Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Beby Rachel Hollis Published 06 Feb 2018
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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.
"Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be" Reviews
There were parts of this book that were highly motivating and not too coddling, which is always appreciated. One thing that was tough was a constant thread of diet culture and weight loss talk throughout the whole book. The chapter about weight itself was...not great. There is a line where the author says (paraphrased) "science shows you need to eat less and move more, the end!" Where a lot of the other chapters examined the nuance of different issues and talked about developing an internal monologue to become more driven, the weight loss chapter felt super icky. It was basically "you shouldn't be fat, you won't be as long as you don't overeat to numb your feelings, and take better care of this body God gave you."
A lot of other chapters were motivating, but the diet talk (peppered through every chapter) would keep me from recommending this.
Two reads completed, several passages highlighted, and a whole new perspective on life and the pursuit of happiness. :)
Rachel Hollis has given us a new book! It's not fiction, it's not a cookbook, it's Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be. Part self help, part honest, heartbreaking non-fiction, Girl, Wash Your Face was the book I didn't know I needed. Broken into chapters by lie, yes as in the lies we believe in about ourselves, Rachel Hollis tackles the struggles women face daily and the steps we can take to make a positive, lasting difference. Rachel's personal stories are sometimes tough to read, but always relatable and her willingness to share her truths was incredibly impactful for me. The things she struggled and/or struggles with are the same things I struggle with. Her solutions? Easy to follow, though the dedication and the creation of the habit relies on your strength, will, and determination. It inspired me, Rachel's voice and words run through my head now throughout the day, and it taught me the ability to forgive myself each time I fail and believe the lies I shouldn't.
❝Recognizing the lies we've come to accept about ourselves is the key to growing into a better version of ourselves.❞
Though I cried, a lot, Girl, Wash Your Face is a humorous, powerful read that is easy to follow and inspiring. The solutions Rachel gives us are every day solutions, things that anyone can implement into their daily life whether through physical action or personal thought. She gives us the honest, harsh reality, but also gives us the chance to forgive ourselves, to understand others, and to create a healthy path towards healing and positivity. I loved the overarching message of self worth, power, and strength. I finished the last page with a renewed vigor for life and a new method of self-love. I highly recommend that everyone picks up a copy of Girl, Wash Your Face, whether you think you believe any lies or not. It's a book that women need and a book I'll be returning to repeatedly.
In fact, I'm off to read it again before I'm off to RISE, Rachel's women's conference!
There were parts of this book that were motivating but nothing presented was new and it was all stuff we've seen or heard before. I definitely feel like it's marketed and better suited towards the 20 something demographic. Women who are really getting started with life, careers, etc.
I did find the information regarding her personal business interesting. Having been a blogger for awhile and knowing how hard it is to truly find success I was impressed with what Rachel Hollis has accomplished.
Still, I did gain a few insights from reading the book and certainly reaffirmed things that I have let go by the wayside. Overall, it was a decent read but being in my 40s there just wasn't much in it for me.
Some parts of this book spoke deeply to my soul, and others made me want to punch someone in the face. I struggled with every word she said about diet and body image—what was meant to be uplifting and inspiring was preached as scientific fact from someone with no medical/dietetic credentials. She had nothing to back up her claims, but she preached it like doctrine.
I also really really really struggled with the story of how she met her husband. I realize have no business being bothered by it, but she says herself that people may have issue with her sharing it and that it isn’t meant for it to be used to condone an unhealthy relationship. But....she married the man from her super unhealthy relationship. Guys, don’t marry the guy who “brings you to bars and ignores you while he hits on other women.” Don’t marry the guy who “only calls you at night when he’s been drinking but ignores you during the day.” Don’t marry the guy who you “give your virginity to because you don’t know how else to keep him interested.” I mean, really. She gave so much time to how terrible their first year was and then gives a quick “but now everything is great!” And it just doesn’t work for me.
I have to come back and discuss more things that are not okay. The diet pills? She essentially tells everyone that she and her roommate survived off of diet pills to the point that they were hallucinating, so they stopped taking them and gained back 40 lbs. She doesn’t discourage this, if anything the quick “oh and then we gained weight and became less attractive” seems like a subtle “I can’t recommend this BUT if you want to lose weight here’s how to do it.” NOT OKAY. Additionally, when people come to her her diet advice (why is she giving diet advice? Is she a dietician? Does she have any medical knowledge) she tells them to start by drinking more water, and when they’ve mastered that start cutting out foods. Here’s an idea: listen to your body!! Thin =/= worthy/good/important.
Another edit: I was on a plane with my young exhausted kids today and was thinking how an outsider would totally judge my parenting skills, but I gotta do what I gotta do and my in-flight parenting techniques are totally different from day-to-day. Then I remembered how Rachel went off on the totally exhausted mom for giving her kid candy on a plane. Maybe there was more to it that I’m not remembering? But honestly, anyone who has flown with their kids knows the struggle is real.
It's hard not to get motivated when you get bit by Rachel Hollis' enthusiasm. She lays it all out there and shares stuff that is deeply personal for her. Her vulnerability allows the reader to tear down their own walls knowing they aren't alone in their journey.
Thank you for sharing your story with us, Ms. Hollis. I've been a fan of yours for awhile and I enjoy getting a glimpse into your personal life via InstaGram stories and lives.
GIRL, WASH YOUR FACE is a standalone non-fiction book. If you're looking for a book that will motivate you to be a better YOU then this book is what you are looking for.
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**I received an ARC of this book from the publisher; opinions are my own**
"Girl, Wash Your Face," honestly, isn't anything new. All the same, I found that it resonated with me in a way that not many self-help books ever have. Part of it, no doubt, is where I am in my own life. I suspect that had I read it even five years ago, GWYF likely would not have hit me in the same way. A bigger part of it, though, is that Rachel Hollis just seems so damn likeable. I'm not normally the sort to fan-girl over the internet famous, but something about Rachel makes it easy to imagine meeting up with her for coffee. Her advice, while nothing new, is presented less like a traditional self-help book and more like an older sister sitting you down and saying, "Look. Let me tell you all the ways I screwed up so you can save yourself the trouble."
Each chapter of the book is a different lie that the author at one time believed: something else will make me happy, I'm not good enough, I'll start tomorrow, etc... Through her own stories, she shares how she came to learn the truth and offers action steps on how you can break away from the lies, too. While Hollis now lives a pretty charmed life (she's married to someone with Hollywood connections and has an awfully cushy existence), she remains relatable and, dare I say, down-to-earth. She's not always had an easy life and has clearly worked her butt off to get where is; her wisdom is hard-earned.
This book is definitely aimed at a certain demographic: late 20s/early 30s, new-ish mothers. This isn't to say that others won't benefit, but there's enough mothering/parenting/marital advice that I think someone in their early 20s will find themselves flipping past a lot. Similarly, I think someone in their 40s will have probably figured out a lot of this stuff on their own already. But for those of us in that sweet spot? There's so much good advice to be found in here. I found myself highlighting and starring many passages; this is definitely a book I will be coming back to.