Book Review

Review: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic is a book that I feel I was drawn to. Not because I had any idea of what it was about, and not because of the person who wrote it. I think I was drawn to it because it was something I was meant to discover and explore. I first saw Big Magic when I cut out a tiny little picture of it for my vision board. It was the colours of the cover than drew me to it and I glued it down onto the section that I had designated for Creative Writing for 2017. It was a tiny little section but as the year is going on, and I do know it’s only the start of February, I feel like that could possibly become the most important section of the vision board for this year.

Let me backtrack and describe my first experience with Liz Gilbert… I read Eat, Pray, Love, during a personal crisis when I had finished my undergrad in University. I had absolutely no idea whatsoever about life. I didn’t know where I was going, what I was doing, or how to control the crippling anxiety I was experiencing each and every day. I remember reading this book and after much deliberation, telling my father that I wanted to move to Italy. Why not, I thought, if it worked for Liz it might work for me. What I didn’t realise was that simply running away from my life here wasn’t going to change the ways in which I experienced life. What would be so different about Italy? It would be warmer… I would have the world’s greatest pizza at my disposal, but would there be some magic line across the border of Italy that would make my personal insecurities and anxiety disappear? Absolutely not!

In hindsight, what I realise now is that I really connected with Liz’s methods of storytelling and communicating. Her writing style speaks to me in a very honest way and allows me to find the courage to explore myself more completely. I never did finish Eat, Pray, Love. I had felt that the “love” part wasn’t applicable to me at the time. Ever since I have found love however, I have felt the urge to go back and finish the book. I called to my parents house yesterday and picked it up, ready to finish the section of the book that I now feel is applicable to my adult life.
Let’s get back to the actual review!
Big Magic is officially like my own bible. This book has reignited a spark inside of me and has allowed me to explore a part of myself that I had buried away. I honestly couldn’t put it down. I have learned so much from reading this book and I feel that I have received permission to write without the ‘success’ that I feel should come afterwards. I need to write because it is a craft that I love. I need to write for me. I need to write in order to express myself. I should write because that’s what I was born to do! If anything comes from it then that’s just an added bonus. If not, then there’s no big deal because in reality I’m only writing for myself to begin with.
This book was a page turner for me. I felt like inspiration itself was speaking to me and telling me that everything was going to be ok no matter what. I really loved how Liz told me that the world would keep spinning, rivers would not run backwards, and life would go on even if I failed, even if I were to get bad reviews! I’m a person who has always been very much afraid of life and the unknown. I have been terrified of the future and what may or may not happen. And that’s in all areas of life, not just in terms of creativity. This book has shown me that fear is a necessary part of life but that my curiosity should shine through much stronger than my fear. It’s ok for us all to be afraid of the unknown but, as Liz says, what would you do if failure meant nothing to you? I know for a fact that I’d travel, I’d write, I’d throw caution to the wind and live the best life I possibly could.

I can imagine that this is a book that I will be picking up and reading forever more. It’s one that you can pick up and open anywhere and know that you will be instantly inspired and rejuvenated by what you read. The book will show you that you really have no need to worry, that you have every right to create; whether that’s writing, painting, sculpting, acting… any form of creating you please. You are entitled to do whatever sets your soul on fire and not feel guilty about it.

If you feel like there’s something inside of you that you need to create then go out and buy this book now. Like, immediately! You genuinely won’t be sorry!!!

I would give this book 5/5 stars!


All I have for this book is pure love! And it is definitely one I will read again and again!

Cx

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The Sunday Currently

The Sunday Currently #3

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R E A D I N G

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick,  My Life Goals Journal by Andrea Hayes, and Big Magic by Liz Gilbert!

W R I T I N G

This week I’ve been fairly productive. I’ve started my daily journaling, about life and my thoughts in general, and as well as that I’ve been making a dent in the Creative Writing dimension too! It has been incredibly long since I’ve last sat down and written a piece of fiction but I composed something the other night that I genuinely felt may have some substance for a full novel. I’ve very rarely felt that way about anything I’ve written and I’m very excited to see how this concept develops for me!

L I S T E N I N G

I’ve been listening to Music for Concentration on Spotify when I’ve been reading and writing. I’m the type of person that needs instrumental music in the background if I’m reading because songs with words make me lose my concentration!

S M E L L I N G

A candle I’ve got burning that is for your Heart Chakra! A beautiful green candle with a gorgeous scent! I bought it in Dervish in Cork City for any Corkonians out there who might be interested!

H O P I N G

That I can get on top of all of the coursework I have to do at the moment. Drowning slightly with the workload and a full-time job but this blog and my reading and writing is helping to keep me sane!

W E A R I N G

Black Yoga Pants, a grey tee with beaded embroidery, black New Balance runners, and my leather jacket!

L O V I N G

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Big Magic by Liz Gilbert! I bought it on Friday evening and I’m almost finished it! It’s definitely a book I needed to read. It’s letting me understand that it’s ok to write a book that never gets published and makes you world famous… it’s all about the love of the art, the creative process. It’s allowed me to push some of my fears aside and get stuck in! As she says, “Done is better than good!”

W A N T I N G

To be pampered! A nice spa day wouldn’t go astray!

N E E D I N G

I need a good night’s rest! I still feel exhausted from last week and am really looking forward to bed tonight.

F E E L I N G

Very grateful for winning The Valiant Blogger Award this week! I still feel so stunned by the whole thing. You can catch my acceptance post here!

W A T C H I N G

I saw Trainspotting 2 the other evening! I wasn’t a fan of the first one but got tickets for this one because my boyfriend really wanted to see it, and I must admit I really enjoyed this one! The “Choose Life” monologue in this movie was amazing! Very true to today’s society!

I’ve also watched this video by Ellen DeGeneres and just feel like the whole world needs to watch it:

C x

The Sunday Currently

The Sunday Currently #2


R E A D I N G

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck by Sarah Knight, The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick, and My Life Goals Journal by Andrea Hayes 

W R I T I N G

Ok! So I’ve started the book My Life Goals Journal by Andrea Hayes and it’s a journal where you really have to sit down and think about yourself and the goals you want to set! 


Yesterday I bought myself a new writing journal (as if I really needed another one) and I sat down to work on the first few tasks in the book. I’ve made lists about the type of person I feel I am; e.g., a teacher, a sister, a daughter…etc. And I’ve written down where I would like to see myself this time next year. My next task is to write down the words I want to identify with! I am happiness, I am fun, I am successful! I’m excited to see how this book impacts my life! It’s not just a once off book, it’s a year long project and I’m seriously excited about it! 

L I S T E N I N G

I’ve been listening to Liz Gilbert’s podcast Big Magic, very encouraging and inspirational! I can’t wait to get my hands on the book and get myself psyched up to write my first novel! 

S M E L L I N G

Smoked Bacon! Someone is cooking and it smells amazing! 

H O P I N G

That I get back on track for Slimming World! I’ve been very off track the last two weeks so I need to get my mojo back and get rid of the extra pounds! 

W E A R I N G

My Law of Attraction top and tracksuit bottoms! Such lovely positive loungewear! 

L O V I N G

Today! It’s been such a lovely Sunday!  

W A N T I N G

A sun holiday! How amazing is this; a friend of mine won a sun holiday worth €1300 the other day… her boyfriend had won the exact same prize just two weeks earlier! Absolutely phenomenal! 

N E E D I N G

 For someone to cook for me! Today has been a total veg day!  We’ve played three games of Scrabble! My brain  is absolutely fried after it and I have zero energy for cooking dinner! 

F E E L I N G

Very chilled out and also very in control of my life! Even though I am totally overwhelmed with work and other commitments, I feel like the books I’m reading are very much keeping my head above water! 

W A T C H I N G

We’ve watched Hacksaw Ridge, Moana, and Storks all whilst playing scrabble. Of all three movies I must say I enjoyed Storks the most! I’m a huge war movie fan and even though Hacksaw Ridge was good,  and Andrew Garfield gave an outstanding performance, as a whole I thought it was only ok! 

Until next Sunday!

C x