Girl, Wash Your Face
author : rachel hollis
pages : [hardcover] 220
Do you ever suspect that everyone else has life figured out and you don’t have a clue? If so, Rachel Hollis has something to tell you: that’s a lie.
As the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life. Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore.
With painful honesty and fearless humor, Rachel unpacks and examines the falsehoods that once left her feeling overwhelmed and unworthy, and reveals the specific practical strategies that helped her move past them. In the process, she encourages, entertains, and even kicks a little butt, all to convince you to do whatever it takes to get real and become the joyous, confident woman you were meant to be.
With unflinching faith and rock-hard tenacity, Girl, Wash Your Face shows you how to live with passion and hustle–and how to give yourself grace without giving up.
I’m honestly not sure I’ve ever read a self-help book before, and Girl, Wash Your Face is potentially the most popular one currently out there. A friend was kind enough to lend me her copy, so I eagerly set in to see what the phenomenon was all about.
Girl, Wash Your Face started off pretty positively (despite the fact that I’ve never really responded well to anyone referring to me as ‘girl’). The first chapter was interesting, speaking about not letting yourself down when you make a promise to yourself. I do think this is good to keep in mind–if you aren’t holding yourself accountable when trying to achieve your goals, no one else will be nearly as invested in motivating you. There’s an internal drive needed to be successful. But I don’t really think the book addresses what to do when something stands in the way of you keeping those promises to yourself–like, the author mentions those promises should take precedence over everything else, but if you skip a workout because of a family emergency or fail to write that chapter because your mental health took a dive . . . what do you do then? How do you recover from that ‘failure’? So I think this book contains a lot of good ideas that need some practical tweaks to actually be applicable in the average person’s life.
Because, despite the fact that the author continuously tries to be making herself relatable . . . she doesn’t have the average person’s life. She speaks about goals like buying a $1,000 purse and saving up for a vacation home; I just want to be able to pay back my student loans. She makes it seem like hard work and dedication are the only two things that are needed for success, but seems to forget an important factor: luck. There are incredibly talented, creative people out there who haven’t gotten to the same point where she is today, but who work just as hard. Maybe self-help books just aren’t for me, because this one seemed overtly, falsely . . . optimistic.
What did I like about the book? It was an easy read and fairly interesting. The tips were succinct and I feel like the chapters were the perfect length. Some of the chapter subjects weren’t very applicable to me; as someone who isn’t married and doesn’t have kids I clearly wasn’t the target audience.
Overall I think Girl, Wash Your Face was fine. I think there’s some good advice in here that should be taken out of context, because I feel like the tips work best when not used in comparison to the author’s life. Will I use this advice to keep me motivated in my own goals? Maybe. But at some points after reading, I honestly felt more stressed about my life’s journey, not like I had a better handle on it.