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There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no independence quite so important, as living within your means. - Calvin Coolidge

I bought #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso immediately on Talya Goldberg‘s recommendation a few weeks ago and could not wait to curl up with it and read something that would motivate and inspire! I even had my pens and notebook ready so that planning for my own empire could continue.

I finished the book in two hours. It is an easy read but an important one in that her brazen advice is understandable and practical. There is a cute illustration before each chapter and plenty of quotations throughout (which, because you’re reading my blog you’ll know, I love).

This illustration is from my favourite chapter: Chapter 5) Money Looks Better in the Bank Than On Your Feet.

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I finished #GIRLBOSS by @sophia_amoruso in two hours. It is an easy read but an important one in that her brazen advice is understandable and practical. There is a cute illustration before each chapter and plenty of quotations throughout (which, if you read my blog you'll know, I love). This illustration is from my favourite chapter: Chapter 5) Money Looks Better in the Bank Than On Your Feet. "There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no independence quite so important, as living within your means." – Calvin Coolidge Again, if you read my blog, you know about my passion for researching and writing about the psychology behind people's behaviour when it comes money; earning it, spending it and saving it! Within this chapter there are so many of the 'smart money habits' that I love to blog about: – learn to control your finances – it's the little things that can and will wreck your credit – pay up and pay on time – do not spend more than you earn / have (my favourite) – don't increase your spending as soon as your income increases – treat your savings account just like any other bill – make your money work for you I am excited to write a full post on this book soon but for now, if you are interested, I have written a few blog posts covering all of these topics and have so many more in my 'Drafts' folder. Have a look at my Behavioural Finance category on femmegypsy | A Contradictory Life. www.femmegypsy.com #SophiaAmoruso #NastyGal #bookworm #bookreview #virtualbookclub #behaviouralfinance #smartmoney #moneyhabits #smartmoneyhabits #personalfinance #psychology #workforwhatyouwant #passion #reading #femmegypsyvirtualbookclub

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Again, because you read my blog, you know about my passion for researching and writing about the psychology behind people’s behaviour when it comes to money; earning it, spending it and saving it!

Within this chapter there are so many of the ‘smart money habits‘ that I love to blog about:

  • learn to control your finances
  • it’s the little things that can and will wreck your credit
  • pay up and pay on time
  • do not spend more than you earn / have (my favourite)
  • don’t increase your spending as soon as your income increases – treat your savings account just like any other bill
  • make your money work for you
For all my posts on this topic, click through to the “Behavioural Studies” category. 

I absolutely LOVE Sophia’s attitude and that she went “from a broke, anarchist freegan dead set on smashing the system to a millionaire businesswoman who today is as at home in the boardroom as she is in the dressing room.

I entered adulthood believing that capitalism was a scam, but I’ve instead found that it’s a kind of alchemy. You combine hard work, creativity, and self-determination, and things start to happen.

I always told people that the reason I studied finance and investments is because I could only begin to try and fight the system if I understood it properly first. Even though I might not still be of the belief that I want to ‘smash the system’ because I have seen what good (yes, good) can come from a healthy capitalist system, there are still many changes that I have dreams of implementing. I dream of an investment world that is both sustainable and trustworthy and I can make an impact if I “take control and accept responsibility” (something pointed out in the very first chapter).

Something else that is highlighted very early on in the book is the “rule” to question everything. I got a tattoo of a question mark on my ankle on my eighteenth birthday for this very reason. It serves as a daily reminder to do so and I love explaining to people the meaning behind my tattoo; it is anything but random.

The energy you expend focusing on someone else’s life is better spent working on your own.”  – Yes yes yes! I posted this picture on Instagram the other day with the following caption and think most of us need to be reminded of this constantly!

I’ve (read: @wez371 has) had to remind myself over and over again this week that the grass is not always greener on the other side and that I just need to focus and concentrate on my own work / passions / hobbies / life to create a future for myself that is blindingly bright. 

I am a feminist (obviously) and Sophia’s approach to this topic is, again, simple and practical. Like her “I have never once in my life thought that being a girl was something I had to overcome” and I realise how lucky I am to be able to say this. I think more women need to “know that letting someone open a door for [them] doesn’t make [them] any less independent.” and that they “do not need to choose between smart and sexy. They can have both. They are both.”

I could dedicate an entire blog post to the Chapter 3 illustration.

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I am re-reading #GIRLBOSS by @sophia_amoruso and had to take this pic of Chapter 3's illustration. "I am bored" is the single most infuriating phrase that anyone can ever mutter in my presence. I could go on for days but it would be a rant! My current boss sent me a message after my first interview to tell me that I am "infectiously enthusiastic" and it is probably the best compliment that I have ever received. I love that my energy is contagious, that I connect with clients (most people) and hold myself to a high standard to keep myself, as well as others, engaged and satisfied. Much like the portrait of Christina Ferrucci outlined in the book. Boredom is not the natural state of a #GIRLBOSS! I have a new post on my blog with some thoughts on this book. In summary: I love it. http://wp.me/p3hK7P-1tT #femmegypsyvirtualbookclub #virtualbookclub

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“I am bored” is the single most infuriating phrase that anyone can ever mutter in my presence.

After my first interview for Anchor Capital my now boss, Peter Armitage, sent me a message to tell me that I am “infectiously enthusiastic” and it is probably the best compliment that I have ever received. I love that my energy is contagious, that I connect with clients (most people) and hold myself to a high standard to keep myself, as well as others, engaged and satisfied. Much like the portrait of Christina Ferrucci outlined in the book.

Boredom is not the natural state of a #GIRLBOSS!

Sophia wrote the book because she wants “you to be able to use #GIRLBOSS to project yourself into an awesome life where you can do whatever you want” and before I give away too much, I think you should buy the book because it definitely serves its purpose as a catalyst for this.