book giveaway!

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Check out our Instagram feed to enter to win a brand new copy of Power Your Happy by Lisa Sugar!  Contest starts Monday, March, 13, 2017, and continues through Wednesday, March 15, 2017.  The winner will be announced on Thursday, March 16, 2017, via the original contest post on the Juniper Lemons instagram page.

As mentioned here, I recently read Power Your Happy by Lisa Sugar and found it to be super motivating and inspiring. Lisa managed to self-create her very own dream job by founding POPSUGAR.  And perhaps you’ve also heard of ShopStyle and POPSUGAR Must Have?  Well those are all part of POPSUGAR Inc.  Pretty cool, huh?

In her book, Lisa describes how she went about figuring out what her dream job was, and then took the risks to create it. Her personal and business story is a light read that is sure to get you inspired and motivated! This book is the perfect read for lazy Sunday mornings, a local cafe, or airport layovers.


Good luck!

recent reads on business

As previously mentioned, I listen to audiobooks on my commute.  And my commute is loooong so I go through several.  A recent focus of mine has been on business, and specifically starting one.  If you work for a business, own a business, want to start a business, or are thinking about forming a business… here are some of the books I found useful.



Power Your Happy by Lisa Sugar.  Lisa is the founder of POPSUGAR, her self-created dream job.  And perhaps you’ve also heard of ShopStyle and POPSUGAR Must Have which also fall under the POPSUGAR Inc. umbrella.  In her book, Lisa describes how she went about figuring out what her dream job was, and then took the risks to create it.  Her personal and business story is a light read that is sure to get you inspired and motivated!  This is the only non-audiobook on the list, but it’s perfect for lazy Sunday mornings, a local cafe, or airport layovers.




The Hard Thing About Hard Things:  Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz.  Ben Horowitz is a technology entrepreneur who together with Marc Andreessen founded Loudcloud.  When Loudcloud sold its core managed services business to EDS, Ben worked to rebrand the remaining company into an enterprise software company called Opsware, which was ultimately bought by Hewlett-Packard.  In his book, Ben gives an honest, no-nonsense, recounting of the difficulties of running a startup and he shares the lessons he learned along the way.  The book has great tips for anyone starting a business, running a business, managing people, or aspiring to do any of the above.



The Lean Startup by Eric Ries.  Eric Ries is a serial entrepreneur turned venture advisor and knows first hand that most startups fail.  From his experience though, Eric developed a methodology to help startups succeed.  Eric began documenting his methodology on his blog, and now in this book.  Eric details his lean startup method with real life examples from his days as CTO of IMVU where he learned the value of creating a Minimal Viable Product (MVP) to figure out what customers actually want and will use before spending loads of time and resources creating a seemingly perfect product.


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How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnagie.  Written in 1936 this book has been around a while.  And as I learned from reading The Snowball, Warren Buffett read it numerous times and even took Mr. Carnegie’s course.  With its 12 ways to win people to your way of thinking, and 9 ways to change people without arousing resentment, this book is just as useful in the workplace as it is at home 😉



Start Your Own Corporation:  Why the Rich Own their Own Companies and Everyone Else Works for Them by Garrett Sutton.  If you are starting a business, own a small business, or have wealth that you want to protect and/or pass on, then this book is worth a read.  The author is an established business attorney and he does a good job of walking you through the various types of business entity structures, why you may want to have one, and how to get one.  For each entity type he highlights pros and cons, and gives real life examples of business entities limiting liability, gaining tax advantages, and safeguarding assets.


Happy reading!  And if you have any inspirational business books to recommend, let us know in the comments!

– ash

recent reads on money

As mentioned before, I spend 2 hours a day commuting, driving a stick-shift in traffic back and forth to work (ugggghhh… I know).  To make the drive tolerable and not feel like I am wasting life, I listen to audiobooks.  I prefer nonfiction because it really makes the drive feel like I’m multitasking in a positive way.  While I do love a good morning talk show with a juicy gossip roundup, 10+ hours of that a week and I can feel my brain turning to mush.

I’ve never been great, or even good really, with money; so over the last month I scanned iBooks and Amazon for audiobooks related to money and investing.  Out of the ones I have read and/or listened to, these stood out.

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The Snowball:  Warren Buffet and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder.  I recently opened an individual investment account and funded it with $4k to try and figure out how it works.  I knew vaguely that Warren Buffett was a pretty good investor, so for inspiration I downloaded The Snowball and it did not disappoint.

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The Total Money Makeover:  A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey.  I read this book almost 5 years ago, but felt it important to include here since it helped get me out of debt for good.  By my early 30s I had thrice gotten myself into significant credit card debt (well into 5 figures… oops :-/ ).  I managed to get myself out each time, but money stress sucks big.  The third time I found myself in debt I committed to making it my last.  On the recommendation of a close friend I read The Total Money Makeover and gave my money sitch a reboot.  While Dave gets a bit preachy, literally, in some of the pages, the book did what it promised.  I managed to pull myself out of debt within a year and I have been debt free ever since. WOOT!

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Rich Dad Poor Dad:  What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not by Robert T. Kiyosaki.  In the book the author describes growing up with two dads with disparate views on wealth, his real dad and his best friend’s dad.  The book completely changed what I consider to be an “asset”.  For example, you may be able to claim your home and car as assets on a mortgage loan application, but they are not!

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The Millionaire Next Door:  The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko.  Not what I’d call a page-turner, this book is filled with statistics and acronyms and I probably would have put down if reading in hardcover.  If you can get through it though, it’s got some good insight on how to go from being a UAW (Under Accumulator of Wealth) to a PAW (Prodigious Accumulator of Wealth) and the benefits of getting there.  The book makes clear that when it comes to spending money the majority of millionaires are not keeping up with the Kardashians, or even the Joneses for that matter.  PAWs live below their means, no matter their incomes.
Get your financial $h!t together!  It’s worth it.  For realz.