The best “wellness” books to read right now – part 2

The best “wellness” books to read right now – part 2

If you tuned in last week you hopefully got a good insight into why I loved Woman Code and why I’m going to go out and buy my own copy (hopefully I can pick one up in a charity shop to keep to the eco/minimalism principle that’s working for me at the moment) instead of just reading the library copy once – if you missed it, grab yourself a cuppa and pop over to have a read.

This week I’m all about the Big Magic. “WTF is big magic when it’s at home?!” I hear you ask, truly, you’ll have to read the book to fully get it but I’ve shared how it made me feel below.

A copy of Big Magic with vibrant cover against a rose petal strewn background

Big Magic; creative living beyond fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

I’d heard lots of people rave about this one and I was curious about whether it would live up to the hype. It didn’t disappoint and now I want to shout from the rooftops about how much I loved it!

Although I’d heard people exclaim at how wonderful this book was, it was never really clear to me exactly why and what I would get from reading it, so I was fairly open minded about what to expect when I started reading. I think what you get out of this book will vary depending on your own situation (as with any book really) but I came away with an overwhelming feeling of joy and optimism. Gilbert’s writing voice comes through so strongly in Big Magic and she’s a wonderful, and funny, storyteller. I don’t want to give you too many preconceptions about this one because I think it might taint your experience somewhat but if you are driven by creativity and feeling like you are floundering slightly, like I was when I read this one, I think you’ll come away with a strong feeling about what you want to do with that creativity.

As a side note, there were a few god references that sat a little uncomfortably with me as I’m an Atheist but it is possible to see past those and it doesn’t influence the vibe of the book too heavily for me.

I have to be honest, after a several years in Marketing and a few freelance blogging jobs, I had begun to wonder if writing really was something I should bother continuing with as it felt like some of my love for it had dwindled. But I did know that I still feel at my best when being creative, so what is it I want to do? A few weeks back I went mega “wellness” and made a giant vision board for myself (essentially a grown ups’ collage, with an aim) to help me focus on what it is I REALLY want. The vision board process did make a lot of things clearer to me about what’s most important for me in terms of how I want to live: adventure, wonder, mindfulness, colour and joy were just some of the main themes that came out of the process for me – clearly a more creative life is something that resonates.

Since experiencing Big Magic I’ve come back to writing with much more joy and I’ve even started writing a book – NOT the book I thought I would write but I have started a book nonetheless. I also, for the first time in more than a decade, decided I wanted to draw again to reconnect further with my creativity so on the summer solstice I sat out in the garden with a clip board, plain paper and pencils and started drawing the Can Eat cottage. I haven’t drawn in years and I wasn’t hoping to create a masterpiece, just the act of creating something, with love, was what I wanted to do and that really is at the centre of where my focus needs to be.

I hope you’re loving this series so far and would love to hear your thoughts on the books we’ve already looked at. I’ll be taking a break from this series for a couple of weeks to chat about some other topics that have been on my mind lately, but will be continuing this in a fortnight so do pop back for more!



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