Reveal your creativity with Big Magic + my favorite summer uniform

Hi you! Happy Monday!

Glad you're here :) 

How are ya? How was the weekend? What did you do?

TBH, lately I've been capital B BORING.

I am super heads down working and trying to make things happen with the blog. I have friend time in between, but right now, in this season of my life, I need to really focus on what's in front of me.

Connecting with you through this blog medium right here.

(Or these here!)

So, Monday is back, baby. Here we are!

I wanted to write on two things.

 First, this jumpsuit. I'm not always into writing a straight-up fashion post, so I'll be brief. But this thing is THE BOMB.

Comfortable. All black. Bell bottom with lace-up sides. I LOVE this thing. I wear it every date night and it's super comfortable.

Plus it's on sale for $31 freaking dollars. 



Second, as we check the mornings email (potentially depressed from the thought of another week) it's a good time to think about joy, and finding creativity this week.

Big Magic, the book by Elizabeth Gilbert is all about that. 

For real though, ya'll need to read this book.

For the creatives or non-creatives, the message is applicable to anyone and everywhere.

(Especially my blogger friends!)

Big Magic is a reference to living a more creative existence, period.

From my perspective, it's removing the pressure we place on creativity. Making space to be creative without having an end goal. Bringing more joy back into it.

Every single one of us has the ability to be more creative. To live in less fear (of what people think, of failing, of looking stupid...) and live in more joy. 

It's applicable to Monday especially, because being creative doesn't mean your quitting your job and going all in on your passion sometimes. 

Your creative outlet, doesn't need to pay the bills or be validated by others. It only needs to feel good for YOU.

Whatever it is, if it's bringing you joy, that is enough.

Often we see glorified stories of people quitting their jobs, refinancing their houses and finding overnight success with a major innovative idea.

But that may not work for everyone. Being creative isn't only going zero or hundred. 

(See what I did there).

There's a place for everyone to be creative, and for creativity to do something for you that doesn't have to radically change your life. 

A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner—continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you—is a fine art, in and of itself.
— Big Magic

We can find creativity in small actions. Creating, because it brings you joy.

Nothing more, nothing less. 

 For a bit more on the actual book, This book review from The New York Times, explains it well. 


Big Magic” is broken into six sections: Courage, Enchantment, Permission, Persistence, Trust and Divinity. Gilbert wonders in the first,

“Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you? . . . The hunt to uncover those jewels — that’s creative living.” If the creativity inside of you has not burrowed deeper than ever before upon hearing itself referred to as a “treasure” and “jewels,” it is more stalwart than mine.

But Gilbert spends much of the book coaxing out even the shyest creativity with a kind of extended pep talk: Creativity is inside all of us, it should be expressed, and it is not selfish or crazy or foolish to do so — it is, in fact, the best way to live a satisfying life. Gilbert’s advice reads like a positive fortune cookie: a nice surprise you will forget once the taste of won tons has faded from your mouth. Creativity is “your birthright as a human being”; “Even if you grew up watching cartoons in a sugar stupor from dawn to dusk, creativity still lurks within you”; “You are not required to save the world with your creativity.
— Villa Paskin, The New York Times

Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.
— Big Magic

I know what I want from life doesn't have a linear path to follow. 

Reading the book helped to normalize and affirm a belief that I am a creative being. It also reminded me that I need to be kind to my creativity.

Being creative has brought me joy, and allowed me to express myself in a way that helps me to lead a more fulfilling life. It's allowed me to feel more like 'myself' than ever before. It's made my existence feel UNIQUE and special. Because only I can do what I do. Yes there are SO many other bloggers, but the fact that it's me writing Hundred, makes all the difference.

Which goes the same for your life. Only YOU can bring your own unique perspective, experience, ideas, enthusiasm and spice to whatever it is you are called to do.

You can do it without quitting your job, and you can do it because creativity is inside of all of us. It doesn't make you selfish or weird or crazy. You can take a photography class once a week. You can take up painting after dinner (maybe instead of Netflix). You could start making your own jewelry! There are so many ways to add a bit of creativity to your life. 

Thus, adding a bit more joy.

It's just the best way to lead a satisfying life.

Isn't that what we all want anyway?


But back to you.

What do you think? Have you read the book?

What are your current creative outlets? I'd LOVE to know how you find joy in expressing yourself. it could give good ideas to others! 

I find this blog to completely fulfill me in that way. It's photography, editing, writing, connecting, design....so many things!


You could also consider fashion, or dressing yourself as an expression of your creativity. Cooking, writing, photography, painting, ice-skating, dancing by yourself at the bar....

It's endless!

Guys, jumpsuits and inspired ramblings on this Monday. 

LIFE.

Cannot wait to hear what you think! Let a sister KNOW.

xoxo

Krista