Girl, Wash Your Face
By Rachel Hollis
Nelson Books, 2018. 220 pgs. Nonfiction
Rachel Hollis has built a social media business on the premise of uplifting and inspiring women. In this book she talks about the lies that we tell ourselves and let ourselves believe. Things like: I'm not good enough, I'll start tomorrow, I'm not a good mom, I will never get past this. These and other lies are all things that Rachel believed in her own life. She examines each one and talks about the things she did to overcome the lie. Each chapter address a different lie and at the end of the chapter she summarizes three specific things that helped her. The main point of her book is that each of us is ultimately responsible for who we become and how happy we are.
This book was life-changing for me. Through the stories Rachel shared, I recognized a lot of the lies I tell myself in my own life. It is hard to work on changing something if you don't even realize you are doing it. She is willing to share her weaknesses and vulnerabilities to show that it is still possible to love yourself even when you make mistakes or do something you are not proud of. It is empowering to have Rachel say, and to finally start to realize, that I have control of my life. We don't need to wait for the right house, the right job, the right amount of money to be happy. We need to take control of what happens next and we are so much more than we have become.