Girl, read this book!
Seriously, I don’t care who you are (well, I really do care about you a lot, but you get the gist). If you are a woman, you should read this book ASAP!
Chances are, it’s going to make you realize that you’ve been living in a box in some way or another, and that YOU are the one who put yourself there.
In fact, I’d say that’s the general theme of this book… identifying what your metaphorical boxes are, and how to find your way out of them.
Okay yeah, so you might feel a little exposed, but that’s better than living in the dark, right?
If you are up for the challenge, this book will impact you. The tone is incredibly motivating and has the potential to inspire great change. Do you need someone to believe in you and push you to succeed? Well, I’ll tell you what, you’ll certainly feel like you’ve just been coached through the game of life by Rachel Hollis after you read this book!
So, at this point, you might be wondering what kind of impactful, motivating, and inspiring words are tucked in-between the pages of this awesome book. Well, that’s up to you to discover, but I though I would share four of my takeaways from the book listed below, followed by my own commentary and thoughts about them!
I’ll call the Reader’s Digest Version with a Twist of Britt of “Girl, Wash Your Face”… and I hope you walk away feeling as motivated and inspired as this book has made me!
1.) Successful People Don’t Take “No” For An Answer.
I will be the first to admit that I am the worst at “no”… both hearing it and saying it. The reason that I hate telling people “no” is because I feel like I am letting them down, and the reason I hate hearing “no” is because I feel like I am being let down. Anyone else??
When we are young, we are taught to respond to “no” by bowing our heads and turning the other direction. In this book, Rachel challenges women to not take “no” for an answer, especially when it comes to chasing your dreams.
If you want to pursue your dreams, chances are, you are going to receive some pushback. You will probably hear a lot of “no”s.
But when it boils down to it, your dreams are YOUR dreams… they don’t belong to anyone else. No one else is going to care about them quite as much as you do. This means that it is up to YOU to make them happen.
2.) “SOMEONE ELSE’S OPINION OF ME IS NONE OF MY BUSINESS.”
I put this one in all caps because Rachel did too (also in quotes cause she said it first!). But I think it is worth repeating exactly like that because us girls sometimes need that truth screamed right in our faces.
For someone who is a creative, this is really hard.
For someone who dreams of living a life unconventionally, this is really hard.
For someone who cares about making other people happy, this is really hard.
For someone like me (or maybe you!) who wants to do all of these things at the same time, this is really, really hard.
EVERYONE has an opinion. And everyone has a DIFFERENT opinion. In fact, there are over eight billion opinions floating around in the world, at least one unique opinion for every person.
You cannot live your life focused on other people’s opinions of you.
Yeah, sure, it might feel like your heart is being ripped out a little if someone has a negative opinion of something you’re doing. But if you can live your life living CONFIDENTLY in your God-given purpose, you can know that you are being the best you that you can be.
3.) Never Stop Creating.
Whether or not you have an audience that listens, never stop creating. If being creative is your God-given ability, you better be out there creating something! And more importantly, your creation of something should not be contingent on whether or not someone is paying attention.It should be created because you have been given the gift of being creative, and, well… you love to do it!
Anxiety over whether something is good enough to release out into the world is a real thing for me. This book reminded me of this truth:
If your work can resonate positively with even just one person, it is worth creating.
4.) Stop Putting People in Boxes
“If we adjust our posture, we will see the person, not the category they fall into.” -R.H.
Sorry, I’ll be right back, because I’m going to go scream that on the rooftops because I love that line so much.
Jesus calls us to love our neighbors. Loving someone is pretty hard to do when you don’t know them, or when we keep them at an arms length.
We should expand our community to be more inclusive, instead of categorizing people into boxes.
Instead of putting people who think and act just like we do in our little box, we should find bigger boxes that fit more people inside.
Or, better yet, let’s just forget the boxes all together. Let’s just love people for who they are, not what box they fall into.
These are some of the very impactful truths (along with my own thoughts about them) that I am taking away from Girl, Wash You Face by Rachel Hollis! Which one of these resonates with you? If you’ve read the book, what do you think about it? (controversial opinions welcome 🙂 )
Thanks for listening! <3, Britt