This month's theme for Collaboreads was "Back to School" and Rachel and Amber left it pretty wide open for interpretation; anything you find educational, fiction or non-fiction, or related to school would suffice. I had started this non-fiction book a few weeks ago, but I haven't finished it yet since I tend to read non-fiction a little bit at a time in between novels. I decided instead to take this opportunity to share a book I found a few months ago that I absolutely love, and it is especially educational for me because I am taking the author's Skillshare class online right now. Without further ado, I give you The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion by Elle Luna.
I discovered this book through the Design Matters podcast, of which I have been an avid listener for a few years. If you have time to listen to this episode with Elle Luna as guest, I would highly recommend it. She gives great insight into why she wrote the book and how her journey has lead her to this point in her life, immersed every day in the work she loves and feels compelled to do.
Everyone can relate to this book in some way or another. We have all felt the nagging dissonance between what we "should" be doing that what we actually want to be doing in our everyday lives. It is a very quick read - very visual, filled with beautiful abstract art & hand lettering, and has an incredibly inspiring message about finding your true calling. Luna breaks down the differences between your "should" and "must" and illustrates the most common questions and fears people have when finding their "must", like time, money, failure, etc. and breaks down her suggestions to address these fears in easily digestible parts.
Personally, I feel as though I have been stuck at this crossroads for quite a few years now. I am fortunate to have a great day job that pays the bills and allows me to live in this paradise, but I would be remiss if I did not admit that I feel fairly unfulfilled by my daily work. Most days I just focus on how lucky I am to get to wear casual clothing, bring my dog to work, and take yoga class on my lunch break, but in the end I miss being lit up by something I am passionate about every day. I really wish I was accomplishing something bigger, more meaningful, or getting to do more creative work. I often worry that someday I will regret not having pursued my creative gifts more, and spent more of my life doing what I love. This book was a great reminder for me to take 10 minutes every day to honor my "must"... whether it be a quick dive into my sketch book, writing in my journal, or editing my photos or videos, I need to make sure I go to bed feeling good and as fulfilled as possible in this balancing act of life.
Beyond the immense inspirational message in this book, it is also visually gorgeous. Honestly, every page is a work of art. Luna's words and ideas paired with her use of bright color and quirky handwriting is the cherry on top of this absolutely decadent book. I can also recommend taking the time to do her Skillshare class after reading this book, since they go hand-in-hand. I am through phase one of the class and am really enjoying myself so far. I am sure I will read this book at least three more times this year... I give it five stars, without question! I hope you will take the time to read this one and will enjoy it as much as I did.