Hi! First of all, I as always do, I want to apologize for the lack of posts on my blog. Lately, I've been focusing on school and reading books. One of the books I recently read is "Big Magic", written by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of one of the most popular books in town, "Eat, Pray and Love". I really like to share some wisdom I learned from this book. It would be useful not just for writers as well as for bloggers and others who seek creativity. It's about creative living that speaks to my heart. BIG MAGIC resonated with my creativity and here are five of the many significant ideas and concepts that mirror my own.
“Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.”We can all be creative. I remember my best-friend told me once, "We gotta do something creative, because we need to." A lot of people think they lack creative talents because they can't draw, they can't paint or they cannot write like a book writer. Elizabeth argues that creativity comes in all kinds of forms and sometimes is yet to be identified. To be creative does not mean that we need to be good at painting or crafting. To be creative simply means to do something that is meaningful to you, it could be cooking, singing or simply just doing a sport you love. I think I mentioned in one of my previous posts that I did not consider myself to be a skillful person in arts but that did not stop me from creating a blog, where I can share things that I simply love. This blog provides me an outlet to be creative. Taking pictures and writing (even though I suck at it) make me happy. Back to what my best-friend said about needing to be creative, I also believe that we need to do something creative because it makes us feel more alive, we all have a part of our soul that is creative, we just need to activate it #likearobot, just kidding. This book has a lot of practical advice about being a creative person and not being bound by the endless mind games of thinking we are not good enough to create or make things happen.
Ideas are born. Ideas are magic. Be curious! As a blogger, sometimes, I run out of ideas on what to talk about on my blog, hence, I don't regularly post. Despite this occasional obstacles, I don't want to stop blogging. But how can we have new ideas? The answer is simple, be curious! Brainstorm by yourself! This is not a problem for me because my mind is a sea of thoughts, constantly #daydreaming, if only I can share them on the blog, but I'm afraid you might think I'm crazy, so I better just keep them for myself. Anyway, curiosity is as important as your passions. I created this blog because not only I was feeling inspired by the things I am passionate about but also I was curious. I was curious how these people online are able to create things. I was curious how these blogging things work. I was curious if blogging will actually make me happy. When we are curious about something, we foresee new ideas. Personally, I ask myself questions such as "Hhmmm what can I do? What can I write about this topic?" Because of these questions, ideas start flowing. When writing my travel posts, I thought that talking about one city in one article is not enough. For me, there are many things I could talk about. When I look at our travel pictures, I become curious of each places or activities we did in each cities and I share them on the blog. The same concept could be apply to beauty and make-up blogging, you look at your collection and you start thinking of what else can you share on the blog, maybe your everyday routine or your current favorites. Your curiosity sparks new ideas.
“Ideas are driven by a single impulse: to be made manifest.” “Art is a crushing chore and a wonderful privilege. Only when we are at our most playful can divinity finally get serious with us. Make space for all these paradoxes to be equally true inside your soul, and I promise—you can make anything. So please calm down now and get back to work, okay? The treasures that are hidden inside you are hoping you will say yes.”
Don't care about what others say. I laugh reading that part of the book. Despite the success of Elizabeth Gilbert's master piece "Eat, Pray and Love", the book also got many negative reviews. Honestly, there are some things I didn't like about Big Magic but the positive things I read from the book far outweigh them. According to her, no matter how hard you work to render something flawless, people will always find fault with it. I agree! Therefore, we shouldn't care about what others say, take some of their opinion as constructive and continue doing your work.
“Recognizing that people's reactions don't belong to you is the only sane way to create. If people enjoy what you've created, terrific. If people ignore what you've created, too bad. If people misunderstand what you've created, don't sweat it. And what if people absolutely hate what you've created? What if people attack you with savage vitriol, and insult your intelligence, and malign your motives, and drag your good name through the mud? Just smile sweetly and suggest - as politely as you possibly can - that they go make their own fucking art. Then stubbornly continue making yours.”
Let go of perfection. As a blogger, you'll probably relate to this. You stumbled upon a "perfect" blog and you start comparing yours to it. You try to strive for something similar and then you become frustrated in the process which should not be the essence of blogging. I know that my blog is not perfect, I know I have a mediocre writing skill because I have trouble conveying my thoughts in words at times. My blogging pictures aren't perfect as well, I'm curious how others have such wonderful pictures and therefore, when I have time, I try to learn how to use my camera properly. These imperfections won't stop me from blogging but I challenge myself to be better. Blogging is supposed to be something that puts a smile on your face. It should not matter if it's perfect or not. So what if your blog is not the prettiest and so what if it's not the most popular? What really matters is finding something we love so much and that we enjoy doing it.
“You can measure your worth by your dedication to your path, not by your successes or failures.”
Don't expect your creativity pay for a living. A lot of bloggers successfully turned their blog into a business but not all can do it. Personally, I never thought or hope I could make it big here in the blogging world. I never planned it to be my full-time "job" someday, because just like an aspiring actor in Hollywood, it's hard to become a famous blogger. LOL Okay, maybe some of you want to have a very successful blog and that's fine! If you really want it, go for it! I'm sure hard work and good strategy would pay off someday. In the book, Gilbert insists to use creativity to simply be happy. If we love it, we should be doing it and don't expect anything in return. Honestly, I envision my future to be working 9-5 in an office Monday-Friday and of course, wearing my "fashionable" work attire. :D I don't see anything wrong with that. I know, BORING! But I also want to incorporate creativity into my lifestyle, lets say do something fun or be adventurous every weekend or every few mornings or nights do something creative that would nourish my soul. I like that Gilbert discourages quitting your full-time job in order to pursue your "passion". She only quit her full-time job when one of her books became a best-seller. I'm sorry but I don't really believe in leaving everything behind to follow your "creative" dreams. It could work on others but not for everyone. You can be creative even by working an office job or being a fulltime student is what I'm saying.
“But to yell at your creativity, saying, “You must earn money for me!” is sort of like yelling at a cat; it has no idea what you’re talking about, and all you’re doing is scaring it away, because you’re making really loud noises and your face looks weird when you do that.”
n There are a lot of treasures to be found within these pages of the book. Elizabeth Gilbert talked about personal stories and advice on how to live a creative life. BIG MAGIC is not a book that would teach you how to write or draw. Instead, it's about choosing a life full of creative wisdom. This book is easy to read and not complicated at all! I thoroughly enjoyed it, I think many of us could learn many things from this book.