Girl, Wash Your Face – Review

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I truly believe books come to us at the perfect time in our lives, allowing us to be filled with the things we are needing most in that particular instance. Girl, Wash Your Face was one of those books for me. I bought this book while visiting Colorado and started reading it prior to Book Bonanza, anticipating I would be able to have Rachel Hollis sign it. I joked that God shined on me while I was there. I had given up the hope of meeting Rachel when I learned 200 wristbands were given to people already in line before her signing time started. I decided to meet a few other authors and come back to take a picture of her from a distance. When I got to the line, I was told I couldn’t take a picture and to stand over to the side and wait. I was a little bummed I wasn’t going to be allowed to even take a picture, but a few moments later, one of the volunteers told me to get in line. Turns out, I was in the right place at the right time. Less than ten minutes later I was able to meet Rachel and have her sign my book! Unfortunately, my eyes are closed in the picture, but we can’t have everything. 😉

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Once I returned home, I finally had the time to give this book my full attention (it’s too difficult to read on vacation with three kids). This year I have been on a mission to “Mute & Live” thanks to Tarryn Fisher’s words of wisdom on Instagram a year ago. I often find myself caring about the opinions of everyone, even people who really don’t matter to me. I get so incredibly frustrated with myself when I realize I’m doing this, but sometimes I can’t find the strength to stop! This is where Rachel Hollis comes in. If you are needing a refresher in your confidence, you need to read this book. If you’re a mom, you need to read this book. If you’re a woman, READ THIS BOOK.

No one is harder on us than ourselves. I don’t know how many times a day I mentally berate myself for different things, and maybe this list sounds familiar to you too:

“I’m not good enough.”
“They think I’m weird.”
“I don’t fit in.”
“My clothes don’t look good on me.”
“I am failing at motherhood.”
“My kids are going to hate me.”
“I look fat.”
“I hate the way I look.”
“I’m not smart enough.”
“She is doing so much better than me.”

I could probably go on all day long and maybe you can too. Would you speak to a friend like this? If you’re any kind of friend at all, the answer is a resounding and definite “NO”, yet we talk to ourselves like this every day. Rachel starts each chapter with a lie we tell ourselves and dives into why it holds absolutely no weight in real life, all while encouraging women to quit being our own worst enemies.

This book made me realize how much self-inflicted pressure and stress I cause over stupid things that do not matter! The most important chapter for me was the one regarding motherhood. As a stay-at-home mom of three kids, being a mother is my “job” or calling, so to speak. I homeschool my children and I’m around them 24/7 with little time to myself. When I do get a moment on my own, I often feel an immense amount of guilt, which prevents me from enjoying my time away. Rachel’s thoughts on motherhood flipped the script in my mind. She gave the example of someone asking a father if he felt guilty for spending time at work, instead of being with his kids. I’m pretty sure no one has ever asked my husband this question. It’s expected for the man to be away from his family, but when a woman is, she’s supposed to feel guilty. In that context, it seems a bit obnoxious to feel as if a moment (or a weekend) of silence to clear one’s head would be considered selfish or something to induce guilt!

Rachel’s honesty and realness are completely refreshing to read. I encourage all women to read this book and take a leaf or two from the pages. You do not have to agree with everything she says, but I guarantee you will find something that resonates with you! I think all of us could use a little refreshment from Girl, Wash Your Face – I hope to see women putting less pressure on themselves to present a perfect facade. None of us know what we’re doing and none of us have it all together, so let’s stop pretending to! As 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” We can be strong in our weakness!

This book is number one on the New York Times Bestseller List for a reason! If you’ve yet to read it, pick it up below! If you have read it, please share your thoughts with me in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!

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