I don't know about you, but I mostly ignore ads on the computer or on my phone. I know they are geared toward me, but I just can't get on board with the internet knowing everything about me. So I ignore them - even if it is the shoes I have been looking at for months...
Earlier this year, I read Own the Day, Own Your Life by Aubrey Marcus. Mark loves Joe Rogan and at the time, he had recently interviewed Aubrey Marcus about the book. I don't do podcasts. And before you recommend one to me, please understand that I have tried. I've downloaded podcasts with my favorite people in them, on subjects that fascinate me, ones my husband insists I will love - and I still haven't been able to do it. There is just something about not being able to see the people who are speaking and being unable to engage with them...
I also don't like audio books. I am basically a monster.
Own the Day, Own Your Life was a decent read, but definitely geared more toward menfolk and the cross-fitters of the world - of which I am neither. I liked it though and even implemented some of the suggestions he makes in the book - lemon water first thing in the morning is my jam. But it didn't inspire me or pull me down into my arm chair to read.
I don't remember the first time I saw Girl, Wash Your Face advertised at me - but once it started? It didn't stop. I had never even heard of Rachel Hollis or the Chic Site, but it came at me from every angle probably one thousand times. I also don't remember what actually made me commit and buy this book, but something clicked and all of the sudden? I had to have it. We went to Barnes & Noble to grab it and I think I read the whole thing in less than two days - bookmarks and notes abounding within. It was everything I wanted Aubrey Marcus's book to be. It was that and more.
Girl, Wash Your Face
by Rachel Hollis
I am a book nerd. A fanatic. I would literally disappear into the written word if it were possible. So, yah, every book I read is "the best book ever" - but after the dust settles on the cover and I read the next phenomenal book? It usually doesn't actually land in my top five favorites.
This one does.
I'm not just implementing some of the ideas from this book, I want to implement all of them. Now. Right now. I can't even express to you the amount of urgency I feel about it. I want to be as inspired and motivated as I was reading this book, ALL THE TIME.
The book starts off strong and funny. From the very beginning Rachel Hollis is relatable, confident but humble, and so committed to living her best life it makes you want to live yours - which is the premise of the book. There are 20 chapters, which sounds intimidating but some of them are only 5 pages or so, each one breaking down a lie we tell ourselves. IE: "Something else will make me happy" or "I Should Be Further Along By Now". She details why the lie isn't truth, what kinds of things helped her, and might help you (me).
Each chapter has it's own gems and serious wisdom, but the big take aways I had were these:
1. Find a community that fits your season. I have amazing friends that are spread out all over the world - each friend or community just as amazing as the next, each person exactly who I needed in that season. Community doesn't have to be the people around you physically - it can be the people you connect with online or over the phone or through letters, it can even be just your family or just yourself for a season. But find the right fit for where you're at.
2. Be so very kind. Not just to others, who are fighting their own battles, but to yourself. Be kinder than you have to, than you should be, than is deserved. So kind. It is enough.
3. Don't wait. Do the thing, say the thing, work toward the goal, make it happen. It doesn't have to be perfect to be good. In fact, it might be better if it isn't perfect. Don't wait.
Without missing a beat, the book stays strong through the end. It was what I needed in this season. This messy, beaten down, rough and tumble season of loss and sorrow, business and anxiety, disappointment and heartache. This was the book for me. It called me out of where I was and into something new. Perhaps it can for you as well.
Out of Sorts
by Sara Bessey