24 IN 2017 #3: GIRLBOSS BY SOPHIA AMORUSO


GIRLBOSS has been on my To Read list for a very long time now, but I do have one confession to make: I definitely judged a book by it's title when ordering this one. To be honest, I had absolutely no idea what the book was about when I ordered it from Amazon on a whim. I was expecting some sort of feminist bible. A guide to make it in the world of business as a woman. A bunch of tips on how to smash the glass ceiling. And I guess, in a way, that's kind of what it was. However, it was injected with so much passion, personality and fire by self proclaimed GIRLBOSS Sophia Amoruso, that it blew any prior expectations I'd had out of the water. I adored this book. It was fierce and unapologetic and just the kind of kick up the backside I was in such desperate need of this month. This book will help you to discover your inner GIRLBOSS, no matter how well she's hidden herself away.

Amoruso shares her story of how she went from living the life of a job-hopping outcast busting her butt and working from home in her dressing gown, to a career women and a CEO, busting her butt and heading the multi-million dollar fashion company, Nasty Gal. She shares her experiences with no filter and little glamorisation. Amoruso illustrates how getting what you want in life doesn't happen to people who just sit around and wait for opportunity to fall into their laps. You have to work shit jobs before you find your dream job. You have to make every penny count if you ever want to get to a stage in your life where money doesn't define you. It's a rags to riches tale which doesn't skip over the hard work which it takes to make this transition possible.

A couple of weeks ago, I was feeling a little down about the point that I'm currently in in my life. After graduating uni, I've landed a job which, however fun and exciting, doesn't feel particularly challenging to me. I'm living at home, my car is on it's last legs. I haven't travelled as much as I'd have liked to at this point yet. I felt like things weren't going my way an I was wasting days away. But GIRLBOSS has given me a new perspective. Amoruso explains how there's nothing shameful about getting your head down and doing things you don't want to do for a little while in order to get yourself to a point where you can start chasing your dreams. You need to learn how to experience the world before you can fully run out there and grab some of it for yourself. GIRLBOSS has taught me to see my current situation as a stepping stone, and the level of anxiety that this has levitated for me has been huge.

I learnt so many lessons from this book which I really didn't expect to. It taught me that if you don't ask, you don't get. It's shown me how career women think and what you can learn from being hired and fired. Most importantly, I've learnt that every single experience you have will help you in the grand scheme of things. Whether positive or negative, the struggles you face in life are inevitably training you up for the point in your life when you can turn around and think to yourself "hell yeah, look at all of that shit I've waded through to get here".

Success comes to the girls who never stop trying, who don't take no for an answer and who keep on reaching for it until it feels like your arms can't reach any further. And then they defy all odds and DO reach further. This book has become my new Go To for whenever I'm starting to lack the motivation I need to get myself to where I want to be. Thank you Sophia, for showing my that my inner GIRLBOSS has been there all along.


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  1. Oooh, I have this book just sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read - like you, I was a little sceptical of the contents, but after reading this post, I'm definitely going to read it next! Thanks for not giving any spoilers!

    Olivia - The Northernist x

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    1. Yay! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! x

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