Elizabeth Gilbert has done it again - enchanted the masses with another great book. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear is one of my favourite reads of the season. Yes, some of it is a little "hippie-dippie" even for me. What is amazing though, is hearing about the ideology surrounding the creative process of an artist.
Ideas as "alive."
Gilbert talks about ideas as living beings who present themselves to you, and suggests some are more temperamental than others. You can choose to take on an idea, let it pass, or recognize that it may have come to the wrong person. If you don't bring that idea to life, it will move on - eager to be born. Some visit more than one person at once. Hence, similar stories and discoveries can be made all across the world - simultaneously.
I love this charming description of her creative process and it stirred something within myself. Sometimes, we have to say "no" or "not now" to ideas to honour what we have already begun. Sometimes, as is my case, you can be thrust into the unknown and the perfect idea stirs inside of you and resonates so deeply that you know it is the absolute sole direction to take (resistance is futile).
Welcome to Authentically.
Out of an idea, and inspiration, and being pushed out of my comfort zone, I present to you: Authentically. I've always had an entrepreneurial spirit, but this idea finally opened itself up to me, breathed "it is time" and is different than what I've started in the past. This is a culmination of my business acumen, my passion for startups (and helping women to succeed), and my technical and design skill. I am absolutely thrilled - and on the edge of my seat - to see what arises.
Sometimes, we need a push.
I got a push from my former employer, Zlatan Fazlagic, who could see the growth inside of me and the desire to push forward. He literally told me he was pushing me out of the nest - and I have no choice but to learn to fly.
Remember, you are far more than you know.
When Gilbert wrote this line about her mother, I felt like she was speaking directly to me:
"But don't underestimate her. Her will is titanium, and her talents are vast."
All too often we are the first to underestimate ourselves. I'm changing that in my life, and I am looking forward to walking into the unknown with you and helping you to change that for yourself.