I go through phases where I want to read non-stop or like the idea of reading but have no desire. I am currently in a phase of wanting to read 20 books at once and I can’t decide which book to read next. I decided to set a goal of reading one book a month for a year. It might not seem like much, but in a world full of distractions, sometimes it’s challenging to get through one book. I thought this was an attainable goal and gives me the freedom to read more than one book a month if I had the time.
I hate to admit it but whenever I’m at a bookstore, I judge a book by it’s cover and I am drawn to well designed book sleeves. I pick up a book with a beautiful photo or catchy title. I’m a creative individual and can’t help but notice well designed books. Can you blame me? Back in March, I had the desire to rebrand my jewelry brand, House of Bauble , but also to learn more about entrepreneurship. I think I want to start my own company some day (in addition to my jewelry brand) or work for a start up. I’m currently working at start up and love every minute of it. Each day brings new challenges and you never know what the day will throw at you. It’s a lot risker but the rewards can be great!
To keep on track of my goal of reading one book a month for a year, I decided to track what books I’ve read and share with you my personal thoughts on each book. So far I’ve read one book a month since April (expect for May, where I’ve read 2).
April: Do Cool Sh*t by Miki Agrawal
I can’t tell you how I stumbled upon this book but let me tell you, it is worth reading. Even if you don’t plan to start your own company, there are so many great tips you can apply to both your work and personal life. Miki’s book is smart and to the point. Each chapter is dedicated to a specific action, whether it’s finding your passion, making friends in new places, or finding out how to go from idea to concept. It’s straightforward and fun. Not only does Miki provide great insight in her own journey in starting a business but she will help you along yours. She provides takeaways in each chapter which helps you start your own business, live happy and simply do cool sh*t. This book will inspire you to start to make sh*t happen.
One day, I had a desire to give back and get more involved in my community. I had all this time and I knew I wanted to accomplish something meaningful. This is when I found I AM A GIRL , a global movement inspiring girls to be, love, and express who they are through education, content, and community. I watched Alexis video about the movement and the book she wrote I AM THAT GIRL and I knew this was going to be my next read. It was such an inspiring book, I must have finished the book in a week. The book “feels more like having a conversation with your best friend than a cheesy self-help book” Hilary Duff (yes, this comes right from the back of the book and I totally agree!). I felt like I was having a conversation with Alexis’ and I was shocked to know that she experienced the same insecurities and struggles as I have. Alexis made me realize that I am enough and I have everything I need to be successful and to just be. You need to love yourself and embrace your flaws, because you are you and that’s something special. To be comfortable in your own skin, learn from your mistakes and follow your passion are all beautiful things a girl can do and be. If you can embrace who you are, flawed and all, your confidence and beauty will shine through. This book is empowering, inspiring and a must read for all girls!
I discovered Promise of a Pencil through Sophia Bush’s instagram. She posted a photo of the book stating that her friend Adam recently released his first book about his journey in starting Pencil of Promise, a for-purpose organization that builds schools, trains teachers and funds scholarships.
At that time, I started my own Change Heroes campaign to help build a school in Kenya and was interested in the whole concept of building schools.
Adam takes us on an inspiring journey as he tries to find meaning and purpose in his own life. Throughout his story, he takes us on an unforgettable adventure where he travels the world, starts Pencil of Promise with $25 all while guiding us through ways to lead our own significant life.
My favourite part of the book is the mantra at the start of each chapter. They are sort of an inspirational guide that we should all engrave in our minds and share with others. Some of my favourite mantras are “Do the small things that make others feel big”, “Speak the language of the person you want to become”, “Never take no from someone who can’t say yes”, “Stay guided by your values, not your necessities” and “If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough”.
June - #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso