Coffee Chronicles | Big Magic

I’m not sure if you remember but MAGLYFE was officially launched for the first time on January 13, 2013. That means we celebrated our third birthday a few weeks ago. Happy Birthday to MAGLYFE!!!!!!!!! MAGLYFE is my baby, but to be honest sometimes it is a struggle to find/write stories. A personal struggle, either because I’m too lazy or just not motivated enough. That’s life and it’s okay, because that’s just a phase and then I get pumped again.This is how it is with creative individuals. I am extremely grateful for Big Magic, a book written by Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray, Love) for reiterating this.

Why I Like the Book:

According to Big Magic, creativity is the relationship between a human being and the mysteries of inspiration. Inspiration is not something we always have, let’s be real. It’s something that’s here today and gone tomorrow. On the flip side, some might argue that they’re always inspired, good for them!

Inspiration is mystifying but we really cannot expect it to be here (with you) all the time. It goes and then it comes, and when it comes it’s enchanting. It hits you and you become overly engerized and filled with stories or whatever your creativity entails, this Elizabeth says is Big Magic. When it goes, we shouldn’t sit and wait for it to return. I can’t seem to find the inspiration to paint today so I’ll give up on life, no, what you can do is become invovled in other things, keep yourself meaningfully occupied, read, watch television, hang out with friends. Inspiration and energy come from the weirdest places and at the most amusing of times.

Another important message from Elizabeth is to not take your creativity seriously but not seriously. In essence, what this means is that SERIOUSLY I am creating a brand, I have followers who look forward to stories, I am passionate about writing and will work towards the advancement of my skills and my brand; NOT SERIOUSLY the world will not end if I miss a week (or month) of writing for MAGLYFE, I should not beat up on myself and lose focus of my purpose/passion. Writing is suppose to bring me much joy not frustate the living daylight out of me.

I’m saying all of this to say that 1. This is an amazing book to read if you’re a creative person or just looking for some motivation in your career or with your passion and 2. Sometimes, I feel bad for not writing enough but it’s okay because when I do it’s a lot – Big Magic!

MAGLYFE will always be my baby (In the book Elizabeth warned against calling your creativity your baby, oh well) and as we celebrate another milestone, I can assure you that there will be lots more to celebrate.

Additional Takeaway: We are all creative beings. Big Magic encourages us to find that creative side, if you haven’t already (and if you don’t want to that’s fine too). It inspires you to be fearless in your pursuit of your passion. Don’t let fear and failure hold you back.

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MAGLYFEE, a Guyanese lifestyle blog, is the brainchild of Shemmypatty. Shemmy is a bad feminist, mother, creative, writer and lover of life.

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