These top 5 books for female entrepreneurs have changed my mindset, business, and life. In this blog post, I share how these books have encouraged me to simplify, be grateful, and grow my business sustainably. This post may contain affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase from my link I may make a small commission at no cost to you.
Making time to read has never been easy for me. I’m a doer and have to force myself to slow down. And, as a mama to three with a creative small business, my list of things to-do is always growing. These books have encouraged me in my season of life and guide my perspective as I grow my business.
5 Books for Simplifying Your Life and Business
As I sit down to write this blog post, the words feel kind of stuck. Do you ever feel that way? Stuck in your words, stuck in your ways? Writing is a discipline, much like reading. These books have encouraged me so much and I’m so grateful I took the time to read them.
I’m a serious fan of Lara Casey: her story, her triumph, and her perseverance. This is a book about Lara’s journey to entrepreneurship as a publisher of a wedding magazine as well as Cultivate what Matters. One of my favorite quotes from Lara is this:
I’m a recovering perfectionist and can quite frankly be hard on myself. This book encourages me to move forward and surrender to my fear of perfection. I think you will love this story— her thoughts still guide me as I build my business in 2019.
I first noticed this book at an Anthropologie in NYC. My husband had been invited to attend a prestigious university conference and I was able to tag along. What is ironic is that while I was in NYC, I felt this pull to be noticed, to achieve, and to impress— it is one of the busiest cities in one of the trendiest stores after all.
But, time and time again, the wins are in the small moments and with the people in our lives. Our craving to chase after someone’s else reality and success will leave us thankless, and honestly, miserable. Choosing slow is so hard, yet so fruitful. If you are struggling with busy, this might be the book for you.
Essentialism is about choosing less for more impact. The author helps you really think through what moves the needle forward in your business, and ‘quit’ the rest. I see so many things happening around the creative community that I want to try, but this book reminds me that my biggest efforts gained are going to be from the tasks that really matter. It’s a quick and easy read!
Extra Credit: Books for Simplifying at Home
Emily Ley’s Grace, Not Perfection is a great read if you are looking for strategies to organize your home and kids routines.
You can find this book on Amazon, of course. 😉
Struggling with comparison? One of the most powerful things on earth is gratitude. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp is a powerful narrative about suffering, loss, and yet, finding deep rooted joy in everyday life.
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