Big Magic : A Great Summer Read.

My friend Bethany gave me the book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert ( who also wrote Eat, Pray, Love ). I really enjoyed reading it, because as a creative person, I connected with her thoughts on the energy of ideas and consistently pursuing your dreams. Here are some of my favorite 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.” 
“I believe that our planet is inhabited not only by animals and plants and bacteria and viruses, but also by ideas. Ideas are a disembodied, energetic life-form. They are completely separate from us, but capable of interacting with us—albeit strangely. Ideas have no material body, but they do have consciousness, and they most certainly have will. Ideas are driven by a single impulse: to be made manifest. And the only way an idea can be made manifest in our world is through collaboration with a human partner. It is only through a human’s efforts that an idea can be escorted out of the ether and into the realm of the actual.” 
“Live a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear.”
Jessica Laughlin