Big Magic, Year of Yes, and Better Than Before

Big Magic, Year of Yes, and Better Than Before

Hello My Beauties,

Have I got a treat for you… if you have been looking for permission to be creative, for the gumption to say ‘yes’ to your greatest fears, or to let go of old habits no longer serving you and establish new ones that help you expand in joy and self-love, pick up one of these outstanding books.

Big Magic ~ Creative Living Beyond Fear  

by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Year of Yes ~ How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person  

by Shonda Rhimes.

Better Than Before ~ Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives

by Gretchen Rubin.

All these lovely ladies names may seem familiar to you, if not I’m going to tell you why you might like to familiarize yourself with their work. Elizabeth Gilbert wrote Eat ~ Pray ~ Love which was made into a move and starred Julia Roberts. Which is cool, of course, but what is really lovely about Liz Gilbert’s current book is as a creative soul, she gives you permission to BE creative. Some of us need to be reminded that it’s okay to want to/need to create things. If you have been searching for your bliss, your passion, that one thing that floats your boat, ignites your ass on fire… and have not discovered it yet, well, Liz proposes an alternative to the passion bandwagon. Follow your curiosity, allow yourself to be a hummingbird and flit from here to there, wherever your curiosity takes you. Permission to discover which just might lead to something you care deeply about (and that’s all passion really is.) There are gold nuggets in this book, it’s an easy read and is fun and light with some really deep, insightful, aha moments.

You may know Shonda Rhimes in connection with such TV hits as Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder. She is a powerhouse on TV and they even gave her creative license to ‘own’ Thursday night television. She’s also a single mom. Year of Yes is about her decision to say ‘yes’ to everything that frightened her and how this decision changed everything – shifting her life drastically in a more positive, loving, lighter direction. I LOVED this book. Funny, humble, no holds barred where the truth is concerned, she bears her heart and soul, and I am better for having read her story. I am embarking on my own year of ‘yes.’ Care to join me? But that’s another blog post since I just this second realized what I just wrote – hahaha. Now, what to do with a year of yes of my own…?

I am currently working my way through Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than Before. I read her book The Happiness Project (and highly recommend that book too) and found it very insightful and at the same time a lovely read as Gretchen shares her own experiments with mind/heart/body shifts toward being happier. This book, Better Than Before, is about looking at our personalities and how we are with habits – do we make them, keep them, love them, hate them etc. and why some of us have an easier time of creating new habits that benefit us and letting go of those that don’t, and why some of us can’t bear to start something new or let go of something old. She explores all the reasons behind habits and delves deep into the psyche in such a way that I find myself going, ‘oooooh, so that’s why I do such and such.’ She has a lovely way of allowing the reader to call his or her own shit and see it in a whole new light. I like this, and think I’ll use some of the tools she provides to establish healthier habits and to finally let go of those that are holding me back.

What I am most grateful for is that all three of these brilliant, beautiful, bold women opened their hearts and souls to me, so that I in turn could look within at my own heart and soul and mind and body with deeper clarity and greater insight and kindness and forgiveness and the gumption to admit what is working and what is not. And in my mind, that is pretty stellar. My heartfelt thanks to each one of these ladies.

You can find all of them on Super Soul Sunday with Oprah Winfrey. Each interview will give you greater insight into where they have come from and where they are headed – greatness through love and passion/curiosity and gumption.

You can find Elizabeth Gilbert at; she has numerous TED Talks you can check out, and has a Facebook page, and Twitter account. I looked and only found a Facebook page as far as social media for Shonda Rhimes. Gretchen Rubin can be found at She also has a Facebook page and a Twitter account. Her blog is pretty great too, with lots of worksheets to go with all of her books.

2016 is turning out to be a pretty amazing year thus far. Here’s to all of us cultivating our good enough-ness, pouring all kinds of water and love and light onto it so it can grow. Whisper, ‘Grow baby, grow! ‘ into your own ear. And then listen.

And remember, you are not alone. We are in this wonderful, primal, mystical, magical world together. Let’s enjoy the ride to the best of our ability!!!

Love and Light, Grace and Ease and gratitude forevermore.




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2 Responses to Big Magic, Year of Yes, and Better Than Before

  1. Amy Leach says:

    Thanks for this dear Shannon. I would add to this list Brene Brown and Daring Greatly and Rising Strong which I am enjoying very much.

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