September 10, 2018

My Thoughts On Girl, Wash Your Face

I'm sure you've heard of the latest phenomenon by Rachel Hollis- Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing The Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant To Be.
Originally I was all about reading this book and then I heard from some reviews that it was just like all the other books- that it hypes you up and tells you the same things about life and inspiration. I totally forgot that I had requested it from the library until I got an e-mail and decided I was going to read it, despite those few not so great things. The majority of people had loved it, so I gave it a shot.

Well...I read the book in one day, which says a lot about how I liked it. I LOVED it! I wanted to share my thoughts because there were quite a few things I took away from Girl, Wash Your Face. Goodreads says, "With wry wit and hard-earned wisdom, popular online personality and founder of founder Rachel Hollis helps readers break free from the lies keeping them from the joy-filled and exuberant life they are meant to have."

First- you have to go in to this knowing that Rachel is a self-proclaimed Christian and her book is published by a Christian publisher. I have no issues with religion, but it is brought up in the book a good deal. So if that's not something you want to see or read- you may want to pass...but I suggest you don't. I definitely noticed it, but it wasn't obnoxious.

I absolutely loved the overall message. Each chapter is about a lie that you may hear in your life and advice for overcoming them. In Rachel's words "This book is about a bunch of hurtful lies and one important truth. The truth? You, and only you, are responsible for who you become and how happy you are. That's the takeaway."
The chapters are broken down short and readable, and the lessons in them are excellent. I smiled, I cried and appreciated Rachel's openness and the reality of her issues she's overcome. 

There were messages about dating, chapters about motherhood, about failing and getting back up and much, much more. This is an excellent book for ANY woman. "I want you to understand my sweet, precious friend, that we're all falling short. Yet even though I fall over and over again, I don't let it deter me. I still wake up every day and try again to become a better version of myself. Some days I feel as if I'm getting closer to the version of me. Other days I eat cream cheese for dinner. But the gift of life is that we get another chance tomorrow", Hollis says. How powerful is that?! It's so true. You can always have a bad day, but it's not a bad life...there's always tomorrow. 

The piece on her then boyfriend, now husband left me in a little bit of surprise. She talks about how he used her, dissed her, argued with her and left her when they were dating. She put her foot down and ended it, and next thing you know he came back and it was pretty much happily ever after. I guess it was young, true love and it worked in the was just awkward to read as she portrayed it, for me at least.

Overall, I highly recommend Girl, Wash Your Face-- it's full of inspiration, doses of reality, and great lessons. I saw that Rachel has a sequel coming out in March...Girl, Stop Apologizing and I'm already stoked for that! I am going to go back and read her fiction series now too, because I'm kind of obsessed with Rachel Hollis now. 

Have you read Girl, Wash Your Face? What were your thoughts?

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