Hey darling boss babes! I hope you enjoyed March's BOSS BABE BOOK CLUB read, I AM THAT GIRL by Alexis Jones. What are your first impressions? Did you like it?
I really enjoyed this book...more than I thought I would, honestly.
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I was a little nervous about reading this book when a friend of mine told me it was written by a former Survivor cast member. "Oh boy", I thought, "another reality TV star clinging to D list fame through writing a book". I was worried that this just wasn't going to be for me. Luckily, I did a little research on I AM THAT GIRL and found out it was a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering girls and women to be who they are and be happy with themselves. Now, that's a mission I hope all of us boss babes can get behind. So...I decided to add it to the BBBC reading list and I'm so very glad that I did.
Alexis's writings are empowering and moving without being too "self-help-y" (yeah...I'm making it a word). She spends the entire book helping the reader to find their passion and dream....and go for it; all the while asking the reader to stay true to herself. The concept behind "I AM THAT GIRL" is that we as women need to stop trying to compare ourselves or try to be "that girl". You all know that girl she is referring to....the skinny girl, the popular girl, the rich girl, the "if only I was her then I would finally be happy" girl. Alexis instead insists that we already are that girl. Instead of focusing on what others have or the "I will be happy when..." mentality, we should love who we are now and be grateful for everything that we have in our lives. Once we do that, we will realize that we already are that girl...and be happier! And happiness can lead to all sorts of wonderful and amazing things. Alexis discusses that one way we can help ourselves realize that we already are that girl is to find your passion....whether that's creating a business, finding a non-profit to be involved with, taking care of your loved ones, changing careers...etc. It just should be something that gets you excited about waking up in the morning.
I finished "I AM THAT GIRL" excited to take on some new projects I have coming up. Alexis included several stories from other women in her book, including a forward by Sophia Bush, that allowed us to see this concept she was talking about from so many different perspectives and backgrounds. I find sometimes that I'm my own worst critic. I worry sometimes that I look at other bloggers or people on instagram and think...okay...I'll be happy when I have XX followers or XX likes. That's not healthy. There is a thin line between healthy competition/goals and comparison. Alexis talks about how this comparison holds us back from being happy and from accomplishing all the wonderful things we could be doing if we stopped focusing on THAT GIRL and started realizing we have so many reasons to be happy with our own lives. I've taken this to heart. As Alexis suggested in the book, I've tried to take some time each day just to write down the things that I'm grateful for and the reasons I have to be happy. It's crazy once you see that long list...you really start to wonder why you didn't allow yourself to be happy because you were wanting more or something else.
If you haven't read this month's book yet, I highly recommend it. And go check out Alexis's non-profit organization: I AM THAT GIRL. You can even sponsor a girl!
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