Mini Profiles: Elizabeth Gilbert
We love ending the week with one of our #MiniMeditations – every Friday afternoon, we reveal an image from Mini Meditations on Joy by Adam & Lisa Murphy or Mini Meditations on Creativity by Tillie Walden. It’s such a nice, positive way to draw a line under the work week (at least for those of us on a 9 to 5)! The amazing artistry of these illustrations speaks for itself… but what about the thinkers, writers and artists who gave us these inspiring quotes? We think the meaning goes even deeper when you know the human behind the thought. Recently, we profiled Brené Brown, and now we’re looking at Elizabeth Gilbert.
Gilbert writes, “You must participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings,” making clear that happiness and joy do not come from luck or fate, but from hard work. We have to make joy happen for ourselves!
Before becoming a freelance feature writer for magazines such as Esquire, GQ and SPIN, Elizabeth Gilbert worked as a waitress, a cook on a dude ranch and as a bartender in the Coyote Ugly Saloon, an experience she wrote about in an article that was the basis for the Coyote Ugly feature film. Also adapted for the screen was her bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love – where the above quote comes from. Many of you will know it – Eat, Pray, Love is Gilbert’s story of spiritual and personal exploration, which spent 199 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. Gilbert is an award-winning writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and we highly recommend you pick up her work, and enjoy her TED Talk, Your Elusive Creative Genius, below: