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Great Gals: Inspired Ideas for Living a Kick-Ass Life – Review

As women, we live busy lives, chaotic lives, boring lives, quiet lives, you-name-it lives. But very few of us think we live great lives. Why not? Isn’t it the only life we have? Why not make it great? – Introduction to Great Gals –

Summer Pierre has put together a marvelous journal of sorts for all women – it is a challenge to women everywhere to to make their lives great. Pierre is an artist, writer and musician who believes in the power of women. She writes in her introduction:

I have always been inspired by the example of great women. I have pored over their stories and experiences as a way to feel encouraged, to be more daring and inspired, to believe in myself, and also to be a sort of compass, to guide me when I’ve felt directionless or lost.

Filled with wonderful graphic art, inspirational quotes, short bios of fantastic women (like Harper Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Joni Mitchell, and Phyllis Diller, to name just a few), and fun prompts, Great Gals encourages women to write down their thoughts, dreams, failures, and plans for living an inspired and fulfilled life.

Each profiled woman in the book provides a jumping off point for a new exercise or activity. For example, Margaret Choo’s rough start in her career is used to inspire the reader to examine a “failure” and how it was the gateway to a life never imagined. Likewise, Emily Dickinson’s  solitary and isolated existence is used to inspire the reader to explore their “solo” nature. Within the prompts there is freedom to express yourself in whatever way is most comfortable – scrapbooking, journaling, doodling, list-making…whatever works for you.

I really enjoy journals like this one which provide some structure, but allow for my own creative interpretation…and I intend to use Pierre’s book as a reflective and inspirational tool.

Summer Pierre was recently interviewed at Venus Zine (and chosen as Venus Girl of the month). When asked about her target audience, Pierre first says the book is for ALL women, but then she adds: “[…] but I’d love it if teenage women would find this book. It’s a good and safe place to work out where you are in life and who you want to be, two big questions that start at that age.” I agree – I think this book will not just appeal to older women, but teenagers will love the contemporary artwork and guided prompts to explore their lives.

I want to share one final thing with you…here is the book trailer (with music written and performed by the author), which is what really sold me on wanting a copy of this book.

Highly recommended for women of all ages!

FTC Disclosure: This book was sent to me by the publisher for review on my blog.

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  1. November 20, 2010    

    This sounds like an amazing book and the art work would appeal to younger women, I think. This would be a great gift for my stepdaughter, who is an aspiring writer.

  2. November 22, 2010    

    This sounds and looks utterly fantastic. Thank you for bringing it to my attention!

  3. November 23, 2010    

    This sounds great! Is that Ani DiFranco on the cover (middle bottom)?

  4. November 28, 2010    

    Michelle: It sounds like a terrific gift for your stepdaughter!

    Kathleen: You’re quite welcome!

    Avis: Yes, it is! You’re good!

  5. November 28, 2010    

    Thanks for confirming that, Wendy! I was a big fan of her music in the 90s.

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