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Writers: The Wanderers of Life

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Elizabeth Gilbert

Hello Dear Followers,

I am on vacation this week so I thought I would drop in and write a new blog post.  I am currently re-reading “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert.  I promise this blog won’t turn into an Elizabeth Gilbert fan page, I am still in the midst of finishing her new book, “Big Magic.”

I stopped “Big Magic” to return to “Eat, Pray, Love” for some life advice.  I assume many of you know, she keeps an active Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts, so I follow her regularly on all three.

I love reading her words of wisdom daily or almost daily and trying to figure out how to infuse what she tells us into my own life.  She is so wise.

I read “Eat, Pray, Love” for the first time around the time when it came out, in 2006.. I read it because it was the book to read at the moment.  But I never soaked in what she was trying to say in her book.

This time around, I read it again because I needed to.  I needed my dosage of Liz on a grander scale than just her daily posts on Facebook.  I needed her mentoring about life.  I wanted to know how she went through some tough times and got through, what was her method?

(Spoiler Alert ahead!)

Anyway, she recently announced that she was getting separated from the man she met in the last chapter of “Eat, Pray, Love.”  It was shock to all of her followers I am sure.  But it made me applaud her, she always ran to the beat of her own drum, a wanderer of sorts through life.  She was inspiring.

I then began to look back at other writers I loved in my life… with the exception of Laura Ingalls Wilder,  most of my favorite writers weren’t married.   Jane Austen, not married.  Louisa May Alcott, to my research… never married.

Liz was married once, and now this would be her second marriage.  These famous writers have something in common – independence.  They are strong enough in their own minds and hearts to carry on their own away from the confines of marriage.  I applaud them.

So many women these days, particularly women my age (33 and older)  feel that it is a must or be viewed as some sort of failure in life.  I am not married, even though I so want to be, but I also enjoy this life.

I am a successful writer, living on my own doing my own thing… I have good friends and family. I have accomplished a lot in my life.

I don’t pretend to know the reason behind Liz’s separation from her husband, it could be a myriad of things, but I still applaud her strength and ability to move forward with her life.

I applaud all of the other authors before her too, that found the strength to remain independent in their own lives and in their craft.

Until next time…

 

 

 

 

 

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150 Pages of Big Magic

Hello Dear Followers,

Big MagicIn the short time I’ve followed author Elizabeth Gilbert, (particularly after “Eat,Pray,Love” came out),  I realized she isn’t just some author she is a good friend.  So it is no wonder when she wrote the following words that I thought of my dear friend who has been imparting the same exact wisdom that Liz is bestowing upon those reading her wonderful book “Big Magic.”

The passage that struck a chord with me is this:  “Let people have their opinions. More than that, let people be in love with their opinions, just as you and I are in love with ours. But never delude yourself into believing that you require someone else’s blessing (or even their comprehension) in order to make your creative work.”  

The line that struck me is this (wait for it) – “And always remember that people’s judgements about you are none of your business.” 

Done.

For me personally, this doesn’t only speak volumes in terms of my “creative work” but also in my personal life.  I have struggled tremendously with this over the years, and as I have gotten older I realized that I can’t stop anyone’s opinions no more than anyone can stop mine.  So why bother getting all bothered by it?

When I read this entire passage, I said,  “what did my friend have a chat with Liz about this?” Because she has been telling me those exact words forever.  And I still don’t think I can wrap my head around it.

Of course Liz had some other wonderful passages to share with her readers, but I will not give it away because you definitely need to take the time to immerse yourself in her book, especially if you are like me who is trying to live a creative life though writing and reading regularly.

To add to the passage above, here is another line I love – “It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to. Actually don’t even bother answering, just keep doing your thing.” 

Until next time folks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Next 50 Pages of Big Magic

Hello Dear Followers,

As I read the next 50 pages of “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert, so many thoughts came to my mind.  This book,  is very much like a tutorial on living a creative life and has been at times all over the place with thoughts and ideas that it was often hard to keep up.

Here are some main points that caught my eye that I think are worth sharing:

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My Elizabeth Gilbert Experience

Hello Dear Followers,

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Me, Elizabeth Gilbert and my friend Jaimie

It has been a while, and sadly I have not gotten any farther than I was when I last wrote to all of you.  Still trying to get through “American Wife” by Curtis Sittenfeld and “Quiet” by Susan Cain.  I am itching to finish both!

I couldn’t resist sharing with all of you about my Elizabeth Gilbert experience this weekend.  In case you have been living under a rock and don’t know who she is, she is the author of “Eat, Pray, Love.”  It was a memoir she wrote in 2006 about her spiritual year-long journey to Italy, India and Indonesia.

When I read that book and the book that followed – “Committed,”  I continued to be inspired by her spirituality, her strength and bravery.

I was so lucky this past weekend to meet her at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield,  Conn.,  where  she spoke about her newest book “The Signature of All Things”  which tells the story Alma Whittaker, a botanist born in 1800 and of the Whittakers, a family of botanical explorers, during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

I will admit I have not read the book yet, just got it a few weeks ago, but I am excited to begin once I finish my other books.

I found Liz  to be just fabulous.  She was funny and witty, during her talk she made some of the best of analogies that explained life perfectly – both hers and others.  My friend Jaimie and I jokingly decided we had girl crushes on this author.  Liz spoke to everyone who asked her a question like she knew them forever, they weren’t just audience members, but friends.

What I loved about that was it made asking my question about wanting to write a book so much easier and she is the second author that has seriously made me think about beginning writing for myself again regularly – (I may even carry a journal with me wherever I go.)

She told the mainly-women filled audience a lot of things about herself and life that I found very helpful.  She said anything that you fight will fight you back.  There isn’t anything more attractive than someone whose feet doesn’t fully touch the ground.  She said women have a tremendous capacity to be resilient in the face of a ruin.

I really just simply enjoyed hearing this woman who has traveled the world and found herself in the most spiritual of places is truly something to strive for.  When I asked her about what it took to begin writing a book, she first asked me which direction I wanted to go towards fiction or non-fiction. I knew immediately I want to write a non-fiction novel, about what part of my life, I am not sure.

She further answered mine and my friend’s question the next day on her Facebook page by asking the question “What are you willing to give up, in order to have what you really want?”

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Me and Elizabeth Gilbert

What I loved most even days before is that this prolific author will answer you on her Facebook page, I mean I don’t know any author/celebrity person who takes the time to answer their followers.  It just made her reachable and real and I just loved that.

This blog post definitely doesn’t do the talk full justice, but I personally just want to thank Liz for a delightful evening filled with so many enlightened teachings.

Some of the Greats

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Hello Dear Followers,

Well it’s a stormy day here in Connecticut, however the storm hasn’t hit where I live, but something is brewing. It makes for a perfect evening for reading with a hot cup of coffee. This is my heaven.

I was just in Barnes and Noble and began to think about all the books I’ve read over the years and what some of my favorites have been since childhood.  I thought I’d share with you my thoughts about some of my favorites! I’d also love to hear what some of yours are too!

I am a child of the 1990s, so when I was young some of my major book influences were the “Babysitters Club” series by Ann M. Martin  and “Sweet Valley High” series by Francine Pascal . The “Babysitters Club’s Little Sister series were always my absolute favorite as well.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Since my childhood, I was always interested in history and my Mom ( who was also an avid reader) introduced to me to Laura Ingalls Wilder series, which I instantly gravitated towards. My favorite in this series were “These Happy Golden Years” when Laura Ingalls and Almanzo Wilder finally get together. I could read that book over and over again, often living vicariously through Laura’s life. I am probably the only one at my age that watched the television show with Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert and truly appreciated it for what it was.

When I was a little older, about nine or 10 I’d say, I was introduced to American Girl, it began with my Samantha Parkington doll and of course her series. I love those books because it not only gave you a fictional story, but the series gave you an inside look to a different time period, which always until this day captivates me to want to read more.  Of course, with Samantha came the other dolls with their books, and while I only had Samantha, I truly enjoyed reading about Felicity, Kirsten, Molly and Addy. (Have any of you been the American Girl Store in New York City? If I was still a young girl it would be like a dream come true for me!)

Louisa May Alcott

Then, there was “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott, truly one of my absolute favorite authors, as you have probably read in my previous posts. I am always inspired by this author and her life. As a writer myself I feel a true connection between her and I. I am sure that is what it is like for many of you Louisa May Alcott fans. I visited Concord, Mass., last summer and it was truly a memorable experience that I will never forget.

Reading fluctuated as I got older due to time and life really, while the love for it was always there, there were times I just never got to it on a regular basis. But to be a good writer I realized, you need to be a good reader of all things and so I made some changes.

I can say as an adult, some of my favorite writers include Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat Pray, Love” and “Committed,” Nicholas Sparks, author of “The Notebook” and many wonderful others and Wally Lamb, author of “She’s Come Undone.”  Ms. Gilbert inspires me the same way Louisa May Alcott did as a child, Ms. Gilbert inspired me to want to explore different places and record them to the best I could. I haven’t traveled the world (yet) but she inspired me with her beliefs about life, her struggles and her goals.

I have a strong appreciation for some of the classic writers like Ernest Hemingway, Nathaniel Hawthorne, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Mark Twain and so many others that I have yet to begin reading yet.

Ok! Until next time!

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