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Published on November 6th, 2010 | by Wenona Napolitano


A Review of Great Gals: Inspired Ideas for Living a Kick-Ass Life

Great Gals by Summer PierreThis isn’t your typical journal or inspirational workbook.

The Great Gals: Inspired Ideas for Living a Kick-Ass Life by Summer Pierre is a fun and interactive book that can bring back your zest for life and help your creative ideas flow by giving you sneak peeks into the lives of great women like Ani DiFranco, Frida Kahlo, Alice Walker, Joan Jett and Joni Mitchell (just to name a few). The journal provides prompts that inspire, motivate and help create fresh ideas.

Great Gals: Inspired Ideas for Living a Kick-Ass Life is for women who live busy lives. Whether we think they are crazy, chaotic, boring, or quiet, not very many of us think that our lives are amazing. This book asks why not? Why not make our lives amazing?

Great Gals is unique as it is a little bit of everything rolled into one. It is a daily planner, a diary, a place to write down your goals and dreams. You can make plans, experiment and write out your creative ideas.

Creativity and inspiration go hand in hand.

Lately my creativity has been running on empty. My life is so stressful and chaotic my crafting has been pushed to the side. I read many books where I see things and think “Oh, I’d like to do that” or “those crafts are awesome, I’m going to do those” then I never get around to it.

This book is different because not only does it give ideas it gives you a place to plot and plan. You can write down the things that you really want to do and keep track of them, change them, add in your own style and craftiness.

It’s the perfect book for a plotting, planning, dreamer like myself. And it might help push my boundaries and explore new territory in my life. Try new things. Do new art. Make new crafts.

This book is definitely not your average ordinary journal. Great Gals is based on author, Summer Pierre’s “Great Gals” monthly wall calendar which has been a viral web hit for years.

Not only is Great Gals an interactive journal filled with gorgeous illustrations by Summer, but it is filled with ideas and journal prompts that will challenge your routine, help you step out of fear, question your assumptions and so much more. It is filled with “everyday, easy ways to break you own rules and find a stronger you.” You can draw, write, collage, or scrapbook ideas and inspiration inside these pages. It can become your new best friend that helps you break the barrier and jump into a new life that’s better than ever before. So if you’re stuck in a rut creatively or just not feeling life’s wonders, this book may help you look at yourself in a whole new way, which can make all the difference in the world.

Never preachy, this isn’t a self help book. It is filled with quotes from well known women and gives us a little bit about some of the great women of this time and from times before.

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About the Author

Wenona is married with three crazy kids that range in age from 4 to 18. She is a freelance writer, poet and the author of The Everything Green Wedding Book. She enjoys reading, writing, crafting and gardening. She tries to do all of these as "greenly" as possible. Her writing has appeared in several local and regional publications, Pack O Fun, Today's Creative Home Arts, and Indiana Living Green magazines as well as numerous online sites including,,, eHow, Associated Content, Suite101 and

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