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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.

9 thoughts on “March Reads – Girl, Stop Apologizing

  1. Rachel Hollis is everything. This is a dude saying this. If I could have cheeseburgers with The Rock or Rachel Hollis … well, sorry Rock. Not even close. (Don’t feel bad. I would pick RH over just about anyone, even Beethoven.

    So glad her words and vibe resonate with you. She’s so authentic, it feels. A dream #GirlsRock. Can you even imagine?

  2. Rachel Hollis is definitely not my thing and I’ve got issues with her and her movement, it just feels fake and like she’s capitalizing on something and it makes me stabby. BUT!!!!!! I am 100% here for anything that gets people reading and thinking about their life and making positive changes and doing what’s best for them. I am forever and ever pro-books. 🙂

  3. I loved Girl Wash Your Face and now I’m reading Girl Stop Apologizing – Rachel Hollis just speaks to me! I can’t wait to finish reading her book. My goal is to finish it before we go to Iowa next week!

  4. I had no interest in Girl, Wash Your Face (I think because it was so hyped up), but I’m #7 on the wait list at the library for this one. I like direct, so I’m glad that you mentioned that! Have you seen her documentary? I haven’t yet, but I may while I wait. So cool that you’re getting to see her speak live in a week! Can’t wait to hear how it goes!

  5. This sounds like a book that I need to read. I heard such good things about Girl, Wash Your Face. Thank you for the review – going to add to my TBR list 🙂
    I look forward to your report back on seeing Rachel Hollis at the conference!

  6. That is so awesome that you’ve found a writer like that who just pumps you up and makes you feel awesome. I don’t know why she seems to really spark a lot of heated conversations–people seem to love her or really dislike her. I haven’t read anything by her yet so I have no idea if she’s my cup of tea or not 🙂 But I think it’s great that she’s been such an inspiration to you. For me that person has been Jen Sincero, who wrote the badass books. Not everyone loves her either but she totally speaks to me!

  7. Confession: I don’t know who Rachel is. But I’m all about people who want to help others. I mean we aren’t all going to be everyone’s cup of tea. What bothers me is that when someone has a good thing going and it hits mainstream, people turn away from it because they think there’s a hidden agenda behind it – ya know? Maybe she is literally just trying to help and also make a living. We all need to eat and put a roof over our heads. Again, I don’t know who Rachel is. But anyway…I think I read 3 books in March. I was totally stuck on a crap book and threw me right off. Damn my affliction of sticking with a bad book. I need to get over that. HA!

  8. I’m a little embarrassed to say I haven’t read Girl Wash Your Face yet. I’ve heard the good and the bad, but I’m still open to making my own decision and judgement. So cool that you are going on a roadtrip to see her live. Can’t wait to hear the recap!

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