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Guide to Being a #GIRLBOSS

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I want to take this week as an opportunity to talk about one of my favorite books, #GIRLBOSS. #GIRLBOSS is an inspiring and insightful book written by Sophia Amoruso, the founder and owner of Nasty Gal, a clothing company valued at $250+ million dollars that Amoruso built from the ground up!  Amoruso released her book, #GIRLBOSS, in 2014 and it is now a New York Times Best Seller. In the book, Amoruso recounts her many trials and tribulations on the way to becoming the #GIRLBOSS she is today. Throughout the book, she demonstrates that there’s more than one way to be a “successful” person and encourages her readers to cultivate themselves to their fullest potential regardless of their professions or dreams. But first, what’s a #GIRLBOSS?!

According to Amoruso, “A #GIRLBOSS is someone who’s in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it. As a #GIRLBOSS, you take control and accept responsibilty…” Despite the book’s binary tendencies, Amoruso does offer a helpful guide for those of us struggling to navigate our futures (who isn’t?).

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The #GIRLBOSS Herself (Flickr)

Amoruso begins the book by describing the mixed bag of experiences she lived through on the way to becoming a #GIRLBOSS, from struggling with mental health to hitchhiking and dumpster diving. After years of odd jobs and experimental living situations, Amoruso started a vintage eBay shop that grew into the hugely successful brand that Nasty Gal is today — in a matter of seven years! While her personal story is inspiring enough for an entire book, a good chunk of #GIRLBOSS centers around Amoruso’s practical and helpful advice on going after your dreams and crafting a life for yourself.

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A Sweet Sketch Featured in the Book (Flickr)

I specifically enjoyed Amoruso’s more practical advice and I’d like to provide a nice summary for our readers:

  1. Don’t be Scared of Hard Work: Amoruso heavily emphasizes the importance of embracing hard work and welcoming challenges. I know that I’ve personally let myself be intimidated out of opportunities, however, it’s crucial to remind ourselves that we are capable of overcoming difficult tasks and creating meaningful projects!
  2. Saving Money is Important: It’s tempting to give in to the “treat yo self” lifestyle (and sometimes you should!) but Amoruso is a big advocate of living within your means and saving for your future. In chapter five, Money Looks Better in the Bank Than on Your Feet, Amoruso preaches that “Cash is King” and there’s nothing wrong with saving money while you work towards your dreams.
  3. Think “Magically”: For Amoruso, life is about creating “magic” for oneself. What does she mean by magic? According to Amoruso, “You get back what put out, so might as well think positively, focus on visualizing what you want instead of getting distracted by what you don’t want, and send the universe your good intentions so that it can send them right back.” Regardless of your relationship with the universe, the impact of positive, “magical” thinking is undeniable.
  4. Fashion Has No Rules: While #GIRLBOSS doesn’t focus too much on fashion, Amoruso does advocate for unapologetic expression of oneself, whether that’s through clothes or other creative outlets. Her only piece of advice is to know when to dress and act professionally. It’s totally possible to “fly your freak flag” and build a career at the same time!

Lena Dunham has called #GIRLBOSS, “a movement,” and in many ways it is. We are all living out our own journeys and it’s important to make the most of out lives. We are our own movements! But don’t let that intimidate you, let it inspire you. Go out and be your own #GIRLBOSS.

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