TC 309 – Adult Coloring Book Craze

TC 309 – Adult Coloring Book Craze

This week we’re exploring the Coloring Book Craze! Why are they so popular? Can they really help you to relax? Studies have shown that coloring books and coloring pages can be extremely therapeutic, and has been compared to the benefits that one gets from meditation. It must be working; adult coloring books have taken over the publishing industry, and have skyrocketed to the best-seller list. You can’t walk into a brick-and-mortar bookstore without seeing a table filled with coloring books for adults. In the video below, Katie Couric talks about how adult coloring books have become a phenomenon. It started in the U.K., then to France, but has quickly spread globally. Coloring parties are even popping up in bars! Just a few of the benefits of coloring...

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TC 280: Cafe Book Club – Big Magic: Divinity

TC 280: Cafe Book Club – Big Magic: Divinity

In this episode host Robin Masiewicz and her sister Amy Frost conclude their discussion part 6 of Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. The last section is titled “Divinity”. Robin says overall that Big Magic reaffirmed a lot of what she already knew about creativity, but that hearing someone say it “out loud” really gave her a chance to reflect on her own understanding of creativity. Accidental Grace She particularly enjoyed “Accidental Grace”, the story of the dancers in Bali that created a “secular” form of a dance for tourists, and in the process revitalized their sacred dances that they perform in their sacred rituals to keep the universe intact. So far it seems to be working. Amy’s main take away from this...

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TC 279: Cafe Book Club – Big Magic: Trust

TC 279: Cafe Book Club – Big Magic: Trust

This week Robin Masiewicz and her guests Amy Frost and Dr. Nancy Kymn discuss Trust,  part 5 of Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Key concepts from this section: The creative individual may love their craft, whether it is art, writing, dance, or any other occupation, but there is actually a reciprocal relationship, that is your craft “loves you back”. It came to you, didn’t it? It asked for your attention and devotion. Why wouldn’t it love you? Approach your work from a place of “stubborn gladness”. Inspiration is always trying to work with you, so you need to trust it and work too. Producing legitimate meaningful work doesn’t require suffering. Adopting the  “Trickster” mind-set versus the “Martyr”...

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TC 278: Cafe Book Club – Big Magic: Persistence

TC 278: Cafe Book Club – Big Magic: Persistence

In this episode we continue our discussion of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. This week Robin, Amy, Michelle, and Gloria discuss the section on Persistence.   This is the longest section so far, which may be telling as to how important persistence is in achieving the “creative life” that we’re seeking. Sometimes it all boils down to just showing up each day, every day. Key concept People must be persistent when it comes to creativity in the face of all odds, including negative criticism that they may encounter.  When a person is persistent in spite of the odds, that is when the real work is being done. Persistence is a crucial part of the creative process. “On bad days, when I felt no inspiration at all, I...

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TC 277: Cafe Book Club – Big Magic: Permission

TC 277: Cafe Book Club – Big Magic: Permission

In this episode we continue our discussion of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. This week we’re talking about Permission. In Big Magic, Gilbert writes: “Defending yourself as a creative person begins by defining yourself. It begins when you declare your intent. Stand up tall and say it aloud, whatever it is.” Key concept from this section: You don’t need permission to be creative; it is an instinctual part of being human. If anything, people should embrace their creative entitlement. And if you’re not an “artist” you still don’t need permission to live a creative life, no matter what type of work you do. You can be a creative engineer, a creative nurse, farmer, or any other occupation. It’s not...

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TC 276: Cafe Book Club – Big Magic: Enchantment

TC 276: Cafe Book Club – Big Magic: Enchantment

In this episode we continue our discussion of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. This week we’re talking about Enchantment and the concept that ideas are “an energetic life form”.   Key concept from this section: Creativity can be seen as magical in not just the figurative sense of the concept, but the literal interpretation of inspiration and creation as “the supernatural, the mystical, the inexplicable, the surreal, the divine, the transcendent, the otherwordly . . . a force of enchantment — not entirely human in its origins.” The power and nature of inspiration and the way it works are magical as well. How Ideas Work As Elizabeth says in the section on How Ideas Work “I believe that our...

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