How To Start Living Creatively
You've probably noticed that one of the topics I cover on this blog is "Creative Living." Growing up in an artistic family meant that creativity was something my parents incorporated into our lives from a very young age. My parents and grandparents filled our hands with notebooks and paintbrushes, and took us to art galleries and theatre performances from a very young age.
Creativity is such a huge part of my life that it seemed essential to include it as a topic on my blog. In fact, creative living is what links all the topics of my blog together. I'm a firm believer that creativity can be found in every day places such as a new hair or makeup look, an interest in fashion, or in the curiosity and adventure of travel.
If you've been wanting to start expressing your creativity more often in your every day life, or if you're feeling uninspired by the seemingly daunting challenges of creative living, then stay tuned. I plan on covering these topics in a lot more detail here on the blog.
In the meantime, I have a book recommendation for anyone who wants to begin living creatively or who needs a reminder to jump start themself out of a creative slump. I recently read Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert and I highly recommend it for anyone just beginning their creative journey. Gilbert is the author of a number of successful books, including the blockbuster Eat Pray Love, so she knows a thing or two about creativity.
Gilbert breaks down the five things every person needs in order to live a creative life: courage, permission, persistence, trust, and a belief in enchantment. Not only does she break these things down, she also gives advice on how and where to find them. Gilbert shares stories and anecdotes from her own life that will make you feel like you're getting advice from your trusted, wise, and hilarious older sister.
What I liked most about Big Magic is that it makes creative living seem simple. It doesn't hit you with serious philosophy or a long list of life-changing To Do's. Big Magic is more about making you believe in your ability to live creatively and, at the end of the day, it's all about putting pen to paper or brush to canvas and getting started.
So if you've been longing for a creative outlet or have let your creativity slide into the background with the demands of your day job, pick up a copy of Big Magic and get yourself inspired.
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