Lisa’s Koubou (Workshop) is where I create moments of beauty. I photograph gardens and nature all over the world and share them with my cards and books. I am excited to open a location here in Evening Shire.

Lisa’s Koubou Cards and Books will feature not only my own creations but also reviews of some of my favorite books and poetry.

Hi my name is Lisa and I am the proprietor of Lisa’s Koubou.

Tell Fear It Can’t Drive – Living the Creative Life Book Review

Are you a creative? A lot of the people I know don’t believe they are creative. They live lives of family and work and faith. They don’t see all the things they do that are filled with creativity. I believe we every day live creative lives just to survive from day to day and this month’s book review looks at the creative life. 

Two years ago, I read a book that spoke to the deepest part of myself. That I believe speaks to the core of all of us. Elizabeth Gilbert’s, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear,  is a book to re ignite the creative spark that we all have , although for some it might reside deep inside. 

Elizabeth takes us on a journey deep inside. It gives us a road map to navigate the journey. A creative life for Elizabeth is not only one of an artist. It is a way of looking at all our lives, mothers, spouses, scientists, accountants, students, healthcare providers,  as being creative. 

Big Magic is the first book I read that looked honestly at the doubts and fears we all have in our creative pursuits.

The Big Magic looks at Elizabeth’s brilliant idea that “ideas” are living. They come to us and ask us to partner with them. To join with them to bring to birth something in this world. As an artist this rings so true. Ideas have pulses and energy when they come to you. As humans we have the choice to listen or not. To say yes or to ignore or even to say no. 


Elizabeth Gilberts Facebook post on her letter to fear

What Elizabeth suggests is to say yes. Take the journey. Put the work in. Tell fear that it can come along for the ride but it can not drive. Elizabeth believes that fear is an essential part in the creative process. Elizabeth suggests we have an open conversation with our fear. Fear should never be the driving force when deciding to follow a creative life.

I highly recommend reading  Big Magic and bring the magic of a creative life to your daily life. There are many great books to help your creative urgings. Below are some of the great ones. 

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Big Magic

by Elizabeth Gilbert (Author)

DIY Bitters

by Jovial King (Author), Guido Mase (Author)

Alchemy of Herbs

by Rosalee de la Forêt (Author)

Bodies, Baddies, and a Crabby Tabby: A Bliss Bay Cozy Mystery: Bliss Bay Cozy Mystery Series, Book 1

by Sherri Bryan (Author)

Where the Crawdads Sing

by Delia Owens (Author)

Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity

by Kim Scott (Author)

The Alchemist

by Paulo Coelho (Author)

God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine

by Victoria Sweet (Author)

Foucault’s Pendulum

by Umberto Eco (Author)

Ishmael: A Novel (Ishmael Series Book 1)

by Daniel Quinn (Author)

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

by Brené Brown (Author)

The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance

by Steven Kotler (Author)

Grace Street

by Edward A. Dougherty (Author)

Everyday Objects: Poems

by Edward A. Dougherty (Author)

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