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πŸ“šπŸ’– My Favorite Girl Boss Books To Read πŸ“šπŸ’–

Hey XO Gang. I’m Shabria, if you’re new to my blog and if you’re not new, thank you for returning!

On today’s blog post, I want to share with you my favorite girl boss books to read and this is gonna be collaboration with another blogger named Mia from Falcon Beauty. She’s gonna share with you her favorite girl boss books to read on her blog, so when you’re done reading my post please and go check her blog.

To be honest, I haven’t read a lot of business related or girl boss books that interest me or connected with me on a personal level but I’m currently looking for more girl boss books to read. But until then here’s my favorite girl boss books to read…

Lean In: Women, Work, and The Will To Lead by Sheryl Sandberg. I just started reading this book, it was on my TBR (To Be Read) list for awhile and so far, I am enjoying reading this book. This book belonged to my mom and I just took it from her dresser and this is a physical copy. I will let you know my thoughts on this book after I’m done reading.

Fearless and Fabulous: 10 Powerful Strategies for Getting Anything You Want in Life by Cara Alwill Leyba. I have the ebook copy and I brought it on Amazon Kindle for $7.99. I’m currently rereading this book right now, this book is about helping women to reach their full potentials, to be fearless, and stop doubting yourself. After a few chapters, there’s an assessment worksheets you can answer if you want either having the physical copy but if you have ebook copy, you can write down the questions and answer in your notebook or journal.

How To Be a Bad B*tch by Amber Rose. Now, when you see the book cover and the title you would probably pass on reading. No, this isn’t a business related nor girl boss but in my opinion, I categorized this book as an girl boss read. Because, in this book, Amber talks about she was determined to be become an actress and model while everyone telling her to be realistic and stop dreaming. She didn’t listen to them and she reached for her goals and dreams. That’s what being a girl boss is about, stop doubting yourself and listening to people who are simple minded and don’t have any goals and dreams. Amber also talks about on what she learned about being the entertainment industry and how she got started with her brand and image. To me, this is a good book to read and I’m definitely gonna reread this book in the future. I did purchased this book as an ebook for $12.99.

GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso. Now, this book is one of my favorite girl boss book to read! I can read this book continuously and not get bored with at all but that’s just me. Okay, if you haven’t read this book before, it’s about NastyGal founder, Sophia Amoruso humble beginnings, how she got started with her company. Also, this book is on Netflix as a series, so if you have a Netflix subscription, go ahead and watch it but unfortunately there’s only one season, it was cancelled. I purchased this book as an ebook on sale for $2.99.

Like I mentioned before, I haven’t read alot of business related or girl boss books because some of the books don’t interest or connected with me but I have brought some new books via ebook format. I brought ….

The Rich B*tch: Guide to Love and Money by Nicole Lapin on iBooks for free.

Boss Up or B*tch Up by Kween Mingo on Barnes and Noble Nook for free.

The Boss of You: Everything a Woman Needs to Know to Start, Run, and Maintain Her Own Business by Emira Mears and Lauren Bacon on Barnes and Noble Nook, I forgot the price of the book but I do know it’s under $10 as an ebook.

Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur by Cara Alwill Leyba on Amazon Kindle for $12.99.

And yes, I will be doing a book review in the future about each of the books after I’m done reading them.

Well, those were my favorite girl boss books to read and a small girl boss book haul as an bonus LOL. I want to say thank you to Mia for doing blog collaboration with me, I really do appreciate you, girl!

And, thank you for reading this blog post, much love XO Shabria

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πŸŒΊπŸ“šβœ¨ My Book Wishlist for Aspiring Girl Boss Journey πŸŒΊπŸ“šβœ¨

Hey XO Gang!

I’m Shabria, if you are new to my blog. And, if you’re not new, much love to you for returning for a new blog post. If you didn’t already know this fact about me, that I love reading books also buying as well.

There’s a few books I want to buy and get started on reading for my aspiring girl boss / self love journey that would help me improve, heal, build, and create my brand / business, my confidence and esteem, either on ebook or physical copy. So, here’s my book wishlist and maybe we have a similar wishlist or I added a few books to your wishlist.

Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis.

WorkParty: How to Create and Cultivate the Career of Your Dreams by Jaclyn Johnson.

The Sparkle Effect: Step into the Radiance of Your True Identity by Kristen Dalton Wolfe.

The Diva Rules: Ditch the Drama, Find Your Strength, and Sparkle Your Way to the Top by Michelle Visage.

Own Your Glow by Latham Thomas.

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

The Big Life: Embrace the Mess, Work Your Side Hustle, Find a Monumental Relationship, and Become the Bas* Babe You Were Meant to Be by Ann Shoket

Get Rich, Lucky B*tch: Release Your Money Blocks and Live Your First-Class Life by Denise Duffield Thomas

She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur by Carrie Green

Shut Up and Do the Work: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Creating Massive Success by Stephanie Synclair

The Attitudes of Success: 10 Powerful Habits of Successful, Confident Women by Sarah J. Collins

Like She Owns the Place: Give Yourself the Gift of Confidence and Ignite Your Inner Magic by Cara Alwill Leyba

Living the Simply Luxurious Life: Making the Everydays Extraordinary and Discovering Your Best Self by Shannon Ables

You Are a Badas* at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth & You Are a Badas*: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

Well, that’s was my book wishlist. Thank you so much for reading this blog post, much love.

XO Shabria

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🌺✨ Weekly Affirmations / Mantras for 3.11.19 – 3.15.19 πŸŒΊβœ¨

Define Affirmation :
the action or process of affirming something or being affirmed.
emotional support or encouragement.

Define Mantra :
a statement or slogan repeated frequently.

Hey XO Gang.

I’m Shabria if you’re new to my blog and if you’re one of my day one reader, thank you for returning for a new blog post. On this blog post, I have a few affirmations / mantras for you, I really hope you enjoy!

I will continue to learn and grow.

I acknowledge my own self worth; my self confidence is rising.

I am worthy of all of the good things that happen in my life.

I am confident with my life plan and the way things are going.

I let go of all of the negative thoughts and feelings about myself, and accept all that is good.

I believe in my skills and abilities.

blogging, books, lifestyle

πŸ“šπŸŒΉπŸ’– February Books I Read πŸ“šπŸŒΉπŸ’–

Hey XO Gang, thank you for reading my blog post.

I’m Shabria if you’re new and if you’re not, thank you and much love to you for returning. On this post, I want to share with you the books I finished reading last month in February and I only read 3 books. I apologize for not sharing the book covers in this post, I don’t have enough media storage in my account. So, here are the books that I read in February.

The first book that I finished reading was: Drive Me Wild by Julia Kriss. This was my second time reading a book from Julia Kriss and she’s now my favorite author now (LOL). The book is about 2 characters — Emily, an daughter of a police officer and Luke, an neighborhood bad boy — back when they were teenagers, they used to have a summer fling secretly. And after their fling, Emily went to college and Luke stayed behind. 7-8 years later, Emily came back home to help out with her family and she ran into Luke and let’s just say that they started back what they finished. This book has mature adult content and language, so if you’re not mature enough or you’re not comfortable to read this book, then don’t this book. Also, this book has a snippet of book 2 and it’s free. I brought this ebook on Barnes and Noble. There’s 3 more books from this series called “Riggs Brothers” and they are priced at $3.99.

The second book that I finished reading was: Pretty Broken Girl by Jeana E. Mann, this was my first time reading from this author and I really glad that I did. This book was recommend to me on Bookbub account, I brought is via Barnes and Noble and started reading; book 1 is free and has eight more books in the ‘Pretty Broken’ series that you have to pay for. The storyline is about two characters — Samuel and Dakota — met as teenagers in a academy prep school and slowly fallen in love with each other. But, they’re both from different worlds — Samuel comes from a wealthy family and Dakota comes from a middle class family, but Samuel’s dad isn’t too fond of Dakota because she isn’t rich and he THINKS she’s trying to take Samuel’s money. And, for a special treat there’s a small snippet of book 2 at the end of the book and this book has mature adult content and language as well, so if you’re not mature enough or don’t like those type of books don’t read it. I really did enjoy reading the book, Samuel’s dad was the only character that irked me but he was so irrelevant LOL. But, like I said I did really enjoy reading this book.

And the last book I finished reading was Sinful Seduction by Ann Christopher. Oh. My. Goodness. This book was my favorite and I’m definitely going to reread this in the future. I brought this book on Amazon Kindle for free. The story is about a former solider named Sandro, trying to get his life together after coming home from the war and the loss of his twin brother, Tony who was engaged to a woman named Skylar. As they’re putting the pieces back together, Sandro and Skylar started to developed some feelings for each other and it gets CRAZY, this book also has mature adult content, so if you are mature enough, give this book a read. This book does have 3 more books in this series and you have to pay for them.

So, those were the books that I finished reading last month in February. I tried my best NOT to put any spoilers (I’m not big of them myself either), I hope you will get the chance to read these books if you want something new to add on your future TBR (To Be Read) list.

I hope you enjoy reading my blog post and can’t for you read the next one! Much love, XO Shabria.

blogging, lifestyle, nails, seasonal

πŸ’…πŸ’– Best 2019 Spring Nail Colors πŸ’…πŸ’–

Hey XO Gang, thanks for returning to a new blog post.

I’m Shabria if you’re new to my blog and if you’re not, much love to you for returning! On this post, I want to share with you some of the best nail colors to wear in spring for 2019.

Occasionally, I love getting my nails done and yes I do my nails myself because I like to save my coins and I don’t like to be overcharged either.

So, here’s some nail colors to wear in spring in 2019…

Lilac / Lavender Purples

Yellow / Lemon-Lime Yellow

Coral Orange / Coral Pink

Tiffany / Baby Blues

Nudes / Whites

Light / Dark Pinks

Sea-foam / Mint Greens

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Items That I Love Buying At Dollar Tree

Hey XO Gang!

I’m Shabria if you’re new to my blog and if you’re one of my day 1 readers, thank you for returning!

On today’s blog post, I want to share with you my favorite items to buy at dollar tree. If you don’t what dollar tree is, it’s a store that sells items for only $1. If you live in a different country, there’s probably a store that somewhat similar to dollar tree. I really love shopping at dollar tree because everything’s $1 and they have nice quality items as well, for me, some of the items are a hit or miss but I do like trying out new things. And if I like it, I will continue to buy it and if I don’t like it, I just stop buying it.

So, here’s my favorite items to buy at dollar tree…

Body Washes

Skin Care Products [ facial washes, facial scrub pads, facial masks, and facial wipes]

Nail Care Products [ nail polishes, nail kit, nail polish remover, press on nails & glue, and nail art]

Mugs

Food [snacks, drinks, gum, candy, and desserts]

Seasonal Decorations

Wall Art

Candle Holders

Satin Pillowcases

Cleaning Gloves

Microfiber Towels

iPhone Cases

Arts & Crafts [colorful paper, washi tapes, stickers, and glitter]

Organization Bins

Notebooks

Yearly Planners

Paperback Books

Artificial Flowers

Greeting Cards

Party Supplies

And, that’s what I love buying at dollar tree. I really enjoy shopping at dollar tree, it always puts a smile on my face. If you haven’t already, go and check out a dollar tree store near you in your area or if you live in different country, go to dollar store that’s similar to dollar tree. I also record dollar tree hauls on my channel as well, if you want to subscribe to my channel just search Ms. Shabria Gxo.

Thank you for reading and much love! XO Shabria

books, lifestyle, monthly reads/books

January Books I Read πŸ“š

Hey, XO Gang!

If you’re new to my blog, I’m Shabria. And, if you’re not new, thank you for returning *virtual hugs*.

On today’s blog post, I want to share with you on the books that I read last month in January. I finished reading only 2 books; I only read between 2-3 books per month that way I won’t get overwhelmed by having a huge TBR stack (TBR means To Be Read). I apologize in advance for not having pictures of the book covers on this post because I don’t have enough media storage on my account.

I purchased these 2 ebooks from iBooks and both of them are free. The first book that I finished reading was Worth Billions by Lexy Timms. Worth Billions is book 1 of 3 of the trilogy but the other 2 books from that trilogy are priced at $3.99. I haven’t purchased book 2 and 3 yet but I will soon. The story of Worth Billions is about 2 characters — Grayson and Michelle. Grayson came back to Stillsville, Illinois after his godfather, Anton passed away and wanted Grayson to take over his estate and Michelle used to work for Anton when she was younger. The book does have mature content and language that isn’t suitable for underage readers or readers who don’t like NSFW/smutty books. This was my first time reading a book from Lexy Timms, other readers that I’m following on Instagram or subscribed to on Youtube had their opinions about a few of the author Lexy Timms but my opinions: I did enjoy reading this book from Lexy Timms and I will definitely read more from her in the future.

And last book that I read was, The Billionaire’s Kiss (VOLUME 1: a Billionaire Alpha Romance) by Olivia Thorne. This book was about 2 characters — an IT computer hacker named Eve and an billionaire architect named Grant — the story starts off both of them meeting at a Gala and they ending up having sex behind a hidden wall. And after that, they started their WILD adventure together. Some parts of the story are funny and some parts are very steamy, so if you’re not interested in NSFW/Smutty stories, then this book isn’t for you. The difference between the book I was reading than the book that everyone else was reading, I was reading the longer version of The Billionaire’s Kiss, it has 4 parts — The Billionaire’s Kiss, Touch, Caress, and Passion and it does end with huge cliffhanger where you have to buy part 5 called The Billionaire’s Redemption and that’s $4.99. This was also my first time reading from Olivia Thorne and I really did enjoy reading it and I loved her style of writing, she did made me giggle in a few parts that were funny to me and I will definitely read more books from Olivia Thorne in the future as well.

So, those were the books that I read in January and I will continue to do this through out the year.

I hope you enjoyed reading my blog, much love. XO Shabria

adult with learning disability, blogging, learning disability, let me talk/vent, lifestyle, unemployed blues

Finding Employment with a Learning Disability | My Experience

Hey, XO Gang! If you’re new to my blog, I’m Shabria and if you’re one of my day one readers, thanks for returning!

On today’s blog post, I want to share with you my job hunting journey while having a learning disability. Now, in the past on m blog, I’ve done a few posts about my unemployment blues but I never talked about my learning disability on my blog until last year.

If you would like to know what are my learning disabilities, they’re dyscalculia and auditory processing disorder, I also have poor reading and verbal comprehension skills and poor memory; I was diagnosed when I was in kindergarten of 1998.

My first job was working at Goodwill during the summer of 2010, I just graduated from high school and it was apart of school program for students with disabilities that want to work. The program lasted for a month, I started in June and ended in July; I learned how to provide customer service, took inventory of the items, create displays, and organized racks and selves. The only thing I had difficulty with was register operation and money counting, due to my dyscalculia I have a hard time counting loose change but I’m pretty good on counting cash. I took and failed the register assessment test twice and I thought that was sign being a cashier wasn’t for me LOL.

After I completed my school work program in July 2010, I was very eager to find another job because I thought now I have some new job experience to put on job resume, I can work and get hired now. Well, I thought wrong LOL, it’s been 9 years now and I haven’t been called for a interview yet; I would submit job applications either online and in person and not get call for a interview. I would call them on doing a check in and they would say the same thing, “We don’t have your job application on file” (when I JUST submit my application in about 3 days ago) and I also feel like the hiring manager looks at my job application and deletes it or throws it away in the trash. I understand that there’s other people who applied for that certain job and they’re waiting for that same thing as I am: an interview and getting hired. So, until then I’m working from home and making money as I go — either bi-weekly/monthly or on the spot. Yes, I still applied for jobs but I don’t get hopes all high when it comes to job hunting. Finding a job is my goal year round and I hope everyone finds their dream job or career as well.

Thank you for reading my blog post about my job finding with a learning disability. Much love, XO Shabria.

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Things I Dislike about My Learning Disabilities

Hey, XO Gang. If you are new to my blog, I’m Shabria and if you are one of my day 1 readers, thank you for returning!

On today’s blog post, I want to share with you on the things I dislike about having a learning disability, from general, what I deal with my LD, and so forth. If you like to know what are my learning disabilities, they’re auditory processing disorder and dyscalculia and I was diagnosed when I was kindergarten of 1997.

So, here are the things I dislike:

-Not calculating prices on top of my head when I’m shopping.

-Not comprehending well to directions or instructions verbally.

-Having difficult time on keeping up with other students academically.

-Not being academically driven.

-Being called ‘retarded’ or ‘retard’ when walking out of special education classrooms.

-Having difficult time on counting loose change in public.

-Asking someone to repeat themselves.

-VERY terrible in math.

-Having difficulty telling time in analog clock.

-Having difficulty hearing and talking people in loud, noisy environments.

-VERY annoyed being told that I don’t “look” like I have a learning disability after telling certain people.

-Difficult time on mispronouncing words due to speech impediment.

-Can’t find employment that suitable to my disabilities.

Well, those are the things that I dislike about having a learning disability. Maybe you relate to my list or not. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, I really do appreciate it. Much love, XO Gang.

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πŸ’– My 2018 Recap and 2019 Goals πŸ’–

Hey, XO Gang I’m Shabria! If you’re new to my blog, welcome! And if you aren’t, thank you for returning!

Okay, I took a small break from blogging to give my blog and other social media platforms a little makeover for the new year. And also I gave you a new name, your new name is XO Gang and I thought it was cute.

In 2018 for me, it was okay year but I did overcame my personal and social media goals and I would like to share with you my 2018 recap and 2019 goals.

In 2018…

  • I drank water and cranberry juice.
  • Read 5 books
  • Fixed my old laptop
  • Getting better with my photography
  • Lost -5 lbs (wasn’t really trying to)
  • Not having a panic attack or hyperventilate in public
  • Accepting and loving my body type
  • I met new people (both online & IRL)
  • Now two years natural (relaxed to natural since April 2015)
  • Protecting my hair in braids
  • Reach 56 followers on my blog
  • Reach 880 subscribers on my Youtube
  • Reach 1,400 followers on my Twitter
  • Reach 3,300 followers on my IG
  • I talked about my LD (Learning Disability)

I’m so proud of myself! And now, I would like to share with you my 2019 goals.

My 2019 Goals..

  • Talk more about my LD (Learning Disability)
  • Enroll 1 or 2 online courses
  • Meditate and journal more
  • Create and maintain a daily routine
  • Learn calligraphy and sign language
  • Get back into making jewelry
  • Be more confident
  • I will forgive myself for past mistakes
  • I will be kind to myself
  • Get over my fear of both dogs and cats
  • Practice self love, care, and respect
  • Grow a booty
  • Not being afraid of my natural hair (4b/4c)
  • Read 10-15 books
  • Search and apply for entry level or temp jobs
  • Study to get my drivers license
  • Declutter and sell
  • Make a schedule with my blog and social media outlets
  • Be more comfortable with my videos and posts
  • Gain 100 followers on my blog and FB like page, 900 subscribers on my youtube channel, 1,500 followers on my twitter, and 4,000 on my IG.
  • Engage more with my audience
  • Get better with video and thumbnail editing
  • Remember to take a break

So, that’s my 2019 goals and 2018 recap. I’m very proud of myself in 2018 and I know I will reach my goals in 2019.