I go through phases as far as my reading material is concerned. Sometimes it’s science fiction, others it’s about how to be a better version of myself. Let the record show that reading is an expensive habit, but that I fully intend for the knowledge I’m getting to make it worth every penny. I read #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso in a matter of days. For those who don’t know (I didn’t), Sophia is the Founder & CEO of Nasty Gal, an online retail store that provides both vintage and new clothing items for the ultimate cool girl. As I browse the site for the first time after reading the book, I feel myself getting the online shopping itch. It’s not necessarily the individual pieces that draw me in or the many designer collections I can browse, it is the entire feel. This is no surprise, as Sohpia’s vision is as apparent in her writing as her website. At the end of the day, Sophia focused on her passion – using new and old stories to create beautiful silhouettes.
The book isn’t a how-to on creating and maintaining a million dollar company, but rather how to become someone that is driven, creative and most importantly, authentic. The majority of tips relate back to becoming the best version of yourself possible. Sophia uses her past as a guide, one that recognizes that the path to success is rarely straight and narrow. I love reading about strong women, especially when their advice isn’t to conform, or dumb yourself down for the sake of society. I am behind the definition of feminism that Sophia presents: “I believe the best way to honor the past and future of women’s rights is by getting shit done.” Amen, Sophia. She didn’t necessarily offer advice I had never heard before, but what she does do is put it into a context that I can relate to and more importantly, inspires me to the point of action. I want to be a woman who gets shit done aka a #GIRLBOSS.
A few of my favorite quotes:
– “You don’t get what you don’t ask for.”
– “Don’t get all Versace-Versace-Versace and buy things just because you can.”
– “When your goal is to gain experience, perspective, and knowledge,
failure is no longer a possibility. Failure is your invention.”
– “As a #GIRLBOSS you should always be confident – and absolutely sure –
about what you know, but humble about what you don’t.”
– “You is who you is, so get used to it.”