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The Big Magic : On Living Creatively.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016
 The Big Magic.

I used to feel like a fraud whenever I heard people refer to me as a "creative" because I didn't feel like just being able to put together cool outfits made me one.
I felt like the real creatives were those in the arts - the artists, sculptors, designers and co. But over time, I've come to realize that I don't necessarily have to be in the arts to be a creative and I owe some part of that realization to reading Elizabeth Gilbert's book - the big magic.

I first heard of Elizabeth Gilbert from all the buzz her first book - Eat, Pray, Love received but I didn't become a fan of hers till I read this book.
I'm not a big fan of motivational type and self help books because I find most of them a bore and often repetitive. My first thought of the big magic was that it was going to be yet another "self help/motivational" type of book but boy was I wrong!

The Big Magic is a well written book laced with personal experiences that talks about the creative process and encourages us to live a creative life. Every single time I read it, I get a fresh dose of inspiration and gingered to just do better and be better!

I honestly haven't completed the whole book (almost done though!) because I wanted to take my time and soak in all the lessons, so this isn't exactly a book review. I just loved the book so much and thought to share a few quotes and tips that I picked out on living creatively from it.
I've been meaning to do this post for so long now and finallyyy its up! Lol

Let's dig in.

1. Courage is an integral part of creative living.

We all have hidden treasures within us but it is one thing to have them and another to actually utilize them and bring them forth. Being a creative is having the courage to go on the hunt to uncover those hidden treasures and continually bring them forth. That's one thing that separates an ordinary life from a creative one.
If there's one thing I've seen a lot especially in the medical field is that a lot of "doctors" basically stick with medicine because they don't know anything or think there's anything else they can do or are good at. Whenever, I think of that I am so glad for my modelling and blogging journey, because it helped me dig within, figure out my passions and also find some courage to share them. I'm still discovering more aspects to myself but I'm definitely trying to utilize them.

2. Make space for fear but don't let it take over.

Creativity often involves you taking risks and having fears is only natural/expected, but you have to be willing to tell your fear to take a sit at the corner.
Creative living is living a life driven more strongly by curiosity than fear.

3. Keep your eyes open. Listen, follow your curiousity. Ideas are constantly trying to get our attention. Let them know you're available.

Liz likens ideas to energetic life forms that spend time searching for available and willing human partners. They pay us a visit and try to get our attention but most often, we are too consumed by own own dramas, laziness, anxieties, insecurities to be receptive to inspiration and we say no.

4.  You don't need anybody's permission to live a creative life.

You don't need anyone's permission to make stuff. Do whatever brings you to life. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions and compulsions. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.

5. Forget about perfect.

There's no time for perfect. Perfect is the enemy of the realistic, the possible and the fun. Too many people still seem to believe that they are not allowed toput themselves forward at all, until both they and their work are perfect.
At some point, you really just have to finish your work and release it as is - if only so that you can go on to make other things.

6. Stay Curious.

Curiousity is what keeps you working steadily, while hotter emotions may come and go.  Following that scavenger hunt of curiousity can lead you to amazing, unexpected places. It may eventually even lead you to your passion.

7. You Might Fail.

Whatever you do, try not to dwell too long on your failures. You don’t need to conduct autopsies on your disasters. Own your disappointment, acknowledge it for what it is and move on.

There are a lot more gems in the book but I'll stop here.
How would you define creativity?
Have you read the big magic?

If you've read the book, what are some of your favourite quotes from the book?
Also, what do you think of this post?
Please sharee and let's connect!

Half Of A Yellow Sun Notes

Friday, 8 August 2014

And so it happens that as I lay sprawled on my sister's bed, my mind keeps revisiting words from Chimamanda's half of a yellow sun which my friend handed me a week ago saying ''Here, I knew you'll love to read it". Of course I would. I finished the book in one day and a half.

- Love comes first and then the reasons for loving follows

- Why do you need so much outside of yourself? Why isn't what you are enough?

This is what I know :
* Love is unpredictable and so sometimes the fireworks and butterflies don't come first like you imagined but rather the reasons for loving comes first, then the love follows.

* Although you swear you're content with who you are, sometimes you find yourself wishing you could be a little bit more free spirited, a little bit more spontaneous and that your laugh came a little bit easier but most times you are fine with who you are and even revel in it. Does this still count as a "why isn't what you are enough" situation ?

What do you know/think?
Please Share.

Cassandra Ikegbune


Book || Urichindere : Dike-Ogu Chukwumerije

Saturday, 5 July 2014
So I was going through my drafts and found this post just sitting there wasting away, how shameful.

I can still remember reading this book like it was yesterday. I was immediately drawn in by the tone with which it was written and I knew I was in for a humorous yet good read. Just like my first post on a book, this also isn't a book review. I'm just going to share a few quotes that resonated with me.
      Here goes :

-There is nothing in the past, except doctored memories. There is nothing in the grass, except a decaying body. Whatever sweets you are looking for, you will find them in front of you. And the sooner you move on, the quicker you"ll find them

- But, you see, the fact that someone has a lot of muscles and is always lifting weights and kicking palm trees does not, necessarily mean that you can't beat him in a wrestling match

- You cannot unlove once you have truly Loved. It is true.

- You see, there are always signs, because the whole world is connected. The whole world is one. The trees that grip the earth with their roots also touch the skies with their leaves

- Yes. Sometimes, friendship is better than love , because love is what people want but friendship is what they need.

- Everyone must find the light by themselves. Alone

- Can you see how life is? It turns on the same axis, giving life and death, tears and laughter, joy and sorrow. You can never tell. That is why you must always reach for everything, because you could end up with anything

That first quote is everything! No matter how much growth I think i've made, every now and then I still catch myself staring lustfully at the past but then I have to remind myself that there's nothing there for me anymore.

I did a quick Google check on the author and found out that he has a blog, he has four actually but its just this one i can relate with.
you can check it out here :

I haven't been reading books which aren't medical books recently and that sucks major. I'm hoping to change that and books by African authors have been so appealing recently unfortunately they don't come as PDF files or do they? (Hook a sista up biko). It doesn't help that i follow some book lovers on instagram and they stay opressing me. lol
I also want fashion books and poetry books. My friend lent me the sartorialist's street style book sometime last year. Amazing!
Via @inmysundaybest
What books have you been reading lately?
Which of these quotes speak to you?
Please share!!

Cassandra Ikegbune

Book || Helon Habila - Waiting for an Angel

Saturday, 16 November 2013
This isn't exactly a book review, just some quotes that spoke to me and i definitely had to put down while i was reading "Helon Habila's- Waiting for an Angel" Book

-Life is like a wave motion, full of highs and lows. We sit on life's shores with our hands open, waiting to receive. But the water knows, more than we do, what we need and what we don't need. It takes away from us what we don't need, and drops it at another shore where it is needed. Sometimes it returns to us what it took away, refined and augmented with brine and other sea minerals

-Ah, sweet youth. Your life has just started. Youth. That is the one thing the waves never return to us. Once lost, it is gone for ever.

-But no two loves, or pains, or loyalties can ever be the same

-What light and winged things promises are, fluttering away on the wind no sooner than they are uttered

-People become dreamers when they are not satisfied with their reality, and sometimes they don't know what is real till they begin to dream

- You are so young and this world is full of falsehood. Before you know it, its all gone. Youth, Laughter. All

- the world is not as big and incomprehensible as people will have us believe. Everything lies within our grasp, if only we cared to reach out boldly.

- All we need is a little imagination to discover that things are not as fixed or impossible as we believe

- Not all things must be understood immediately. The important thing is to see and  memorize all the faces and impressions, and one day they will begin to make sense to you

Cassandra Ikegbune

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