Girl, Wash Your Face
If you are a mother, a wife, an entrepreneur, a girl boss, or any combination, you need to get this book. Let me put it this way- if you are a woman, you need to read this book. If there are any men reading this blog, get a copy of this book for a lady in your life.
I have followed Rachel Hollis on social media for a few years now. I will tell you, she is one of my main style inspirations, and I love her style. She is hilarious and real, which I appreciate so much. Her authenticity is evident in everything she does. It is obvious how much she loves her family, and how she is the ultimate girl boss. As soon as I saw she was writing, Girl Wash Your Face, I preordered a copy. I wanted to read whatever she had to say. And as of last week, Girl Wash your Face is on the New York Times best seller list!
I loved the layout of this book as well. At the end of each chapter, she wrote practical things that helped her stop believing the lies she was telling herself. I am all about the practical, and since I have told myself MANY of these lies, the things that helped her were especially helpful to me!
Y’all- this book was good. Like really good. I laughed, I cried, and I even screamed Amen a few times. I was so challenged and encouraged throughout the book. A few things that really stood out to me were:
“ Whatever standard you’ve set for yourself is where you’ll end up...unless you fight through your instinct and change your pattern.”
“Nobody- not a voice of authority, not your mama, not the foremost expert in your arena- gets to tell you how big your dreams can be. They can talk all they want...but you get to decided if you are willing to listen.”
“The very fact that you are so concerned, sweet friend, means you’re engaged and focused and dedicated to doing what is best. That makes you the best kind of parent. The rest will take care of itself.”
“Being a perfect mom is a myth- but being a pretty great mom, most of the time, is actually possible.”
“That is what it boils down to: faith. The belief that your life will unfold as it was meant to, even when it unfolds into something painful and difficult to navigate. Do I believe He has a plan? Absolutely. I’ve seen the proof of it too many times to consider anything else. That means I have to hold on to that belief even when the process isn’t simple or easy or safe.”
“ Find a tribe of people who are in a similar walk of life as you are. Once you find them, be honest about where you are and what you’re struggling with. Learn to ask for help, and when someone offers help, accept it! Accept any and all help you can get and consider it a gift from God! I cannot tell you how many women ask me how I ‘do it all’, and when I tell them that I have learned to ask for help, they look at me as if I’m an alien.”
And the biggest nugget of wisdom that I read in this book:
“SOMEONE ELSE’S OPINION OF ME IS NONE OF MY BUSINESS.”
I can’t tell you how many times I have repeated that to myself since reading it. People can think what they want about how I look, act, dress, raise my kids, be a wife, etc. and it is none of my business. I can’t hold onto what someone else thinks of me. Oh, that is just so freeing!
If you are looking for a great book to read on vacation, on a rainy day- or really any day, pick up a copy of Girl, Wash your Face. You will not be disappointed!
Have a great weekend, friends!