I love the idea of gifting books for graduations, Secret Santa gift exchanges, to mentees etc. Usually, I gift a book I’ve already read. My sister recently graduated from VCU and I knew I wanted to gift her a book but there wasn’t one I had already read that I felt an urge to gift her. I was picking up another book for a Secret Santa when I saw Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. I hadn’t read it yet but I had heard so many rave reviews. I ended up giving it to her and then downloading a Kindle version for myself on the plane back.
I honestly felt like I wrote this book. She starts off by talking about how she always get questions about how her life is so perfect and this part just really spoke to me. In terms of my friends, my life seems to be the furthest along. I’m married and have been working in my field for quite some time now, while my friends are in different places. For some reason, they often ask me questions about my life and it really makes me laugh. You can’t compare your life to my life. We are completely different people fueled by completely different things. It’s like comparing apples to oranges.
I love that Rachel Hollis encourages and appreciates the many stages of life and variances of women. I’ve read books before where the author hones in on a specific type of person; not this one. Anyone can take away something from this book.
In this age, comparison is the thief of joy. Everyone is doing it. Hollis takes a huge stand by saying that YOU are your own thief of joy. “When you really want something, you will find a way. When you don’t really want something, you’ll find an excuse.” We all know this is true, but she goes on to explain that you are the person you most often let down. “Blowing off a workout, a date, an afternoon to organize your closet or some previous commitment to yourself doesn’t seem like a big deal - but it is. It’s a really big deal.” If you make a commitment to yourself, you owe it to yourself to see it through. Because of this, you’ll start trusting and believing in yourself.
As much as I enjoyed this book, I won’t give it all away; you’ll have to read the book to find out more. Have you read it? If so, send me a message on Twitter (@xoxAMM), I’d love to hear what resonated most with you!