Notes from a #GIRLBOSS

Lifestyle / Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Surfing through the Internet is part of my daily routine. I breathe and sweat social media. There is never a day I don’t open any of my accounts on my phone. One morning I saw this feed goals Instagram page and admired her creative shots of flat lay.

One thing that I am always seeing around the said photo sharing application is this book with a very strong title that really caught my attention (besides the color of the book; pink).

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amaruso

And that was when the hunt for an e-book version had begun.

So here goes the list that I highlighted during my daily/nightly commute;

  1. Life is short. Don’t be lazy.
  2. The straight and narrow is not the only path to success.
  3. Money looks better in the bank than on your feet.
  4. Treat your mind like your money. Don’t waste it.
  5. I’m telling you that you don’t have to choose between smart and sexy. You can have both. You are both.
  6. If I, and this book, have anything to prove, it’s that when you believe in yourself, other people will believe in you, too.
  7. When you have an attention span the length of an eyelash, it doesn’t take long to learn what you like and what you don’t.
  8. What I know now is that nothing is universally boring– what’s boring to you could be totally engaging to someone else. If you’re bored and hating it, it’s a big sign that you’re most likely just in the wrong place.
  9. Make it something you enjoy, because bored is not a #GIRLBOSS’s natural state. At all.
  10. There are secret opportunities hidden inside every failure.
  11. I was looking for something that would pay me to do nothing and still get ahead in life, and that, my friends, just does not exist.
  12. It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than it is for permission.
  13. If you suck at school, don’t let it kill your spirit. It does not mean that you are stupid or worthless, or that you are never going to succeed at anything. It just means that your talents lie elsewhere, so take the opportunity to seek out what you are good at, and find a place where you can flourish. Once you do, you’re going to kill it.
  14. Discomfort was where I was most comfortable.
  15. Nobody really owns anything.
  16. In my teens I saw the world in black and white. Now I know that most things exist in a certain gray area. Though it took a while to get here, I now call this gray area home.
  17. Celebrate when there’s something to celebrate. Take pride in what you do. Don’t do sloppy work. Be the best. Have something original and special to offer that makes people’s lives better. Don’t have sex with everyone in the world you work in. It’s a small world.
  18. What I have realized over time is that in many ways, money spells freedom. If you learn to control your finances, you won’t find yourself stuck in jobs, places, or relationships that you hate just because you can’t afford to go elsewhere.
  19. As distasteful as it may seem when you’re plotting to take over the world, it’s equally important to stay on top of your bills.
  20. When you take care of the little things, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find out that the big things often happen much more easily.
  21. Do not spend more money than you have.
  22. Another big no-no is increasing your spending as soon as your income increases.
  23. #GIRLBOSS, when your time spent making money is significantly greater than your time spent spending money, you will be amazed at how much you can save without even really thinking about it.
  24. Sell things for more than you pay them, and save more than you spend.
  25. Treat your savings account like just another bill. It has to be paid every month, or there are consequences.
  26. Learn to separate your money from your emotions as much as you possibly can.
  27. Spend money because it’s an investment in your own well-being, not because you’re bored and have nothing else to do.
  28. Luxury can be a great experience, and the things around you should represent the life that you’ve made for yourself, as long as you are taking the time to appreciate those items.
  29. Don’t live like a CEO when you’re still a sandwich artist.
  30. The common way is not always the best way.
  31. You get back what you put out, so you 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 it can send them right back.
  32. Take care of the little things– even the little things that you hate– and treat them as promises to your own future. Soon you’ll see that fortune favors the bold who get shit done.
  33. Keep reminding yourself over and over that this is what you want, and you’ll soon find that the more you know what you want, the less you’re willing to put up with what you don’t.
  34. While I truly believe that you must have intentions to fulfill your dreams, I also think you have to leave room for the universe to have its way and play around a bit.
  35. If something’s not working out, but you keep hammering at it in the exact same way, go after something else for a while. That’s not giving up, that’s just letting the universe have its way.
  36. I also think you can end up ignoring, and even losing, the positive things in your life by focusing too much on the negative.
  37. When your goal is to gain experience, perspective, and knowledge, failure is no longer a possibility.
  38. It is she who listens to the rest of the world who fails, and it is she who has enough confidence to define success and failure for herself who succeeds.
  39. No matter where you are in life, you’ll save a lot of time by not worrying too much about what other people think about you. The earlier in your life that you can learn that, the easier the rest of it will be. You is who you is, so get used to it.
  40. Alter your clothes all you want, but don’t you are alter your inner freak– she’s got your back as much as I do.
  41. The last thing the world needs is another boring person or another boring brand, so embrace all the things that make you different.
  42. It’s not cool to get drunk on your own success.
  43. Remember to be open and keep your head up when something doesn’t work out.
  44. Knowing when to speak up and when to shut up will get you very far not only in business, but in life.
  45. When you begin with the finish line in mind, you miss all the fun stuff along the way.
  46. As a #GIRLBOSS you should always be confident–and absolutely sure– about what you know, but humble about what you don’t.
  47. Whether we chose to believe this or not, there is a solution to everything. It’s all a matter of perspective and how willing we are to be flexible when it comes to our point of view.
  48. Create your own job. Become the master of what you do. Fully immerse yourself in your culture. Be humble: You are never alone having to pack boxes. Never forget where you came from. And always be polite. Good old-fashioned manners can get you very far.

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The book I’m currently reading right now is Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson. I’m also planning to highlight/bookmark the phrases or paragraphs that I find meaningful and inspirational then write it for another blog post.

Love & Light,

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