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Today we’re discussing part three of Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling book Big Magic, Permission

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Tarryn -Jan 04, 2016, 3:26PM
I agree with all of you so far, with one exception. I somewhat agree with Gilbert on the topic of arts education because of my own experience with it. I have a theatre degree, but what I learned at my university could've just as easily come from my own exploration. For example, my favorite piece I ever made was a play about my great-grandmother and great-grandfather's love story, and it was created completely outside of my curriculum. (I'm currently playing with the idea of a sequel.) Oddly enough, I'd never written a play before or since, but it's what I'm most confident with. I did it all on my own, in school or not, and I'm finding Gilbert's encouragement to go out on my own, be fearless, and be self-educated to be inspiring. I often think I've wasted the only higher education I'll ever be able to afford, but she's telling me I haven't because I can teach myself. I had a much harder time squaring away with the paradox of art being incredibly important and meaningful and also useless. That pill was a little harder for me to swallow in this chapter.
fp julie -Dec 29, 2015, 10:46AM
Blondes & Bagels, Audrey, and Liz -- on the one hand I appreciate that Gilbert gives credit to those who work day jobs that have nothing to do with their passions while pursuing what they care most about in the off-hours, i agree with you that Gilbert seems to enjoy stripping those who pursued an art education of any credit that may be due to them. I don't regret my choice to go to art school, I may not toil long hours in my studio anymore, but i believe the education I received there to be invaluable as well as the connections I made. This chapter was a difficult one for me to dissect and digest as well, especially after the positivity of the first three chapters.

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Boxing Day can encompass many post-Christmas activities — including these fun games!

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Luisa -Dec 26, 2015, 10:49AM
I loved playing the chocolate game when I was a kid :D Looks like it's time to play it again. Thanks for the reminder. And it's amazing that you don't need anything special for the second game.

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A Florida photo diary of a sun-kissed holiday.Read More

Luisa -Dec 26, 2015, 10:57AM
What an amazing idea of sharing valuable pictures and memories from your trip to Florida :)
Michelle -Dec 26, 2015, 4:30AM
Wonderful photos, I can really feel the warmth! https://www.makeandmess.com/

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When was the last time you truly LISTENED?

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mikay -Dec 28, 2015, 1:33AM
love this sm
Eloise -Dec 24, 2015, 4:55AM
Lovely post and amazing writing, such a great idea. http://thewhimsicalwildling.com

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Yes, it’s true…our monthly desktop calendar downloads are back!Read More

Nazia Vergi -Jan 26, 2016, 2:09AM
Pretty Calendar :) Thanks for sharing here.
Maria Rosa -Jan 16, 2016, 12:44PM
Monísimo!

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Embrace the holiday spirit with a very snowy (and nostalgic) photo diary by nature photographer extraordinaire, Kate Rentz. Read More

Courtney -Dec 22, 2015, 11:02AM
Oh my, I'm going home for Christmas this year (surprising my family) and Im soo excited to be leaving the coastal rain forests of the PNW to the lovely snowy north. I can literally feel the sting of the winter air on my nose and hear the crunch of the flakes beneath my feet. That to me is a true Christmas.
Michelle -Dec 21, 2015, 9:01AM
These photos are so beautiful, I would love to have a bit of snow here as well! https://www.makeandmess.com/

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Today we’re discussing part 2 of Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestselling book, Big Magic: EnchantmentRead More

Mary -Dec 21, 2015, 4:12PM
I like how she gives a lot of examples not only from her life, but different people's lives and their quotes which are really good! For me, my genius shows up very unexpectedly, like hers. It can come any time any day. This chapter really helped me realize that I should work on my idea. When she talks how later on people see their ideas in the papers, tv or elsewhere, it made me think that what if I miss this moment (and be lazy) and it will be too late to make my idea come true and I will regret it later.
Rabecca -Dec 18, 2015, 11:07PM
What a super amazing cover! It's so artistic and pretty! Love it <3 Becca: http://www.midnightburnout.com/

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When a trip isn’t what you expect it to be…what do you do?

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Isobel -Feb 27, 2016, 7:20AM
Have you had the chance to go to Cairo since? The university has the most beautiful campus, it is a complete juxtaposition to the rest of the city once you leave it. Having said that, I spent 4 of the best years of my life in Cairo so you should definitely try to go again one day! http://mugamara.blogspot.com
Paige -Jan 23, 2016, 7:41PM
I love this post, and your honesty. A lot of times we romanticize the "just go" mentality, and while it's great, it also fails to mention that it can be crazy hard, wearying, and anxiety inducing. Not every part of the trip, certainly, but some, and I love how you wrote that you took the pressure off yourself for having the "best time ever" and realised you just have to go with it. I studied abroad for a year in Northern Ireland and am moving back to the republic of Ireland in 2 weeks. I always tell people to "just go" when you're given the opportunity, but so many are held back and I wish they could see how, even though I had to endure some of the hardest days of my life, they were all incredibly worth it and I'm moving back again despite the challenges. Worth it to pick up, go, and face it head on.

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Beauty is everywhere, even in those seemingly wrong turns we take in life. Read More

Alice -Jan 11, 2016, 2:58PM
This. is amazing.
fp joanna -Dec 18, 2015, 11:59AM
Dylana, Rabecca, Jessica, and Michelle -- thank you gals. xx, Joanna

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Post image for Travel Journal Ideas: How to Write Wanderlust-Worthy Trip Recaps

Keep your journeys alive by creating a home for the memories…
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maxroadster -Mar 04, 2016, 12:15PM
Since my retirement my wife & I are traveling more and more. I am an amateur photographer which means I have a lot of photographs. I found I wasn't doing a very good job of organizing my photos let alone keeping an accurate log of our journeys. Alternatively, I researched each and every trip in order to locate the best photo locations. It was that research that now allows me to go back and recreate a fairly decent travel log. Now, as we travel I notate my research notes each day of the trip. After the trip and at home it is easy to convert all of my trip material into a travel journal.
Mary -Feb 14, 2016, 7:35PM
I'm pretty good at starting travel journals, but I don't always finish them. At minimum, I like to write a high and a low for the day: the best thing and the "worst" thing about the day.

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This week we’re discussing part one of Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestseller, Big Magic: Courage

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Erica -Jan 17, 2016, 9:03PM
"The outcome cannot matter" (258). The outcome, how the world perceives your art has nothing to do with you. The reward is in process; the gift is the creative journey. Preach, Ms. Gilbert!
Mary -Dec 20, 2015, 2:22PM
I really liked first few pages when she talked about Jack Gilbert, it reminded me of my English professor and how inspiring he was, how he encouraged (at least me) not only to improve our writing, but also be successful, creative and LEARN (because there is a difference between learning something and just listening & getting information). I think when a person, like Jack Gilbert, is passionate he or she wants to share it with someone and inspire others. Then next few sections of the first chapter weren't that interesting for me. The idea was good, but the way it was written... I just tried to finish the chapter to see what's coming next. Now I see some people felt the same way - so I'm excited to read next chapter, hopefully it will get more fascinating and inspiring. I also loved how she talked about being brave vs being fearless. I think it is important to know and remember that there is always fear within us and we cannot or even shouldn't "kill it off". We need to embrace it and learn how to control it. It is always scary to start something new .

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Post image for Karibu Kenya: Holidays on the Equator

Even as a tourist in Kenya, writer/traveler Ariane Marder discovers the connective thread that binds her — and you — to everyone else.

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Regina -Dec 11, 2015, 11:22AM
Wonderful! Love that you're seeking adventure for yourself. My good friend just moved back to Nairobi after years of being away from home. Already planning to visit her :) Enjoy the rest of your travels! xo, Regina gardeniasandmint.com
Paulina -Dec 10, 2015, 1:32PM
What an amazing place! http://www.thepaarblog.com/

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