The journey of creative entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. The balance between the joy of creating and the need to run a business is a tricky one and, if I'm being perfectly honest, I don't like all that much. Perhaps it's because I'm at the beginning of this long road that I am finding it less than easy (read: annoying) to make time to paint and draw in the studio but I am aware of the pull toward to-do lists and the feeling of being so far behind in knowledge about business that I feel learning trumps creating.
Probably not true.
With that said, I have been doing all kinds of research on starting a small business, creative pursuits and everything that might be even mildly related. There have been books that have inspired, interviews that have motivated and articles that make the lightbulbs in my brain flicker with ideas. Today I thought I would share just three books that gave me more than a good read — each one has inspired something different in me. I've taken so much from these books that I hope you can find some joy in them too, darling reader.
Hashtag Girlboss. Sophia Amoruso is a force to be reckoned with and her book will make you want to punch fear in the face and chase down your dreams like a lion chases prey.
Her company, Nasty Gal, is all kinds of sexy, feminine clothes and shoes which will make you want to wear fire engine red lips and drink dirty martinis for breakfast.
To me, this book was like taking a shot of whiskey before you have to go on stage to present on a topic that you don't know much about to a group of people whom you've never met and who you are sure know far more about the topic than you. The whiskey tingles all through your fingertips and toes and makes you feel like superstar, even for a moment.
Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod is the memoir I wish I wrote and a story that I wish I could tell at parties about the time I saved my pennies, quit my job and my apartment to move to Paris with no plan and deep wanderlust. And to fall in love a the handsome Parisian butcher who spoke no English.
I read this book in three days, at a time when I was feeling restless and unsure, miles away from home. It inspired a project that I've been working on for the past 5 months that I hope to give life to in a grander way next year.
It mostly gave me the reassurance I needed to keep treading along this uncertain path.
Janice Macleod's blog is pretty awesome too.
You might ask why I've added a novel to this list but when and if you read it, you will understand.
The main character, Alma Whitaker, is fictional force to be reckoned with. A woman whose depth and humanity leaves an impression on you, even if you're not sure why at first. Long after I finished the book I found myself wondering what Alma would do in a certain situation or simply thinking about my friend Alma. To read such a fierce yet tender female character felt comforting — Alma made me feel less alone in the world.
Elizabeth Gilbert is an entirely fierce human being not because she exudes a severity in her pursuits but because she offers her gift and herself so openly and so honestly to the world that her voice resonates with all of us. This quality of raw accessibility is rare and precious. She inspires me everday to keep going.
Thank you for stopping by.
I do hope you can get your hands on at least one of these books!