how it all started
I was on my way home. I had just finished attending a three-day leadership conference to which I had secured one of the limited, coveted seats. The airport was abuzz with people coming and going.
Yet I didn’t feel excited, not as I would have expected following a conference or when heading back home. I should have been feeling completely invigorated but there I was, walking through the busy airport, feeling bitter and disappointed because the conference -which should have been a significant marker in my career - had left me feeling inadequate and unworthy.
Yep, there in the airport, I was experiencing a severe case of imposter syndrome.
So I was in a surprisingly low place when I passed the gaping bookstore entryway and saw the bright, yellow cover blaring “You Are a Badass!” It was like a magnet drawing me in. It was as if it were speaking to me directly, declaring that I was a badass.
“Then why aren’t I acting like it?” I asked.
Needless to say, the book “You Are A Badass” by Jen Sincero boarded the plane with me.
Forty pages later I felt significantly more empowered, more confident and more positive about myself and my abilities. The book didn’t solve all my problems, but it definitely marked a turning point for me.
You see, I’ve spent the better part of my professional life working in industries dominated by women. And I’ve noticed over the course of my career that I’m not the only one struggling to live my best badass life.
In my job, in my coaching, and in my personal life I am constantly meeting women who are working to grow their confidence, reinforce their value and promote themselves in an authentic and meaningful way. In other words, they are ready to start living their best badass life.
I approached my local book store (shout out to Bards Alley in Vienna, Virginia!) and asked if I could start a monthly “Badass Women’s Book Club” for all of us badass women. And Bards Alley said yes.
With that goal in mind, I picked the books and I put the word out. And the badass women came. And they told their badass friends. And then they came back the next month. And they brought more badass friends.
As the word spread, the online book club community was created. And now we have dozens of women all over the country hosting Badass Women’s Book Club meetings for their badass friends. And we have thousands of women following along with us online, as we read a new, powerful book every month.
I know there are a lot of book clubs for women to join. What makes the Badass Women’s Book Club unique is that we are a community of women eager to read and discuss the stories of badass women – women who have courageously embraced who they are and what they have to offer. We are badass women and we are ready to start living our best badass life!
Gina Warner, Founder of Badass Women’s Book Club