Monday, July 20, 2015

Big Magic Podcast with Elizabeth Gilbert

Last week, I announced some pretty big news: I was chosen to be a part of Elizabeth Gilbert’s podcast called Magic Lessons

Magic Lessons is an extension of her new book that is coming out on September 22 called Big Magic*, which is all about how to live a creative life without fear.

Early one Sunday morning, I saw a Facebook update that said she was looking for people who would share their creative struggles for her podcast.  I wrote about how I have wanted to start writing a book, but had some serious mental blocks about starting.

I clicked the send button and desperately asked the Universe to help me with this.

A few weeks later, my question was answered: out of thousands of applicants, I was chosen.   Me!  Elizabeth Gilbert would be calling to interview me about why I wasn’t writing this book already.

As you may know from previous blog posts, I am a huge fan of Elizabeth Gilbert.  Huge.  Eat Pray Love showed me how it is possible to follow your instincts into the unknown for sake of happiness.

Back in 2013, I talked about her quote choosing your thoughts the same way you choose your clothes helped me get through the holidays. 

I talked about how her book, The Signature of All Things, helped reignite my love of reading

I talked about how hearing her speak at Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend was life-changing, especially since it was right around my birthday.

And at the beginning of this year, I was feeling drained and creatively lost.  Inspired by her Facebook post talking about her New Year's Day tradition, I made a feeling board collage from magazine clippings.

The opportunity to talk with Elizabeth, in and of itself, was thrilling. I mean a chance to talk with someone who has continually inspired me – it still takes my breath away. 

But, as it turns out, the interview was just the beginning.  After completing (and continuing to work on) the homework assignments she gave me (one being start the damn book), I feel different.

Everything is still the same – I still run the kids where they need to go, make dinner, and do the laundry.

But everything is different at the same time.  Writing about this idea that has been aching to get out has lit a spark that I haven’t felt in awhile.  I feel inspired, like the world looks more colorful.

You can download the podcast episodes from Soundcloud (, iTunes ( or on Stitcher (

I can’t wait to hear the next installment with another one of my favorite writers!

Big Magic Podcast with Elizabeth Gilbert Erin Janda Rawlings Mommy on the Spot
One of my assignments was to post this by my computer.
I love it.

*I was given a promotional copy of the book and the chance to speak with Elizabeth Gilbert.  All opinions are my own . . . and consistent before I ever had this incredible opportunity.


Since I am committing more time to writing my book, my blog might not be as active.

You can always find me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.  I would love to connect with you there, too!


Dana said...

Congrats on getting picked! I loved the interview :)

Erin Janda Rawlings said...

Thank you so much, Dana!

Julie Surycz said...

Hi Erin
I listened to your podcast with Liz Gilbert and really enjoyed it. I'm also a big fan of hers. I relate to your need to explore your passion and also be a good, attentive mom - it's a tough one!
All the best with your book and I look forward to reading it one day!
Julie xxx

Writers Camp said...

Hi Erin, I just listened to the podcast which in turn sparked my interest to explore your blog. I too have embarked upon a journey of creativity in 2015 and have started my own blog and also self published a romantic comedy novel that I dedicated to women. I love love love my new purpose of writing and being a writer and telling everyone that I am a writer! Being able to be creative is amazing and essential for our sanity as creative souls! I am a writer and I am a mother like so many other members of the sisterhood and I wish you so much luck on your own journey Erin!

Katy said...

Erin, I loved hearing your on Magic Lessons. I think your story is true for so many. And like Elizabeth said, when you share your story, you're also giving permission for so many others to share their story. Thank you.

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