Good Reads

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I finished reading Big Magic a couple of weeks ago and it’s a book that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about since. If you haven’t read it then I’d highly recommend it. It’s a book for creatives but when it comes down to it, it’s a book for everyone because we all have hidden treasures inside of us. You just have to be brave enough to seek them out. (A little tidbit I learned from the book.)

One of the biggest ideas that I got from this book is that there are other people out there like me! Sometimes you get frustrated or discouraged by your art and sometimes it can be labeled as suffering for your art. Another word to use instead of “suffering” is “dedication”. Dedication to what makes me happy and also what keeps me feeling alive. If an image I created is less than perfect, it’s ok. I’ll still keep on working on it because it’s what I love to do.

“My work loves me as much as I love it.” – Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic.

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If you ask me what is one of my all time favorite books ever, the first book that comes to mind is Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson.

I have to admit that I was already a big fan of apple products before I read this book. I mean, I’m currently using my Macbook Pro to write this blog post and sitting right next to me is the 5th or 6th iPhone I’ve owned. We have old iPads, iPods, and basically anything else that apple sells besides the iWatch (only because I don’t really wear watches).

But I didn’t actually read this book, I listened to it on audible. So one evening I was preparing for a long drive the next morning and I knew I wanted to download a book. Sometimes music can get kinda boring so I wanted something that’d keep me entertained for at least 4-6 hrs. Then I remembered Andrew Warner saying how he loves to read biographies. So the first ever biography I decided to “read” was Steve Jobs.

Before listening, I already knew a little bit about him. I knew about his tantrums, he was a little crazy but overall super smart. Man, as soon as I started listening to the first 10 minutes or so, I was HOOKED! Initially, it was the part where Issacson pointed out the fact that Jobs knew he was already smarter than his parents at a very young age. Like, before he even started going to school. That’s insane but there is something so authentic about that statement that it really wanted me to get to know Steve even more.

As the book went on I became more and more interested in the way he cared so much about his work and everything he did. At times it made me wonder if I have the capacity to pay attention to so much detail like Jobs did. I could see why people thought he was a little crazy but I think it’s only because he cared so much about quality. Of course he’s human so he has made his own share of mistakes but he was definitely an artist in his own way. To that I am definitely appreciative of him and his genius for helping to improve my technological life. And of course for Finding Nemo 🙂

So, if you want a good book to really get lost into, I’d highly highly suggest, Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson.

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I like to read. This hasn’t always been the case. I remember when I was in school it was my least favorite thing to do. Talk about snooze fest.

But in the past few years, I’ve been craving books. Non-fiction, self improvement types in particular. So, I thought it’d be fun to talk about some of my favorites or books I’m currently reading.

Right before I left to Europe, I started reading A New Earth
by Eckhard Tolle recommended to me by Trey Ratcliff. Talk about eye opening. Geez Louise! I never knew how MUCH my inner most thoughts were due to my ego. Before this book I didn’t even think I had much of an ego. After reading it I can see how some of my actions or thoughts may have seemed like I do.

The biggest things I’ve taken away from this book:
– You can’t take yourself too seriously, things happen for a reason and you just gotta roll with the punches
-My possessions don’t define me
-Flowers are here on earth for no other reason that to be admired and to be beautiful.

If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, check it out on Amazon

If you have any recommendations for me, please let me know! I’m always on the hunt for a good book and I usually just read books that have been recommended to me by friends. I feel like I can trust their opinons more, or something like that.