Truc Nguyen is a Toronto-based freelance writer, fashion stylist, and creative director. When she’s not covering fashion week or working on shoots, Truc is an amateur mycologist and enjoys world travels with her family.
This time of year, many of us are thinking about making changes and embracing personal growth. For inspiration and ideas, both big and small, why not pick up one of these punchy new releases? From interviews with successful entrepreneurs to money-saving exercises, one of these motivating books is sure to spark fresh resolutions.
The Kinfolk Entrepreneur: Ideas For Meaningful Work, by Nathan Williams
If you’re an entrepreneur, or even just curious about building your creative side hustle into something more lucrative, this book from the editor-in-chief of Kinfolk magazine is a great way to kick off 2018. Talking with global creatives such as Maayan Zilberman, lingerie-turned-candy designer, Williams tackles salient topics such as work-life balance and tips for staying motivated when you’re self-employed.
Things Are What You Make of Them: Life Advice For Creatives, by Adam J. Kurtz
This colourful, quick-read by a young New York-based designer and artist who has been featured by everyone from Vice to Buzzfeed addresses modern issues for creatives and makers in a simplified, forthright manner. The chapters, inspiring and eminently digestible, address topics such as “What To Do When You Fail” and “Working with Friends.”
The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner's Guide to Getting Good With Money, by Chelsea Fagan
It’s never too early, or too late, to get your finances in shape. This brand-new book by the blogger Chelsea Fagan covers the basics such as investments and household budgeting while also addressing pricklier topics such as student debt, eating—and cooking—at home more, and dealing with money issues between friends.
The Place To Be, by Lonely Planet
Instead of looking covetously at the travel photos on your Instagram feed, why not make 2018 your year of adventure and exploration? Get started, and get ideas for your next trip, by reading about where Lonely Planet’s travel pros go to feel adventurous, enlightened, serene…and many other emotions and states of mind.
The new breed of motivational, “self-help” books are funny, relatable and anything but cheesy. The latest from Sarah Knight, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck, You Do You promises to inspire you to “succeed at success without really caring what anyone else thinks.” Full of real talk and practical exercises, the book’s main premise is teaching us to embrace our flaws while discovering our strengths, which is advice that we can all use.