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If you are someone who creates anything, builds anything, uses either side of your brain (so pretty much anyone/everyone!)…you need to read Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert! This book is filled with wonderful golden nuggets of mindset wisdom. I will admit, I was a little late to the Big Magic party because I saw it kind of as a “bandwagon” book. And often, I am turned off by things that are bangwagon-y because I like to “find” things to read, I don’t really like to be “told” what to read (I probably am not looking at them with an abundant mindset. LOL!!)
Ten years ago, I had a book blog and I realized through that exercise that I don’t always like the books that the general public latches on to. Remember that whole Twilight “vampire/werewolf” phase? Yeah, not for me. 50 Shades of Whatever. Even Elizabeth Gilbert’s “other” book, “Eat, Pray, Love”…..not my thing. But then there are times that someone you really trust tells you about a book, and you feel like it’s just time to give it a try. So, there I was heading on a beach vacation with my family and needing something new to read. Big Magic was staring me in the face on the end cap at Barnes & Noble. So I picked it up. And it.was.ah-mazing.
Add this book to your bookshelf!
I don’t say that lightly! I devoured this book. I really did. And if you are in any sort of season of your life where you are searching a bit, if you have some vague ideas and need them to become more clear…if you just need encouragement that the Universe is indeed at work, read Big Magic.
Keep your eyes open. Listen. Follow your curiosity. Ask questions. Sniff around. Remain open. Trust in the miraculous truth that new and marvelous ideas are looking for human collaborators every single day. Ideas of every kind are constantly galloping toward us, constantly passing through us, constantly trying to get our attention. (page 49)
In a nutshell, Gilbert talks about an abundance mindset. Being open to new thoughts and ideas coming your way. And not only grabbing ahold of them right then and there, but running with it as long as it stays with you. All these wonderful “creations” are floating around out there in the Universe, just waiting to land with someone who can turn them into a reality.
But, you have to be open to that idea/thought coming your way! If you are not willing to let new ideas come to you…if you are set in your ways and believe there’s only one way to do something, well, I’m sorry, but you may never get to experience Big Magic. LOL! It’s amazing the flow that happens when you sit and ponder something. There really are lightbulb moments in life. You have to seize them and you have to be willing to see where they take you.
You do not need anybody’s permission to live a creative life. (page 86)
I’ve experienced Big Magic!
The Radiance Mindset is a result of a #bigmagic moment that I had. The name of it, the branding, the focus. All of it came to me as I was sitting thinking about where I wanted my business journey to go next. Any person who is thinking of starting their own business, or even just a new project, or journey in life, should read this book. You will not regret it.
And for those who find their time to read limited, you will love the extremely short sections of this book. I’m not even going to call them chapters because some only last a page and a half. This is a fantastic book to read during your lunch break, coffee break, while you’re waiting in the pickup line at school.
It does have a bit of language in it and comes from more of a mystical/Universe mindset. None of that bothered me. In fact, that appealed to me. And I know a few people I have recommended this book to, who weren’t as sure about the “Universe” aspect of it, but they still found the book really worth the read.