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Holiday Gift Guide for the Ambitious Woman: Empowering Books, Courses, and Tools

Do you give gifts to yourself for Christmas?

I do and usually will choose something that can help me for the next year.

So, with the holidays just around the corner comes the inevitable gift-giving frenzy. But this year, why not ditch the usual suspects and focus on gifts that truly empower the ambitious woman in you?

I've curated a selection of empowering books, courses, and tools that will help you conquer goals, unleash potential, and thrive in all aspects of your life.

Empowering Books

As you know, I love to read! So, I will start with the list of Women-empowering books selected by your life coach.

We all have that inner badass waiting to be unleashed. Yes, I am talking about YOU! But sometimes, we need a little inspiration, a push in the right direction. That's where these empowering books come in.

These four incredible reads are more than just self-help guides; they're like firecrackers igniting a revolution within you. They'll challenge you to confront your doubts, embrace your vulnerabilities, and step into the powerful woman you were always meant to be.

Brené Brown, the queen of vulnerability, dives deep into the human experience, exploring courage, shame, and connection. This book is a wake-up call, urging you to let go of perfectionism and embrace the messy, beautiful reality of being human. It's a powerful reminder that vulnerability isn't weakness, but the key to unlocking true strength and belonging.

Get ready for a dose of straight-talking, no-nonsense advice with Jen Sincero's "You Are a Badass." This book is packed with practical exercises, hilarious anecdotes, and the occasional swear word to get you out of your comfort zone and start living an awesome life. Sincero's approach is refreshingly down-to-earth, making self-improvement feel fun and accessible.

Rachel Hollis doesn't sugarcoat anything. In "Girl, Wash Your Face," she tackles the lies we tell ourselves and the societal expectations that hold us back. She encourages you to stop apologizing, embrace your flaws, and take ownership of your life. Hollis's powerful message of self-acceptance and empowerment will resonate with anyone who's ever felt stuck or unsure of their worth.

"I Know What You Need To Succeed" is a no-nonsense and deeply authentic book that expertly combines author and life coach Kateryna Armenta’s personal story with practical lessons and key insights to help readers unlock their true potential. Packed with straightforward advice and honest reflections from Kateryna’s journey as a Ukrainian immigrant settling in the US, this book arms you with a common-sense blueprint to help you overcome limiting mindsets, find the courage to be your true self, and strive to achieve your dreams.

These four books are just a starting point on your journey to becoming the best version of yourself. You won't be disappointed. You might even discover the badass you never knew existed.

Empowering Courses

Today, I'm sharing some of my favorite online courses designed specifically for women who are serious about self-growth and career development. These courses cover a wide range of topics, from leadership and negotiation to financial literacy and personal branding. So, no matter where you are in your journey, there's something for you.

If you've ever wondered what it takes to be a successful leader, look no further than Anna Wintour. The iconic editor-in-chief of Vogue has spent decades at the helm of the fashion world, navigating the industry's complexities with grace and authority. Now, in her Masterclass, she shares her insights and experience with you, revealing the leadership secrets that have made her one of the most influential figures in fashion.

Personal Branding Masterclass is a comprehensive online course designed to help you build a powerful personal brand that stands out from the crowd. Led by industry experts, this course will guide you through every step of the personal branding process, from identifying your unique value proposition to creating compelling content and engaging with your audience.

In her transformative course, How to Break the Habit of Self-Doubt and Build Real Confidence, Mel Robbins, renowned motivational speaker, and bestselling author, provides you with the tools and strategies you need to overcome self-doubt and build unshakeable confidence.

The Science of Well-Being is a course offered by Yale University that teaches you the science behind happiness and well-being. The course is taught by Laurie Santos, a professor of psychology at Yale.

These classes won't break your budget, some are free, and some are only $10-$70. So why not to learn something new?

And a bonus from me:

Did you always want to write one but have no idea where to start? Are you daunted by the process of publishing and apprehensive about embarking on this wonderful undertaking? If so, then this program is for you! The three-week program is led by an🏆 award-winning author, Kateryna Armenta.

Empowering Tools

You probably know I created my own planner that helps me, and now you can buy it too. I implemented several tools that work for me and my clients. Secrets I teach at workshops and online programs are mindfully inserted through this planner's pages. Perfect for any high-achieving woman who wants to take the next step forward and live her best life.

This is a device I frequently use. It doesn't have distractions and allows easy transfer of notes to text. Remarkable is a paper tablet for reading, writing, and note-taking.

Audible is a leading provider of audiobooks and podcasts, offering access to a vast library of content across genres and formats. It is one of the reasons I can read/listen to 50 books a year.


The holiday season is the perfect time to treat yourself to gifts that empower you to conquer your goals, unleash your potential, and thrive in all aspects of your life. Whether it's through reading empowering books or taking courses that help you unlock your true potential, there are plenty of ways to invest in yourself and become the best version of yourself. So, ditch the usual suspects this year and focus on gifts that truly empower the ambitious woman in you. Remember, investing in yourself is a powerful and necessary step towards achieving your dreams and living the life you deserve.

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