If You Have to Cry, Go Outside by Kelly Cutrone
Hands down, my favorite book for inspiration. I have loved Kelly ever since The Hills (yes, I am probably showing my age) when LC and Whitney ‘interned’ for her at People’s Revolution. She is known for her no-BS attitude, her all-black attire, and producing excellent, PR-worthy events. In this book, you get a glimpse at just how much she had to overcome to get where she is today and how she takes care of those closest to her. #Goals.
Play Big by Dr. Jen Welter
I had the absolute pleasure of hearing Dr. Jen Welter speak in person in November 2017, right after I was laid off from my full-time job. I had decided to begin working for myself, a decision I did not take lightly. Dr. Welter’s story of triumph, changing the game, and betting on yourself really resonated with me at that particular moment in my life. Every attendee was lucky enough to get a copy of her book, Play Big, and it has been a source of inspiration for me ever since.
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
My husband bought this book for me when I started my own business. It’s a self-help book, of sorts, written for people who hate self-help books. Jen’s philosophies about leading with self-love make it easy to conquer anything, even on days where you just feel like staying in bed. I’d call this a must-read for anyone who wants to go with their gut and pursue their dreams.
Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
Make no mistake about it: This woman is a Boss. I have always been fascinated by the fashion industry, and Sophia’s story of how she created NastyGal (and now Girlboss Media) from absolutely nothing is incredible. Like Kelly Cutrone before her, Amoruso has a no-nonsense attitude about life and work. It’s easy to see why she has had such success after reading about her story.
Notes on Running Like a Girl: Notes on Learning to Run by Alexandra Heminsley
This book is, in a word, hilarious. Alexandra documents her giant leap into running, after she agrees to participate in her very first marathon with her family. Her hilarious, true-to-life experiences make me, a 5-miles-and-no-further runner, feel less alone and shed a light on what training is really like. Her running diary motivated me to train for my first 5K in 2013, so it’s my go-to for when I need to get off of the couch. It’ll give you the get-up-and-go to conquer whatever you have ahead of you that day.