As I’ve previously mentioned in many other blog posts, I love to read. But since starting Rachel’s Bake Lab I had accidentally put a lot of my other hobbies and loves on the back burner. Not any more! While I tend to read a lot of YA and Graphic Novels (currently reading: Nimona) I’ve decided to counter every romantic novel with a book that helps give my business and my craft a bit more direction and purpose.

So after reading The Defining Decade I gobbled up two Lucy Knisley books (Age of License & Displacement) and then headed straight towards #GIRLBOSS.

Before I start going into the nitty gritty of the book I want to say one thing: I liked the book.

Four out of Five Stars in my library

I thoroughly enjoyed the book for many reasons. It was incredibly easy to read, engaging, a wonderful length (about 200 pages), and relatable for any young woman trying to pave her own path.

I recently got off the phone with a close friend of mine in NJ and she asked me about the book and how I enjoyed it and overall it was a wonderfully inspiring read. Sophia knows how to uplift you and remind you’re a badass and to stay true to your own mission and business model.

I’ve always had a hard time relating to businesses that don’t work with perishable items mainly because I can’t imagine hoarding dozens of cookies for pre-sale or selling anything on Ebay or Amazon because of the niche that I’ve decided to make a business out of. So Sophia’s journey, how she began, where she came from, and how she continues to build her business and herself was incredibly inspirational because she could have been anyone.

Mind you, the biggest thing that stuck out to me was her circumstance. The circumstance in which the time and place and what resources were available to her had a lot to do with how she began but everything after that was all up to her and how determined she was to keep on keepin on.

Would I say this book gave me a lot of emotional inspiration? Yes!

Would I say this book gave me direction on my business or where to start? No. But that’s okay.

It’s important to recognize what was offered to you from the books or advice you are given and take it with a grain of salt. Sophia was emotionally inspirational despite the hard time I had relating to her.

Favorite Quotes

“The energy you’ll expend focusing on someone else’s life is better spent working on your own. Just be your own idol.”

“No matter where you are in life, you'll save a lot of time by not worrying too much about what other people think about you. The earlier in your life that you can learn that, the easier the rest of it will be.”

“Abandon anything about your life and habits that might be holding you back. Learn to create your own opportunities. Know that there is no finish line; fortune favors action. Race balls-out toward the extraordinary life that you’ve always dreamed of, or still haven’t had time to dream up. And prepare to have a hell of a lot of fun along the way.”

“Money looks better in the bank than on your feet.”

“Opinions are like assholes; everybody’s got one.”

“fortune favors action.”

What are you reading? Thoughts? Read on and Bake on <3