Professional Books

I am always up for a good beach book, but sometimes it is important to take a break and read a few books that may help you in your personal and professional life. I often find that I enjoy reading a book about women in the work force or how other women have succeeded, but I can honestly say that I haven't ever bought or read a book on finances! In fact, there are a few things that I am just not a fan of and in an ideal world I would just make them disappear, but unfortunately finances is one of those things you just have to deal with. There are spenders and there are savers, and I fall into the spender category - meaning that I can probably come up with some kind of reason I "NEED" that gold swan pool float. I am also pretty good at helping others figure out ways to spend their money. Of course, checking out blogs, working in the design industry and constantly exploring and creating new things only makes the problem worse. Therefore, these past couple of weeks I have been tackling the problem head on and instead of keeping it a secret, I thought I would share a few of my favorite books that may help you on the business side of things!

Rich Bitch: Nicole Lapin

A great book that breaks down finances into a very manageable and possible reality! She not only gives you tips & tricks, but she also realizes that you can't just pay off all your debit & never drink a latte again. I also really enjoy that Nicole didn't one day wake up and everything was working in her world of finances, but instead shares her experiences good & bad to help you understand the big picture. Even if you think you have all your finances in order, I highly recommend checking it out and reading a few chapters. You might learn something new!

Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire: Mireille Guiliano

I read this book a few years ago for a women's studies class, and I am so glad that I did, in fact, I should probably read it again for a refresher! Mireille Guiliano, the senior executive & spokesperson for Veuve Clicquot, the high-end champagne company, shares her experiences in the workforce. She teaches you how to find your passion in life, the importance of communication skills, work-life-balance and how to develop your brand all with witty stories, style and grace. A must read for anyone who wants to know how to be a successful woman!

What Works for Women at Work: Joan Williams & Rachel Dempsey

I just recently started this book, which was recommended by my sister, after telling her about my relatively new job and the 6 other amazing women I work with. I think sometimes as women we don't know exactly how to attack a new project or business agreement - should we go at it like a "man" or do we play the innocent and sweet card. There is also usually the dynamic of other women working with you and is there an element of competition or are you there helping one another out. This book, is a bit more researched based, but goes on to explain the various difficulties women can have in the work force today and how to overcome them. Of course, everything isn't figured out, but it makes you step back and make sure you are moving in the right direction or maybe the wrong direction! Either way, it takes a little bit of the guessing out of the way, so that maybe one day women really will run this world!

I know that none of these books sound like the most riveting thing you could read while lying on the beach, but it might be worth a little bit of your time to study up on a few chapters! I know that I have learned a tremendous amount from these smart, trail blazing women!

Happy Learning!