friday favorite: big magic in recovery

Happy Friday lovelies! Not only is it the end of the week (aka time for Heather's linkup!) but it's also only 2 more days until I start my new job. I can't deny I'm really nervous. Nervous but excited at the same time! I feel like this is the start of the rest of my life, as cliche as it sounds. I'll finally be doing what I've dreamed of doing since I was 5 years old and I absolutely cannot wait!

It's definitely been a weird week because of the holiday and all the job transition stuff. But I've survived and managed to get some good rest in too so I'm all ready for next Monday. 

One great part about having a few days off was getting to catch up on some reading. The first book I picked up happened to be Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic.

The rest, as they say, was history.

Let me back up by explaining what originally drew me to Big Magic. I read Eat, Pray, Love back when I was going through a rough breakup in college and it seriously saved me. It was the life jacket that kept me afloat in a time in my life where I was struggling to keep my head above water. That book gave me so much needed hope.

So when I saw Big Magic sitting on the shelf at the library the other day, I picked it up. But I was hesitant, doubtful even. I figured I would enjoy it given it was written by Ms. Gilbert but otherwise I had pretty low expectations for it. How could anything come close to Eat, Pray, Love and the profound impact it had on me?

Well it did. In fact, it surpassed it.

Big Magic is the most life-changing book I've ever read.

Now I could go on and on about what the book meant to me as a writer and creative soul. But, since most of you are here because you struggle with body image or food freedom or loving yourself, I'll tell you what it meant to me as a girl in recovery.

The overall message can really be summed up in this quote from the book:

Big Magic reminded me there is a life outside of what I look like or what I weigh. It reminded me that my soul and my creativity are my true treasures. They are what make me so unique and beautiful and worthy. 

It's who you are inside that this world needs. We don't need another perfectionist afraid to step outside their comfort zone or another starving girl who sits still and looks pretty. No, we need women who aren't afraid to get a little messy, to let their hear down, to be fearlessly themselves.

Go let your soul free. Let it shine. And while you're at it, go read Big Magic. I promise you your life won't be the same. <3

Questions:

Have you read Big Magic?

What's one book that has changed your life?

Do you think you live a creative life? What is one of your inner talents you offer to the world?