Book Review: Girl, Wash Your Face

Rachel Hollis puts a fresh spin on the traditional “inspirational” book in her 2018 release, Girl, Wash Your Face. This book will kick your butt into gear and make you want to get up and DO SOMETHING about your life… without using a ton of cliches to get you there.

I’m going to be straightforward with you here: I’d never heard of Rachel Hollis until a month or two ago. I saw the trailer for her “Made For More” movie, and it certainly caught my eye. I looked into it, and her, and discovered she had a) an Instagram (so I followed) and b) a book. I had to request the book at the library and was on a waiting list, so it took me a bit to get it – but it was worth the wait!

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17 Motivational Quotes To Kick Off Your Week

Ah, Mondays. The glory of a new week. Mondays can definitely be rough — but look at it this way. It’s the start of a new week! Whatever happened last week doesn’t matter; it’s in the past. You have  the opportunity of a fresh start. Anything can happen this week. Take it one day at a time. You’ve got this.

I’m a sucker for inspirational/motivational quotes, so I wanted to kick off this week by pulling out some of my favorites for you guys. What’s your favorite?

  • “There is strength inside you that you have yet to discover.”
  • “Instead of saying “I don’t have time” try saying “it’s not a priority,” and see how that feels. Often, that’s a perfectly adequate explanation. I have time to iron my sheets, I just don’t want to. But other things are harder. Try it: “I’m not going to edit your résumé, sweetie, because it’s not a priority.” “I don’t go to the doctor because my health is not a priority.” If these phrases don’t sit well, that’s the point. Changing our language reminds us that time is a choice. If we don’t like how we’re spending an hour, we can choose differently.” – The Wall Street Journal
  • “The world only exists in your eyes. You can make it as big or as small as you want.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • “You are enough. You are so enough, it’s amazing how enough you are.”
  • “If nothing else, one day you can look someone straight in the eyes and say
    ‘But I lived through it. And it made me who I am today.’ ” – Iain Thomas, I Wrote This For You

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The Newest Year

Here we are. The new year is finally upon us, and with it, many wonderful things (and some that will be not-so wonderful, but let’s brush those aside for now.) The beginning of a new year is always a time for reflection. Reflecting on the year – or years – past, yes, but moreso, reflecting on the future. Considering what we want to change in our lives, setting goals and resolutions (some of which may last weeks, others just days, maybe some, months).

Overall, the beginning of a new year is a great time for us to examine our lives and the path we’re headed on, and determine where we want to go from here.

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“Why” vs. “Why Not”

All too often, it’s very easy for us to make excuses; to find reasons – no matter how small they may be – for us to get out of doing something. Whether it’s the age-old classic “I can’t” or the all-too-familiar “I just don’t have time,” or something perhaps a little more creative, we as human beings tend to be filled with doubt, and ask “Why should I do this?” I, however, would like to challenge you. Instead of asking why you should do something, start asking why not? Start asking yourself why SHOULDN’T you do something, and figure out what is holding you back from doing things. Then take steps to eliminate that way of thinking so you can expand your world and start doing new and exciting things.

Here’s a few examples where this new way of thinking might come in handy.

Situation #1: Meeting New People

Whether it’s messaging someone on Twitter or complimenting someone in public, it’s easy to be filled with doubt when it comes to approaching new people. “Why should I talk to them? What if they think I’m strange, or are rude to me, etc.” Instead of thinking like that, try this: Why shouldn’t you talk to them? You’re a good person, you’re friendly and fun and you have an energy unlike anyone else. What’s stopping you from talking to them? And what’s the worst that can happen – they tune you out or react in a rude manner toward you; so what if they do? You’ve lost nothing if the encounter goes sour, but if it goes well, you might just gain a new friend!

Situation #2: Trying A New Restaurant/Band/Event

“Well, I like this restaurant so much, why would I try a new one?” I’m certainly guilty of this way of thinking. Why stray from what you already know and are familiar with, your safety net? Why NOT? So you go to a different restaurant one week for dinner rather than going to your typical venue. You might find that you actually love it. Maybe you’ll discover a new dish, or a new friend – but you’ll never know unless you try it.

Situation #3: Fulfilling A Dream

Whether your dream is a trip to somewhere new or doing an activity you’d never normally dream of – why not go for it? Sure, it might take some planning. Maybe realistically you can’t spontaneously decide to go for it, but take the steps toward your goal.

My point is: stop doubting, stop questioning why you should do things and start thinking in the realm of “why not?” Whether it’s applying for a job (“why not me?”) or any of the aforementioned items or something completely different, just go for it. As the saying goes – if it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse. Stop looking for excuses and just go for it.

”An enemy knows the potential you hold. They will do everything to keep that seed from taking root. Understand that throughout life, we will always have forces opposing to us. Restore, encourage and fill yourselves with optimism and motivation. Resurrect dreams and goals people have taken away from you. Life needs you to stay in course with it or you’ll be left behind. Life doesn’t stop for anyone. Even if you’re surrounded by negativity; rise above that morass.“