Jumping into January of 2019 with Rachel Hollis’ Girl, Wash Your Face.
In a word, this book was REFRESHING.
There were moments when I doubted the relevance to my life, especially because Rachel is married with kids, but in the end, I was happy to spend two days sitting curled up with this book.
Girl, Wash Your Face is twenty chapters made up of twenty lies. To name a few: I’ll Start Tomorrow, I Need to Make Myself Smaller, I’m Going to Marry Matt Damon, I Will Never Get Past This, I Am Defined by My Weight, I Need a Drink, I Need a Hero.
During Chapter One, I was doubting that I had much to learn from Rachel, a lifestyle blogger known for style, cooking, parenting, and cleaning posts. But as I read further, Rachel proved me wrong, just as she has done to many others throughout her life.
CHAPTER TWO – THE LIE: I’LL START TOMORROW
After only eighteen pages of Rachel’s motivations, I stood up and walked straight to my room. I changed out of my p.j.s and into a tank, shorts, and my running shoes. I turned on my favorite Popsugar Barre Workout with Jake DuPree: 30-Minute Butt and Abs Pilates Workout and followed the workout with 30 minutes on the treadmill.
There must be some kind of magic workout dust bound into this book.
Rachel was real with me about breaking promises to myself. Exercising is a huge part of my life. Without working out, I do not feel strong nor do I feel healthy. Keeping a promise to myself to workout four or five times a week is HUGE to remaining positive about my body, feeling strong, and being mentally centered. Mind, body, spirit balance is everything.
THE TRUTH: I STARTED TODAY
CHAPTER FOUR – THE LIE: I AM BETTER THAN YOU
Rachel is big on love and kindness. She helped me to remember that in 2019, I want to foster the most positive relationships, to speak kindly about others, and to lift other women up.
THE TRUTH: I AM NO BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE
In the middle of the book, Rachel dives into marriage and raising children. These chapters did not really resonate with me:
Chapter Eight – The Lie: I Don’t Know How to Be a Mom
Chapter Nine – The Lie: I’m Not a Good Mom
Chapter Eleven – The Lie: Other People’s Kids Are So Much Cleaner/Better Organized/More Polite.
If you are the mother of a toddler or primary school aged child, these chapters might be for you!
I’ll keep this book on the shelf for many years down the road when these chapters gain relevance to my own experience.
CHAPTER SIX – THE LIE: NO IS THE FINAL ANSWER
Rachel is also a huge advocate for self love. Say no when a commitment is too much or you are not invested in something. But when it comes to your passions and goals, chase them to the end of the earth.
Rachel mentions many times that she has been through years of therapy to really learn about herself and why she does the things she does. The way she works on herself is really inspiring and a wonderful reminder that we all have baggage and sometimes a certified therapist is the only one who can help sort it out!
The best part? Rachel tells you to stop reading and to write a Top Ten List of what you want your life to include.
This is the first time in my life that I have ever written a specific dream job down: VP of Corporate Responsibility for a technology company. A goal to pursue, although it may change, it is something to work towards. My list went on to include the family I hope to have in the future (Lucy Emma, being a name I hope to pass down), dream dogs (a shih tzu and a bigger dog), a lot of happiness, and a few other things.
THE TRUTH: I HAVE THE POWER TO BUILD A LIFE WHERE THESE DREAMS ARE REALITIES
CHAPTER TWELVE – THE LIE: I NEED TO MAKE MYSELF SMALLER
Rachel reminded me that I do not need to make myself smaller for anyone. “You were not made to be small.” Young women should be taught that every single dream they may have is possible. Be bold, and be willing to offend.
THE TRUTH: I HAVE THE POWER TO BE FULLY MYSELF and that is GRAND
CHAPTER THIRTEEN – THE LIE: I’M GOING TO MARRY MATT DAMON
Rachel committed to her dream of marrying Matt Damon by applying to a job at the film company that made Good Will Hunting and eventually even met Matt.
Rachel told herself that when she got her first paycheck that was at least $10,000 she would buy herself the Louis Vuitton Speedy Bag. She chased that dream and made it a reality.
I loved this chapter because with enough hard work, MOST dreams can come true. I have no dreams of marrying Matt Damon. But I do have a promise to myself. When I have my first serious salaried job, I will buy myself a pair of diamond studs at least twice the size of the ones I wear now. I will buy them for myself. They will not be a gift from anyone else.
THE TRUTH: I WILL WORK TOWARDS MY DREAMS
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN – THE LIE: I AM DEFINED BY MY WEIGHT
I think we function better mentally, emotionally, and physically when we take care of our bodies with nourishment, water, and exercise. The lie I used to believe was that my weight would define me, that it would speak volumes about who I was as a person. Today I believe it’s not your weight that defines you, but the care and consideration you put into your body absolutely does.Rachel Hollis
THE TRUTH: I CARE ABOUT MY HEALTH AND MY BODY
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN – THE LIE: I NEED A DRINK
Learn about habits, acknowledge reality, and remove temptation. 2019 is a year that I want to really think about the role that alcohol plays in my life. It is always refreshing to hear from another adult who does not allow alcohol to play a part in their life.
THE TRUTH: ALCOHOL IS A DRUG and NOT A NEED
CHAPTER TWENTY – THE LIE: I NEED A HERO
It is 2019, be your own hero. Girl, sign up for the marathon, run for president. Just look at the new congress. My mother, my grandma, and my sister are all heroes to me. I look for inspiration in the Hillary Clintons and Michelle Obamas of the world. But amid all these wonderful role models, I am my own hero too.
THE TRUTH: I AM MY OWN HERO
All in all, Girl, Wash Your Face was a short and inspiring first read of 2019 for me. It got me on the treadmill and cooking fresh preservative free meals. Rachel even got me to write a list of my DREAMS, for the first time in my life.
I suggest Girl, Wash Your Face for women in their mid 20s to early 40s. Whether you can relate to struggling to get back to your five days a week workout routine, you have young, sometimes messy kids, you drink a glass of wine nearly every night, or you just need a boost into a positive 2019 of goal setting and achieving, give Rachel a try.
This is the first motivational book I have ever read. My curiosity came from seeing a lot of other young women read this book. It is not my usual genre, but a nice break from heavier reading. Next up, a non-American author writing historical fiction about a faraway place.