August 27, 2016

My oh my, it's been a while since I've shared a book review here on Kathlyn's Korner. Since starting my senior year of high school, I've had a hard time adjusting to my classes, trying to study for my SAT, staying active in extra circulars, looking at colleges, and of course being consistent with my blog. With all of that going on, I haven't had enough time to sit down and read a book straight through, which would explain my lack of book related posts.

BUT HAVE NO FEAR. I've somewhat got my life together and am back with a book review for the incredible self help book, Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness, for the Female Entrepreneur by Cara Alwill Leyba!

I am witnessing a phenomenon. It seems as though a growing group women entrepreneurs all around the world has discovered the secret to success and happiness in both their lives and careers. It’s almost as though there is a hidden, underground world of power playing females who have all cracked a magical code: they think positively, they support one another, and they truly believe they can have it all —and you can, too. There is something dynamic that happens when women genuinely show up for each other. When we lose the facades, when we cut the bullsh*t, and when we truly have each others backs. When we stop pretending everything is perfect, and we show the messy, beautiful parts of ourselves and our work that all look awfully similar. When we talk about our fears, our missteps, and our breakdowns. And most importantly, when we share our celebrations, our breakthroughs, and dish on what works. There is no reason to hoard information, connections, or insight. Wisdom is meant to be shared, so let’s start sharing what we’ve learned to make each other better. Let’s start building each other up. Let's live up to our potential and start ruling the world. GIRL CODE is a roadmap for female entrepreneurs, professional women, “side hustlers” (those with a day job who are building a business on the side), and anyone in between who wants to become a better woman. This book will not teach you how to build a multimillion dollar business. It won’t teach you about systems or operational processes. But it will teach you how to build confidence in yourself, reconnect with your “why,” eradicate jealousy, and ultimately learn the power of connection. Because at the end of the day, that’s what life and business is all about. - Amazon

My Thoughts
I don't think I can begin tell you guys what this book means to me. The original reason why I purchased this book was because I read Autumn's post, where she talked about how a book called Girl Code helped her turn comparison from envy to aspiration, and I was instantly drawn to the message. I dropped a comment, went over to Amazon, and purchased my own copy of Girl Code. Little did I know that this 162 page book would change my life for the better.

Girl Code does exactly what it promises. It unlocks secrets that will better your success, sanity, and happiness. It's not only for female entrepreneurs, but for everyone. Leyba gives the best tips and goes in great detail with them. She teaches you to let go of fear, uncertainty,and the judgment of others, in order to get what you truly want from life. Not everyone is going to believe in what you believe. Not everyone is going to get what you're trying to do. And that's okay. People will tell you to be more realistic with your dreams in life, but you know what?

Other people's version of "reality" is just that- their version. It is reflective of their experiences, their fears, and their set beliefs. Your reality is yours and yours alone. And it should be as fabulous as you want it to be.

When I read that, I felt relieved. I have big dreams and big goals and I've heard so many people tell me to make them smaller, or in this case, be more realistic with them. And I listened. I closed the door to some of my dreams and opened a door to a life that was not meant for me, but at least it was "realistic". Leyba changed that. Just that small quote was enough for me to reopen that door of big dreams. That door of vacation trips to exotic places around the world. That door to my big fancy dream car in the parking space of my big dream house near a big city doing big things. No one's stopping me now. No other door will be open.

Not only is the writing phenomenal and super encouraging, but it's also interactive. One of the unique things in Leyba's book are the extra credit sections. At the end of some chapters, there's little exercises for the reader to do. A couple of them are:

  1. Make a list of everything you desire.
  2. What have your failures taught you?
  3. Make a list of three women you've felt envious of.

Each extra credit section is there for a purpose. It's to evoke something out you. There's also a "What's your biggest takeaway from this chapter" at the end of every chapter, and an interview section where the author interviews other girl bosses chasing after their dreams.

This is not a book where you just read through and not take anything away from it. This isn't a book where you read it and never look back. This book is to be read in context. It's to be read slowly, so the words can stick. It's the type of book where a highlighter, pen, and a couple of post it notes are required. This book, Girl Code, is what a true self help book should be. 

When I went into Girl Code, I had no idea what I wanted for my life. I had no idea what I wanted to do or who I wanted to be. After reading Girl Code, it's clear. I see the path I want to take. I see the goals I want to achieve. I see the dreams I want to reach. I see the life I want to live. And I see the person I want to be.

If you haven't already, make sure to add Girl Code to your reading list. I promise you, truly, you won't be disappointed. If you've already read Girl Code, leave a comment sharing your thoughts on it.

xo, kathlyn

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