This book has been on my radar since it was released months ago. I adore Elizabeth Gilbert and credit her for inspiring me to just get started down the path to realizing my goals. Last year, I attended Oprah's Life You Want Weekend in Seattle. The discussions were a catalyst to figuring out what I wanted out of life. The answer was to do something that made a difference in my local community. Expressing myself creatively has come to play a part in reaching this goal. Last year, I started a small enterprise focused on making handmade bags. The Bag Works is a tiny enterprise with a big mission. My goal has always been to grow to employ those that really need the second chance that employment provides. This little enterprise got off to a strong start with help from amazing volunteers and an order from a local business that meant we could hire two temporary employees from a local shelter to finish the order. There were logistical issues, learning curves and before I knew it fear made it's way into the space surrounding my dream. Fear is a powerful feeling, it can motivate or it can stop one dead in their tracks. Suddenly, my goal seemed too lofty and impractical. Who was I to think I could start a business making a product? When just months before I refused to entertain that very thought. Tough lessons can often bring the sweetest realizations, I need to create, to make and to dream--that is who I am. The end result of the creative process isn't as important as the act of creating. Something inside my soul is fired up when I am making something. If you are a maker then you know what I am talking about. At the moment, I am getting ready for a local handmade Market and making the time to sit at my sewing machine has been tough. There is always something else that needs to be done, however, the minute I sit down I am energized by the act of creating. Expressing myself creatively is a part of who I am, it is a part of what makes me the person I am. So when a person denies who they are, how can we expect to live an authentic life? I will work hard to take fear out of the equation. If not living a creative life makes me unhappy, I need to stop fearing the process and embrace it. My process will be unique and there is no need to compare it to others. Lesson learned, now off to read this book. I am ready.