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5 books to inspire this Christmas

Inspiring reads from female authors - covering business growth, finding your voice and seeking happiness for the coming year. Whether you're looking for books to gift, or some new reading material for yourself over the holidays, I hope you find these useful and enriching:

A great gifting book for Christmas, Cleo Wade's latest read is full of her 'poetic wisdom' - sharing her creative inspiration and life lessons through poetry, mantras, and affirmations. It's thought-provoking and great to keep on your night stand as a daily pep talk and a reminder to prioritise YOU.

David Brooks' 'Second Mountain' is a concept that I'm really inspired by, and resonates with the work I do and that of my clients. He talks about our 'first mountain' being our own personal or career goals that we initially set ourselves, with our second mountain being that bigger question - 'what is it that I was put on this earth to do?' - what mark do you want to leave on the world and how can you use your voice, skills and career with purpose to do good and leave your mark?

This memoir from ex Editor in Chief at Teen Vogue US, Elaine Welteroth is an amazing look at her 'ceiling breaking' career trajectory - accomplishing so many firsts - being a young, black female editor, she talks about the struggles of being a barrier-breaker across so many intersections and unpacks lessons on race, identity, and success through her own journey and experiences.

This is a great, light-hearted, bite-size read to dip into when you need a pep talk; full of practical, funny, implementable advice and stories that will help you understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can't change, how to change what you don't love, and how to be a 'badass' all the time. There are 27 chapters - helping you address your self-sabotaging beliefs, not shying away from money talk and finding a life you love.

With wit and candor, Minda Harts shares her much-needed career advice guide for women of colour - facing up to the "ugly truths" that keep women of colour from getting the proverbial seat at the table in corporate America: including the micro-aggressions, systemic racism and white privilege she has faced in her own career. Far from being a depressing read, she gives straight talk on how to address these issues head on, and provides a roadmap to help women of colour and their allies make real change to the system. Covering chapters on network-building, office politics, money and negotiation - all from the perspective and experience of a woman walking the talk herself.

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