Monday, February 8, 2016


Being a creative person by nature, The Conquer Kit: A Creative Business Planner for Women Entrepreneurs by boss lady Natalie MacNeil came into my life at exactly the right time. Winter is a slower time of year for my business as a natural light photographer, and I like to use this time to think about my goals. This book is designed for women who are following their passion. No MBA's, no training in finance or management or advertising. Just plain old doing what you love, and figuring out the rest later. Well, later is now, and MacNeil has got you covered with a more enjoyable way to business plan and also loads of advice on how to conquer every aspect of your business.

Friday, February 5, 2016

when in doubt.

In any profession, you cannot remember everything. So it's normal to have reference books piled high on your desk just in case you need to be sure about something. The Tech Contracts Handbook, David W. Tollen's latest reference book specifically for drafting and negotiating technology contracts is designed for lawyers and businesspeople alike who need to prepare themselves for technology  negotiations and licensing. Whether you're a lawyer who needs to brush up or you're a businessperson who wants to skip hiring an attorney to represent you, Tollen (who's a Harvard Law graduate) has got you covered with all of the fundamental principals of IP licensing. And when asking around, the 2nd edition is definitely worth the buy.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

ramen for every occasion.

Every college student who has ever lived in a dorm room knows how to doctor up a bowl of ramen noodles, but apparently it's prisoners who have perfected the art. Prison Ramen by coauthors Gustavo “Goose” Alvarez and Clifton Collins Jr., is a collection of stories and ramen recipes from the author's friends and some big-name celebrities who have developed ramen delicacies behind bars. Yes, even Shia Labeouf had something to contribute. Prison Ramen would actually make a great graduation present, the chilling stories should keep your college bound kid out of trouble, and the recipes (there are sandwiches, soups and salads) are pretty inventive.

Monday, February 1, 2016

a little too real.

First things first. I would definitely recommend you adding What Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross to your 2016 Must-Read List. If you don't make lists like this, I also recommend that you start.

The only thing missing from Lucy Wakefield's idyllic life is a child. When it becomes obvious that having her own was not going to happen, Lucy got desperate. When her husband (who wouldn't even consider adoption) leaves her for a younger woman, Lucy gets really desperate. Desperate enough to take a baby (Marilyn's baby) from a shopping cart and raise her as her own. Over two decades later, when 21-year-old Mia discovers the truth about Lucy's crime, everything goes to hell as you can imagine.

What Was Mine is written in short chapters, each from the point-of-view of the three main characters in the book, Lucy, Mia and Marilyn. It's perfectly paced, emotional, and suspenseful, especially if you're a mother.

Friday, January 29, 2016

who is johnny anonymous?

Some of you are going to take one look at Johnny Anonymous, secret author of NFL Confidential: True Confessions form the Gutter of Football, and start playing a tiny violin. I mean, boohoo to the man who was forced from the sidelines to the field and is now making a ton of money to play a game he signed up to play only to complain about it. Me? I get him. As someone who is naturally just not a hard worker (except when it comes to my own business and my house), I feel his pain. He got paid a nice junk of change to do absolutely nothing, and that's kind of my dream.

The whole idea behind this book is to share with football fans what really goes down behind the scenes in the NFL. Because honestly, no one realizes how harmful such a game and organization can be. The injuries, the mind games, the pain killers, the racism, the havoc wreaked on the bodies of players, no one cares. And people should. Johnny Anonymous shares the corruption and political drama in such a funny way, you may not even realize how disturbing it actually it is.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

harmony for everybody.

Boss ladies Lisa Nichols and Janet Switzer have created quite the personal/professional development book titled Abundance Now. As a firm believer that personal development trumps professional development in any career, it was nice to see them both together as Nichols shares not only her own story, but her unique formula on how to lead a more abundant life. The 4 E's: Enrichment, Enchantment, Engagement, and Endowment focus on developing yourself, your relationships, your career, and your finances. I especially found the Engagement chapter encouraging because it made me confident that I am where I am supposed to be, starting a photography business, using my talent to serve the people of my community.

I recently joined a Boss Lady group at my church where women entrepreneurs come together and share their strategies and knowledge, and I am definitely going to recommend that Abundance Now be one of our readings.

Monday, January 25, 2016

an american tale.

I had never heard of New England's Market Basket supermarket chain until I was perusing the new releases on Amazon, and saw We Are Market Basket: The Story of the Unlikely Grassroots Movement That Saved a Beloved Business. Being a huge fan of loyalty myself, I just had to see what all the fuss was about.

No one has loved their CEO more than the employees of Market Basket, and when he was ousted from his long-time position in the name of change, they fought back. They as in the managers, associates, customers AND suppliers and vendors. None of them took this injustice lying down, they picketed and marched and defended their leader. And as you can see by the title, they won. Authors, Korschun and Welker went behind the scenes to inform readers that you actually can be the change you wish to see in the world.