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Friday, May 19, 2017

Listening to Right now - Magic Lessons Podcast

Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert Season 1, Episode 8 - The Pure Pleasure of Making Stuff". What I've been listening to lately. I wanted to share because I think its so important to hear that it's ok to make for the sake of pushing yourself to your next level. In whatever that may be. It's ok to make really bad stuff.

Amazing short podcast with Liz and guest Rayya Elias chatting about making really bad music, art, writings and photography and just how important those really bad creations are for the success of making really good music, art, writings and photography.

Do you know how much time I have put into fiddling with ideas at times just to have something click and point me into a really good episode of making awesome art? Lots of time. Lots of canvases or if I'm scrapbooking, the odd piece of cardstock. I truly believe practicing something is never a waste of time. It might become frustrating at times yes, or it might be insightful. Whatever those feelings are let yourself go through them so you can get to the point of being successful in your eye. After all, it should be important to you that you are good at something you are passionate about not the world. They'll come around eventually, or not. It's all part of the process.


It took me many "failed" canvases to get to this, I think pretty cool, canvas. It actually took a few. If only I had more large chunks of time I would be so content to blow through making really bad art to get to these fun, pretty happenings. 

You guys, I couldn't love this podcast more. It's everything that I talk to myself about, and sometimes question myself on as well. It's real. It's human. How can one just start making really good anything without making some really bad stuff? That wouldn't be human now would it, or fun!

Check out one of Rayya's tracks, love it! follow this link Touch the Ground  by: Rayya Elias


"I'm making really bad art so I can make good art" - Lisa Ross 

"Write a crappy song, the next song is gonna be AMAZING! - just the fact that I'm making a crappy song, I'm a successful songwriter." - Rayya Elias 

"Nothing more successful than the person who is confident enough to be stupid, and to be at risk." 
- Liz Gilbert

As a side note, keep this in mind. Since we are talking all things messy. I think that with the introduction of Instagram has come this false world that people start to believe everyone has these beautiful, perfect, bright lives (and homes). In todays society where everything looks to be so perfect and beautiful we need to step back and realize, that's just the photo that made the cut to be shared. There indeed was many messes and ugly shots to get to that one, perfectly lit, well balanced, pretty photo. Real life just isn't like that. I'm guilty of trying to get that perfect shot. But I do it because I really do love the challenge photography wise. I am indeed not doing it to try to portray our lives are perfect. I actually "follow" (and have been instafriends with for a long time) a large number of normal, everyday mommas on Instagram because I love the connection that I feel with them about having a messy life with littles. Because I love that it reminds me that these days, they're just all messy. So is art, so is scrapbooking so is everything creative as I know it. All these points are also a massive reason why I LOVE Ali Edwards Week In The Life project. It's whole precedence is about capturing our real, everyday lives. I have yet to complete an album! But I did all the work and have all the photos! I often wonder what my Grandma would think about us today. I also really love the out of focus, dark, messy photos from my childhood and family. They are actually some of my favorite. Just wanted to tuck all these thoughts in here ;)


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