Blog Recap: Getting Into the Groove of Things

Confronting our deepest fears might seem like a daunting task, but in Elizabeth Glibert’s new book Big Magic, she tells readers how they can use their fears to fuel their creativity. Check out the article Big Magic: Tapping into Creativity & Fear to find out how you can get inspired and confront your fears.

For many years, I watched Youtube tutorials and reviews by Marlena, the CEO of Makeup Geek cosmetics. Last week, I placed my first order with Makeup Geek to try out their latest duochrome pigments. To see my first impressions of the brand click here.

September favorites is some of the products I enjoyed throughout last month. Click here to read the reviews of my most loved products of  September.

Ever wondered what a $5 slice of pizza tastes like. Find out here in the article: Artichoke Pizzeria: Is it really worth the price tag?
What was your favorite article this week?

Big Magic: Tapping into Creativity & Fear


                                           Relax and the fear relaxes too. ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

Two weeks ago, I attended a book reading at BAM for Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book Big Magic. Big Magic is a self-help book, where Elizabeth shares her experiences with creativity, and why fear is a part of the creative writing process.

During her reading, Gilbert discussed the importance of acknowledging fear and its presence because “if you don’t acknowledge fear you won’t be able to do something interesting with it.”  When you acknowledge your fears and categorize them it puts you in a position of power. It can be easy to allow our fears to consume us, but if we set limitations on our fears it can be a springboard for creativity to form.

Acknowledging the presence of our fears helps us to set boundaries around it. Scientists have proven that fear is an evolutionary trait that protects us from dangerous situations. For example, fear stops us from stepping over the yellow line on a subway platform, because crossing over the line would mean falling onto the train tracks. Also, fear stops us from touching a hot stove with a boiling pot of water because if we touch it we’ll get burnt. Although our fears help to protect us, it also teaches us valuable lessons along the way.

I left the reading that night feeling so inspired with the passage Gilbert read, and the interview/discussion she gave afterwards with the playwright, Sarah Jones. I signed up for, and I downloaded Big Magic. There’s something about her voice, and how she directs the words from the page and brings them to life, that makes me only want to listen to her books on audio. So far, one of my favorite chapters in the book is where she discusses the pressures we place on ourselves as artists. She gives the example of college students getting degrees to validate themselves and their writing. She goes into detail on the various demands that we place on our creativity, and force it to pay our bills, and in some cases once it has we think it will happen again. But that simply isn’t the way creativity works. Gilbert’s states that she worked various jobs until the success of her memoir Eat, Pray, Love. When you work various jobs you create a space for creativity to form, and you lessen the burden of your financial needs. According to Gilbert, lifting the financial burden from your creativity and working “for the man for a while”, will ultimately create a fortress for your creativity to blossom and grow!

What are your thoughts on creativity? Have you ever used your fears as part of  your creative process?

Blog Recap: So Here’s What You Missed

Have you ever wondered about the underlying meaning of a before and after photo? Well this week we explored what these split images really mean in the article called Before&After: DO I Look Better Now? What Do these Photos Mean?

Ever wondered which refresher spray this natural uses to get her hair looking so fly? Check out my article for all the deets. Refresher Sprays: What Replaced My Holy Grail Product.

Raise of hands. Who’s tired of keeping a basket full of new products around itchy to review them? Me! Me! Oh Yeah, Me! Monthly Newbies is a new feature of the blog where I will share new products I have purchased that month. Throughout the month I will share my latest products.

Come back tomorrow for my article on Feeling the Fear & Doing it Anyway: Attending Elizabeth Gilbert’s reading of her new book Big Magic.

How do you define fear? What’s one thing  you do to conquer fear?

*Psst… All the highlighted text are clickable links to the articles mentioned, enjoy!

Playing Catch Up- What You’ve Missed this Week

This week was jam packed with hidden treasures! Click the titles below, and you’ll be up to speed in no time!

2 Ways to Relieve Stress & Increase Your Productivity

Reflection Room How I Found Inspiration In the Checkout Aisle

What is Creative Spotlight?

Creative Spotlight: Nicky Posley- World Renowned Makeup Artist

Continuing Education: How to Develop Your Skills After College

*Coming Up Next Week: How to get that Smokey Eye, How to negotiate for the Best Salary, and Many more!

Which blog post was your favorite this week?

Blog Recap: What You Might Have Missed This Week

Kimberly Joy MUA is more than a blog, it is an online magazine addressing various topics and issues ranging from beauty, health, food, love, travel, and more. I’ve compiled a list of links to the blogs from this week to catch you up to speed! I hope you enjoy!

Scoping Your Way to Glory: What is Periscope & 2 Ways You Can Use it to Elevate Your Brand //

Hidden Gems: Finding the Latest Fall Trends in Your Closet


Carnival Edition: Save on Makeup & Create a Dramatic Look


Tangles No More: The Detangling Brush


Jump Up and Wave: Taking a Trip Down Carnival Lane


Saving Your Coins: Labor Day Sales


What are some fun plans that you have for this weekend?

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