Creatives -- have you listened to the Magic Lessons podcast yet?
Its host is the brilliant Elizabeth Gilbert, who's best know for the memoir Eat, Pray, Love, which she wrote back in 2006 and was made into the popular movie a few years later. The podcast is an extension of her most recent book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. It's an inspiring guide for creatives that was published in September and has been receiving really rave reviews. I haven't checked it out yet, but after listening to her podcast, it's moved to the top of my winter reading list.
Magic Lessons has been around since July, but I just started listening to it last week. I flew through the archives in days because I seriously couldn't stop listening. The concept is fantastic. The odd-numbered episodes feature a caller who's struggling with the creative process and is in need of some inspiration (think: a writer with a mental block, a painter in a mid-life rut, a musician struggling with paralyzing grief). Elizabeth gives her advice, and during the even-numbered episodes, she calls a friend (like Cheryl Strayed, Rob Bell, or Ann Patchett) who shares their own -- sometimes very different -- recommendations. A month or two later, she calls to check in on them and they share their impressive progress.
Elizabeth's advice is always spot-on and has somehow been helpful to me even though I'm not really facing similar challenges to the callers. Her voice is also really soothing, and I love how encouraging her tone is throughout.
I'd recommend starting with the first episode of Magic Lessons -- it's what hooked me. A few of my other favorites have been...
- Episode #2: Cheryl Strayed to Moms -- "Pursue Your Passions Like a Mofo" (July 2015)
- Episode #4: Rob Bell on how "The Action is Right Here" (August 2015)
- Episode #8: "The Pure Pleasure of Making Stuff" (August 2015)
- Episode #9: "Dear Creativity and Fear" (August 2015) (advice for a future podcast creator!)
- Episode #10: John Hodgman on "The Question of What Comes Next" (September 2015) (advice on podcast making!)
When to Listen:
Episodes of Magic Lessons are uploaded on Wednesdays, and they're each right around thirty minutes. They don't require total concentration, so they're ideal for the gym, commutes, or lunchtime breaks. I listen on long walks with Morty the dog, as I usually do. Also, this may be obvious, but I'd highly recommend tuning in whenever you're in need of some motivation.
Where to Listen:
Magic Lessons can be found on iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud, and many other podcast platforms, I'm sure. (Side note: a new episode hasn't been uploaded since mid-September and I'm hoping so hard that a second season is right around the corner.)
My Rating (1 to 10):
Magic Lessons gets a perfect score from me. It's 100% worth a listen, whether you're in need of the advice or not.
So tell me -- have you listened yet? Will you? What are the podcasts that get a perfect score from you? I'd love to hear!