Book Review - Girl, Wash Your Face Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be
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If you’ve been anywhere in the past couple of months, you’ve seen this striking cover:
And it’s so intriguing. First, just the picture…Who sits next to a bright yellow fire hydrant and lets it spray all over them? (Especially while wearing casual-cute clothes!)
But it makes you think… I am like that! I try to go about my casual life (while also looking cute, thank you very much) but then a hydrant sprays water all over me!
Or maybe you think, I am such a mess – I need the strength of a fire hydrant to clean me off so I can start over!
But then what does the title mean? Is she admonishing us to be sure to wash our faces before we go to bed every night? Is there some deeper, hidden meaning?
What Rachel Hollis really means is, Girl, pick yourself up off the floor and do something with your life!
Who is this Rachel Hollis?
While I’ve been seeing this book everywhere: Pinterest, my friend’s bookshelves, online, Target (so, ya know, all the important places) I hadn’t actually heard of Rachel Hollis before. Apparently, I’m like the only 30-year-old-woman in Texas who hadn’t… but now people know who Rachel is all over the country. This book has been crazy successful.
Rachel started the blog The Chic Site which grew into Chic Media (she’s the CEO), she has a podcast, she’s an author, she does conferences…basically an all-around big deal! And as she spreads her wisdom of how to live life to basically every media outlet there is, she’s written a book on how to be who you really want to be.
Lies Spinning in Your Head
Do you ever find yourself in a downward spiral of negative self-talk? It starts simply with, man I forgot to sweep the floor today! And somehow you end up convinced that you must have the dirtiest house out of every person you know, you must be the worst mom, and you probably also will never be able to fix either of those massive problems.
Well, this is not true.
Each chapter calls out a lie Rachel used to believe about herself and how she overcame it. For example, something else will make me happy, I’m not good enough, I’m better than you, I’m not a good mom, I should be further along by now, etc. I resonated with almost all of them. And I’m guessing you will, too.
The WashingtonPost describes her book as “a conversational self-help guide that mixes memoir, motivational tips, Bible quotations and common-sense girl talk”. And it totally is. It’s easily readable, and highly relatable.
Is she for real?
There was just one nagging thought/suspicion in the back of my mind, though, when I was reading this. And it is: is she for real? Like, is she really real about all of this?
I believe that she really did believe those lies and turn herself around. But she also sounds kinda like a chaotic mess. She’s running on fumes to write a book, then she goes and gives a conference, then she works at her office 60 hours a week, but she’s giving everyone advice at how to be the best organizer, mom, homemaker, beauty buyer, and look cute doing it all! Is she really doing it all?
I guess what I mean is, if she is so busy doing all of these things, how is she actually living her life in the way that she is encouraging everyone (and showing us online) to live it?
But, maybe I’m judging her too harshly. She is up front about her failures and shortcomings. And we all have them. Ok, so maybe she’s a bit neurotic, but also maybe she’s on to something.
Ultimately, she gives practical, relatable advice, and I found her to be quite inspirational. I even did what she said in one chapter and wrote down all of my dreams. Then I cried as I read the next few pages where she told me to take away the fear and chase those dreams!
People are looking for something. Rachel is promising to deliver. But- more importantly- she says you have it already. It is there inside of you. YOU. You are capable. You are the answer.
Books that kinda stick with me get a spot on my nightstand after they’ve been finished. Because I feel like I might need to pick them up again at any moment. And Girl, Wash Your Face made the cut. (also notice Chasing Slow in the background)
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You want to be encouraged to be your best self!
What I’m reading next:
In a similar vein to Girl, Wash Your Face, my next inspiring Christian read is Church of theSmall Things by Melanie Shankle.
Party Girl by Rachel Hollis
Apparently, Rachel has written some novels about her time as an innocent girl working as a party planner for the stars in Los Angeles. It doesn’t have rave reviews or anything, but I think it will be worth checking out.