Friday, January 18, 2019

Book Review - Girl, Wash Your Face

Book review of Girl, Wash Your Face - why you should read it!

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:

Girl, Wash Your Face book review

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.

Inspirational Writing 

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)

Read if…

You liked PresentOver Perfect by Shauna Niequist
You want to be encouraged to be your best self!

Happy Reading!


What I’m reading next:

What I'm going to read next - Church of the Small Things by Melanie Shankle

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.

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Why You Should Stop Reading That Book

Reading strategy and tips to get the most out of your reading life

Why You Should Stop Reading that Book

How to Start Loving Your Reading Life Again

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Do you ever feel like someone is forcing you to finish a book?  You start to feel obligated to pick it up and read a few pages.  Or you find yourself doing other things to avoid reading it. The face on its cover stares at you from the coffee table where you last left it like it’s judging you for not opening it back up again. 

Sometimes, this might even be a book you want to read!  You are interested in it!  But for some reason, it has begun to feel like a chore. This happens to me the most when I am reading a genre that I wouldn’t normally. 

Reading strategies and tips to get the most out of your reading life

My Reading List

Strong, powerful women who shape history are intriguing to anyone.  And I have found royal women to be endlessly fascinating.  So, of course, when Elizabeth of York was recommended during Nonfiction November I added it to my TBR.

Reading strategies and tips to get the most out of your reading life

Do you every have trouble reading a certain genre?  I do.  I’m just so slow at reading nonfiction.  So, I decided to combat this by reading Philippa Greggory’s The White Princess at the same time.  It’s a novel about Elizabeth of York, and I’ve read (and loved!) several other books in this series, so it sounded like a win!  

Reading strategies and tips to get the most out of your reading life

And it was interesting.  I am fascinated by this tumultuous time, and it was interesting to see Weir and Greggory explore it through two different lenses.

But…I started to feel obligated to pick up the book.  I would think, okay, I have to read a little bit of this.  Just get through a little more.  Of course, other times I would find a captivating tidbit and have to read it aloud to my husband. The book isn’t awful – far from it!

I also noticed myself anticipating my next reads.  If you read this post you know I got several books from Amazon recently, and I can’t wait to read them all!  Every day I would pass my dresser and see these two sitting there, staring me down:

Reading strategies and tips to get the most out of your reading life

And I would think I can’t WAIT to read those!  Or I’m so excited to get to those books – I’d better hurry and finish my big biography.  I knew that if I started The Forgotten Garden or Nine Perfect Strangers I would get so engrossed in them I would read the whole thing before I picked up my Elizabeth of York again.

But why wait?  I’m jumping at the bit in anticipation to read two books that are literally in my own bedroom, yet I’m not?  All I have to do is pick them up!

So, I did.  I cracked open The Forgotten Garden, and so far, I love it!  I’ve already cried once and read way faster than I had been reading.

Why you should put that book down:

1.    You’re wasting your time
2.    You could be reading something else
3.    You won’t enjoy it if it becomes a chore
4.    You might enjoy it with fresh eyes later

Now, I’m not abandoning Elizabeth of York all together.  She is an interesting woman in a historically time period that I like.  I want to know more.  But I don’t have to read the whole thing this month.  Life will go on!

And, in fact, I think I will end up reading it more quickly by adding in other reading loves to my life.

How to Start Loving your Reading Life Again:

1.    Find another good book
    An author you love or a genre you enjoy
2.    Re-read an old favorite
    It should refresh you!
Then maybe you can pick up that “hard” book again

Have you ever stopped reading something that you liked, but kinda couldn’t get into?

Do you ever feel obligated to finish a book you’ve started?

If you need help finding a good book check out my posts here and here. Also, be looking for my list of new books coming out in 2019 that I can’t wait to read! 

Happy Reading!


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