5 Books I want to read before Christmas, for girlbosses

Life in the Atelier, Sweet Home
books for christmas

Have you ever read an article of books recommendations of books that the critic haven’t yet read?

Well, lucky me, I’m just a designer and not a critic!

A post on books again… just because they’re one of my loves!

Well, it is for a few reasons in fact:  I enjoyed reading and learning this way since my early school years and because I need to do something to relax and avoid loosing my mind on the internet in these cosy too-cold-for-my-taste winters. Also, my boyfriend likes to watch an episode before sleeping and not of one my favourite series… so it’s perfect to have an engaging book to read at the same time.

So, one afternoon I went to dive into the deepness of the Internet to make a selection of some books. I had just finished reading #Girlboss by Sophia Amouroso so I started from there to find similar products. To do so, I usually go to goodreads or just amazon. There I look up for similar titles and themes or make a new search. If I find something that sound interesting I’ll add the book to my wishlist or want-to read list. That way, when I feel like buying a book I just have to go to those lists and shop, knowing exactly what I want.

For today’s selection, I chose mainly books written by women who happen to be entrepreneurs too.

 

My So-Called Freelance Life

A few pages in and I’m completely hooked up on this. The author has a clear and engaging voice with a nice sense of humour. I’m devouring it. This book is written to help any freelancer or wannabe in any industry. Even though, Michelle Goodman is a freelance writer (a fact usually present on books about x, you know, because they have to be written by someone… who usually happens to write). But it looks good, very good.

 

Girl Code

As the title says, a book for women entrepreneurs. The author started out writing a blog and from there published several books and became a coach. This book is still in the business side but with a focus on the mindset that will be useful for women in business.

“ it will teach you how to build confidence in yourself, reconnect with your “why,” eradicate jealousy, and ultimately learn the power of connection”

What else can I say? I’ve only read the introduction 😅

 

Leave your mark

I don’t know if you’ve heard about #Girlboss or read it, but if you do, this one is kind of similar… To where I’ve read. In the fashion industry, very focused on techniques and advice to get a job. In Girlboss it seemed that Amouroso would teach about how to make your own empire, but she more accurately advise on how to be and apply to become part of Nasty Gal, her business. In Leave your mark, the goal is not to get into a business in particular but more about landing your job.

Though, there is more to it. The author got some amazing results from using social media and she will share her secrets with you. So I’m skipping some chapters of how to land the job of your life (because I prefer freelancing and I’ve read enough about the standard way to get a job) and jumping into social media. More I can’t tell you, I’m on it, but I promise to make a follow up post or just update this one.( So keep your eyes peeled for it! ).

 

Design is a job

I must confess, looking at the outside, this one seems kind of boring. The foreword is by Erik Spiekerman so it kind of gives me some reference and hope. From this early part of the book I would like to share the following sentences :

“Clients need to understand that they’ve hired us to do something they are not good at. And that they need to pay us for our knowledge, skills, experience and, yes: attitude. ”  Erik Spiekerman

Getting to the index, I notice that it may not be a boring book about the fundamentals of design at all. In fact, is the “formal” guide to being a graphic designer in freelance mode. Will it share some new perspective on my job? I do expect it to do so, and specially, what the author tells in the introduction:

“You will have more confidence in yourself and a deeper understanding of your craft.” Mike Monteiro

 

The power

I know I know… This recommendation doesn’t go much on line with the other books… But it’s always good to get some help that motivates you and not just gives you advice. So a bit of self-help to make the path to solopreneur sweeter.

I’m sure you’ve heard about The Secret. I saw the movie when it came out and have rewatched it several times. I have read the last book, Hero, which I love. But have pending the Power, which I’ll be reading right away, and The Magic, which I’ll try to get for Christmas! 😉🎄 This book comes to be an extension and progression of The Secret, adding stories and knowledge.

What are some books in your want-to-read list? Let me know in the comments!

Also, check out this post (and this one) for more book recommendations


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7 podcasts for content creators and creative entrepreneurs

Life in the Atelier

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Today is a very special day, a day for gratitude. It’s Thanksgiving day. I don’t celebrate it (because it doesn’t exist in Catalonia) but I do like it exists. I believe gratitude is such an important value that we so often forget about! But not today, so let’s be thankful because the following podcasts exist and are here to help us in pursuing our creative and entrepreneur endeavours!

I’m not a podcast addict and usually don’t listen to lots of them.The reason for this is that I don’t find the time (missing long commutes in train) which makes me kind of picky of what I listen to on a basis. Thought, when I’m quietly sitting in my desk, in the middle of some drawing or painting, sometimes it feels nice to listen to human beings and learn some while I’m working.

 

1- Being Boss

Kathleen and Emily are the hosts of Being Boss, both of them running successful  business on branding and web design. They will teach all about the creative entrepreneur lifestyle and becoming the boss.

2 – Blazing creative

Another podcast run by two bosses, Meghan Maydel and Steph Schertz, that in their own words  they “talk pop culture, entrepreneurship, and their favorite tools of the week”.

 

3- Online marketing made easy with Amy Porterfield

Amy Potterfield is a well-known social media strategist. In her podcast, you’ll learn all you need to know about running a business on the Internet, from social media latest trends, strategy, content creation and entrepreneurial lifestyle.

4- CTR ALT Delete

This is the perfect podcast for those of us who sail the waters of social media, entrepreneurship, creativity without loosing sight of the important values in life.

5- Makers

Stories of people doing it in the creative world. Passionate, diverse and inspiring, all in one podcast of 20 minutes to get you started full of motivation.

6- Creative Mornings Podcast

I don’t only listen to the Creative Mornings Podcast but I wait expectantly for their newsletter. Creative mornings are a series of breakfast lectures happening one Friday morning every month in different locations around the world. If you happen to have one on your town, why not attend? But if circumstances aren’t on your favour, then you have the podcast. In it, you’ll listen to all kinds of creatives from this community give a short talk to spur your interest and creativity.

 

7- The Start
I started listening to this podcast what feels like a long time ago and is still one of my favourites. I love how Nick and Patrick interview their creative fellows. You’ll learn about their lives, the very beginning of their careers and all of their favourite things. It feels like meeting some awesome friends for a coffee.

 

 


 

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