11 Single Lady-Approved Books for Valentine’s Day
Spending Valentine’s Day solo is the perfect opportunity to celebrate your singledom rather than bemoan it. The day is supposed to be about love, and there’s no better love to acknowledge than the love you give yourself, right?! (Sappy? Sure, but so, so true!). We’re sharing 11 hilarious, touching, relatable, wise and original books that will leave you feeling proud of your single lady independence.
1. Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date by Katie Heaney ($10): At 25 years old, Heaney has never been on a second date. Her disarming and honest way of writing about her dating struggles in her memoir will make you want to give her a hug — and then share a bottle of wine.
<em> </em>by Samantha Irby ($15): A sharp, incisive extension of her wildly popular blog, bitchesgottaeat.com, Samantha Irby’s collection of short stories chronicles her time as a black woman with Crohn’s disease navigating the dating world. While that may sound uber-specific, Irby’s writing in Meaty is actually incredibly inclusive and totally relatable.
4. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling ($16): Mindy Kaling says what we’re all thinking (again) with her second book of essays. Even though she’s a wildly successful actress, writer, producer and general superstar, Kaling’s personal and honest way of writing about trying to find love, making friends and accepting yourself is super relatable. It’s almost like she’s our BFF (we wish).
<em> </em>by Nora Ephron ($10): Sure, you’ve seen all her movies (multiple times) but have you read Nora Ephron’s only novel? Following the same sweet, quirky and girl power-y themes as her beloved films, Heartburn is a fictionalized account of Ephron’s own heartbreak after the break-up of her first marriage. Rachel Samstat is a cookbook author with a hilariously vengeful streak who ultimately uses her sadness to find self-fulfillment.
<em> </em>by Alyssa Shelasky ($14): Freelance entertainment writer Alyssa Shelasky moved from New York City to Washington DC to build a “love nest” with her Top Chef cutie fiancé, Spike Mendelsohn. She taught herself to cook to keep herself sane in the process. Apron Anxiety is the sly, sexy and captivating recollection of this mad, passionate time in Shelasky’s life. It will make you laugh, cry and ultimately leave you feeling inspired to both love and cook to your heart’s content.
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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