The sentiments in this book are lovely, the advice sound. But I couldn't help but think that it was somewhat like one really long inspirational Pinterest post. Gilbert's personal success is what makes this book credible, and what is getting people to pay attention to it.
Have you ever listened to someone speak, and the truth in their message shook you to your core? It's a rare moment, but you can probably recall someone you watched live, listened to on the radio or on a podcast, or saw on television that challenged your way of thinking.
Such communion with the Divine has resolved issues for me as diverse as chronic career concerns, health problems, loneliness, and lack. It has also rescued me from self-destructive habits, masked as the false promise of finding happiness in self-centered indulgence.
First, I would like to congratulate you on your new life. You went through one of the hardest things to experience in life outside of a loved one's death, and here you are -- perhaps a bit frayed around the edges but full of hope, wisdom and enthusiasm nonetheless.
Last night, author Elizabeth Gilbert spoke at the opening session of Seattle Arts and Lecture's 2015 season. The sold out crowd of 2,500 at Seattle's Benaroya Hall came expecting an inspirational evening based on Gilbert's new book Big Magic, and they were not disappointed.
So often we think we can't make money doing what we love so we do not begin. We separate our job from the work we truly love to do. Getting started on a passion project overwhelms us and we never start. We think an entire life change is required when this is not necessarily true.
Please share this story with your daughter, and encourage her to approach life with wide-eyes and an open heart, following whatever bread crumbs capture her interest without trying to manufacture a calling.
You may have worked really hard in one career for a long time. You're well established, have a great reputation. Perhaps you're feeling it's time to switch things up. Or maybe you're earlier in your career and not liking how your brand is feeling. You need to reinvent yourself.
As I delved deeper into Paul Thomas' work, and directed energy to the urgent nature of his calls for action and attention to class and race inequity in America, I found that we share many commonalities.
I recently interviewed Elizabeth Gilbert for the Emerging Women Podcast on the subject of Fear and Creativity (the focus of her newest book, Big Magic, due out in September). The fact that this wildly successful woman still struggles with fear gives me hope!
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