You are your own permission slip!

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Welcome back! Today I want to talk about how important it is to be your own permission slip! If you want to do something, if you want to go somewhere and be something then go and do it! Don’t let anyone or anything stand in your way! Make that change today!Don’t hold back or change because of what you think someone expects of you or because that is what you’re inner critic is telling you! You can’t draw, you’re rubbish! Says who? Go and draw that masterpiece! You can’t write, no one will be interested in it! Think again! Go and do whatever it is that you want to do! Live your life however you want to live it!!! Just because you’re different to someone else don’t let that stop you, embrace it!

On that note I would like to share with you what I have been working on! I have started writing the odd poem just for me as a way to use some of my creativity, deal with my thoughts and emotions, making them more tangible rather than just as lots of mixed up thoughts in your head. I decided to share some on Instagram and I will share them here too. Let me know if you like them and let me know what you are doing or what you want to do.

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Girl power design book July’s Book club choices

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Hello, welcome back! I hope you’re all doing well! As some of you may know from my earlier post I’m taking a bit of a break this month. I would urge you to look at your calendar and do the same, cut back on some things for a month to refresh and regroup. Summer is a great time for this! For example ditch the gym and get outside, make self care more of a priority etc. It’s important to mix things up and give yourself a break. You can always go back to things. Okay enough of that onto today’s post!

The books for July’s book club are:

1) Rise Sister Rise by Rebecca Campbell

This is another book by Rebecca Campbell who featured on June’s Book Club! Rise Sister Rise is about embracing your true femininity in times where it’s no longer a man’s world. This book looks really interesting looking at self care and spirituality!

2) Like She Owns the Place by Cara Alwill Leyba

In this book Cara talks about how she achieved her own confidence and how you can do the same. She touches on topics such as how to trust yourself to know what is best for you and to look at what truly matters and not things like how skinny you are etc.

I can’t wait to read both of these books!! Please let me know how you get on! Don’t forget I will be reviewing these books at the end of the month and may look to include comments so let me know what you think! Feel free to comment below with any thoughts and to follow us on our social media pages. Our details are below:-

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Give yourself a break!!

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Hello, welcome back! I hope you’re all doing well! Today I want to talk about something really important, I want to let you all know that it is okay to take a break and have some time for yourself!! It doesn’t have to be go, go, go all the time!

You don’t have to say yes when someone asks you to do something and you don’t have to do everything at once!

Set some boundaries and communicate clearly what you want! Take the time you need for yourself! You can’t be there for others if you don’t!

I know you may be thinking it’s Thursday where is the Girl Power Boss post. Well I have decided to be the example and take a break from that feature for this month and create more space for other posts this month. I’m going on holiday later this month and I need to take some time to chill! So I’m being more relaxed about what I’m posting and spending more time reading, journaling, going on walks and focusing on me!

Girl Power Boss posts will return in August! I have some awesome ladies lined up for you!

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Girl Power Design Book Club Review -June:

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Welcome back! Today I have a very exciting post! I’m going to talk about the books we have been reading for this month’s book club! Please comment below with your thoughts and comments on the books I would love to hear from you.

She Means Business by Carrie Green:

This is a book for women who are entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs who want to achieve their dreams. Carrie shares her business and mindset tips which helped get her to exactly where she wanted to be.

Girl Power Design Review:

I loved this book! I thought it was really inspirational and insightful! Carrie motivates you to start living the life you want and to dream big! She explains how she got started from doing a law degree, to having a phone unlocking business before creating the amazing Female Entrepreneur Association! She gives you small achievable tasks to create your own mindset for success! It’s not all about creating your own business you could use the tips even if you’re not self employed.

How many stars: ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Earth Is Hiring by Peta Kelly

Peta looks at the new way of doing things the millennial way in this book. She looks at what we can do to make the world a better place and use our creative talents to do so.

Girl Power Design Review:

I have to be honest I was a little bit disappointed by this book! It started off really well but I found myself losing interest as the book went on. There are some really important topics discussed in this book such as how we can do more for the planet, how important Mother Earth is, guidance for entrepreneurs, money mindset and creating your own scripts for success! I feel like too much was tried to put into one book and I would have liked some of the chapters to have been shorter or more direct as I found myself getting a bit lost in what was said. This is just my opinion and it may just be that this wasn’t the right time for me to read it. I have heard Peta Kelly speak on few podcasts and she was very inspiring. If you have read this book I would love to hear your opinion.

How many stars:⭐️⭐️⭐️

Light Is The New Black by Rebecca Campbell

This is probably one of the most spiritual books on the list. It looks at how you should follow and listen to your soul callings and do what lights you up!

Girl Power Design Review:

I loved this book and I know many of you did too! It gave me goosebumps and made me cry! The message really hit home! Do what you love to do, what lights you up and by doing this alone you will help raise the vibrations of the earth. This is definitely for the more spiritual women out there if you’re not very spiritual and you think everything spiritual is very woo woo, then this may not be for you. I thought it was amazing though and couldn’t put it down! Rebecca puts lots of mantras, poems and questions we can ask ourselves throughout this book which really helps to keep you engaged.

How many stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Little Black Book by Otega Uwagba

This book is a toolkit for working women everywhere with practical advice tips and much more.

Girl Power Design Review:

This was another book which was a little bit disappointing! I heard lots of good things about it, while it is okay and has some useful points it didn’t blow me away. It has some good tips for women in business but it was a little bit too basic for me. If you’re new to the work place this could be a good one for you.

How many stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gayle Honeyman

This is the only fictional book on the list this month. It looks at the life of Eleanor Oliphant who leads a very simple life and looks at the struggles she faces with mental health problems and connecting with the people around her. It shows is the importance of taking the time to look after ourselves.

Girl Power Design Review:

This was a brilliant book which I couldn’t put down! It took me a while to settle into the story and connect with the main character but then I was away and needed to know more. Would definitely recommend this book!

How many stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Let me know your thoughts on these books! I hope you have enjoyed reading them! I think overall they have been really good and there was a nice mix of topics. Let me know if you have any suggestions for July’s book club!

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Girl Power Boss: Lisa Gust

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Welcome back to Girl Power Bosses! I hope you enjoyed last week’s post. If you haven’t read it then please check it out!

Okay let’s get started.

A little about Lisa, what she is doing and how she got there:

Lisa is a copywriter and translator. Her journey started when she was living in London as an Executive Assistant. She thought she had her dream job, it was full of all the things she loved, organising, planning and arranging events. However over time she began to realise that it wasn’t right for her. She was fed up of 9 to 5 and wanted a change.

So one day she decided to do something pretty drastic and handed in her notice and move to Brighton with only a few months savings to live off. Lisa had no idea about what she wanted to do and then the idea came to her. She decided to apply for part time jobs while she built up a copywriting and interpreting business. However that didn’t seem to work either. Lisa applied for over 100 jobs but no one seemed to hire her and so she decided to concentrate solely on her business. This worked and over time she slowly built up her business.

A day in the life of Lisa:

Lisa’s days are very varied. She is not a morning person and so often wakes up about 8, scrolls through her social media, has her breakfast and then gets ready then work. She then starts working on any projects she has, she will spend time marketing her business and looking for future clients. Lisa is in her first year of business and so said that she is still building her business up and spends time working in the evenings and weekends. However this is a job with more flexibility than her 9 to 5 and she enjoys it!

Advice for women who are fed up of what they are doing and are in desperate need of a change:

Lisa said that her advice would be that there is always a way out. Although she admitted that she would necessarily recommend quitting job without knowing what to do. She said to spend time looking at what you are passionate about and trying to do something related to that. Lisa it may be scary but you need to jump.

Lisa’s hobbies:

Lisa loves reading, mainly crime novels and Harry Potter but that Alice in Wonderland was her favourite book of all. Lisa also loves to travel and the end of June, she is going to go on a world trip starting in Egypt. How exciting!

Takeaway tip:

Lisa said that her advice would be to have the confidence to fulfil your dreams! That it may be difficult at times but that it is always worth it in the end. She also said encourage other women around you to do the same!

Where can we find out more:

Check out Lisa’s website and blog at http://www.lisagust.co.uk

Well I don’t know about you but I feel really inspired by that post! So let’s go out there and follow those dreams. Let’s lift each other up instead of dragging each other down. Remember my affirmation from my other post we can and we will watch us!!!

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Girl Power Design’s Book Club- June’s Choices

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Welcome back! I hope you’ve had a good week!

Today I want to let you know about the books we will be looking at for June’s book club! Please join in, read the books alongside me and let me know your thoughts. I want this to be an interactive space where you can connect with me and other women. I’m thinking of perhaps creating a Facebook group for this let me know if you think this is a good idea and you would be interested in joining?

Okay let’s get on with the books. I have 5 books for this month. They all resonate in some way to Girl Power Design. Read one or more of them and let me know what you think and if you like the idea of this book club then please share this post so as many people as possible can get involved. At the end of the month I will post a review of each book which may include some of your comments!

Okay June’s Books are:

  • She Means Business by Carrie Green:

This is a book for women who are entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs who want to achieve their dreams. Carrie shares her business and mindset tips which helped get her to exactly where she wanted to be.

  • The Earth Is Hiring by Peta Kelly

Peta looks at the new way of doing things the millennial way in this book. She looks at what we can do to make the world a better place and use our creative talents to do so.

  • Light Is The New Black by Rebecca Campbell

This is probably one of the most spiritual books on the list. It looks at how you should follow and listen to your soul callings and do what lights you up!

  • Little Black Book by Otega Uwagba

This book is a toolkit for working women everywhere with practical advice tips and much more.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gayle Honeyman

This is the only fictional book on the list this month. It looks at the life of Eleanor Oliphant who leads a very simple life and looks at the struggles she faces with mental health problems and connecting with the people around her. It shows is the importance of taking the time to look after ourselves.

Please let me know if you read any of the books and what you think about them. I hope you enjoy our first book club month! Feel free to comment below and to follow us on our social media pages. Our details are below:-

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