Every now and then I read something, a blog post, a book, an article or news, that has some kind of impact on me. Whether that’s the way I feel about something, the way I should try and be, or to try take action on something.
This time round it’s Sophia Amoruso’s book #girlboss.
For most bloggers, this book has been around for a while and probably read it many, many months ago. For those of you who don’t know much about it, its all about Sophia’s journey from school drop out to being the founder and Executive chairman of Nasty Gal. One of the fastest-growing retailers in the world.
I was given this book at Christmas, and it has been really inspirational for me. Reading about her unique path to what she has achieved is empowering. Another example of when you find that thing in life you are good at, work hard, think creatively and create unique ideas you can get some incredible results.
I wanted to share 3 things from this book that has impacted me to take some change.
1. ‘Money looks better in the bank than on your feet.’ So, ill be honest. I have never been good with money. I spend money I don’t have. I have never had savings. My biggest achievement is having a work pension!
However, over the last year I have really started to realise you cannot live in debt or not have any back up plan. Sophia started her business with no help from the bank, because she couldn’t get it due to poor credit. She ended up having to be very responsible with her money and made it work. One thing I have done from reading this chapter, is set up my ‘oh shit fund’ savings account. As a bare minimum, we should be saving at least 10% per cent of our wage. So that’s where I started. Its like any other bill, it has to be paid, and then forgotten about, but instead its building up nicely for my life emergencies. The biggest challenge is will-power, but its all about seeing the big picture and not wasting your hard earned cash on throw away items.
2. ‘Hocus-pocus: The power of magical Thinking.’ Sophia doesn’t believe in the concept of luck, however, interestingly, she does buy into magic and is even a member of the magic castle. A private magicians club hosted in the Hollywood hills. What really clicked with me reading this chapter is how we can make magic for ourselves everyday. Okay, not technically magic but its recognising the fact we can control our thoughts and our thoughts control our mind.
Simple for some, but for me, years of overthinking, insecurity and letting myself believe I am not good enough for anyone or anything ,this is alien. I would like to think I am not a negative person though. I don’t always walk around complaining and thinking the world is against me. I just have some demons that can stop from me visualising what I want, rather than getting distracted by what I don’t want. Chaos Magic was introduced to me in this chapter and really hit home. Its the idea that a particular set of beliefs serves as an active force in the world. We can choose what and how we believe, and our beliefs are tools that we then use to make stuff happen… or not.
I must start thinking more positively, I must start throwing the universe my good intentions so I get it back, I must believe in myself more. If I focus on the positive things in life, I WILL start to see positive things start to happen. (Or so I’m told)
Treat your thoughts like your dollar bills: Don’t waste ’em.
3. ‘Creativity in everything.’ Sophia explains that you can make anything creative. In everything you do everyday. I am lucky enough to have a job where I can be creative, blogging allows me to be creative, but am I pushing my creativity hard enough? Not recently. No. This chapter was a nice reminder to own what I do and push myself constantly. What it also reminded me of, was to also stay true to myself. Whatever I do, I do for me, even getting dressed in the morning, I do for me, and not for what the latest trend maybe, if it isn’t me than I wont do it. But whatever I do I will put effort and creativity into it!
Have you read this book? What’s on your #girlboss reading list? Let me know, I would love to add to my reading list.
No matter what #girlboss, make sure its #thevery xx