Girl Boss Book of the Month – September

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I LOVE learning!  My education, training and best mentors have been found in the pages of books.  There are so many amazing must-read books out there and I’d love to start sharing some of my favorites with you, one month at a time. So what do you say? Do you want to join me? Each month, I’ll unveil our  Girl Boss Book of the Month, you can then go pick yours up at the library, through Audible or Amazon and get your inspire on.

The first book I want to start with is the Go Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea.  I was reminded of this book a couple weeks ago while at a mastermind weekend with some incredible girl boss babes. I first read this book during a trip to Texas a couple years ago, I couldn’t put it down that first time and am excited to be picking it up again. It’s a super easy read and so relevant.  The concepts are perfectly in-line with the experience business model I’ve designed and teach and if you take on the challenges laid out in each chapter, you won’t be disappointed!

leahs_book_club_image_septemberAbout the Girl Boss Book of the Month: I have read so many amazing books that have truly inspired me, and I want to share them with YOU!  Here’s how it works.  At the end of every month, I will post the book that we will read for the next month. Then, I will host an online discussion of the book, I’m still working out how to do that part – if you have any ideas, please share them in the comments. I’m currently thinking about a live online webinar, Google hangout or possible periscope.   My goal is to have this be an awesome opportunity to build connections, grow as thoughtful creatives and get inspired to dream and do bigger and better things.

I can’t wait to get started!  Are you in?

2 Ted Talks for Any Creative Who Wants to Inspire Others

Best ted talks for leaders

I’m just coming off of an amazing business trip, actually two. I started in New York helping a fabulously creative entrepreneur build her business for success. We spent two and half intensive days planning, implementing and building systems, marketing, pricing, collateral — all that good stuff. Of course it’s me, so we also made time for great food and the spa. 🙂 From New York, I flew over to Nashville for a mastermind weekend hosted by my amazing friend, Amber Housley. We all originally met as speakers for Inspired Retreat (if you haven’t attended, I believe there are 3 spots left for the Fall!) Any who, I’m coming off of an amazingly inspiring high. You know that feeling right? When you suddenly are reminded that you can do anything and you can’t wait to get out and prove it! I freaking LOVE this feeling!

But there are times when I lose it. Times when I need some inspiration to get me back there! If you have been feeling that way, I wanted to share 2 videos that have inspired me in the past! These two Ted Talks have had a personal impact on me so now I’m passing them on to you.  Leave a comment after you watch and share your takeaways and thoughts in the comments, I’d love to start a conversation with you!

Simon Sinkek: How great leaders inspire action

Amy Cuddy: Your body Language Shapes Who You Are 

Going Back to The Inspired Retreat (Coupon Code)

Last spring, I had the opportunity to be part of Inspired Retreat hosted by Amber Housley. I loved everything about this conference (see my recap here), so I was positively thrilled when Amber asked me to come back as a keynote speaker and kick things off again for the fall retreat! 

I’ll be speaking on a whole new topic this time. Something I’ve never spoke on before. Inspired is a lifestyle and business retreat for creative women entrepreneurs. It’s about sharing… ideas, smiles, memories, creativity and laughter… all with incredible women! If you haven’t been to one yet, I highly recommend it! 

PLUS! Use my code: LEAHR and get $200 off the already lower early bird registration (through Aug 18th).

These are the amazing (!!) women who I spoke and taught with from last year. I feel truly honored to now call them friends. They are incredible women! I can’t wait to see some of them again and make new friends in the fall!

I felt like we came for the business advice and strategies, but one of my favorite things was the creative inspiration. I was able to learn about floral crowns, chalk lettering, and so many other amazing things. 


And the dinners… each dinner was an event from the styling, the details, down to the food.   I was never hungry and each night, I couldn’t wait to see what they were going to do next and soak up every detail! Have I mentioned how excited I am to be going back?? Who wouldn’t want a spot at these tables? 


Have you been to Inspired yet? Come join me and so many incredible and inspiring women this Fall in Nashville! I am thrilled to be going back, October 18 – 21. 

The early bird rate is available through August 18th, combine your early bird discount with code LEAHR and receive an additional $200 off! 



Backyard Retreat Inspiration Board

The moment I walked into the backyard with our realtor, I could see possibility. I was immediately imagining summer dinner parties, outdoor movie nights, and lots and lots of memories to be made. We bought the house last year in June, and since then I’ve been working room by room, space by space to create something all our own. 

This summer’s big project has been the backyard! We (and when I say we, I totally mean my husband – my job is really to just point to pictures in the Restoration catalog and say, “Just like this.”)  have been working on all kinds of DIY projects, and I’m loving the way they are turning out! Don’t worry… we will be sharing the full reveal with tutorials. 

So what have we been making? First I had to come up with my inspiration. Our backyard is very green with minimal flowers (thank goodness cause I don’t keep flowers alive very well),  so I created a concept that would compliment the green but was designed for entertaining. I wanted it to feel welcoming and relaxing but still modern and fun.  Once I finished the inspiration board, it was time to get to work. Taylor began building, while I worked on finding the styling aspects and accessories to bring it all together. 

Back Yard Retreat: Inspiration Style Board featuring Tommy Bahama Banana Leaf Pillows, Black and White Striped, Gas Fire Table, Mason Jar Chandelier and a Outdoor Sectional. Lot's of greens and natural wood with a hint of Coral for fun!
SOURCE LIST:  1. Edison Style String Lights – Found mine at World Market /  2. Pillows: Tommy Bahama Banana Palm Pillow by MicaBlue, Black and White Stripe Pillow from Ikea Solid Coral Pillow from AnyarwotDesigns  /  3. Restoration Hardware Belvedere Sectional (We will be making our own DIY RH Inspired Sectional)  /  4. Farm Table (Similar here) – We will be building our own DIY Table.  /  5. Outdoor Monogram Pillow by  Kess, White Garden Stool from HomeGoods   /  6. Air Plants by Sea & Asters  /  7. Cement Fire Table (image source) – We will be building our own DIY Fire Table  /  8. Mason Jar Chandelier by BootsNGus   /  9. Lanterns (I found mine at HomeGoods)  /  10. Outdoor Throw Blanket  from Houzz   /  11. Sundial Side Chair by Serena & Lily   /   12. Outdoor 8×10 Rug from Overstock   /   13. Wooden Cooler Box (image source) – Found mine on Etsy from Sweetly Salvaged 

So far Taylor has built a RH Belvedere inspired sectional, a 10 person farm table, and a fire pit! Next will be the cement forms for our planter boxes and Gas Fire Table. 

Summer in Seattle has been especially amazing this year, and I have been loving getting to enjoy it in our almost ready to reveal backyard. Today though, I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing our Inspiration Mood Board. I can’t wait to share the full reveal!