FullSizeRenderWhen you’re a kid, the possibilities of what you can become seem endless. Some want to be doctors, firefighters, policeman, and ballerinas one day, but the next day the answer can change to pilot, astronaut, or chef. I knew I was going to be a writer. I had learned to read earlier than most of my classmates in Pre-K and always excelled in literature and writing. I knew that I had found my calling in life, but there were a ton of obstacles that took me off track. After years of sitting on my gift instead of walking in it and using it, I knew it was time for a change. I had a great group of inspirational friends who I knew would support me every step of the way so, a year and a half ago, I began a journey down a path I never thought I would. I opened up a legal notepad and outlined what would be the blueprint for my FIRST book. It was in some way a blueprint to also help me make sense of the last 24 years of my life at that time. So I entitled it “Wanderlust Musings: First Hand Guide for The Girl in Search of Herself.”  I was searching for myself and I knew that there would be thousands of other women doing the same. Now at 25 I’m still growing and learning, but the wisdom I have acquired is so overwhelming that I must share it with others.

I recall a time when I attended Pose ‘N Post Symposium with Chrisette Michelle in Newark. The event was filled with bloggers, writer, entrepreneurs, creatives and innovators. We were all women and all dreamers. Someone asked the question, “How do you stand out in industries that are heavily saturated?” The answer was quite simple, “Be you.’ I thought about ways to make myself stand out and it came so easily to me. We each have something no one else can take from us and that’s our stories. Our lives. Each of these women authors I have encountered whether via social media, or in person each open themselves up to share parts of themselves. There is beauty in vulnerability and I believe that you will be inspired by making the choice to invest in their stories.

Twenties Unscripted by Tyece Wilkins. Available for purchase on Amazon.
Twenties Unscripted by Tyece Wilkins. Available for purchase on Amazon.

Twenties Unscripted by Tyece Wilkins  (Amazon, $15.00)

Because who said you had to have life all figured out in your twenties? If you consider yourself to be a woman who dances to the beat of her own drum and creates her own standards, Ty’s work will certainly be a breath of fresh air to you. I love how she challenges millennials to think for themselves and think about the things that really matter in our lives through her personal stories. Navigating life in the 20’s is difficult as hell and it can be hard to find your footing and reading Twenties Unscripted was no typical “how-to” guide. As a writer, I totally identified with her journey. I especially love how she tackles this new age form of dating and the standard of relationships nowadays. She questions the traditional norms on whether they are as relevant today as they were in the past. She kept it real. I found myself nodding in agreement, laughing, and seeing myself in a lot of her journey. Readers will close her book with a fresh outlook on life.

419JZDvxEWLAlexandra Elle’s “Words of a Wanderer” (Amazon $5.39) & “Love in my Language” (Amazon, $16.19) 

31AlRS4L+FLFrom the moment I followed her on Tumblr, and then Twitter, and then Instagram it was instant inspiration. I get my life with every single post whether it’s her self-love notes, finding love and being an amazing role model to Char Baby, her daughter that is so full of life. Her first book, “Words of a Wanderer” definitely helped me during a time where I was struggling to find my own identity. I was fresh out of a long term relationship and I was trying to figure out who I was outside of the guy I had been with for six years. Reading her poems of love lost, motherhood, growth and self-image made me revel in her strength. I was amazed by it. Her “Note to Self” can be seen plaster all over the internet for daily inspiration. Her sophomore album is a continuation her journey. She really opens herself up to her readers and shares short stories and poems on her struggles, the joys of finding love again, daddy issues, being a mother and teaching her daughter important values. She challenges readers to journal and write their way to finding their own peace.

71jLDP1OODLGo Girl Astrology Guide by Bindu Kabba (Amazon, $19.99)

I am a huge fan of astrology even though I have studied it seriously for fifteen years like Bindu. Her book is very unique. As a psychology major, Bindu has been able to use her knowledge of astrology and psychology to better understand people. A lot of folks say we should rely to heavily on the stars as a deciding factor in our destiny, but I think the stars are on to something when it comes to the way my life is set up. I read through her chapters and she really gets people. I’m a Sagittarius and I’ve dealt with my fair share of people and for some reason Bindu seems to be the only person to understand the evils of the Geminis. Lol. If you enjoy her book, you’ll also enjoy her candid radio talk show The Buzz Klub.

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