I have never made any secret of the fact that I adore Rachel Hollis. Everything from her personality, to her methods and her words really speak to me. In-fact I will go so far as to say that her brand of no-nonsense self-help seems to be tailor-made for me, or for folks like me at any rate.
And I knew this way before I read any of her books. Actually from the time I first came across her YouTube channel (back in the day, when she used to be really active on there).
And then I read Girl, Wash Your Face – her super popular debut. Though wait, it’s technically not her debut, because she has written other fiction books, and authored some cook-books too.
But anyway, Girl, Wash Your Face was the first book that topped the New York Times bestseller charts – for several weeks in a row, and basically became her claim to fame – though she was arguably already a success and uber-popular in the virtual world, what with The CHIC Site, and the millions of followers she has over there.
So you can say, in a way, Girl, Wash Your Face was her debut in the self-help genre. And what a debut it was!
That woman spoke directly to some of my deepest fears / insecurities in a completely no holds-barred / no-nonsense way.
“Your life is supposed to be a journey from one unique place to another. It’s not supposed to be a merry go round that brings you back to the same spot over and over again.” – Rachel Hollis, Girl Wash Your Face.
But I’ll also be the first to admit that in the same book the author shared some personal stories that were kinda uncomfortable for me to read.
Though just to be clear, I am not judging the author for her choices in life, just saying that there were things in that book I was concerned about, especially on how it would be received by an impressionable audience, and I mentioned it here, when I first reviewed / spoke about this book.
This second book though – Girl, Stop Apologizing, I ADORED.
It’s the reason why this one gets an unequivocal 5 stars from me. Actually I’d give it all the stars in the planet, and the entire sky if I could!
That’s how much I loved this book. I’d say it was the right thing at the right time for me. But honestly, I first read this book in January of this year, and have re-read / re-listened to it every single quarter since then. So it’s the right book for me, period.
And I think it’s especially so because for me it’s not just a book anymore, it’s my choice of fuel to go after my goals and dreams. Her words are the fire-power that help me stay on track and keep me going.
Which is why, this is an author, and a book I cannot recommend enough.
Especially if you are someone who has goals and dreams for your life that go above and beyond the mundane. Give Rachel Hollis and this book a shot!
Hollis is SO inspiring with SO MUCH energy and enthusiasm, that trust me you cannot help but get excited for your dreams and goals in life. Simply. Cannot. Help.
This book in particular is all about setting goals and chasing them, and not making apologies for having those goals in the first place.
Divided into 3 sections – excuses to let go of, behaviors to adopt, and skills to acquire, this book not only provides inspiration and motivation to go after your dreams, but also tangible steps to take to chase down your personal goals.
Like, she says in her book – Personal growth is personal. There is no one size fits all.
This book, Rachel Hollis, might or might not work for you. But you would never know if you don’t give it a shot.
In an ideal world, I’d say check out both the books. Start with Girl, Wash Your Face, and then pick up Girl, Stop Apologizing. But if you can get only one – check out Girl, Stop Apologizing.
You don’t need to have read Girl, Wash Your Face to read this second book. They aren’t really connected. But this second book could just be the fire power you need to go after your goals.
To wrap up, I’ll share one of Rachel’s lines from Girl, Stop Apologizing, which I feel is the base sentiment on which this book has been written, in hopes that it will help you figure out if this book is for you or not.
“It’s time to be yourself, unapologetically. And to show the world what happens when a woman challenges herself for greatness.” – Rachel Hollis, Girl, Stop Apologizing
Rachel Hollis Audiobooks:
I personally feel like Rachel Hollis books are best heard on audio. Mostly because she narrates them, and her energy and enthusiasm is infectious!
That being said, even if you haven’t ever heard audiobooks before, this book is a great pick to start with.
In-fact, if you have never tried Audible before, you may even get this book for FREE, via the Amazon / Audible FREE TRIAL deal.
BUT if Audiobooks are just not your cup of tea, try the physical books. And check out Rachel Hollis online. She isn’t that active on YouTube these days, but you can always find her on Instagram.
That’s all from my end, folks. I’d love to hear from you. Have you read either of these two books by Rachel Hollis?
Which are some of your favorite books for personal growth / development and goal setting? Do share!
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