Hello, my name it Ann Tran. It’s the first day of the new year and this is officially my first blog post. I’ve been putting off this website for quite some time but I figured it’s time to “start now”. Back in November 2016, I attended the Airbnb Open 2016 conference in Los Angeles and I received a free copy of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. I’ve never read Elizabeth’s Eat, Pray, Love but I decided to give Big Magic a try because I was looking for inspiration.
I’m not going to lie. I did not like the book. At all.
I suppose it was because I wasn’t into her writing style. Or I felt that it was getting redundant. There were lots of good nuggets of information and I enthusiastically highlighted those in pink. I finished the book and I threw aside and didn’t think about it anymore for awhile. I’m ashamed to say that I no longer own this book. I threw it away because I figured I’d never read it again and I didn’t like it enough to recommend it/give it away to someone. But then towards mid December, there was a little voice in my head nagging me to feed my creative soul again. By the request of my six-year-old son, Andrew, I painted a picture of a Pokemon, Iggly Buff.
Just spending a few minutes painting that silly looking Pokemon gave me a sense of lightness, peace and joy that I haven’t felt in awhile. I miss creating art for myself. And so that sparked me to hunt through my old art supplies: watercolor paints, calligraphy books and pens, old letterpress pieces to name a few.
I’ve ignored my creative soul for so long because I’ve been waiting for a complete idea. I had focused more on birthing a business idea that would generate income rather than embracing the journey of creating something I’m passionate about. So, for 2017 I have just one theme for myself and it’s to START NOW. I’m not the best painter, designer, decorator or marketer but if I start now perhaps big magic will come to me. Well, I am sorry for throwing Big Magic away because although I didn’t like the book, I do credit it for inspiring me to take the first step in feeding my creative soul again.
Cheers to a new year. It’s going to be an adventure.