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BOOK CLUB – Fuel Creativity

Bee Create January 7, 2018

I am not a big reader, but mainly because I really need to be captured by the book in the first few pages. I don’t read because I enjoy reading, I read because I enjoy the story, so this makes it really difficult for me to find books that I enjoy.

Since  I was in high school up until about a year ago, my favourite book was Looking for Alaska by John Green. And from then on I read every John Green book he ever wrote. He is still one of my favourite authors and I am still reading every new novel but I have since fallen in love with a few others…

  1. Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert

This is my new favourite book, and I am about to start reading it for the second time, as I feel with a new year and new goals, I need a little motivation of unleashing a new burst of creative living. I think the best way to describe it is to add a few quotes from the book:

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

“Be the weirdo who dares to enjoy.”

“Recognizing that people’s reactions don’t belong to you is the only sane way to create. If people enjoy what you’ve created, terrific. If people ignore what you’ve created, too bad. If people misunderstand what you’ve created, don’t sweat it. And what if people absolutely hate what you’ve created? What if people attack you with savage vitriol, and insult your intelligence, and malign your motives, and drag your good name through the mud? Just smile sweetly and suggest – as politely as you possibly can – that they go make their own fucking art. Then stubbornly continue making yours.”

“if I am not actively creating something, then I am probably actively destroying something”

“What do you love doing so much that the words failure and success essentially become irrelevant?”

And this, is my creative motivation, and I think I am going to read it atlas once or twice a year at least. It is just a breath of fresh air and so so relatable in so many ways, and also, of course, very well written.

2. #GIRLBOSS – Sophia Amoruso

This one is one of my bests, but I also feel I should have read it two years ago as as much as I enjoyed it, I felt like that time of my life had already passed, I’m already on my way to where I want to be. Although I loved reading about Sophia’s story, about her determination and her success and I actually passed this one on to my younger sister who is in the fashion industry and at the age of starting her career path, and she thoroughly enjoyed it!

3. Creative Confidence by Tom Kelley and David Kelley

I am going to recommend this one just for the amount of knowledge, motivation and information that is so useful in this book, but I am going to be honest and say that I struggled to stay captured and stopped half way through, although I’m hoping to finish it this year. I think it may JUST be the way it’s written, not really to the point, but rather long elaborations. As with GIRLBOSS being a book I should have read two years ago, I feel this book is one I should read in a year or two’s time. Here are a few quotes from the book to give you an idea of just how informative it is:

“Striving for perfection can get in the way during the early stages of the creative process.”

“That combination of thought and action defines creative confidence: the ability to come up with new ideas and the courage to try them out.”

“At its core, creative confidence is about believing in your ability to create change in the world around you.”

“Everything in modern society is the result of a collection of decisions made by someone. Why shouldn’t that someone be you?”

“Design thinking relies on the natural—and coachable—human ability to be intuitive, to recognize patterns, and to construct ideas that are emotionally meaningful as well as functional.”

I have a few good reads that I will be adding to my BOOK CLUB posts, including a gorgeous and amazing book that I got as a gift from my mom about “everything a mother could teach you” which covers substitutions in the kitchen, how to sew a button, health advice etc, so check back in soon 🙂