So this, I believe, is the central question upon which all creative living hinges: Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?

— Elizabeth Gilbert

A few days ago I went to see Elizabeth Gilbert speak on her book tour promoting her latest work, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. The quote above, from the book, acknowledges how brave one must be to embark on any creative pursuit.  It takes courage to get out of your own way and and just do the thing you are called to do.

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I’ve come to love hearing her speak, all full of humor and wisdom and the realness of your best friend. So many of us fake our way through life, pretending it’s all good and life is as perfect as what we like to portray on Instagram. (And yet, we still long for more.) She somehow conveys it’s okay to be messy and imperfect, as long as you show up for yourself.

Her book Eat Pray Love was changed the way I thought about my life. It’s kind of a cliche at this point, isn’t it—a woman proclaiming a deep love for that book? But you have to let your soul be moved by whatever resonates.

Because of this book I began to own up to my own writing aspirations. Because of it, I knew I ached for devotion to something, even if it was as simple as finding beauty in this world.

Because of it, I knew I wasn’t some insane person who had traveled to Rome and eaten gelato four times in one day.

Because of it, I knew I wasn’t alone in longing for some unknown thing that kept tugging at my soul.

Because of it, I knew it was okay to go searching for that unknown thing, even if it was in the mundanity of my everyday life.

Because of it, I knew I wasn’t alone in wanting something more.

And for that I say, thank you Elizabeth Gilbert.

xo, with goodness and grace.

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