Big Magic- Creative Living Beyond Fear


Elizabeth-Gilber-Big-Magic-ReviewI’ve never thought of myself as a creative person. Growing up, I felt jealous of my friends who could draw or paint, or even of my mom who’s a true artist at heart and always helped me out with any art-related school projects since I was just hopeless when it came to those things. 

Many years a go, I had to do a presentation for school and my idea was to just glue some pictures on a card board, and really kill it with my speech/presentation. I asked my mom for help and next thing you know, I’m carrying a big-ass 5 feet wide dinosaur cut out of cardboard to school, completed with colorful and almost 3D-like details: eyelashes, claws, teeth, etc. I always wondered why I wasn’t creative like my mom, and if, perhaps, I’ll get a bit more creative as I get older (this is really weird but I used to think that all adults just  “know” how to pain and draw, I was convinced that once I reach my 20s, I’ll be able to easily create amazing watercolor portraits). What I didn’t know, was that I was born a creative person.

You might have heard of that “little” book released back in 2006: “Eat Pray Love”? Big Magic- Creative Living Beyond Fear is written by the same author, Elizabeth Gilbert. If you don’t already know this,  I’m a total self-help book junkie, and even though you will find Big Magic in the self-help section, it’s not your typical “self-help” guide. Actually, I don’t think of this book as a guide at all; you will not find the author saying “okay, now you need to do this, in order to get that” it’s more of an inspirational read that will ignite that sparkle, but it will be up to you to decide what to do with it.

Big Magic is written in six sections: Courage, Enchantment, Permission, Persistence, Trust, and Divinity. Each one of them is written in a very fun, playful conversational tone but at the same time, the author also has that no BS attitude, which I loved. Everything she talks about, makes complete sense. She also shares some really interesting, inspiring and in some cases truly magical stories that made this book even more fun to read.

As you have probably guessed, Big Magic- Creative Living Beyond Fear is a book about creativity. When we think of “creativity” we often think of artists, creative professionals. In Big Magic, Gilbert explains that it doesn’t matter who you are; a lawyer, a store clerk, a stay at home mom or a construction worker- you are a creative being. You can be creative in the way you dress, the way you raise your kids, the way you show someone how much you love them, in the way you cook, in the way you work. Big Magic teaches you that regardless of what you do or where you come from, you were born to be free to create and free to explore, free to embrace your curiosity. It teaches you how to deal with fear, how to think big, how to be courageous and how to use your skills (and we all those!) to bring new interests and things to your life.

It’s not the type of book that will encourage you to quit your job to pursue some sort of career in a creative field- quite the opposite, it will encourage you to find that sparkle, that magic in your day-to-day life. I, for one, found this book to be incredibly inspiring and helpful with the creative process of blogging. I think that anyone would enjoy this book, but I can’t help but think it’s an especially appropriate read for bloggers- it definitely made me see all of my blog-related work and process in a different light.

If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut or if you’re just in need of some inspiration and want your life to be a bit more magical, I definitely recommend you read Big Magic. Even though I’ve just finished reading it, I’m planning on reading it again, this time, highlighter and post-it notes in hand.


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    Chelsey A. Thornton
    October 17, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Ahh this book is designed so beautifully! Also it just seems brilliant, I’ve been reading a lot of self help books lately. I need to finish Marie Kondo’s book and then request this from the library!

    Ps. I nominated you for the versatile blogger “award”, take a gander for a little fun + community building!

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    Madowo | see what I see
    October 17, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    oh-oh.. it’s on my reading list from that moment! thanks for the discovery!

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    October 17, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    I should check out that book. I consider myself as a creative, I got a degree in graphic design (but my blog design is pretty basic and I know I could spend more time on it) and I’ve always felt like I wasn’t good or creative enough to be in the major.

    You’re right that everyone has their own version of creativity. I love to write and design, my mom plants and nurtures orchids, and my older sister is an avid baker and she bakes and sells cookies, cake pops, brownies and pecan tarts during the holidays and Valentine’s Day.

    Oh yeah, since you are one of my favorite bloggers that I follow, I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Please check out my post here:

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      Paula @
      October 19, 2015 at 9:26 pm

      Aww thanks so much Hannah! This is exactly what this book is about, even if you think you aren’t creative- it’s too bad because we are all creative beings ;)

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    Sophie Sierra
    October 17, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Aww wow Paula, this book sounds like such an enthralling, enchanting read! Fell in love on first sight with the gorgeously stunning cover (how vibrant and pretty?) and fell completely crazy in love with the concept of the book! I like the idea a lot of finding sparkle and magic in everyday life, something I often lack doing haha. Truly amazing it made you see your blog-related work and process in a different light, how cool is that? Very much crushing on the idea of the six sections; especially divinity! And love how your mom helped you with dinosaur for your project at school. Waaaay too cute :D :D

    A truly magical review by a truly, truly magical, inspirational woman- YOU! :-* <3 <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

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      Paula @
      October 19, 2015 at 9:27 pm

      I know I already told you this, but I actually thought of you a lot when I read this book! The author talks a lot about her writing process and I couldn’t help but think of you, since I know how much you love to write (and how great you are at it!!). This was definitely a great read! Thanks so much Soph! <3

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    Chaste and Beautiful
    October 17, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    I really laughed at the “Big Ass Dinosaur” part. This books seems like a good read plus I’m also very poor when it comes to Art and my drawings usually look similar to those of a nursery child. haha!

    & Beautiful

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    Rosie von Waldherr
    October 18, 2015 at 3:00 am

    Seems like a great book! You’re so lucky to have a creative Mum!!! I have the creative ideas, but have no talent whatsoever to build things or draw xD

    I recently read that there are various types of talent, creative or mathematical are the most known and schools always concentrate on those…I think it’s a shame..I believe you have a lot of talents, maybe are even creative in you own way! You just need to figure out in what area ;)

    Rosie’s Life

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      Paula @
      October 19, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      Thanks so much Rosie! I feel the same exact way and I totally agree with you! It’d be so amazing if we all were taught from a young age to do what we love and what we’re good at, to follow our bliss and our dreams. I think that the world would be a much happier place :)

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    Ana Sofia
    October 18, 2015 at 7:00 am

    This book sounds fantastic, it’s officially next on my reading list!

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    October 18, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    This sounds like a great book. Im going to the bookstore tomorrow , hopefully they have it!

    Rachel x

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    Dagmara Klich
    October 18, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    I can relate so much to you in the sense that I never was the ‘creative’ person, always better in science subjects at school and studied chemistry at University. But since discovering my passion for beauty and blogging I feel I get more creative :) I need to read that book, it sounds very interesting! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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      Paula @
      October 19, 2015 at 9:56 pm

      Oh yeses I feel the same way! It wasn’t until I started blogging when someone said that I’m creative. I thought “me, creative, but how?” haha :) I guess it’s never too late to learn something new about yourself :)

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    October 19, 2015 at 10:05 am

    I was a creative person when I was younger as I was also super shy when it came to expressing myself or my opinions vocally, but I do feel like I have lost some of that creativity & that life can get in the way of it all sometime so I am definitely eager to look into this book. I’m actually looking for something new to read so this sounds perfect x

    Beauty with charm

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      Paula @
      October 19, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      This book would definitely help you get that sparkle back Alina! Plus, I think that you’re so creative! Look at all the gorgeous makeup looks you create on your blog, the photos you take, the posts you write- that’s you being creative :)

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        October 23, 2015 at 5:29 pm

        Never thought of it like that so thank you for making me see that xox

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    Paula @
    October 19, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    heheh :) This is definitely a great and inspirational read that will make you think about creativity in a different way!

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    Nereyda Gonzalez
    October 20, 2015 at 1:59 am

    I’ve had my eye on this book, maybe it’s that cover. I normally read fiction and romance but this book is on my wishlist. So glad to hear you loved it!

    Nereyda│ This Girl Is Obsessed

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    October 20, 2015 at 10:26 am

    This is next on my to-read list, definitely need a boost of inspiration now winter is here and all I want to do is keep warm and snuggly in bed everyday :) xx

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    November 14, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Now i really really want to read this book!))

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    Heidi B
    December 2, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Hi Paula, I’ve always been a little creative, but us creatives get mental blocks & sometimes lose faith. This sounds like a fab read!
    Thanks for recommending
    H x

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