Are you currently looking for a good girl friend to tell it like it is, tell you the truth about yourself and motivate you to be better? Rachel Hollis is your girl, and Girl, Wash Your Face is like having her in your living room telling to get off your phone, off your ass, and change your life.
I have heard of Rachel Hollis and of course her recent nonfiction books, but I am not a follower, I don’t read her blog, and I don’t know too much about her. But I was hoping this book would be a nice little pick-me-up and it did not disappoint.
Girl, Wash Your Face is an almost-memoir, told in the format of 20 lies you tell yourself and how Rachel Hollis stopped telling herself those lies – and how you can too. It was full of platitudes and motivation and sometimes some hard truths.
Sometimes you read a book like this by accident, right when you need it, without knowing that it was exactly what you needed. For me, this book spoke to me at this moment in my life.
I don’t believe that I tell myself lies. Is that in itself a lie? Maybe. Because if I didn’t, then why would I relate so much to these chapters?
However Hollis wants to frame it, lies or otherwise, this book made me confront some of my fears and issues that I’m currently grappling with.
Here are the best things I got from this book:
Only you can make yourself happy. You have the power every day to choose what you do with your life, to choose to chase your dreams, to choose to have a positive attitude, to suck it up, to love, to live. Don’t wait for the next promotion, the next job, the next vacation, the next thing to get happy. Be happy now.
If you don’t start now, you never will. Don’t give yourself any excuses. Start today.
Don’t judge people. Celebrate differences. No one in this life has the same journey and that is something to be celebrated. Find your tribe, recognize that we’re all human, we all make mistakes, we all have fear and uncertainty, and at the end of the day, we’re all in this life together. There’s so many ways to live and to be. Accept the diverse world we live in. Seek it out. Put yourself in a place to learn about others and learn from them.
Find your community. Your relationships with others are far more important than the stuff you own or the money you have. Be a good neighbor, be a nice person, be a thoughtful friend, be a loving spouse. Be with people.
Strive for your dreams. Don’t take no as the final answer. Find a way through or around or over. Find a different path. Figure out how to make it happen, in whatever way you can, and don’t give up.
Live in the moment. Enjoy and celebrate where you are at right now in your journey. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else or their journey. Be present. Celebrate your past success and recognize everything, good and bad, that brought you right where you are now.
Set goals and work every day to make them happen. Put yourself in positions that get you one step closer to your goals. Keep going. Don’t listen to the naysayers. Don’t listen to people who don’t appreciate what you’ve done. Do what you want to do for the love and joy of it, not for approval or praise that comes from others.