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Girl, Wash Your Face

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Girl, Wash Your Face

Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be

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Best-selling Girl book series author Rachel Hollis wants women to take charge of their happiness.

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Does your inner voice tell you that you’re not good enough, smart enough or thin enough? Do you worry that you’re failing as a mom, wife, sister or daughter? Does it sometimes feel as if everyone else excels while you barely get by? Rachel Hollis, lifestyle guru and author of the Girl book series, believes you may be falling for popular negative messages. The first step in dismantling these lies is to recognize how they prevent you from becoming the best version of yourself. Hollis holds a mirror to her life to help other women cope with theirs. She courageously reveals various personal adversities and shares how she overcame difficulties to succeed. Women will identify with Hollis’s stress from becoming a new mom, feeling pressure to be perfect and struggling to persevere. Unfortunately, Hollis’s girl-power overtones seem media-derived and somewhat driven. Yet, she is honest and open, including about sharing her faith-based beliefs. She offers a – mostly – refreshing approach to female empowerment. Her guidance will appeal especially to women seeking a mentor and confidant with Christian roots.


“If You’re Unhappy, That’s on You” 

Rachel Hollis, founder of the lifestyle website and best-selling Girl book series, makes a living giving advice to women. Yet she calls herself a nerd and says out front that she’s not a perfect wife, mother, friend or Christian. She starts every day striving to be as worthy as possible. Some days she meets her goal, while other days it’s cereal for dinner. Aim for perfection, but understand that it’s unattainable. Accepting nothing but perfection in yourself can lead to feeling overwhelmed and giving up.

Live life to the fullest by taking responsibility for your own happiness. Resist the temptation to compare yourself with others, especially those who seem to live the life you hope to attain. Associate with optimistic, positive people, and partake in activities that make you feel good. Do the things that bring you joy and uplift your spirit – rather than acting out of a feeling of obligation.

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About the Author

Chic Media founder and CEO Rachel Hollis is a speaker and the best-selling author of the Girl book series, which includes Party Girl; Sweet Girl; Smart GirlParty Girl’s First Date; and Girl, Stop Apologizing.

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