Written by Valerie Simoneau
A lot of people are going to read this blog and think, “OMG, Val is super obsessed with this book, it’s all she talks about”. Those people wouldn’t be lying -I’m crazy obsessed with pushing myself to be better, and this book reminds me every time I read it how I don’t have to live a mediocre life. That’s where Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis comes in.
Normally, when I go to the book store I take my time to look through the sections for a book that I can refer to my team at work, and I tend to flock to books that are laid out for a wide variety of personalities so that I can easily refer them to just about anyone. From the moment I saw Rachel’s book at my local book store, I was intrigued; what did ‘washing my face’ really mean, anyway? I ended up buying the book and everything changed for me. The first time I read it I was done in 1 day. I sat poolside and read it while my kids enjoyed an amazing summer day. I actually highlighted pages so that I could talk about them with all my friends I told to get the book.
Never has a book ever hit me like this one. Girl, Wash Your Face was the smack in the face I needed to realize I need to stop over thinking so much about things and just do it.
Here are the top 3 reasons YOU NEED to read this book – and you don’t have to be an Entrepreneur to enjoy it:
1. SHE SPEAKS FROM EXPERIENCE
A lot of times we read self help books and wonder, “Do these people practice what they’re preaching?”. I’ve read a lot of self-help books and have never felt a jolt of awesomeness like I did from this book. Rachel shares intimate stories in hopes that it inspires other women, truths from her own life, whether about sex, body hair, and her Foster Care experiences. She is inspiring women with her own truths, all with the support of her husband, which is simply amazing. Sometimes we tend to hate on successful people who share a “poor me” story, but everyone has to come from somewhere, right? There is no poor me in Girl, Wash Your Face. In fact I would call it extreme ownership in all areas. Rachel Hollis had no problem expressing her true frustrations throughout the book, and was able to explain the solution, and the positive outcomes as well, which can help anyone going through their own difficult moments.
2. THE BOOK OFFERS ENCOURAGEMENT
Reading this book I have never felt more supported, like Rachel was sitting right there pushing me to stop shying away from my own success. There were so many moments in the book that I had to highlight or screen shot and send to a friend because they hit home, and I felt like I really needed to share this with others. In the chapter about ‘Being Better Than You’, Rachel asks a pretty strong question of the reader:
“Why do we point fingers when another girl steps outside the shadows to become something? You know why we do it? Because we are mad at ourselves for not being brave enough to do it. Imagine if we saw a girl totally killing it, stepping outside the shadows and doing her things and we celebrated and encouraged them. Imagine that.”
I personally have spent the last few years of my life supporting and encouraging those ladies in my life, but when I read this book I thought I need to inspire as well, encourage those ladies who still judge and make fun, set an example, set a bar so high that every other girl wants to achieve that level as well. Why not? Have you ever wanted to do something so bad, something just for you? Let’s be selfish for a minute. Think of one thing you would love to do. Is it to write a book? To travel and end up on a nude beach? Is it to start an Instagram account about how cool your life is? Imagine if you had the support and encouragement from your parents, your friends and family. You would do it, right? If there is one thing I learned from reading this book it is that anything is possible… you can do whatever you put your mind to!
3. YOU CAN’T HELP BUT FEEL EMPOWERED
Here is one of my favourite lines from the book:
“Girl, get a hold of your life. Stop medicating, stop hiding out, stop being afraid, stop giving away pieces of yourself, stop saying you can’t do it. Stop the negative self talk, stop abusing your body, stop putting it off till tomorrow or Monday or next year. Stop crying about what happened and take control of what happens next.”
I had to read the whole book to get to what I thought was the most important paragraph I would read in the book – and trust me, the book is full of inspiration. I re-read this paragraph over and over again and every time I do, I read it out loud. I tell myself to do these things; it’s the screen saver on my phone because this paragraph pushes me to keep going. We as women do every single one of the things she talks about above, every day of every week, into every year. We are holding ourselves back because we are stuck in our heads. This book was so well done, that I read it 5 times in 2 months and I proudly wash my face every single day!
These are my 3 reasons you need to read this book; if you need motivation, a push, or support then this is where your support can start. If you need reassurance, it’s OK to step out of the shadows and be different. You have my support! If you are OK with being comfortable being uncomfortable, then start living your life and turning your dreams into reality.
“Stop believing the lies about who you are so you can become who you were meant to be.”
– Rachel Hollis
Valerie Simoneau is an Elite+ Mompreneur member based out of Stoney Creek, Ontario; she is the creative mind behind her blog, m2bplanning.com
A version of this article previously published on www.m2bplanning.com