I wanted to kick off my first post with a book that I’ve honestly been loving for the past year, but particularly during the month of June. #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso is a part-biographical, part-motivational bible that was written with women in mind to inspire, explore, and live up to their potential.
I’m also sure you’ve probably heard about it because it’s been a New York Times bestselling, rave-reviewed resounding success, so much so that #Girlboss is currently being produced as a Netflix series.
Having reached astronomical success with her company NastyGal, Sophia Amoruso writes about the trials and tribulations that got her to where she is today in the fashion industry. And although I am personally not aiming for this kind of career, I still found the book to be incredibly inspiring, motivating, and easily applicable to my everyday life. Amoruso offers life advice for people who are not always necessarily regarded as ‘successful’ people – the introvert, the outsider, the people behind the camera – and proves that these types of people can also become mega successful boss babes because Sophia is all of these things herself.
#Girlboss came to me at a time last year where I actually needed it – being a student can drain you emotionally and leave you with little motivation, and I was really feeling that mid-semester slump. I’d heard some really great reviews, picked it up, and was glued to it for a solid few hours (it’s a pretty short read). Now I keep it on me at all times and flick through it during the day when I need a little extra pep in my step and a ballsy reminder that you can live up to your potential if you really, really want it and if you are willing to work hard for it.
What I loved most about Sophia’s writing is that she doesn’t sugar-coat anything. She’s sharp-witted and to the point, and I think that’s exactly what a reader is looking for in an inspirational book. There are books of similar nature that just don’t have the same impact as #Girlboss because they’re too ‘nice’ – Sophia’s words are sometimes so brutally honest that they settle and resonate and leave you thinking about them. It’s like having that one ruthless friend who tells you exactly how it is – at the time you think they might be being harsh, but you appreciate their honesty later and realise that comes from a good place. It’s that kind of honesty that is so motivating because it’s real and raw and so much more inspiring.
I highly, highly recommend #Girlboss – see it as an investment to your future, or at the very least, a good book to curl up with in June.