5 Books Every Twenty Something Girl Needs on Her Bookshelf

Growing up I often found myself lost in the books I read. Although my parents would argue, I’d say one of my favorite stores was Barnes and Nobles.  As I grew I found myself reading less and less and not because I wasn’t into reading a good book while curled up in my favorite blanket but because the content of books had changed.  By the time I was in high school I had read through the entire Gossip Girl series and all books a like( that’s what interested me) But more recently in the last few years I’ve curated quite the collection of books I feel absolutely EVERY Twenty Something Girl Needs! I mean let’s be honest, for the last 13 years I’ve lived in Orlando, FL and what’s better on a rainy Summer afternoon than reading a book and getting excited about life?

There’s definitely no shortage of books for young women to read and I thought why not share some of my favorites! For the girl in high school getting ready to head out to college, for the girl in college applying for her internships, for twenty something girl who’s extremely ambitious and for all those girls who want to work for themselves, These books are for you!

GirlBoss

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This book inspired me to get my shit together! Although NastyGal may not be parading on a high horse right now what’s better than reading a true story about a twenty-two year old girl(Sophia Amoruso) who was a school drop out- down on luck and started a business that girls everywhere admired? GirlBoss is a great book that I finished in just one weekend and for good reason!  Let’s also note Netflix did turn it into a series (but like I always say, the book was better!) GirlBoss is both a guide of Female Entrepreneurship and my personal favorite topic ; Fashion! This book is for the twenty something girl who has been constantly thinking of starting her own business but either doesn’t know how or is scared of the vision! Just go for it.

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Leave Your Mark; Land Your Dream Job, Kill It In Your Career, Rock Social Media

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When Aliza Licht writes a book, and you’re a fashion girl; you read it! For those of you who don’t know Aliza is GLOBAL Fashion Communication Exec and is literally known as the PR Girl, DKNY’s PR Girl to be exact! Now does she ring a bell? Leave Your Mark is literally a conversation between you and Fashion’s best possibly mentor, it’s so much more than a book.  I wish I would’ve come across this book at the beginning of my college career oppose to a year after I’d graduated – I would’ve taken so many opportunities and task way more seriously. Not only did Aliza share some serious Andrea Sachs moments (google the name) she shares with all readers some great advice not limited to but including; If your DREAM job doesn’t exist, you can create it!

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Nice Girls Still Don’t Get the Corner Office

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This book was given to me at my college graduation party from my sister in law and boy did she have a gem with this one! (Thanks Liana) This book is a reboot of the original Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office. Ever wonder why a coworkers career is taking off like a rocket and you’re still sitting at the same old desk?  You need to grab this book asap! You might not agree with all points however it’s a nice perspective.  101 unconscious mistakes you make in the office – from self-sabotage to how to approach coworkers.

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Power Your Happy; Work Hard, Play Nice and Build Your Dream Life

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Lisa Sugar. If that name means nothing to you then how about POPSugar.  As the founder of mega social, pop culture brand POPSugar , Lisa has curated a book that is definitely in my top 5 must reads! I mean who wouldn’t want to read a book written by a women who spends her days in a super chic office creating YouTube videos and blog posts about what’s new in pop-culture, the must have fashion items, Instagram-worthy everythings and so much more.  Even more than being a kick ass business woman, reading Power Your Happy, you’ll learn Lisa is married with 3 daughters, she’s a self proclaimed Soccer-Mom and has time to read her children stories every night. Read all about starting your dream career ( the good and the terrible) and take in her message of Being Happy, Having your dream career and even more importantly your Dream Life is everything that every Twenty Something Girl Needs to Read!

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Girlcode; Unlock the Secrets to Success, Sanity and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur

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Now I know every women out there doesn’t want to start her ow business and that’s perfectly fine however this book is one you should certainly read regardless. Girl Code is a book that wills hare with you the code to succeeding at life! Well not so blatantly but you get what I’m saying!  Girl Code is literally a step by step guide for Professionals and Entrepreneurs. As a women in business this book is great, teaching you to eliminate jealousy, build your inner confidence and network!  Become an empowered woman so you can share the knowledge and empower other women!

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What’s Your Favorite Girl Power Book?  Drop it in the comments so I can grab it and give it a read!

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5 Things to do on a Sunday That Will Make Your Week Run a Little Smoother

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Happy Tuesday Guys!

Sunday Morning I had a thought.  Sunday is really important to the well being of your entire week.  I mean the saying is “a Sunday well spent brings a week that’s content”  and I whole heartedly believe that!  I decided to come up with a list 5 things you can do on Sunday that will bring you a great feeling throughout the day and week!

If you’re interested in my list then keep reading!

  • Organize Your Space!

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One thing I’m big on, on a Sunday morning is organizing my apartment, not cleaning because cleaning is not something you want to associate with your weekend time!  During the week things tend to get a bit sloppy! so organizing is key, whether that means fluffing the cushions on the couch or reorganizing your closet and vanity.  From doing your laundry (because no one wants to do that on a Tuesday after work!) or wiping off your kitchen counters, doing this on Sunday brings me some comfort and helps my week flow smoother because everything is in it’s place!

  • Relax and Enjoy a Face Mask

Relaxing is absolutely everything you need to be doing on a Sunday!  Every Sunday, no matter the time of day I find the time for either a Face Mask or Lush Bath Bomb!  Light yourself some of your favorite candles and pour a glass of your favorite wine because a bath and a mask is calling your name!  There is almost nothing better then shutting yourself away from the world and laying back with your eyes closed in relaxation!

  • Meal Prep!

The way I see it, if you’re going to be cooking dinner anyway then why not make a little extra and prep some extra sides so you can have lunch or dinner for the next few days ready and packaged.  One thing Jeff and I do is cook a few portions more than what’s needed! I’m not saying spend hours and hours in your kitchen on a Sunday- no one wants to do that except maybe a grandma with tons of kids running around (I’m not there yet) BUT if you’re making a chicken dish for dinner why not season a few extra pieces of chicken and cook them up for some salads during the week!  You’ll be thanking yourself on Wednesday. Trust Me!

Looking for some meal prep recipes?  Try Here, Here, Here and Here!

  • Make Your Monday List

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Any of my friends will tell you I am a major Agenda/Planner girl – the stickers, the color coded pens; I’m all about it!  One thing that I’ve found that helps my week move just a little bit smoother is have a list for the next day.  Spend some time on Sunday writing out what you need to do on Monday whether that’s in the house or in the office you’ll definitely be glad you took the time to give it some thought!

  • Prep Your Week’s Outfits

Now maybe this one isn’t for everyone but I very much enjoy not scrambling every morning until the last minute with trying to find something to wear!  One thing you can do on Sunday that will make for a much smoother week is outfit prep – much like meal prep!  Take an hour or so out of your Sunday afternoon to check the week’s weather.  Put together outfits for the week – do all necessary ironing and hang them up in your closet according to day!  I promise you’ll enjoy the time styling and be thanking yourself every morning when you run out of the house on time!

What are your Go – To Sunday activities that make your week run much smoother!!?

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