Why You NEED to read “Girl, Wash Your Face” Despite Some Criticisms
You NEED to read “Girl, Wash Your Face“! You will thank me.
Just a few weeks ago, my sister-in-law was reading it, and she recommended it to me. I had never heard of Rachel Hollis, but I’m totally all for motivational books, so I took the dive and bought the book on Kindle.
How long ago did this book come out? Why had I not heard of Rachel Hollis before?
For those of you who don’t know, Rachel Hollis is a blogger, entrepreneur, event-planner and media marketing guru living in LA. She is a mother of 4 and basically does it all. She started her own company, she runs marathons, and she is a total badass.
The kind of badass that I want to be, because she lives her best life EVERY DAY.
And the best part about her is that while you would think that all these accomplishments would make her above everyone and intimidating, she is the most down to earth person and so completely relatable.
Her social media breakthrough was apparently when she shared a picture of her stretch marks on Instagram, talking about how proud she was that her body was able to carry her babies and she was unashamed. It sparked body positivity all over the internet, and undoubtedly made millions of women feel more comfortable about their own bodies.
Folks, this is the kind of woman I aspire to be: one who lifts other women up and inspires them to live their healthiest, most kick ass life.
“Girl, Wash Your Face” dedicates one chapter to each “lie” she has told herself at some point in her life. Among them are “I need to make myself smaller”, “I’m not a good mom” and “I am defined by my weight”.
We all tell ourselves lies in order to make life more bearable, especially in the face of fear or failure. It cushions the blow, but it is a LIE.
My deepest, darkest lie that I tell myself was not included in her chapters… but more on that later! 😉
Nevertheless, I gleaned so many warm fuzzies from those pages. While some that are sitting pretty on a high pedestal want others to remain beneath them, Rachel genuinely wants others to be up there sitting pretty too. She wants to share her joy and passion and fulfillment with other women by breaking through their own lies.
And let’s face it, because those lies we tell ourselves make life a little more cushy, the truths are often sharp and cutting, and difficult to hear.
She tells us the truths anyway.
Let’s be critical…
Now, I believe in looking at things from all angles.
And this book has inspired some pretty serious haters. It has a lot of criticism.
Honestly, I was worried it would be too religious. Some people may be inspired and others may be put off from the inclusion of religion on just about every page, it seems. But I don’t find her faith to be an afront on my life. She talks about it generally and does not shove it in your face. If you’re on the fence about reading this book because she is uber-Christian, don’t let that stop you.
Some people believe that her book in itself is a lie with a dark message. There is a particularly harsh review of the book on Buzzfeed, and a variety of different blogs. And yes, I actually agree with the reviews as well… to an extent.
The main reason people find flaw in Rachel Hollis’ book is because she is so privileged.
Because there are people in this world who cannot control their own happiness. There are refugees fleeing from their countries, there are women, and in some cases, girls, in the US being told what they can and cannot do with their bodies. There is a lot of hate and bad sh*t going on in politics on a global scale, and it sucks.
Can those people use Girl, Wash Your Face to inspire happiness? Probably not.
Is Rachel Hollis privileged? Hell yeah. She knows it too. But she is a good marketer. She knows her audience. Her audience are other privileged women who want to be able to face their lies, live their best life, and hopefully… just hopefully… use their privilege to help those who are less privileged than themselves.
Should we throw the book out just because there are people in the world who are struggling?
Nope. That doesn’t serve anyone.
I don’t know what Rachel Hollis does. I don’t know if she donates to charity or volunteers her time or does nice things for unprivileged people.
But if I ever make as much money as she she does, you can bet your ass I’m going to. Because the world isn’t going to improve by people being content sitting where they are.
And here’s a question… would people be so critical of her privilege if she was a man?
Mm, probably not.
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What are YOUR lies?
Break through your own lies to help the world become a better place, on all levels.
This is what living a balanced life is all about.
Rachel Hollis may not reach everyone, but is she going to reach you? Are you going to step up and face your calling?
I’d hope so!
Which is why you need to read “Girl, Wash Your Face.” It just might give you the kick in the pants you really need!
(And while you’re at it, take a look at her other book! I’m going to read it next!)