GIFT ABOUT BOOKS: MARCH

Get Books March

Transparency Time….

I will turn 40 years old in less than a year.  Most days I’m good with it – really good with it.  As in excited, can’t wait for this next decade and all of the confidence and peace that all who have gone before me swear comes with this age.

But then there are days when I’m not okay and not because of the number.  After all, Aaliyah said that “Age ain’t nothing but a number” right?  And she was right (or maybe it was Timbaland or Missy Elliot or whoever wrote the song) – but either way I am fully on board with this sentiment.

So it’s not about the number, it’s all about ME.  And being completely, wholly, authentically me and whether I have reached this place or not.

These two books – in their own unique way – have spoken to that anxiety.  So if you know someone coming of age (it doesn’t have to be 40), I think these books make great gifts:

STYLE YOUR MIND by Cara Alwill Lebya

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Don’t downplay the greatness of a classic workbook. Written by Cara Alwill Lebya (author of Sparkle and writer of The Champagne Diet blog) this thought-provoking guide has really helped me craft out a true vision for myself. It takes a while to get through – if you’re serious about it – because the questions are serious. It’s like having a life coach on your terms. It’s great gift for any woman plotting her way. I think that everyone should go through this type of exercise at least once every five to seven years.

YEAR OF YES by Shonda Rhimes

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So I’m about a year late to the game on this book – BUT – everything happens when it’s supposed to happen and I’m reading it at the perfect time for me (don’t judge me). But I’m finding that there are others who haven’t read it so it makes a great gift because it’s an AWESOME read. I enjoy the writing on her shows, but I’m loving her book even more. It’s honest, transparent, and I can see myself in parts. I’m inspired – not necessarily to say “Yes” – that’s her journey – but to chart my own course fearlessly, which is a great gift for anyone.

Be Inspired.

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Gifts for People Who Don’t Want Gifts

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Because there’s always a solution…

I was having a conversation with a teammate a few weeks ago who found himself wanting to purchase a birthday gift for his wife who really didn’t want one.  Once I got over being flattered that he had actually visited my blog to come up with ideas, my mind started turning.

No gift – sacrilege!  (Well not really, but it’s my blog so I can say that.)

So if you’re in this position (as we all will be at some point), here are my personal go-to gifts for people who never want gifts:

BOOKS

I’m a huge fan of books as gifts – perhaps because I am a bibliophile and can never resist.  But what I love about the gift of books is that first, knowledge is power and gifting it is never a waste, but second (and most important) there is always a book to match someone’s interest.  Photography, travel, fashion, art, etc. – there’s always a great book on it.

A MEMORY (In Photo Form)

In this day of digital, printed pictures can actually be really special.  So if you have someone who doesn’t really want or need anything, find a great photo that epitomizes the best of your relationship (maybe a candid from a first date or a high school photo that you both had forgotten about).  Get it printed (it’s super cheap) and put it in a frame.  If you’re not that formal, you can always put it a card.  #herestomakingmorememoriesdi76z659T

AN EXPERIENCE

I’m big on gifts of experience although I rarely highlight them on the blog…. mostly because they are so personal.  But they are also incredibly memorable.  So plan a dinner that the kids help with for mom’s birthday or schedule that hot air balloon ride that he’s been talking about for years.  Maybe you do a movie marathon.  The best part is that price shouldn’t be a factor.

….And don’t forget to buy a card (that’s non-negotiable).

Be Inspired.

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BLACK GIRL MAGIC: Brown Girls Unite

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And Buy from this Site….

A lot of my inspiration comes from Instagram, which is where I found Brown Girls Unite. Even better the artist behind the IG has a shop that puts her art on wearable and giftable items.

She also has a pretty awesome mission statement. The artist’s goal is to empower girls of color to dream without limits and aspire to be great things in life – and indeed she does.

I’m partial to their Greek-inspired tote bags and have already gifted a few. But I also indulged myself by purchasing their beach towel and now I’m jonesing for a beach trip to unveil my new swag.

I love sites like this because they remind us that art isn’t just good for avatars, but that it should surround you.

It also makes awesome gifts.

Be inspired.

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