’s such a positive mindset to prepare yourself for big magic and try and see it in the world!!

    (I’ve been dying for Chanel espadrilles for FOREVER and then you posted them on Poshmark in my size and I was like omg BIG MAGIC! Hahaha jk poor grad student can’t afford them but still…magic is everywhere 🤗💗)

    I also really appreciated how she addressed fear. Fear drives so much and I love love loved the part where she said fear will always have a part in your life, but it needs to be a silent passenger on the ride with no opinion lol!

    Can’t wait for next months 💗 xoxo

    1. I agree some parts I was like, okay that could have been one chapter and not 5 ha. But girl love that big magic lol too funny that I posted them right after. And I totally believe in fate too so even though it was kind of weird how she put it, I like the idea of big magic 🙂 xoxoxo

  15. I listened to this on audiobook, and loved it. I don’t consider myself a really creative person, so I loved a lot of her messages on just doing things. And not making such a big deal out of quitting your day job. You can’t put too much pressure on your success.

    1. Martha – I’m glad you liked it!!! I always think about what you said when people ask for starting blog advice – don’t think about it just start one. 👍🏻 Thanks for sharing what you got from it!

  16. I really liked the book 📖 It’s not like you don’t know all the stuff that she writes about, but you forget it and focus too much on making excuses, doubting yourself etc… Every time I read smth i got this ‘Yeah, right’ reaction. It’s genius and simple at the same time. I am not an artist or writer, but she is right when she says that creativity lives in all of us. Makes me think of this particular scene from Modern Family. Everyone comes to Claire and Phil for Thanksgiving and Claire asks him to put the tables together. Instead he arranges them differently, Claire gets angry and Phil tells her that she kills his creativity…well, u get the idea 🙂 Anyway, this book reminded me to follow my ideas, no matter what other think, because i do it for M E. Btw, Elisabeth G. mentioned ohe of her friends and a great researcher Brene Brown. She wrote ‘Daring Greatly’. I literally just finished the book and I would very much recommend it. Its life changing, really! Or if u don’t have time watch some of her TED talks, she is awesome.

  17. Hi Amber!

    Thank you so much for doing this bookclub – I have been really wanting to read more books (and listen to podcasts! Had never listened to one before). I had heard of this book before you added it to the list, but never got around to reading it. Absolutely LOVED it!! I finished it in one day traveling to go visit my little sister 🙂

    Anyways – this was my favorite quote from the book, and really got me to thinking about fear, perfectionism, and the things we tell ourselves about them:

    “The most evil trick about perfectionism is that is disguises itself as a virtue […]. They wear their perfectionism like a badge of honor, as if it signals high tastes and exquisite standards. But I see it differently. I think perfectionism is just a high-end, haute, couture version of FEAR. I think perfectionism is just fear in fancy shoes and a mink coast, pretending to be elegant when actually it’s just terrified. Because underneath that shiny veneer, perfectionism is nothing more than a deep existential angst that says again and again “I am not good enough and I will never be good enough”.

    Made me sad in a way, that people who are perfectionist can have this mental dialogue throughout their whole lifes, telling themselves they aren’t good enough. And by who standards?! But it also helped me take a step back and see perfectionism in a much different light. How it’s not necessarily a good thing! Just interesting & loved the thoughts it brought up from reading this book!

    One more favorite was how she talked about the universe hiding strange jewels deep within us all, and that the act of creative living is how we courageously hunt for those jewels, bringing us to BIG MAGIC 😊

    Thanks again!!

    Kate Ause

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    Thank you so much for starting this club!! Ive followed your for forever and I really wanted to start reading more again and I’ve loved it! The book was so different but I realllyyy enjoyed it! I got the audio book and I love listening to Gilbert read it in her way, I think it makes it so much more interesting! Everything she said somehow really rang true, I’m nowhere near an aspiring artist or poet (i’m actually a pre med college student) but creativity is SO important and hearing her views on how it all works and ideas belongjng to the universe was so amazing. I haven’t finished the entire thing but reading it has been super inspiring in just how to live life everyday and different dreams I have. I really liked the idea of not having to “quit your day job” too, and how creativity doesn’t have to be some grand huge thing- it can be whatever you want it to.
    Thanks for sharing and always being an inspiration!!

  19. Hey Amber! Omg this book was soooo good. Can we talk about how easy it was to read?! The pages flew by. I actually had to stop myself from reading so much because I wanted to savor the messages lol. The way Elizabeth Gilbert formatted the book was absolute genius. Not only did she keep things short and sweet, but each snippet had such profound meaning. It really made you ponder what message she was trying to convey in such a concise amount of words.
    The idea she had about ideas was mind-blowing for me. She expressed that ideas are flying around the universe waiting to attach themselves to people. What a funny visual haha! This really got me thinking. I am constantly thinking and always planning, and sometimes I go through with my ideas and sometimes I don’t. It all depends on if it was meant to be.
    Her blatant advice throughout the book was also very much appreciated. Although we are all “artists” and capable of creating, very few people get to do this as a career. I loved how practical she was about keeping one’s day job, while doing whatever art form one cares for after the normal work is done. She also gave great insight to those who wanted to pursue it professionally in college. You do not necessarily need to pay the big bucks for a degree.
    She shared that art does not have to have meaning, purpose, etc. We just need to create because we simply can! People often wonder why we want the interior of our house to look a specific way when it is much cheaper to do so another way. Of course it’s cheaper, but you do not feel the same when you walk in the doorway.
    Lastly, I enjoyed that she put many anecdotes in the book about suffering. Some artists thrive because of their suffering, but I do not think it outweighs the people who have failed because of their perpetual pain. These negative feelings only come from Satan. Heavenly Father wants us to be happy and have joy, and you cannot have that if your mentality and art reflects otherwise.
    I literally have 20 ideas floating in my head at once, but my dreams in life are to live in New York City with my husband and to own my own bilingual preschool. I honestly get inspired by following you and others like Aspyn Ovard Ferris. I believe you both lead great lives full of adventure, youthfulness, and creativity.
    Amber I am so grateful that you made this club where we can talk about things that actually have substance. We can always get lost in social media and what others are doing, but this is food for the soul.

      1. It made the reading go by sooo fast! I had to stop myself haha because I felt like I wasn’t savoring it enough

  20. Loved this book and your comments! I think it’s awesome that you’re doing this!

  21. I finished the book! Thanks for the suggestion, not sure I would of saw this and pick it up!
    1) I just want to say I feel like we have a lot of the same thoughts and feelings about things which I love! So don’t mind me if I repeat some solid points 🙂
    2) I really like certain aspects of this book and I thought it overall tied together nicely.
    Things I loved about this book:
    – God is the creator and there for we are innate to create. I loved when she referenced this, because I feel like it is so true humans are always finding ways to create whether on a small or large scale.
    – I always wanted to start a creative space for myself because I love photography and I love video taping everything! I just always want to have memories to look back on and my family really loves the stuff I end up, every year I make a family video of the things I’ve taped and they are like “omg I never knew you took this, thank you!” I just moved to California a couple years ago and I toyed with the idea of starting a YouTube for them to see my Vlogs and I’m obsessed with products and sharing what I find, but I just got so nervous people would think i’m coming others and I knew how saturated the field is already…but 6 months ago I decided I don’t really care what people think or where it ends up going I just really like being creative that way and my family feel connected to me in a sense. So I understand what Elizabeth meant when she said just keep creating you never know where it will take you!
    – “No matter how many hours you spend attempting to render something flawless somebody will always be able to find fault with it” I really related to this statement. Whether is it your work or the way you look at yourself…everyone has to just do the best they can and embrace their work and their beauty because their will always be people out there who have a different opinion. There are some people who don’t think Cindy Crawford is iconic or that Oprah isn’t inspirational and well that’s just nuts BUT thats reality and you have to just tune out the opinions that aren’t compatible with your goals.
    – “Perfectionism stops people from completing their work yes-but even worse, it often stops people from beginning their work” I really loved this quote because I feel like so many people especially woman put a lot of pressure on themselves to have everything perfect and sometimes the best things result in not perfect situations. We just have to start what no matter what and see where it goes and like Amber said above just get it done, complete it!
    – I love when she says, ” You never have to apologize and explain why you are the way you are. Never be ashamed of it. Do your best with what you know and work with what you have in the time given” This to me sums up everything! I love being me and I am learning to just embrace that and better myself with what I have and make the most of my time. This books and podcasts have given me a community that help me stay in tune with those goals, so I thank you all for doing this and of course to Amber for putting this together!!
    I get my inspiration through Pinterest/Mood Boards, Looking back at old photos and certain time periods in history, Instagram (bloggers, friends), Travel, and I get my best ideas right before I go to bed….like literally when my eyes are closed (kind of annoying, but I have a notepad by my bed so I can jot them down quickly!)

  22. I read this book and I absolutely loved it. I was kinda in a rut when I began reading it, so I think her redundant message was just what I needed to force myself out of it. It came at a great time for me. I think what I loved the most was how she said don’t quit your day job, but just add in some extra creativity. Just little things like that can really add a lot to your life, I believe. But to add to your podcast comments I LOVE “How I Built This”! Me and my boyfriend listen all the time to these and they always spark freak conversation between us. Looking forward to next month.

  23. I haven’t finished yet but I agree with others that it seems to be more geared towards writers. Think it could have hit a little harder if it spoke more on living creatively with your kids or just in your relationships with others… I think it would be awesome if you choose a book about parenting that focused on living creatively or fearlessly with your kids. I love to hear how you travel with your kids and give them so many experiences; I think a book that speaks on that would be awesome! That’s coming from a mom of 2… Well almost 3 lol not sure how many of your followers would agree. Love your positivity and realness 🖤

  24. Thank you so much for starting this club!! Ive followed your for forever and I really wanted to start reading more again and I’ve loved it! The book was so different but I realllyyy enjoyed it! I got the audio book and I love listening to Gilbert read it in her way, I think it makes it so much more interesting! Everything she said somehow really rang true, I’m nowhere near an aspiring artist or poet (i’m actually a pre med college student) but creativity is SO important and hearing her views on how it all works and ideas belongjng to the universe was so amazing. I haven’t finished the entire thing but reading it has been super inspiring in just how to live life everyday and different dreams I have. I really liked the idea of not having to “quit your day job” too, and how creativity doesn’t have to be some grand huge thing- it can be whatever you want it to.

  25. I know this question isn’t related to the book… but where is your dress from in these pictures? I seriously love it!

  26. Amber, thank you for good recommendation. This book is really inspiring! I like ideas that :1. You don’t need to leave your job to create something new 2. You don’t need to be an awful person to create something new 3. You can be calm and grateful and just wait for new idea 4. You shouldn’t be afraid of other people reaction and that your new creation would be worse than previous.
    I get inspired after communication with my family, friends, seeing beautyful places,reading interesting books, watching films and listening music 🙂 and, of course, I’m very inspired after reading your blog and instagram. Thank you, Amber!

  27. I love reading & I’ve read this book and did not like it. I don’t know if it’s just that I don’t enjoy Gilbert’s writing style or what, but it was not inspiring to me at all. I didn’t find her message meaningful. I had to force myself to finish. I haven’t read any of her other books and based on this one I probably won’t.

    1. Well hey! At least you know what you don’t like and now you know what you can look for in a book that you’ll want to read! Positives in everything 🙂

  28. Thank you SO much for sharing such inspiring thoughts around this book. I am suchhhh a slow reader so powering through a book in a month is challenging for me. One of the things keeping me going was how excited I was to read your thoughts on this book and I wanted to be able to relate / know what you were referring to!
    For me, the most powerful part of this book was the concept around how you should treat ideas. I think it’s easy to shut down ideas or dismiss them because of self doubt, worrying about what others might say or coming up with reasons as to why it is a bad idea! The book points out how this is just basically a mean thing to do! You wouldn’t treat a person like that, so why would you treat an idea like that??
    Maybe it seems a little silly haha but it REALLY stuck with me. You must treat ideas like they are living entities. If one comes to you, realize that it PICKED you, like a good ol’ pal (I found this so cool to think about!!) and you have the choice to say yes to it, or to say no. But, you must make your decision carefully.
    A quote I liked around this:
    “I believe that inspiration will always try its best to work with you – but if you are not ready or available, it may indeed choose to leave you and search for a different human collaborator.” Be READY peeps.
    I also loved when Liz shared the story of when she met Ann Patchett and the moment they realized the idea for the novel had moved from Liz to Ann. Who knows whether this was just strong coincidence or not haha but regardless, I felt moved!
    Also, totally agree with what you pointed out – dressing up before sitting down to look for inspiration. This reminded me of the importance in manifesting your dreams, set the vision, set the tone, make a plan and make it happen!
    I also loved this book because as I read, it made things seem possible! I have such crazy ideas alllll the time, (like packing up and traveling around the world TOMORROW, starting my own magical Airbnb in Ireland, quitting my job and diving fully into my blog, buying a food truck and painting it pink… to name probably .1% of them haha) and this book helped me realize that 1. they ARE possible if I choose so, and 2. reflecting on the importance of committing to the one that speaks to you the deepest.
    Love the activity you mention of all going around the room and saying your ideas if funds were endless! How fun!! It’s awesome to just dream and throw things out there without taking it too seriously.
    If you are inspired by magazines, you should check out the magazine, Flutter – it is SOOO stinkin beautiful and has given me so much inspiration on style, beauty, travel & romance.
    Can’t wait to jump into the next book!! and YES David should 10000% create a digital keto recipe book, one customer down – me!

  29. After a few pages & skipping around, I returned it to the library. Just so boring to me. It’s geared towards writers & many on Amazon found it dull like I did. Wild by Cheryl Strayed is a much better read in comparison & relatable to more ppl! IMHO. I wouldn’t recommend Big Magic but I wld Wild! The movie too!

  30. Hi Amber. I did not find this book very interesting, informative or inspirational. However looking forward to your next How I built this 🙂 I love your thoughts on each position. You are a great inspiration to me. You always look how to improve things and our experience. You are very driven. Best wishes xx

    1. I also really didn’t like it! I didn’t feel that any of her ideas were very insightful… it was more or less just common sense! But that’s just my opinion. Pumped for next months read!!