The Next Chapter·Bedside Books

Why singer-songwriter Aphrose finds inspiration in this 2013 bestselling self-help book

The Toronto artist is reading You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero.
Aphrose is a Toronto-based singer-songwriter. (Running Press Adult, Jen Squires)

Aphrose — real name Joanna Mohammed — is an independent singer-songwriter based in Toronto. Her influences include Jazz, R&B and soul music and her debut album, Element, was released in 2019. 

Aphrose loves books and is presently reading the 2013 self-help book You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero.

She stopped by The Next Chapter to tell us why. 

"This book was gifted to me by a friend. I never really read self-help books before this one. It captivated me. I found a lot of parallels between what she was speaking about in the book and my life and my career — and how I was feeling at the time.

I found a lot of parallels between what she was speaking about in the book and my life and my career — and how I was feeling at the time.

"We have this way of staying in our comfort zones, even if we're in a place where we're not actually super happy — we'll stay there because it's familiar. This book shakes you out of that mindset and helps you to go after the things you really want in life.

"I keep it by my bedside — whenever I need a little bit of encouragement I pick it up and read a chapter."

Aphrose's comments have been edited for length and clarity.

Watch Aphrose perform the song Fire on CBC Music

Aphrose | Fire | CBC Music

2 years ago
Duration 5:19
Aphrose performs 'Fire' for CBC Music.

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