It’s easy sometimes to get bogged down and caught up with what everyone else is doing and everyone else’s rules and definitions for life. When that happens, I refer to my inspiration: books and music (but for this place I’m focusing on just the books) that speak to who I am and the woman that I want to be, and have overall provided insight and perspective on life for me. The list is ever-growing and being updated (and just like me, is quite random) but here are some of them:


-Any and everything by Nikki Giovanni. -No seriously, I could list all the titles that includes, but I’ll just be succinct.

-Anything by Pearl Cleage, the awesome writer whose work inspired the title of this blog. But to be specific, in terms of characters and descriptions of this concept: What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day, I Wish I Had a Red Dress are must reads. Also her newest book, Things I Wish I Had Told my Daughter

-Black Girl in Paris (Shay Youngblood)

-By The Light of My Father’s Smile (Alice Walker)

-Now is the Time to Open Your Heart (Alice Walker)

-Law of Attraction (Michael J. Losier)

-Big Magic (Elizabeth Gilbert)

-Eat, Pray, Love (Elizabeth Gilbert)

-The Complete Writings of Florence Scovel Shinn for Women (Florence Scovel Shinn)

-Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own person (Shonda Rhimes)