How To: Find Your Magic


One of the things about Jami Curl from last week’s interview that I love so much is that she’s the type of person who really leans into what she’s excited about. When I was brainstorming a few different how to’s, I realized that what I wanted to know about the most was how she had come to a point in her life where she knew so deeply what it was she wanted to do. And her response was that it’s all about finding your magic. See her 6 tips below!

1. Magic is magic, and it's also work. 
It's work because it isn't going to present itself to you for the taking. Instead, you have to make the magic you want to have. Very few people identify something they want and then sit back and wait for it to come to them. The people who are doing the work (and making the magic) that they want to have in their lives are the ones actively working to make it happen. 

2. Remain open to possibility -  possibility is limitless!
This isn't simply saying "no" less and saying "yes" more. It's remaining open to possibility so that you don't miss inspiration, ideas, and opportunities that may add to your magic. 

3. Pay attention to (even the smallest) things that bring you pleasure, make you laugh, fill you with joy, get you going. There's magic in all of these things. When you find these things, celebrate them - or figure out your own way to hold on to them. 

4. Collect something. Collections are a great way to study how items that are alike can also be vastly different. This is a great exercise in making magic because it provides an opportunity to celebrate even small differences. Collection suggestions: pencils, bouncy balls, vintage Bakelite bracelets, Baggu bags, cookbooks, vintage Japanese stuffed animals, tiny notebooks, erasers, stamps.

5. Express yourself in more ways than one. Write, record, draw, collaborate, color, talk, sing, move. You'll get unstuck easier and see your way through tough challenges faster - and you may uncover new magic in the process. 

6. Think about giving up at least one form of social media and devote that time to learning about the world in a new (non-comparative) way. The key here is "non-comparative"! No magic has ever been made or discovered by comparing oneself to what everyone else is doing/thinking/saying/eating/wearing. 

Thank you so much, Jami! Magic is such an important and honorable pursuit. Readers, after you’ve taken the time to start working on these (we’re starting with #6), come back next week for another interview with an amazing woman.