Top 3 Lessons from Reading Girl, Wash Your Face
Girl, Wash Your Face is 20 chapters of pure inspiration and a good kick in the butt! Rachel Hollis discusses topics that so many are afraid to dive into. She also isn't afraid to tell it like it is. Reading this is the equivalent of sage advice from a personal life coach.
Here are the 3 Top Lessons I got from reading Girl, Wash Your Face
1. The Lies
Each chapter is about destroying a specific lie that almost every women tells herself, whether she knows it our not. As you get further into the book, you realize just how many lies we tell ourselves... Or at least I did. Lies such as I'm not good enough, I'll start tomorrow, or I should be further along by now.
Each lie hit home for me even though some of them don't directly relate to where I am in life right now. Rachel discusses the lies moms tell themselves in an authentic and nitty gritty kind of way. I'm not a mom, but the fears she mentioned are things I worry about for when I do become a mom. I'm not even in that stage of my life and those are lies I tell myself. How do we tell ourselves lies about something that hasn't even happened yet? I guess us women are just master worriers...
2. Breaking Promises
In Chapter 2, Rachel talks about promises we make to ourselves and how often we break them. This was something I needed to hear because I find myself breaking promises to myself more often than not. "Oh, I'll just do it tomorrow" became a common phrase in my life.
"If you constantly break promises to yourself, you're not making promises at all."
Yeah, that one was a real eye-opener for me. I would have highlighted that line 20 times if it wouldn't ruin the page. I find myself bailing on myself more than I do on commitments to others. Not that breaking commitments with others is good, but shouldn't it be the other way around? We should keep the promises we make to ourselves first. Ultimately, it would make us more accountable all around.
For me, once you break a promise to yourself so many times, it loses its merit and value. You just stop believing in the promise all together. As Rachel puts it, we wouldn't break promises to the ones we love as much as we do ourselves. Breaking promises to yourself makes you lose trust and faith in yourself. So, why not just keep all those promises we make? Why not just put in the extra work to drink more water, read more books, build that business, or get those workouts done?
"When you really want something, you will find away. When you don't really want something, you'll find an excuse."
3. Your Past Isn't Your Future
"You are a warrior because of the trials you are going through, but don't you dare squander the strength you have earned just because the acquisition was painful."
You might want to read that twice... or three times. I was on the verge of tears when I read that line in Chapter 6. The trials and trauma I have been through always felt like a weakness, not a strength.
I always thought strength came from not acknowledging the pain and just pushing through it. But, true strength comes from diving into the root of the pain to overcome it and come out stronger on the other side. You can't ignore the pain in hopes it will eventually go away. That's not healthy... at all.
I first realized this when I was in a small group at my church a few years ago. Before this, I didn't like being called strong because I was tired and didn't feel strong at all. But, after discussing it with the amazing women around me, it made me see the lessons that can come out of pain. And those lessons are what ignite your strengths.
She dives into this topic more in Chapter 15 as well.
"If you're going to blame your hard times for all the things that are wrong in your life, you better also blame them for all the good stuff too!"
Yeah, I could dive way more into this topic... But I'll let you read it for yourself!
So yes, I recommend you read Rachel Hollis' book, Girl, Wash Your Face. You may not agree with everything she has to say, but you don't have to. That's not the point. The point is to get out of it what God intends for you to get out of reading this book. Take your time going through the chapters. Do the little exercises she recommends. It will change your world!