WHEN YOU NEED A PUSH TO START: WAKE TO MAKE BOOK REVIEW (BY CHRISTINA HUBBARD)
We're so honored to welcome our friend Christina Hubbard to the journal today! We worked together on her logo design & have since then collaborated whenever we found a good reason to. She's a writer, blogger, and all around joy to work with. We hope you glean wisdom from her review of our new ebook, Wake To Make!
Lilah Higgins' new ebook Wake To Make was meant for people like me, who need to know it's beautiful to scramble after dreams, even if we don't know what they are exactly, try them (perhaps failing miserably), and do it all to bring good to the world.
Creatives struggle with worth and identity because what we make is unique, and sometimes we feel misunderstood. Often we don't feel like our work has value. Lilah asks us to turn our lack of self-worth upside down, get over our pride, and use this to fuel our creativity. This earth needs our fingerprints to shape it into something better.
I believed this when I was little: I was the kid who wrote poetry under my covers at night, talked to my friends on the playground in romance languages, and dreamed of writing stories for National Geographic. Then why did I run away from creative writing for decades? Why did I trade God's definition of true success for a stifling gray cubicle with carpeted walls? I began to believe the lies that I needed to be monetarily well-off. Since I wasn't confident in my craft like everyone else, I thought I had to no choice but to be stuck. And I didn't know failures equaled learning opportunities.
"You have a place, and only you can fill it. But if you never leave the nest, the world will be missing a vital part that was designed to be filled by you." Wake to Make is a book about rediscovering the old you and the new one, the person inside that aches to bring about beauty.
For the person still looking for what you wake to make, Lilah describes how finding what you love to make may be more about letting it find you. She gives creatives a permission slip to leave the nest of safety and fear of risk so the world can experience the good only we can bring. She challenges us to push aside our failures and fight for a great life that turns mistakes into art that has meaning.
She corners culture's do it all, be it all mentality that squelches so many dreams with this statement: "We get discouraged because we don't see how we can change the whole world, when we should have been told that we can change one part."
Maybe you're a budding creative, a lost artist, a writer in denial, a wanna-be web designer, overwhelmed parent, or bartending musician. Perhaps you ditched your dreams back there between prom and a mid-life crisis because you started thinking everyone else was doing it better than you.
This book is for all of us. Whether you know it or not, if you're reading this review, you're probably in the huge creative/maker tribe with me and Lilah (even if you make coffee---that is a gift to the world). And there are people out there who need what you dream about making.
Lilah doesn't mince words: creating is hard, it means work and family choices. Sometimes our dashed dreams need mending, and we need to remember how to try again. She gives you permission to do that, no matter your life’s circumstance.
"You are enough for where you are," she writes. For now, maybe you just need to get online, buy Wake To Make for the price of a Starbucks in a controversial paper cup, and ask yourself what the world needs from you, fellow Maker. This book is your first step to letting your good thing find you and push you straight into making it happen.