Genre: Self Help
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication date: February 6th, 2018
Page Count: 240
With wry wit and hard-earned wisdom, popular online personality and founder of TheChicSite.com founder Rachel Hollis helps readers break free from the lies keeping them from the joy-filled and exuberant life they are meant to have.
Founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Chic Media, Rachel Hollis has created an online fan base of hundreds of thousands of fans by sharing tips for living a better life while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own. Now comes her highly anticipated first book featuring her signature combination of honesty, humor, and direct, no-nonsense advice.
Each chapter of Girl, Wash Your Face begins with a specific lie Hollis once believed that left her feeling overwhelmed, unworthy, or ready to give up. As a working mother, a former foster parent, and a woman who has dealt with insecurities about her body and relationships, she speaks with the insight and kindness of a BFF, helping women unpack the limiting mind-sets that destroy their self-confidence and keep them from moving forward.
From her temporary obsession with marrying Matt Damon to a daydream involving hypnotic iguanas to her son’s request that she buy a necklace to “be like the other moms,” Hollis holds nothing back. With unflinching faith and tenacity, Hollis spurs other women to live with passion and hustle and to awaken their slumbering goals.
“You, and only you, are ultimately responsible for who you become and how happy you are.”
I wish we had more books like Girl, Wash Your Face. One of my colleagues recommended this book, and when I saw it at Target by chance I decided on a whim to give it a try. Girl, Wash Your Face by RACHEL HOLLIS is a collection of short chapters that provide you the motivation and tools to identify your dreams and how to reach the them. Honestly, I loved this book so much simply by how positive it is. The entire book cheers you on as you read, and you feel as if you have a squad of cheerleaders rooting for you to get up and go get what you want.
It’s a wonderful book for female readers simply because it validates the reason behind every doubt we have and then tells us to throw them away. Hollis further explains the reasons why every single thing we thought was true that was demeaning our self esteem, is a lie. Think you should be a certain way to fit in with the crowd? A lie. Think you have to settle in a relationship to be loved? A lie. Think you need a hero to sort out your life? ANOTHER LIE.
“You must choose to be happy, grateful, and fulfilled. If you make that choice every single day, regardless of where you are or what’s happening, you will be happy.”
Hollis is a devout Christian, and her approach in writing this book was from a spiritual perspective, which oddly felt at home for me as a Muslim. Just like Hollis, I believe that we were put on this Earth to be the best versions of ourselves and not demean ourselves by not doing what we were meant to do: create and flourish. Be it a family of our own, or our own little brand. Whatever you wish to do with your life, this book makes sure you believe in it and want to see it come to life.
“Decide that you care more about creating your magic and pushing it out into the world than you do about how it will be received.”
There are so many little gems in this book that felt uplifting. We spend so much time judging other’s choices, not realising that the truth behind it lies within ourselves: that dissatisfaction as to how we’re living our lives. And this book allows us to reflect the choices we’re making and gives us another chance to be positive and have the drive to really do what we want in life. There was one section where Hollis wrote about finding the good in the traumatic events we experienced. I resonated with the that because more often than not, we focus on the destruction it brought upon us instead of the strength we received through surviving it.
“What if the hard stuff, the amazing stuff, the love, the joy, the hope, the fear, the weird stuff, the funny stuff, the stuff that takes you so low you’re lying on the floor crying and thinking, How did I get here? . . . What if none of it is happening to you? What if all of it is happening for you?”
I hope you pick up this book. And whether you have a good day or a bad day, I hope you will always have the strength to be yourself and achieve what you’re meant to. Girl, Wash Your Face is meant to cheer you along, and I hope you allow it to when you read it.