The end of the year is drawing near and this episode we’re talking about our latest theme, SHIFT, as well as looking at the lessons about creativity we can take away from a difficult year.

This episode, we kick off with the words of Elizabeth Gilbert:

Curiosity is accessible to everyone. Passion can seem intimidatingly out of reach at times – a distant tower of flame, accessible only to geniuses and to those who are specially touched by God. But curiosity is a milder, quieter, more welcoming, and more democratic entity . . . Curiosity only ever asks one simple question: ‘Is there anything you’re interested in?’ Anything? Even a tiny bit? No matter how mundane or small?‘”

–Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

Extra reading:

Recent theme / SHIFT

Maeve Tells Me It Never Rains In The Sims by Laurie Ogden

Unexpected Fondness by Laura Theis

The Power of Knowing the Names by Bonnie Radcliffe

The Small Room by Rachel Jarmy

Sealskin by Iona Glen

motherhood by Sarosh Nandwani

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