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Rachel Hollis

Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be

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Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis is a motivational book that challenges women to let go of false beliefs that hold them back from finding success. It offers practical tips for achieving one's goals and encourages readers to take control of their lives and dreams.

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    Stop breaking promises to yourself – act on your goals today.

    How many times have you made a commitment to yourself but not followed through on it? Perhaps you’ve promised to go for a jog after work, only to abandon the idea when a colleague invited you for a happy-hour cocktail. Or maybe you’ve got all excited about learning French, but after a few classes, your books are gathering dust on a shelf.

    Far too often, we break the promises that we make to ourselves. To see how damaging this is, let’s take a look from a different perspective.

    Consider a hypothetical friend. We can call her Pam. Every time you make a plan with Pam to do something important together, she cancels on you at the last moment. And to make it worse, she usually has a completely pathetic excuse like, “I’d love to play tennis with you like we agreed, but this Netflix show I’m watching is so good. I need to watch another episode.” Pam is always claiming to be starting a diet. But a couple of days later, you find her washing down a pepperoni pizza with a large coke.

    Most likely, you’d pretty quickly get irritated and unimpressed with Pam, right?

    But this is exactly how you are treating yourself when you break your promises. Blowing off an evening run, a French class or a calorie-controlled diet might not seem like a big deal at the time. But it is, because when you keep making and then breaking promises to yourself, you are letting yourself down every time.

    So try to form a habit of keeping your promises. You can make it easier by keeping them realistic. If you want to run your first half marathon, don’t just promise yourself that you’ll sign up and run. Start by promising yourself that you’ll run one mile a day, four times a week. That’s a commitment you can probably keep. And once you’ve proved to yourself that you can do it, then promising yourself that you’ll run two miles, four times a week won’t seem so tough.

    Keep at it, and you’ll train your mind to keep your promises. You’ll build a new, higher expectation for yourself, that will make it easier to keep future promises. That’s got to be better than being like Pam.

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    What is Girl, Wash Your Face about?

    Girl, Wash Your Face (2018) is about one crucial truth – you, and you alone, are responsible for your life and happiness. It’s an empowering and sometimes challenging guide to living a joyful, productive and ambitious life.

    Girl, Wash Your Face Review

    Girl, Wash Your Face (2018) is a motivational book that encourages women to face their fears, embrace their imperfections, and live their best lives. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • Packed with honest and relatable stories, it provides a refreshing perspective on various aspects of life, including relationships, self-worth, and personal growth.
    • Practical advice sprinkled throughout the book enables readers to take actionable steps towards overcoming obstacles and achieving their goals.
    • The author's down-to-earth and conversational tone keeps the reader engaged and ensures that the book is far from boring, resonating with women from all walks of life.

    Best quote from Girl, Wash Your Face

    You, and only you, are ultimately responsible for who you become and how happy you are.

    —Rachel Hollis
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    Who should read Girl, Wash Your Face?

    • Moms and women who feel overwhelmed by life
    • Anyone who needs a little inspiration to pursue their dreams

    About the Author

    Rachel Hollis is the founder of, a mother of four, a devout Christian and an all-round motivational powerhouse. Her other books include a recipe book, Real Life Dinners, and the Girl series of novels based on the life of a young events planner in Los Angeles.

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    The main message of Girl, Wash Your Face is about overcoming the lies we tell ourselves and embracing the power to lead an authentic, fulfilled life.

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    Girl, Wash Your Face is a captivating book that offers practical advice and empowers readers to conquer self-doubt. It's definitely worth reading!

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    The author of Girl, Wash Your Face is Rachel Hollis.

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