I had the pleasure of meeting Jacqueline after breakfast, and she was kind enough to take this selfie with me.  I wanted to bottle her enthusiasm and carry it with me!

The books I chose for July will 1) help you become develop better leadership skills and 2) help you gain insight on the college financial aid process. These books are on the top of my list for July,  as I need help in both areas.  Trying to grow a business is a scary thing.  I have built in leadership skills (Hello, I’m a Mother) but I need more guidance on applying those skills to my side hustle.  Also, with the impending college application process coming at me, I need help and direction as to what we need to do to successfully reach the finish line while continuing to teach my Daughter financial skills that will get her through life.

Jacqueline M. Brown

Leader By Mistake

Leader By Mistake  – http://amzn.to/2t1BHUL

Jacqueline M. Baker is the Founder of Scarlet Communications.  Her company focuses on empowering people and organizations through etiquette and protocol skill building.  Jacqueline has worked with the Department of Defense, several NFL teams, and other large corporations.

Jacqueline was the keynote speaker at the #Blogher17 newbie breakfast.  Her enthusiasm and spirit enamored me.  Jacqueline gave an informational power point presentation that included exercises to help us determine if we were introverts or extroverts (I’m 1/2 and 1/2), examples of common mistakes we tend to make with our businesses, proper table etiquette, and how to effectively network during the conference.  The two most important take aways for me were:

Live in the moment

Flexibility opens up opportunities 

I took these words to heart when navigating through the rest of the conference and it helped me get more out of my experience.  Jacqueline’s book Leader By Mistake discusses why leadership is so important when deciding to become an entrepreneur.  Chapters discuss; Being Accountable, Respect, Innovation, Positivity, and Risks.  Without giving away too much, my favorite topic so far is “Keeping It Real with Patience.”  When starting a business or a new venture of any kind we tend to want results NOW.  Sometimes we need to step back and let our journeys take their course.  From personal experience, I tend to worry about making mistakes when planning out the course of my business, but as Jacqueline points out “It’s OK to make mistakes.”  We aren’t perfect, and we can use them to help guide us on the right path.  These lessons can apply to all aspects of your life.  You can find Jacqueline on Twitter @magicaljax or her company Twitter page @MeetScarlet


Jodi Okun

Secrets of a Financial Aid Prohttp://amzn.to/2tsqay1

Now that my Daughter will officially be a High School Senior next month, the craziness is just around the corner.  We have SAT dates to plan for, Colleges to visit, and applications to consider.  As Parents, we have the task of wondering “How are we going to pay for this?”.  I have followed Jodi Okun on Twitter for a few years now.  She is a “guru” for all things Financial Aid.  Jodi also conducts Twitter Chats that includes Q&A sessions with leading higher education professionals.  I’ve taken part in a few of the chats, and they are very informative.  Topics include filling out college applications, what to ask/expect on college visits, and applying for early decisions.  Secrets of a Financial Aid Pro is broken down into three parts. Making the most of the school days (prepping for college), Paying the way (and the dreaded FASFA form) and Off and away (all out helping your child manage their money and make sound decisions).  I highly recommend this book to parents of High School aged children.  It’s never too early to learn the ins and outs of the college and financial aid maze.  I hope I can get through it in one piece.  You can find Jodi on Twitter @JodiOkun

My goal for The Middle Years Book Club is to share titles with you that will promote growth, self-awareness, and help with our midlife transformations.  I hope you check out these great books, and refer them to friends who could benefit from them.

Until Next Time….

Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company mentioned to promote, endorse, or review their products. These reviews will be solely my own thoughts and opinions based on my use of said products.  (This post contains an affiliate link, if you click the link and make a purchase, I will receive a percentage or discount)

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