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Virtual Book Club

Looking to start a good Quarantine Reading List? Add this to your TBR, RN!

Reading is the original #socialdistancing.

When I first wrote this post, we weren't in the midst of a global pandemic. But now... Now everyday something new and scary happens that's worse than the day before. And even though I didn't have any idea that today we would be facing these hardships, this post suddenly became more relevant.

I love this advice from Freelancing Females about using downtime to improve your business. So if your business is slow or closed for the moment, take this opportunity to reflect, to think, to learn.

This is a book I’m excited to share with you. If you are a woman in business, you will want to check it out. If you are a woman in a creative job, you'll want to check it. If you're a woman and you like being inspired, you'll want to check it out.

In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs by Grace Bonney, Founder of Design*Sponge

I read the digital version on my Kindle with my Prime Reading account. Then I promptly bought a copy for my sister, and favorite #momboss, Margo of Pink Tree Photography. Visit her website to see her beautiful work. (Shameless plug: I designed this site and if you need one like it, hit me up.)

I started reading this book thinking it would include specific small business information. I’m an MBA; when I think of business, I think of numbers. Capital investments, operating budgets, employee withholdings… but that’s not what this book was about.

This book was about creative business owners who learned what they needed to succeed. Often, they learned they needed a team behind them if was ever going to be possible to scale their business.

The book is written in an interview style. Each person was asked about being a creative, about their inspirations, about what they’ve learned, and what they would have changed. Some of my favorite quotes are great to revisit for today's situation.

"In moments of self-doubt or adversity, how do you build yourself back up? Self-care, which for me means taking walks alone, journaling, and doing yoga.”

What great advice. We will need a lot of creativity, energy, and clarity to get through these times. Being fully present will be a must.

And can we talk about the pictures? The pictures! All the ladies wearing interesting outfits in incredible spaces.

As a downside, the questions overall are pretty general. Not all of the interviews were equally insightful. One featured artist only answered questions with one word.

After I was done reading this book, I wasn’t for sure I liked it. But the more I thought about it, I realized this was not a book to teach you how to write a business plan. It was about representation and diversity. It was about giving as many women as possible an audience to advance their companies and share their talents. This was about celebrating women is business because they bring what we need more of: caring, creativity, community, and confidence. Cheers to that!

That’s why I shared it with my sister. That’s why I’m sharing it with you. We don’t have to go it alone. There are so many more of us than we realize!

"Surround yourself with not only talented people whom you can delegate to, but also with good souls. Without grace and kindness, your skills are unimportant to me.”

Have you read any good books lately, business or otherwise? I'd love to hear what they are in the comments! If you're on Goodreads, you can find me here. Also, be sure to friend me on Instagram and Facebook for more news and updates. Let's stay in touch.

See you on the Net!


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