When I was in high school, my friends and I pushed against anything that was popular. We were the weird artsy group of girls that wanted to be unique in a sea of striped rugby shirts, cuffed pale blue jeans and braided leather belts. We relished in our thrift store finds like vintage 1960s dresses, men’s polyester trousers and screen printed t-shirts with sayings like: ‘”Virginia is for lovers” or “If you lead a good life, say your prayers and go to church, when you die, you’ll go to Texas.” When big brands starting coopting our ‘cool’ and making new versions of the vintage clothing we spent hours and hours hunting for, we started wearing even weirder things in hopes that they were so different that no one else would want to wear them.
It wasn’t just what we wore. This philosophy of seeking out the out-of-the-ordinary-things spread into the things we did, what we listened to and what we read. Best sellers were completely off the list. If everyone liked it, then it was already passé in our eyes.
Now, that I’m approaching 40 and juggling all the joyful responsibilities of adulthood like scheduling bi-weekly Costco trips for a good deal on toilet paper and paying the bills on time, I don’t have the same time and energy I had in high school to research and seek out cool stuff. I find myself looking forward to marathon sessions of watching my favorite televisions shows more than heading out to a local bar to see a band that I may or may not like or spending hours pursuing titles in a used book shop for a gem that no one has ever heard of. Yet, I still get a little weary of jumping on the bandwagon when I start hearing chatter about something that’s a ‘must-read’. This is exactly how I discovered #GIRLBOSS which has been all the rage on social media for a few months and I didn’t want to buy it, let alone read it because EVERYONE was reading it.
Then, I let go of my high school philosophy of the coolest stuff being underground and just bought the book! I’m so glad I did, I haven’t finished it yet, but so far I’m loving Amoruso’s balls out and super honest approach to female entrepreneurship which is embodied in quotes like, “You are not your own special snowflake”. Here I am, one more person in a sea of people telling you to read this book. It’s a quick read and chances are that if you’re a creative entrepreneur you’ll get something out of it. If #GIRLBOSS isn’t your speed, don’t worry! We have three other great titles in our Dear Handmade Life DIY + Business Book Club this month: Illustration School: Let’s Draw Magical Color by Sachiko Umoto, Made by Hand by Lena Corwin and 20 Ways to Draw a Doodle and 44 Other Zigzags, Hearts, Spirals, and Teardrops: A Sketchbook for Artists, Designers, and Doodlers by Rachael Taylor. All four books have made me super happy this month and I hope they make you happy too! We’re making it super for easy for you to get inspired by these books since we’re giving some of them away.
To enter the contest:
If you want to win three of these books Illustration School: Let’s Draw Magical Color by Sachiko Umoto, Made by Hand by Lena Corwin and 20 Ways to Draw a Doodle and 44 Other Zigzags, Hearts, Spirals, and Teardrops: A Sketchbook for Artists, Designers, and Doodlers by Rachael Taylor, just leave comment on this post letting us know why you’re excited for fall (hello! crinkly leaves beneath our feet, winter craft fairs and so much more!). Post your comment by October 29th at midnight to be entered to win. Make sure to include your email address so we can get your address and ship you some lovely things to read.
1. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
2. Illustration School: Let’s Draw Magical Color by Sachiko Umoto
3. Made by Hand by Lena Corwin
The contest is now closed! Congrats to Mayuri!