If you’re a book lover like me you probably have this habit of always buying ten new books when you still have twenty at home waiting to be read. But what’s wrong with having your own at-home library, right ?
The Promise of Pencil, by Adam Braun.
Adam Braun created the nonprofit organization Pencils of Promise, which is dedicated to building school in underdevelopped countries.
Reading The Promise of Pencil was like embarking on a journey of finding purpose. I’ve rarely felt so passionnated and inspired by someone’s words. Adam Braun leads us on the road to self-discovery in order to built ourselves a more meaningful life, and teaches us about the true meaning of selflessness and philanthropy. The Promise of Pencil is also a huge life lesson on working hard to achieve your dreams and never let anything come between you and your goals.
The Promise of Pencil in three words : passion, purpose, and meaning.
I Am That Girl, by Alexis Jones
I can’t summarize I Am That Girl better than by saying it is THE most empowering book for women.
Alexis Jones is the founder of the non-profit organization I Am That Girl : a community of girls dedicated to empowering women, “a movement inspiring girls to love, express and be exactly who they are” .
It really wouldn’t be an exaggeration for me to say that reading that book changed my life in some ways. It definitely opened my eyes on what kind of woman I aspire to be. This book teaches us a lot as women, from discovering our passion and purpose in life to finding who we want to be and leading a life that would speak our truth. It’s definitely one of the most inspirational book I’ve ever read, and the lessons I’ve got from it are golden and I try to remember them daily : get rid of the constant self-doubt and start leaning on your self-love. Dream bigger than we’ve be taught to and don’t be afraid to fight for what you want and deserve.
It’s no secret that there’s still a lot of work to be done for our gender, but reading I Am That Girl and learning more about this community gave me a bit of hope for us. It is truly comforting to find something that supports and brings girls together.
Yes Please, by Amy Poelher
“I want to be around people that do things. I don’t want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people that dream and support and do things.”
Amy Poelher, hilarious as always, gifted us with a real feel-good book with Yes Please.
I’m personally very interested in the media and film industry so I was really excited to read her stories about Parks and Recreation and her time at SNL.
Little did I know that not only I would read amazing stories about that time, but also discover a book full of life lessons for any girl. The number of inspirational quotes I found in that book is crazy.
“You have to be where you are to get where you need to go.”
It’s certainly the main point of the book : life is not always a picnic – but Amy still manages to find positivity and humor even in tough times, and shows us that life might not be perfect right now (it never is anyway), but it does get better.
“That is the motto women should constantly repeat over and over again. Good for her! Not for me.”
I think that’s the part that really got to me : stop comparing yourself to others. Amy gets real with the true definition of “being enough”, which is something that speaks so much to me. I’ve always dreaded the word “enough”, never feeling like that was something I would ever reach. Yet what really spoke to me on Yes Please was to learn how to use self-love to silent that inner voice that we all have that tells us we are not enough.
Amy reminds us that everyone feels that way, but that instead of starting a competition with the rest of the world, focus on learning to feel like you are enough and support and celebrate others. You will be so much more happy and confident that way.
“I believe great people do things before they are ready.”
Another inspirational lesson I learned from Amy is to get out of your comfort zone and take risks. Don’t wait till you’re ready, because you’ll probably never be. And so what if you failed ? At least you will have tried, and at the end of the day isn’t that what truly matters ?
“The only way we will survive is by being kind. The only way we can get by in this world is through the help we receive from others. No one can do it alone, no matter how great the machines are.”