Growing up is not easy, and today’s lifestyles and social trends add to the many challenges that young women face as they make their way through the world. Inspired to give young women motivation and inspiration, author and psychologist Chiquis Barrón has written Good Things for a Young Woman’s Spirit, a delightful gift book that “offers relevant and practical advice to empower young women with the confidence and awareness they need to succeed.”
After 18 years of working professionally with girls and women and looking at the social, cultural and environmental factors that impact their overall well-being, Chiquis is sharing what she’s learned about navigating the world and finding a healthy, happy place in it for herself.
“The goal with the book is to encourage young women to look within, to get to know themselves better, and to learn not only to appreciate but love and be patient with themselves and the life journey that they are on,” Chiquis told WYSK in an email.
Some of the themes of the book include “Reach for the Stars,” “Practice Kindness,” “Let Go,” and “Trust Your Instincts.” Accompanying each thought-provoking message is a beautiful, vibrant illustration by the author’s mother, Martha Barrón, a life-long recreational artist who has found in art the power to overcome some of the crippling effects of clinical depression.
“Working with my mother is, by far, one of the greatest experiences I’ve had as a professional writer,” said Chiquis. “My mother has a long history with depression. To see her overcome many of those demons through her work on this project, is one of the biggest gifts I will receive from this book.”
Good Things for a Young Woman’s Spirit is also available in Spanish. A percentage of the profits from the sale of gift books will be used to fund community programs that support, motivate and empower girls and women.
“We want to let girls know that they are not alone in their feelings and experiences, ” said Chiquis. “There is always help and there is always light at the end of the tunnel. It is our wish that these words and images will permeate through and infuse their spirit with hope, knowledge, and the promise of bright, colorful days ahead.”
Chiquis was born in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico and raised in Nogales, Arizona. She holds a degree in Psychology and has worked in the field of mental, emotional, and behavioral health research with the University of Arizona since 1998. Chiquis has received creative writing grants from the American Association of University Women, Fundación Valparaíso (Mojácar, Almería, Spain), and Vermont Studio Center. Her novel, Café Dulcet, received two awards in the 13th Annual International Latino Book Awards.