Well, we made it to Friday. This has admittedly been a weird week. I’m in a slower period of client work, but I’m having trouble embracing it. Instead of getting motivated to work on things that have been collecting dust on my to-do list, I spent a lot of time resting this week and getting housework done.
Not at all bad, just a pace I’m not used to. I know that this new career path has ebbs and flows, and taking advantage of the slower times is just as important as buckling up for the busier times.
That’s why the latest pick from Blanche’s Book Club came at such a great time. I’m talking about “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis. Here’s the book’s description from its website:
Founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Chic Media, Rachel Hollis has created an online fan base of hundreds of thousands of fans by sharing tips for living a better life while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own. Now comes her highly anticipated first book featuring her signature combination of honesty, humor, and direct, no-nonsense advice.
Each chapter of Girl, Wash Your Face begins with a specific lie Hollis once believed that left her feeling overwhelmed, unworthy, or ready to give up. As a working mother, a former foster parent, and a woman who has dealt with insecurities about her body and relationships, she speaks with the insight and kindness of a BFF, helping women unpack the limiting mind-sets that destroy their self-confidence and keep them from moving forward.
From her temporary obsession with marrying Matt Damon to a daydream involving hypnotic iguanas to her son’s request that she buy a necklace to “be like the other moms,” Hollis holds nothing back. With unflinching faith and tenacity, Hollis spurs other women to live with passion and hustle and to awaken their slumbering goals.
I know this book has a lot of hype surrounding it and because of that, I’ve kept Rachel Hollis at arm’s length. For whatever reason, I’m always weary of things with mass appeal.
However, I’m not one to pass up a book that may supply a little inspiration. While a majority of the things discussed in this book are things I learned years ago, it was a good reminder, and there were some great takeaways. I’ll leave some of my favorites here:
Those dreams you have for yourself are not silly; they are the road map to your divine calling! Don’t sit this one out. Don’t let someone else’s opinion of you determine your worth. Don’t miss out on the chance to live the life of incredible possibility in front of you. You were not made to be small.
So I have two choices: I can write down words and send them out into the world and hope they find a home. Or I can hide my light under a bushel because I’m too afraid someone won’t like the glare.
I reach for silly, creative endeavors that have no real purpose other than joy.
Rise up from where you’ve been, scrub away the tears and the pain of yesterday, and start again start again… Girl, wash your face!
Overall, a good book — easy read. I know she has a new release, “Girl, Stop Apologizing” and I’m sure I’ll pick it up at some point.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who feels they need a push in the right direction in terms of their career, their life, their dreams, etc.
In fact, I’d like to give my copy of this book away to anyone who would like it. I swear it’s in great condition — I promise I didn’t mark it up! But if you would like me to mail you my copy, please leave a comment below and let me know.
If more than one person comments, I’ll draw a number and pick a winner over the weekend.
So, comment and get a free book!
The next book Blanche’s Book Club will be reading is “The Rumor” by Elin Hilderbrand.
I hope you all have a great weekend! I know next week is a holiday week and likely, many people are far gone on vacation, but I’ve still got lots of fun things planned, so come on byyyyy!
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