Pieces of Me

Elizabeth Gilbert unscripted

Sometimes there are moments in our lives that we cannot anticipate, moments that are life changing. Or at least they feel life changing. 118 kilometres from home I walked into one of those moments.

The minute I knew that Elizabeth Gilbert was going to be in Australia I stalked her events page. The major events appeared quickly: Perth Writers Festival, All About Women in Sydney and nothing for Melbourne. My stalking reached as far as her publicist who personally emailed me to confirm there was only one event booked for Melbourne at Aireys Inlet pub.

At first I tried to beg my sister to come with me. I asked a friend who lived interstate to come with me. I resigned to the idea that it was too far and I wouldn’t go. Only to jump the moment tickets became available and I bought two.

I don’t know why I thought it was so hard. I don’t know why I thought it was so far. I don’t know why I was fighting the opportunity to see her.

When I told hubby that I had the tickets his reaction was instant: I’ll come with you. I even fought him. But you are too busy. It is on a Wednesday. It is such a long drive. What about the boys. He wouldn’t have any of it. Send me a meeting request and I’ll lock it in.

So that’s what I did. I sent my husband a meeting request so that he could block it out on his calendar. Something inside me, head bent low and weary spoke: stop fighting.

On the drive down to the pub, hubby told me about the time he met Deepak Chopra and how crazy excited he was about meeting him and then how surreal the moment felt when he did and how unexciting and fleeting it was. She is just like you and me, just a person, just a book, he said.

My response to him came from somewhere where thoughts do not exist. Today is not about her, I said, it is about me.

It was 2010 and I had just watched Eat Pray Love when I sent out a silent prayer to the Universe to meet Elizabeth Gilbert. Not for her fame, or her glory, but in that moment it was the only words I could give to my hearts desires. My hearts desires to write.

Now there was no certainty that I would meet her. The only certainty was that we would be at the same venue and I would be sitting in the crowd listening to her speak. Yet as I stood in line at the pub, waiting to order our two parma’s and chips, I turned my head and there she was Elizabeth Gilbert standing right behind me.

All of my words, every single one of them, escaped with one breath. I inhaled quickly trying to take them all back in again, to find something to say to her. But I just stood. Not so much in awe of her. For hubby was right, she was everyday like you and me. The awe I stood in was that of the Universe.

See? The voice in my heart said. It is that easy. That easy to fulfil your hearts desires. That easy to have what you wish for.

I fell into a lightness of understanding. The fight, the diversion, while at the surface may have seemed like it was about a two hour road trip down the coast to see Elizabeth Gilbert actually wasn’t. I was fighting my hearts desires. I had been all along.

Write. I’ll start a blog. Write. I’ll start to freelance. Write. I’ll revamp my blog. Write. I’ll do more freelance. Write. I’m too scared to.

As I reached in to hug Elizabeth Gilbert the Universe felt tangible. More than that. The space around me became insignificant. The voices dim, distant. The pace of the moment slowed to almost a stop. Then in the still my heart let go.


Never restrain your heart and always desire with complete abandon. Open yourself to the Universe with complete abandon and never be careful what we wish for.

On this day, the Universe answered my prayer.  Now it was my turn.


Elizabeth Gilbert was more than I could have imagined. I will share her words of passion and wisdom on another Tuesday.

  • LydiaCLee

    Lovely, and lovely that she met your expectations….I tend to steer clear of anyone I admire…just in case.

    • Oh some of those thoughts did fleet through my mind Lydia but she was amazing, perhaps more so in real life than in anyway I had expected x

  • Ahhh Josefa! I love this story. I love how the universe came through with the goods for you. What an amazing experience. I am so glad you went and got to meet her. Meanwhile, how awesome is your husband that he instantly knew how important this was to you and didn’t question whether he would go or not. I love it 🙂 x

    • Renee I think part of the lesson for me to learn here was that the Universe always comes through with the goods, always. As for hubby, I wouldn’t be able to write this story, live this moment if it wasn’t for him x

  • Ask and ye shall receive! Good ole universe. And mega jealous I might add! EG is so inspirational and a huge motivator in my life. Congrats. x

  • Bec @ Seeing the Lighter Side

    What a wonderful story! I’m so glad she inspired you and you started to write:) #TeamIBOT

  • Krystle Sky

    Oh I love stories about the universe having a greater plan! So pleased you got to meet her 🙂

    • I think when we surrender ourselves to that greater plan is when life really starts to be far more interesting x

  • Lisa Heidke

    Lovely! The universe is quite smart…and so is your husband. Wonderful that you were able to share the experience together. And that you got to meet EG!!

    • You know what Lisa, and I said this to him mid evening, it actually was perfect to spend the evening with him there – somehow like it was meant to be – all part of the plan xx

  • This is why we need to keep our dreams alive, no matter how outrageous they seem to be to everyone else. Good for you Josefa.

    • I love that so much Lisa – keep our dreams alive no matter how outrageous! love love love!

  • It’s amazing when the things you had always hoped, but could scarcely imagine happening, do.
    I’m so pleased for you Josefa. xx

    • I wonder what else could happen this way if we could only let go and open our hearts?

  • That’s a beautiful story Josefa. Let go of all resistance and everything just flows. Perfect.

    • Perhaps it is something I need to remember more often – let go and everything will just flow xx

  • I love it when you get to meet your idols – and love it even more when they’re so beautifully human.

  • Kate

    Yay! I have a good friend who regularly asks the universe for things.. And she is rarely disappointed

  • How amazing that you got to go to see her and then “ran into her”. The universe is telling you something.

    • I know!! Although for those few moments the Universe almost meant that my legs went all wobbly from it all xx

  • So glad that the universe worked for you – I reckon the universe usually does – sometimes we just have to see it. I had a night on my own in a hotel in Brisbane to see Eckhart Tolle a few years ago – and it was worth it, although I didn’t have a personal meeting. I think we have to remember that when we see people we admire it can often serve to shine a mirror on what is already in our own soul, we just have to realise it.

    • LOVE Eckhart Tolle – the boys have a bedtime story book I often read to them written by him – so much to learn from such inspirational souls xx

  • YAY!!! Way to go. I had a smaller version of that meeting Darren from Problogger. Look at him, standing there, holding out his hand to take my lanyard back, and smiling at me. Real. Human. haha! Shouldn’t these people drive around on permanent pedestals or something. haha!

    • Oh Problogger! Absolutely! I remember my first ever Problogger and how it felt bumping into so so so many people who I admired so greatly xx

  • It’s always a joy to read your words Josefa. I’m glad you got to meet Elizabeth. I’m not sure if there is anyone that I am passionate about meeting? I love meeting bloggers who I read each day for the first time in person.

    • There must be someone Bec?? Meeting bloggers is everyday awesome – how they spring to life from their blogs and that connection is extending into real life – it is quite amazing rally xx

  • I almost decided to drive all the way to Airey’s Inlet myself and am kicking myself that I didn’t! Love Elizabeth’s work. I love everything about this post Josefa. It’s been ages since I popped by your site (been so busy writing – it’s nice to emerge out of the cave every now and then!) and I love what you are doing. x

    • Oh you should have! She was awesome! Actually listening to all of them on stage was quite awesome. Thank you for your kind words xx

  • How exciting Josefa! Never stop dreaming, never stop hoping x

    • I’ll try to remember this: never stop dreaming, never stop hoping – in its simplicity, I love it xx

  • TeganMC

    What an amazing experience for you! It really is great when the universe lines up for us to reach for our goals.

    • It is pretty awesome when the Universe lines everything up – can feel quite surreal too at the time xx

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