Confessional time: I’ve been in a self-proclaimed “blogging slump” for the past month, or maybe longer. Every time I sit down to write a new post, I can practically hear my brain whining, “I don’t know what to write about. None of my ideas are sticking… every idea is boring once I get started on it.” Clearly, it was time for an intervention, but I had no idea it would come in the form of #GIRLBOSS, written by Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso. While #GIRLBOSS is largely promoted as an autobiographical account of Amoruso’s rise from a small Ebay store to Nasty Gal as it is today, the book is so much more than that. It’s a comforting hug, a reassuring, “You’re awesome, you can achieve whatever the hell you want,” while simultaneously kicking you in the ass to actually get to work. The excerpt below, written in chapter one, perfectly sums up what I mean:
“See, here’s the thing about being a #GIRLBOSS – it’s not easy. It takes a lot of hard work to get there, and then once you arrive, it takes even more hard work to stay there. But then, who’s scared of hard work? I sure as hell am not, and I’m sure you aren’t either. Or, if you are, I’m sure this book will change your mind so that by the end of the last chapter you’ll be practically screaming, ‘Where is some work?! I want some work and I want to do it now!’”
When Sophia wrote this, she wasn’t kidding. It seems she doesn’t ever kid about the important shit in life, in fact. Taken aback by her infectious, passionate, hard-working attitude, I’m sitting in front of the computer minutes after finishing the book, writing this long overdue blog post.
Long story short: Amoruso’s first book is a highly recommended short read (2-3 hours estimate), especially great for young adults, or anyone who wants to walk away feeling empowered, with a fire under their ass to get shit done.