Joint Podcast and Book Review: #GIRLBOSS

Let me make one thing clear: while I’m a creative, I have no desire to be an entrepreneur. Sophia’s quips and stories about her business growing were interesting to read, but I don’t aspire to build a clothing empire or even own a juice shop. However, since she’s a badass lady, a lot of Sophia Amoruso’s tips and tricks apply to any woman who wants to take control of her life. So while the podcast and book are better for you marketing majors out there looking for your big break, I’d recommend it for any 20-something trying to make it through proverbial pressure that creates a diamond.

 

THE PODCAST, #GIRLBOSS Radio

Each episode starts with a #girlbossmoment, a time when Amoruso shares listeners’ moments during the week when they felt the most in control of their life. This could include quitting a job (like me!) or taking time for self care. Then, Amoruso brings on a guest. Most of the guests are business owners and entrepreneurs (such as Glossier’s Emily Weiss and Poo~Pourri founder Suzy Batiz), but she also talks to nonprofit geniuses and cultural phenomenons. She always asks them what their first job was out of high school or college. Every guest I’ve heard so far has had a very unglamorous first job, which makes me feel way better about my life. I always learn a lot about ambition and drive and getting my hands dirty, and I’ve heard of so many cool ladies for the first time whose brands I’ll now support. The podcast is great, and it’s a good length.

 

THE BOOK, #GIRLBOSS

Which came first, the book or the podcast? In this case, the book, and I hear rumors that there is a Netflix Original TV show in the works! In the book, Amoruso details the misfortunes and hard work that led to her clothing empire, Nasty Gal. Personally, I’m a little bitter that they don’t carry plus sizes; it’s always hard for me to get behind clothing lines that ignore a significant part of the population. So her journey to success as an entrepreneur was possibly good for something to talk about over dinner.

My favorite part about the book was Amoruso’s general advice on being a badass lady. Since I’m currently trying to train my brain in therapy, I loved the quote, “Magical thinking is the alchemy that you can use to visualize and project yourself into the professional and personal life you want…. I’m talking about visualization that works when we actually get off our asses and do stuff. Fortune favors the bold who get shit done.” Easier said than done of course, but it’s something I’ve been working on for months that is finally working, so it was affirming to see her put it in words,

 

To wrap it up, my #girlbossmoment of the week is starting my new job tomorrow! I’m super nervous and questioning every decision I’ve every made, but as Amoruso says in her book, “Fortune favors action.” So I’m making moves.

 

Podcast Review: Happier with Gretchen Rubin

My first interaction with Gretchen Rubin’s work was The Happiness Project. I borrowed it from a friend in high school and only made it a few chapters in because I wasn’t ready for it. When I was 18, I was probably at my happiest. I had just graduated high school and was gearing up for college, I had lots of adventures with my friends, and my family life was going pretty well. I didn’t need a book on how to be happy because I was doing it. If you’ve read my previous blog posts, you’ll see that I’m in a different place now. I’m more raw than I was in high school, and happiness is more elusive than before. So when I found the Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast, it came at the perfect time.

Happier has been a little ray of sunshine for me on my commutes. Gretchen and her sister, Elizabeth Craft, spend about 30 minutes per episode tackling issues that impede happiness and give tips to make your life happier, healthier, and more productive. They also give themselves happiness demerits and gold stars in order to hold themselves accountable and reinforce good behaviors that make them happier. Overall, it’s super positive and encouraging.

My favorite tips from the podcast:

  • Do a “power hour” once a week where you do all the things on your to-do list that you have been avoiding
  • Join a group or create your own-I joined a book club and yoga, and it’s been great to have a community of people who enjoy the same things I enjoy!
  • Develop a minor expertise
  • The strategy of pairing
  • Get rid of something as soon as it becomes useless
  • Outer order contributes to inner calm

I highly recommend this podcast if you’re looking to grow toward creating good habits and being happier in general!