Lauren Reads…#GIRLBOSS

Since we finished recording our next album, I’ve had a huge desire to read, so I’ve been picking up a few books here and there anytime I make it to a thrift store. One book that’s been on my list for a while now is #GIRLBOSS, by Sophia Amoruso. I found it at Goodwill (for $2.50!) a few weeks ago and dove in.

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#GIRLBOSS is an easy and entertaining read, but it’s packed full of valuable advice for women in all stages of life. In the past two years, I’ve been finding my role and learning my strengths as a business owner, and I found this to be an inspiring resource to help me become better focussed in that role. But I also see this book as an extremely inspiring read for young women who don’t know what career they want or who are figuring that out.

Sophia is the CEO of Nasty Gal, an extremely successful clothing company, and she tells us how she got there. It wasn’t ever something she imagined herself doing when she was young, but through various experiences, some wake-up calls, and doing something she loved with passion and determination, she has achieved incredible success. The stories she tells about her journey are really entertaining and entirely relatable. I feel like Sophia and I are total opposites, but I still was easily able to relate to her story.

Some of my main takeaways from reading #GIRLBOSS were:

1. Be Creative – “Anything you do can be creative”

While my work is primarily creative, there are many parts to running a business that are not creative at all. There is nothing artistic about bookkeeping, but it is necessarily to running a healthy business. Instead of procrastinating those tasks, if I find a way to be creative with them and take joy in the menial things, I will be a better #GIRLBOSS.

2. Be Determined – “Never let go of your appetite to go after new ideas, new experiences, and new adventures.”

There is no guarantee for success for anyone running a business, in fact, the odds are often against us. But all along Sophia’s journey, from running an eBay store selling vintage clothing, to starting Nasty Gal, she had goals and kept challenging herself. If something wasn’t working, she would stop doing that, and when things were going well, she would push harder. Determination starts in our mind. We have so much control over our thoughts, and when we choose what we believe about ourself and our business, those beliefs can help us make things happen, or not happen.

3. Be Confident. – “Confidence is more attractive than anything you could put on your body.”

Confidence is the key to being a #GIRLBOSS. When people know we mean business, business will come to us. As an inherently shy person, sometimes it’s hard for me to be really confident in myself and my abilities. It’s something I struggle with, but when I’m confident it has a ripple effect. I become more relaxed, and the little things don’t matter as much.

Have you read #GIRLBOSS? I’d love to know your thoughts and what you took away from the book. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it!

Next on my book list is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I’ll let you know what I think when I’m done!