I had the opportunity to read Liz Gilbert's book called Big Magic over the weekend during my travels. I actually could not put it down and finished it in a day. I am not a big reader so this seemed like a HUGE accomplishment for me. I've actually attempted to read this book several times and I don't know what it was, maybe it was the fact that I was trapped on an airplane for 7 hours and had nothing to do but read? Either way, I am so glad that I was able to get into this book and really grasp what it was telling me. Maybe we can call that Big Magic. For anybody that is in the creative field like myself, this book is for you. Here are (some of) the lessons that I took away from this book :

1.) Be brave. 
Whether you are a blogger, writer, photographer, vlogger... it can be daunting, terrifying even, to put your work out there in the public for the world to see. You must be brave and not let fear hold you back. 

2.) Don't assume everything you create has to be mind-blowingly successful. 
Sure. Some of your work might be and that's GREAT! But don't be afraid to continue to create after that in fear of not being able to top your best work. You don't need to be constantly successful to create. Keep creating no matter what the outcome.

3.)  You don't need anybody's permission to create.
You don't need permission, you don't need approval. You don't need anything. You do you! 

4.) Be entitled. 
Yes.. the world "entitlement" doesn't necessarily have the best reputation but go with me (and Liz Gilbert) on this one.. creative entitlement means you have a right to be in this world and create whatever you want to create. You want to have a blog? Blog. You want to be a photographer? Be a photographer. 

5.) Find your tribe. 
Find those like minded individuals and hold tight to them. Meet up with your friends once a week for coffee and have them give you feedback on your work. Practice, brainstorm, bounce ideas back and forth, motivate each other. 

6.) Quit your bitching.
Confession : I am guilty of this. Almost every time I publish a blog post I say to myself.. "This blog sucks. This blog is boring. Nobody is going to read this." EW! Stop the negative self talk, quit your whining, nobody wants to hear it and quite honestly nobody cares. If creating was easy, everyone would do it. And when you're bitching and complaining.. as Liz says.."you're scaring away your inspiration." 

7.) Don't care about what other people think. The reaction does not belong to you.
Let people have their opinions about your work. What people think of you and your work is none of your business. If people love your work, great! If they hate it, who cares! 

Page 125 - "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." 

8.) Relax. 
We are creators. We are not heart surgeons. We are putting ideas out into the world for others to see.. don't take yourself so seriously! 

9.)  Don't relax! 
Wait.. what? You just told me to relax. Now you're saying not to relax? Being a creative means you need the ability to go from one end to the other. Your work needs to be the most important thing in the world to you and the least important thing in the world. Of course when you are creating you want to put your best foot forward but once it's done and you put it out there for the world to see.. leave it there. Don't dwell. See what I mean? 

10.) Fall in love with your work. 
We all know what the honeymoon stage is like when we enter a new relationship. That "can't eat, can't sleep, reach for the stars, over the fence, world series" kind of love, right? You'd stay up that extra hour to keep talking on the phone, wake up extra early to meet that person for a coffee before work. Why not do that for your blog, side hustle, inspiration!? 

I could literally go on & on about all the "aha" moments I had from this book but I want to leave the rest for you to find. I used to be so self-conscious about being a creative and having a blog. I actually never even used to call myself a creative. I was just some random girl with a blog. But if I want a place in this world as a creative mind, I have to act it, believe it, know it. This book is amazing and not only helped inspire me with my creative work but also with my career as well. 

Xoxo, Maddy