I will be frank with everyone here and say that I have never been a “reader.” It’s not something I’m particularly proud of, as I know reading is a very valuable tool for acquiring new vocabulary and expanding upon writing skills but I’ve just never been able to find fun in it. My theory is that years of required reading of
boring *classics* in school ruined any passion I could have ever previously held for the hobby.
I had only ever found real joy in health and wellness related books like my “bible” – The Beauty Detox Solution, The Four Agreements, my beloved book on breathing, and my little self-help reads like this one I wrote about previously.
Cut to September 2017 when I found one very special book (#GIRLBOSS) that opened my eyes to a genre that resonated with me. I knew I loved self-help (strongly dislike calling it that btw) but this was self-help with a twist. As someone very interested in entrepreneurship and working entirely for myself one day, I found the perfect mix of motivation and pragmatic advice.
I’m approximately three years behind the mark on this one, but I was in Barnes and Noble one day with my sister and saw this book. I had definitely heard of it, but never thought to pick it up mostly due to my aforementioned strong non-interest in reading. I asked my sister if I should get it and she said I’d love it. Like I’d gone through many times before, I bought the book thinking I’d force myself into reading, but secretly knowing that it was likely to collect dust on a shelf in my bedroom.
I picked it up and opened it at home that night. I could. not. put. it. down. As a non-reader all my life, this was a big (and strange) moment for me and this book would eventually be reasonable for opening my eyes to this great genre that I genuinely wanted to read. Crazy stuff.
I’ll be honest and say that I thought it would be mostly a memoir about someone I hadn’t really cared much about prior (Sophia Amoruso) so I couldn’t see how I was going to *love* it as my sister promised. I have definitely been a customer of Nasty Gal but never followed its story or founder. The balance between memoir, self-help, entrepreneurship and inspiration together with its overall coat of clever and witty writing made #GIRLBOSS really resonate with me. Sophia is most definitely a very intelligent and inspiring person that makes you feel on the same level as her throughout the read.
There were so many useful career advice—and just life advice—moments but the overall motivational tone of the book really excited me. Sophia really emphasizes staying true to yourself and believing in your dreams, no matter how wild, weird, or unlikely they may appear presently. She talks about everything from managing your money responsibly to writing the best cover letter in the game. It’s really a book for any sharp woman, no matter what stage in life or career they’re in, that’s interested in excelling in all ways.
Now I’m waist deep in all things #GIRLBOSS—the podcasts, emails, and insta and get Sophia’s inspirational tips on the reg.
As she so simply puts it, “Bad bitches are taking over the world. We’ve arrived and we’re killing it. There’s a chance for you, #GIRLBOSS. So take it.”
Inspired by my newfound obsession with reading, I went back to Barnes and Noble and picked up the book right next door to #GIRLBOSS, which was similarly titled, Girl Code. I’ll admit that coming off the heels of the previous book, I had really high expectations for other members of my new favorite genre of “female inspired entrepreneur/self help/motivation.”
I definitely gleamed some little gems from Girl Code, but it didn’t light my heart on fire the way #GIRLBOSS had. That being said, it was geared toward framing your attitude and outlook for success, specifically in terms of working with and not against other women.
The author, Cara Alwill Leyba did a great job of touching upon how women are pretty much hard-wired to compete and feel envy toward one another, when there’s really enough in the universe to go around. She talks about how to convert feelings of envy into drawing inspiration from others and cultivating a knowing inside that you can have everything as well.
The big message of the book was that it’s much more beneficial for all parties to lift each other up. She goes on to explain how this even raises our likelihood of succeeding. She also highlights maintaining feelings of gratitude, and accessing the law of attraction to help your dreams and goals come to fruition.
I’ve currently read a couple other books since these two (if you follow me on the gram, you may know) so I will definitely have some reviews and gems from those in future posts as well. I feel like other bloggers out there (and just girl bosses in general 😉 ) might have similar interests as me and find these reads a great addition to their toolbox. Has anyone read either/both of these? What did you think?