11 Books to Read Before You Switch Careers
So you’ve decided that your present career path isn’t working and it’s time to quit your day job and change your direction — congrats! Changing careers can be both exciting and terrifying, but taking this brave step doesn’t have to be stressful. Take a deep breath, pour yourself a glass of your favorite wine and crack open these books. They’re here to help you find your inspiration, passion and everything else you’ll need for your next venture.
1. I Am That Girl by Alexis Jones ($9): Changing your path can seem a bit overwhelming, especially if you don’t know the first step to take. If you’re struggling to find your voice, add this book to your shopping cart ASAP. It will guide you through those crucial first steps to ensure #girlboss status in the future.
2. Eccentric Glamour by Simon Doonan ($18): Owning one’s career is all about attitude, and Simon Doonan has attitude nailed. If you’re dealing with some confidence issues at home and at work, Doonan offers up some hilarious advice about rockin’ your personal style.
3. Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht ($17): If you’re in need of a mentorship ASAP, this book was made for you. All 19 chapters are full of helpful tips and lessons, including the kind you won’t learn in a classroom.
4. Yes Please by Amy Poehler ($18): As soon as we heard that our girl Amy P. was releasing a memoir, we knew it would be nothing short of amazing. It’s the perfect mix of advice, essays, poems and memoir — Leslie Knope would definitely approve.
5. The Best Advice I Ever Got by Katie Couric ($13): This book is full of helpful stories and lessons on how to be successful. The most important lesson: Learn to live with your failures and keep going!
6. Bossypants by Tina Fey ($6): If Liz Lemon is writing a book, you’d better believe that we will read it and love every word. Fey takes us back to her early jobs and teaches us that when life starts to pile up and get a little hectic, you can allow it to stress you out, or you can laugh it off.
7. Ask for It by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever ($13): Feeling a little down at your current job? If you’re having problems gaining the confidence to get what you want, this book can guide you through the unfamiliar process. You never know until you ask!
8. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso ($16): Whether you’re looking to start your own business, switch career paths or just get a quick recharge, Amoruso’s refreshing take on management, attitude and everything in between will definitely help you take advantage of this next exciting step in your life.
9. Lean in for Graduates by Sheryl Sandberg ($14): If you were inspired by Sandberg’s TED Talk, this book will definitely resonate with you. Even if your college graduation was years ago, Sandberg’s advice still works for anyone forging a new career path.
10. Mistakes I Made at Work by Cheryl Strayed ($14): If you’re experiencing self-doubt over your career change, this book offers some refreshing advice through 25 personal essays. And if you’ve ever made a mistake at work and wanted to leave and never come back, some of these essays will truly speak to you.
11. Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie ($8): Want to use your new career or business to help others? Check out what the founder of TOMS has in store for you. You’ll find what worked for his company, learning opportunities and the importance of that first step.
Are there any other reads that we missed? Share your favorites in the comments!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)