For the longest time, I honestly didn't enjoy reading. Aside from always having been a slow reader, I just couldn't ever get myself to finish a whole book or get myself interested in one assigned to me in school. But I think what needed to happen was... discovering the genre I loved! Which is self-development, self-help, (auto)biography, history (depends), business, spiritual, etc.
Anyways! That's not what I'm here to talk about. I'm here to share with you three books that are empowering me right now. My creative juices are flowing, my inspiration is high, and I think you'll really love these reads.
Big Magic - Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
I originally saw this book and (surprisingly) wasn't attracted to the cover. It also mentions that the author of this book, Elizabeth Gilbert, is the author of Eat, Pray, Love (which I never read) - so that didn't persuade me. But then I started bumping into this book everywhere. Like it was a sign (or I was paranoid). Either way, it totally caught my attention and decided to buy it.
AND I'M SO GLAD I DID! I've never read a book front to back, inside and out so quickly (okay, maybe other than books by Don Miguel Ruiz). Now, I'm actually considering reading Eat, Pray, Love just because Gilbert instantly became one of my favorite authors. She wrote this book with a tone that makes you feel like you're having a one-on-one conversation with her. Personable, insightful, at times comical. It's not a "how to get rich as a creative" book. More so a self-expression for Gilbert, as she shares what her perspective of a creative life is and what she's learned from her own experiences.
I highly recommend this book to anybody who's trying to live an inspired life full of creativity and self-expression. It's an easy, inspirational (and motivational) read.
#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso
I have a feeling like a lot of readers who purchased this book bought it because Sophia Amoruso is the dope founder of Nasty Gal. I personally don't shop on Nasty Gal, nor was I aware of the stupendous success her company has undergone. I'm also pretty late on hype of this book. But what lead me to buy this was my new hobby of listening to podcasts. And Amoruso's podcast (#girlboss radio) is one of my favorites.
I'm still reading this book. I've come to admire Amoruso's journey and work ethic. She literally is a girlboss. By the way, I'm loving this wave of girlboss entrepreneur groups and supporters, (if you have no idea what I'm talking about, contact me - if curious, of course).
I just read this sentence that I absolutely love, it reads, "You will never regret trying to live your dream!" This book is full of quotables! I love it. I'm marking the text left and right.
This book isn't a "if you're a girl and want to become a boss, this is how you do it." It's not just a "girls only" book either (in my opinion), though Amoruso's main audience is women. From what I've read so far, I've learned from Amoruso's humble beginnings and admitted mistakes. Her voice is honest and open. It's genuine and comical, too.
I recommend this book to anyone looking for some encouragement through learning about someone else's entrepreneurial journey. (And of course, to all the girlbosses out there).
My Voice by Angie Martinez, foreward by J. Cole
To be honest, I haven't started this book yet. I know, I'm sorry! You may be wondering how I could recommend this book if I haven't even read it yet.
I was gifted this book by a friend and I was ecstatic. Why? Because Angie Martinez is a huge inspiration of mine. She's so dope. So legendary in the industry I'm trying to pursue and literally just looking at this book knowing that I'm going to start reading it right after I finish #GirlBoss makes me excited. Like I said, I love (auto)biography books.
So I must recommend this. I couldn't see this book being anything short of inspiration, empowerment, and insight. It's Angie Martinez!
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