8 Books Every Girl from 14 to 84 Should Read

8 Books Every Girl from 14 to 84 Should Read

“We read to know we're not alone.” William Nicholson
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I never considered myself a bookworm in high school. Or even a reader for that matter. I would maybe skim the reading required of me for a class, but never would you catch me reading a book "just for fun". This past year and summer I gained a new love for reading for a purpose. Reading these 8 books completely changed the way I live my life.

1. Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely By Lysa TerKeurst

Hands down the GREATEST book I have ever read. My mom sent me this my first semester in college as she knew I was feeling a lot of the things in the subtitle and I can honestly say it changed a lot of those things around for me. I gained a new perspective when it came to approaching the hard, heartbreaking, lonely times that we all encounter as girls.

2. Purpose Driven Life By Rick Warren

I'm sure at some point we have all wondered what our purpose is for being placed in this world. After reading this book, you will have a pretty dang good idea of the reason God placed you where he placed you and where he wants you to go next.

3. Present Over Perfect By: Shauna Niequist

In the craziness of life, a lot of us give up actually being present in life, making the most of the time we have with the ones we love because we have become so obsessed with the idea of portraying ourselves as "perfect". This book proposes the idea of letting go of our obsession with being perfect and instead choose to be present and make an impact in that way on those around us.

4. Love Does By Bob Goff

This was one of the first books I read "for fun" mostly because it has short, easy chapters that keep your attention from beginning to end. I guarantee though, once you start it, it will be extremely hard to put it down. Each story has so much wisdom and is so relatable to what so many of us are walking through in life. Bob Goff is one of the most incredible humans, I'm still waiting for his next book to come out.

5. Love Lives Here By Maria Goff

Who better to mention next than Bob Goff's incredible wife Maria, to whom he refers as "Sweet Maria" (adorable). The subtitle of this book is "Finding What you Need in a World Telling you What you Want" and I think that is the best way, to sum up, the book without giving anything away. This book was a major "life changer".

6. Cultivate By Lara Casey

I actually am just starting this so I don't have too much to say yet other than in the first 50 pages, it has already encouraged me to radically change my life to be more intentional. I can already tell this book is going to do BIG things in my life.

7. You are a Badass By Jen Sincero

Let's be real, what woman doesn't struggle with self-confidence, tendency to compare herself to others and self-worth. The Amazon summary for this one says, "By the end of the book you'll 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 use The Force to kick some serious ass". I definitely couldn't have put it any better. LOVE this book and all that it changed within me.

8. The Circle Maker By Mark Batterson

If you want to learn how to pray some serious prayers, this is the one for you. I've never felt so motivated to radically change something as I was to change the way I prayed after reading this one. You'll learn to pray things that are bigger than you can even imagine.

Whether you're looking for confidence, community, purpose, life-change, or some serious encouragement, I challenge you to pick up one of these incredible books. I promise you won't close the book the as same person you were when you opened the front cover.

Cover Image Credit: New York Public Library

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80 Nicki Minaj Lyrics Perfect For Instagram Captions

"Yo, you seen my last pic, go double-tap that for me."
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Nicki Minaj lets the world know about her amazing Instagram skills in Beyonce's "Flawless," when she raps "Instagram another flawless pic." Do you have a #Flawless Instagram picture but need a clever caption to go with it? The Queen of Rap has plenty of Insta-worthy song lyrics.

*(Some lyrics have been edited to keep this article "PG". Feel free to look up the real Nicki Minaj lyrics if you hate the radio edit.)


When you want to diss a hater:

    1. "You couldn't get a fan if it was hangin' from the ceilin."
    2. "I'm throwing shade like it's sunny."
    3. "I'm in my own lane, you ain't in my category."
    4. "These (girls) couldn’t test me even if their name was Pop Quiz."
    5. "Yo, people will love you and support you when it's beneficial. I'ma forgive, I won't forget, but I'ma dead the issue."
    6. "Not that I don't got good vision, but I don't see competition."
    7. "I’m Angelina, you Jennifer. Come on (girl), you see where Brad at."
    8. "I look like "yes" and you look like "no"."
    9. "But if you're ugly it's a no text zone."
    10. "If you are my rival, then that means you're suicidal."
    11. "Shout out to my haters, Sorry that you couldn't faze me."
    12. "Trash talk to 'em then I put 'em in a Hefty."
    13. "Like I mean I don't even know why you girls bother at this point. Like give up, it's me, I win, you lose."
    14. "All these haters mad because I'm so established."
    15. "Competition? why yes I would love some."

















When you want to tell people how awesome you are:

    16. "If I'm fake I ain't notice, cause my money ain't."
    17. "You can hate me, but why knock my hustle? I'ma be the queen, no matter how they shuffle."
    18. "Let me make this clear, I’m not difficult, I’m just ’bout my business."
    19. "I'm feelin' myself."
    20. "Excuse me honey, but nobody's in my lane."
    21. "Put me on a dollar cause I'm who they trust in."
    22. "I don’t say “Hi”, I say “Keys to the Benz.”"
    23. "I've been hot since flip phones" "Running this game for 5 years. Guess that's why my feet hurt."
    24. "Hotter than a middle eastern climate."
    25. "My money’s so tall that my Barbies gotta climb it."
    26. "No, I'm not lucky, I'm blessed, yes."
    27."I ain't gotta compete with a single soul."
    28. "'X' in the box, cause ain't nobody checking me."
    29."Excuse me, I'm sorry, I'm really such a lady."
    30. "Honestly I gotta stay as fly as I can be."














When you're hanging with your clique:

    31. "Cherish these nights, cherish these people. Life is a movie, but there will never be a sequel."
    32. "I’m with some hood girls lookin’ back at it."
    33. "We dope girls, we flawless. We the poster girls for all this."
    34. "Pretty gang, always keep them (boys) on geek."
    35. "The night is still young, and so are we!"
    36. "If you ain’t on the team, you playin’ for team D, ’Cause we A-listers, we paid sisters."
    37. "Pretty (girls) only could get in my posse."
    38. "Cause we the mean girls, y-yes we so fetch."
    39. "We fresh to death, down to the shoes."
    40. "Ain't at no wedding but all my girls cake tops."
    41. "Got a whole bunch of pretty gang in my clique."
    42. "Clap for the heavyweight champ, me, But I couldn't do it all alone, WE."
    43. "Put your drinks up, It's a celebration every time we link up."
    44. "I'm with some flawless (girls) because they be mobbin' pretty."


















When you're hanging with your significant other:

    45. "He tryna kick it like a ninja."
    46. "He could tell that I was wifey material."
    47. "Ayo, I just wanna be your first go to."
    48. "You got spark, you, you got spunk. You, you got something all the girls want."
    49. Find me in the dark, I'll be in the stars, Find me in your heart, I'm in need of your love."
    50. "They holler at me, but it's you, you."
    51. "I'm not living right, I’m not living if you’re not by my side."
    52. "I just wanna be somebody that can add to, your wife, be a friend, be a teacher and a fan, too."
    53. "I just wanna be your favorite."
    54. "He was the realest, I was the baddest, we was the illest."
    55. "I know you can save me and make me feel alive."
    56. "Yes I'll be your girl, forever your lady, You ain't ever gotta worry, I'm down for you baby."
    57. "Baby you my everything, You all I ever wanted."

















When you're single and loving it:

    58. "You could be the king, but watch the queen conquer!"
    59. "Thats why I'm crowned queen, and I ain't looking for the prom king."
    60. "I like independent, like July 4th."
    61. "I ain't never need a man, to take care of me."
    62. "He be like, "Yo, you so legendary", But he can tell just by my face he ain't getting any."
    63. "I am not Jasmine, I am Aladdin."
    64. "I don't even brake when I'm backing up, I'll swerve on a (boy) if he acting up."
    65. "So many boys in here where do I begin?"











When you're just living life:

    66. "I never worry, life is a journey. I just wanna enjoy the ride."
    67. "Tonight is the night that I'ma get twisted."
    68. "I’mma keep it movin', be classy and graceful."
    69. "So make sure the stars is what you aim for, make mistakes though."
    70. "And we gon' hangover the next day. But we will remember this day."
    71. "My only motto in my life is don't lose."
    72. "Take me, or leave me, I'll never be perfect. Believe me, I'm worth it."
    73. "I believe that life is a prize, but to live doesn't mean you're alive."
    74. "I wish that I could have this moment for life."
    75. "If I scream, if I cry, It's only 'cause I feel alive."
    76. "I can't believe it, it's so amazing. This club is heating, this party's blazing.""
    77. "It's so amazing, I figured out this world is ours for the taking."
    78. "I am not a girl that can ever be defined."
    79. "I got next, I'm gonna shine."
    80. "This is my moment I just feel so alive."















Cover Image Credit: Nicki Minaj

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5 #MeToo Moments You Shouldn't Miss

Celebrities all over the world are using their platform to speak up about sexual violence and you should too. The fight isn't over yet.

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You've heard it, you've seen it and you felt it. The #MeToo movement has just started its roar and it isn't ready to stop any time soon.

In 2006, the saying Me Too was coined by Tarana Burke. Her vision was simple: to "help survivors of sexual assault, particularly young women of color from low wealth communities, find pathway to healing [and] to build a community of advocates, driven by survivors, who will be at the forefront for creating solutions to interior sexual violence in their communities."

Her goal: "To reframe and expand the global conversation around sexual violence to speak to the needs of a broader spectrum of survivors." In 2017, actress Alyssa Milano tweeted out asking survivors of sexual violence to put "me too" as their status. Lots of people responded to let everyone know who is going and has gone through this know they are not alone.

With that, here are my top five favorite moments of the #MeToo movement.

1. Alyssa Milano tweeting out.

Lots of girls and guys responded well to this tweet. It let everyone know that sexual violence is something that can no longer be tolerated. Sexual violence is a crime and I will continue to talk about it forever.

2. Kesha's Grammy performance of Praying.

Her song was initially a comeback after her legal battle with producer Dr. Luke. Kesha was joined on stage by other famous women: Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, Bebe Rexha, Andrea Day and more. Together these women put on a tear-jerking performance to send the message that no one is alone after their survival story of sexual harassment, assault or violence.

3. Ellen opening her show with #MeToo.

Ellen is known for all of the good she does. She gifts people with things they never thought were imaginable. She gives so many opportunities to so many people. She used her high platform to talk about a serious issue

4. Ashley Judd and Gwyneth Paltrow on how #MeToo changed their lives.

Judd was the first of many actresses to open up about the harassment allegations of Harvey Weinstein. Later on, Paltrow opened up about the harassment as well. With the #MeToo movement on their sides, these ladies didn't have to go through the aftermath of sexual violence by themselves.

5. Jennifer Lawrence speaking up about mistreatment.

We all have seen a wonderful J-Law experience, whether it was watching the Hunger Games or the Red Sparrow. We know how talented she is. Earlier this year, Lawerence was asked in a CNN interview if she considers herself part of the #MeToo movement. She simply answered with an "I don't know."

This movement is much more than for just victims of sexual violence. It can also be seen as a way to step up for mistreatment with the gender gap or the mistreatment males put on females. When hearing stories of mistreatment of actresses in movies, musicians or writers, we must band together to create a supportive community.

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