I’m popping into your inbox this Monday morning to give a short review on a book I just finished – Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Ya know, the woman behind Eat Pray Love? Her!

And you’ve probably heard about the book – it’s been on the NYT Best Sellers List, it’s a hit in the creative/entrepreneur circles for at least a couple of years now.

So I finally got around to reading it… and I can’t recommend it enough.

I was absolutely hooked less than 30 pages in with this:

“And you have treasures hidden within you – extraordinary treasures – and so do I, and so does everyone around us. And bringing those treasures to light takes work and faith and focus and courage and hours of devotion, and the clock is ticking, and the world is spinning, and we simply do not have time anymore to think so small.”

Creativity, Fear, and THE Liz Gilbert this week on the Marketing in Yoga Pants blog, a podcast and private Facebook group for creative female entrepreneurs

Ah!

Now, I’m not sure if I’ve shared this with you yet or not, but let me now.

My biggest fear is wasted time. Time, to me, is such a treasure. You can see this come out in my work every day – with how early I wake up, how willing I am to outsource things, how obsessed I am with pushing things forward quickly, often in timelines that are so short they border on insane.

So you can see why this quote from Liz really hit me.

The clock is ticking, people! It’s time to think BIG!

And of course, as our minds shift to that idea – going big, not thinking small, throwing off the bow lines and really going for it – other fears can come flooding in. Right?

But I’m not ready.
I need to know more.
I need to do more.
It needs to be perfect.
What if it doesn’t work?
It can’t work.
Other people are doing it.
Someone will think it looks amateurish.
I don’t really have the time.
It’s too risky.
What will [name] think?
I’m not cut out for this.

And on and on and on and on and on it goes.

But remember… this quote was taken just 27 pages into the book. So as these fears might flood in, Liz, like the fairy godmother she absolutely is, swoops in and totally saves the day.

The rest of the book is just chalk full of encouragement, inspiration, know-how, and reason for why you can still. do. the. thing. 

I could keep going with excerpts from the book, but I don’t want to spoil it for you. Go grab it and then come back and tell me what you thought and felt about it. I’d love to hear.

And In Other News…

As soon as I finished Big Magic, I started reading Playing Big by Tara Mohr 

Playing Big was recommended to me by Joanna Platt – remember her from Season 1? She’s playing big right now, actually, with the launch of her brand new course, Engaged! So inspired by her commitment to get over fear and do it anyway.

The book is endorsed by Liz Gilbert (right on the cover) and its subtitle is “Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create, and Lead.”

I mean, come on! How amazing does that sound?! I’m just 21 pages in and it’s changing my life as an entrepreneur, as a woman, and as a human in general.

So now I really have to know – what book have you read recently that you can’t stop talking about? Tell us about it in the FB Group! (Doesn’t have to be a business or self-help book! Just share!)