I haven't done a book review for a while, but this new offering from Suzy Reading definitely deserves sharing. Published just a couple of months ago, it offers (according to the subtitle) "smart habits and simple practices to allow you to flourish" by firstly re-defining what 'self-care' is, beyond spa days and posh chocolates.
I've left it a few weeks since my last post on Big Magic, to be honest because it made me feel quite vulnerable to share some of the personal worries that I did. But I am so grateful for all your lovely responses and comments, and it's given me plenty to think about over the last few weeks.
Today will be the final part in this mini-series of reflections on the lessons I've found in Elizabeth Gilbert's bestselling book - if you've missed the first two posts you can catch up here and here.
Thank you to everyone who read the first part of my reflections on this deeply thought-provoking book, and especially to those of you who shared your own impressions either here or on Instagram - it definitely seems to be writing that has struck deep chords with many of us. Before I get started on the next selection of lessons from Big Magic, if you want to catch up on the first post, you can read it here.
Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic has been one of the biggest books in the self-help/personal development/creativity scene since it was published a couple of years ago. It seems to be on everyone's recommended reading list, and you can barely scroll through social media without a quote being posted somewhere. Many people claim it has changed their lives, and though I'm not quite that evangelical, I will say that it is definitely a book that has resonated strongly and made me think about my life and my relationship with creativity.
Are you a highly sensitive person? How do you know? Do you even know what it means? And if you are highly sensitive what can you do about it? Should you do anything other than accept it?
First published in 1999, Dr Elaine Aron's book about the highly sensitive person is still as relevant nearly two decades later, and remains a key text in this area.