This summer I had a lot of time to reflect and think about a lot of things. I was feeling a little uninspired to do much of anything at the beginning of my summer vacation last May. This is why I choose to read a few books that would help uplift my spirit and motivate me. I listed three of them below and would love to know your thoughts about any of them if you've read them. Also,if you have any other reading suggestions let me know :)
Be The Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible
This book is written by Regina Brett. I loved reading this book because Brett shared so many inspiring stories from individuals who found simple ways to make a big difference in themselves and in their community. All of those lessons taught me to jump outside of my comfort zone and give help to those who need it. Also, I learned how to focus on strengthening my inner peace and reducing my own anxiety by not letting others or myself influence me in negative ways.
This book is written by Austin Kleon. The book is such an easy read with great visuals and gives valuable advice on how to put yourself and your work out there for the world to see. Kleon gives great tips on how to network effectively with people on the internet and IRL. I learned that there is really a great payoff to being dedicated to your craft and sharing your experiences with others. Also, I learned that all artists have high points and low points on our journey to success. The most important message in this book is to be patient with the process of creating great work and knowing that great things and people will eventually come to you because of it.
This book is written by Sophia Amoruso. Amoruso aka the CEO of Nasty Gal gives great advice to young professionals especially women about how to empower themselves and how to succeed in life and in business. She mainly wrote about how unconventional her life was growing up and how hard she worked to get to where she is now. In addition to that, she lets the readers know some of her greatest mistakes and how she overcame them. I learned that you can't always find your dream job but you can always create one. Also, I learned that life is way too short so you should always go after what you want because that's what a "Girl Boss" is supposed to do.