March Reads – Girl, Stop Apologizing
Well friends, I only read one book in March. I’m a little ashamed of myself, but I’m also not beating myself up too much. The reason for that is, if I only read one book in March, I’m glad it was the one I chose. I read Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis, the follow up to her popular book Girl, Wash Your Face. And it was amazing.
Here’s the thing. I know that Rachel’s vibe isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. That’s totally fine. But there is something about her that just speaks to me, makes me feel good about myself and like I just had a long coffee chat with a good friend when I read her work. She writes in a very approachable way.
Girl, Stop Apologizing takes the foundations that she lays down in Girl, Wash Your Face and expands on them. This book is all about setting goals, achieving your dreams and being the best version of yourself and doing it all without apology. She talks about habits and routines to develop. The other thing I appreciate is that her tips can apply to anything you’re trying to accomplish in life – whether it’s starting your own business,get into shape or to just be the best mom/wife/friend/daughter/human you can be, her words are encouraging and helpful.
I feel super empowered after reading this book and if possible I love it even more than GWYF. I’m trying to develop some of the habits she discussed, one of them is starting your day by journaling three things – What You’re Grateful For, Dreams You’ve Made Happen and the goal you’re going achieve first. It’s a really great way to start the day with gratitude, pride in what you’ve already done and gives you a starting point for something you want to accomplish. I have ordered a journal that specifically leads you through this process each day but it hasn’t arrived yet, so I’ve started already practicing with a regular notebook. It really does help my mood each day!
Overall this book is smart, funny and I think more than just a simple self help book. I’ve read self help books where the author talks about in each chapter how they made their life better and I’m going to tell you how…and then never really gets to the point. Rachel doesn’t beat it around the bush, she gets right down to it. This is what I do and what I recommend. Maybe it won’t work for you, but you’ll never know unless you try. She keeps it real. And I love her for it.
One week from today I’m super pumped to be traveling with some girlfriends to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to see Rachel speak live at the Women Lead Change conference. I’ll be sure to report back! In the meantime, I highly recommend checking out this book along with Girl, Wash Your Face if you haven’t yet. It’s a solid four out of four stars for me.