Books We Love: Girl Code

Reviewed by Emily D. Tisdale

No matter where you are in your entrepreneurial journey, you’re likely familiar with the ups and downs that come with running your own business. And when the road is rocky, it’s hard not to feel discouraged. It can seem impossible to lift yourself back up.

Whether you’re looking for a quick pick-me up or a big shake-up, Cara Alwill Leyba’s inspirational book Girl Code: Unlocking The Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur may be just what you need.

With her own journey taking her from a career in digital advertising to her current role as a Certified Master Life Coach and best-selling personal development author, Alwill Leyba strives to build you up.

Things We Learned

Strive for Positivity

As entrepreneurs, we all struggle from time to time. Whether we’re comparing our journey to someone else’s, or coping with a downturn in business, it can be all too easy to slide into a negative mindset.

Drawing on the principles of the law of attraction, Alwill Leyba helps you choose positivity with practical techniques. For example, if you find yourself feeling jealous or hit with a case of comparison-itis, don’t get bogged down in negativity. Instead, imagine yourself having similar success. You’ll be back in a positive, productive headspace sooner than you expect.


Stay Connected and Stay Energized

Girl Code is filled with reminders of the importance of staying connected. It’s no secret that entrepreneurship can be lonely at times. Odd hours and long workdays mean that it’s easy to become isolated, especially if you’re a one-woman show.

Staying connected with other entrepreneurs may not always be easy with a to-do list that’s already full, but Alwill Leyba reminds us why it’s absolutely worth it.

From reaching out to a fellow entrepreneur whom you admire, to empowering others through mentorship, surrounding yourself with like-minded women is a powerful way to keep yourself engaged and energized.


Take Care of Yourself

As women, most of us tend to be ridiculously hard on ourselves. We started our businesses because we are driven and not afraid of a little hard work, but too often, we forget to cut ourselves a bit of slack. Because of this, we often become our own worst enemies.

To help you avoid burnout, Alwill Leyba offers sage advice on ways to implement a little self-care into your life. From carving out a little time to treat yourself to learning to listen when your body and mind need a break, self-care can finally become a habit you stick with.

Another part of self-care that many of us forget? Managing our relationships. Alwill Leyba shares personal anecdotes to remind us how negative relationships can impact our success.

Favorite Quote

There are absolutely no limits on what you can achieve. Your possibilities are truly endless, and you have the power to create the life and business of your dreams. You must find the place inside of you where everything is possible.

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