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Book Summary: Girl Wash Your Face Summary

book summary girl wash your face

Girl wash your face is about a bunch of hurtful lies and one important truth.

The truth???

You, and only you, are ultimately responsible for who you become and how happy you are. That’s the takeaway.

Girl Wash Your Face Chapter 1 The Lie: Something Else Will Make Me Happy

  • It doesn’t matter where you are, or frankly, what negative things get hurled at you. You’ll still find happiness because it’s not about where you are but who you are.
  • Comparison is the death of joy, and the only person you need to be better than is the one you were yesterday
  • If you find yourself in a slump or feel as though you’re living in a negative space, take a good hard look at who and what you see every day

More long walks with your dog, less volunteering for that thing youfeel obligated to do but actually hate.

Girl Wash Your Face Chapter 2 The Lie: I’ll Start Tomorrow

Start with one small goal …

  • Step one, stop drinking that diet coke
  • It’s much easier to add a habit than to take one away
  • Drink half your body weight in ounces of water every day

Slow down your yes.

Only commit to things you know you can accomplish because they’re incredibly important to you.

Otherwise you set yourself up for continued failure.

  • Be honest with yourself about what you’re blowing off
  • If you take a good hard look  at what you’ve canceled on in the last thirty days,
  • you might be shocked to discover how you’re training yourself to behave.

Girl Wash Your Face Chapter 3 The Lie: I’M NOT GOOD ENOUGH

“Were it not for my therapist, I never would have realized that the drive for accomplishment can actually be harmful. I cannot recommend therapy enough”

Take a walk, call a friend, have a glass of wine, enjoy a bubble bath, or take a long lunch.

All of that work will be there when you get back a little time away can recharge your batteries

  • You should be the very first of your priorities!
  • Are you getting enough sleep, enough water, the right nutrition?
  • You cannot take care of others well if you’re not first taking care of yourself.
  • One of the best ways to ensure that you stop trying to run from your problems is to face them head-on.

Girl Wash Your Face Chapter 4 The Lie: I’m Better Than You

I feel the need to confess . . . I shave my toes.

  • When you’re looking for a community of women,
  • look for the ones who want to build each other up
  • instead of tear each other down.

When you find yourself judging someone in your head,

force yourself to stop and think of compliments about that person.

Usually our judgment and gossip come from a deep well of our own insecurities.

Girl Wash Your Face Chapter 4 The Lie: Loving Him Is Enough For Me

“I fell in love the first time I saw him.”

Your judgment is easily clouded when you’re in love.

Be less naïve and known more about self-respect

Take a deeper look at the relationship in your life

Girl Wash Your Face Chapter 6 The Lie: No Is The Final Answer

You have to decide to pursue your wildest dreams. No matter what they are, no matter how simple or extravagant.

No matter if they seem ridiculous to others or maybe even too easy . . . it doesn’t matter.

They’re your dreams, and you are allowed to chase them—not because you are more special or talented or well connected, but because you are worthy of wanting something more.

You won’t get there by saying yes. Yes is the easy part. You’ll get there by not giving up when you hear the word no.

Girl Wash Your Face Chapter 7 The Lie: I’m Bad At Sex

“Why don’t we have sex anymore?” I asked him one night.

He looked at me as though the question hurt his feelings.

“I got tired of being shot down.”

I was immediately defensive. “I don’t shoot you down. I always say yes.”

“You might agree, Rachel, but you don’t actually want to, and that’s worse than not having it at all.”

They say the first step to fixing something is admitting you have a problem.

Girl Wash Your Face Chapter 8 The Lie: I Don’t Know How To Be A Mom

I’m the worst pregnant woman you’ve ever met in your life. No, really…

Here’s what helped…

  • Look for a group of women who understand what it means to be a new mom too
  • Staying away from Pinterest.
  • Get out of the house. Every. Single. Day
  • Talking to someone about your feelings.

Girl Wash Your Face Chapter 9 The Lie: I’m Not A Good Mom

  • if your kids are basically good most of the time, then cut yourself some slack.
  • Make friends with the other moms. Yes, the ones your kids are comparing you to.
  • Focus on quality time with your kids

Girl Wash Your Face Chapter 10 The Lie: I Should Be Further Along By Now

  • When you force yourself to admit to all the things you have accomplished, you’ll
  • Realize that it’s wrong to be so hard on yourself for all the things you haven’t
  • As long as you’re working toward the things you hope to accomplish, it shouldn’t matter if it takes you a month or a decade.

Girl Wash Your Face Chapter 11 The Lie: Other People’s Kids Are So Much Cleaner/Better Organized/More Polite

Having someone you can grab a glass of wine with who can totally relate to your day is a gift.

Decide what’s really important to you. Then do those things first.

No matter what, find something in your life that feels like a treat or an indulgence.

Girl Wash Your Face Chapter 12 The Lie: I Need To Make Myself Smaller

Focus on being the best, most loving version of yourself—but whether or not other’s approve of that isn’t your concern.

You should get a tattoo if you want

Girl Wash Your Face Chapter 13 The Lie: I’m Going To Marry Matt Damon

Laugh all you want, but this was something I believed for years.

if you’re dreaming of something for yourself, physically writing down the words is a powerful thing to do.


Naming your goals is also important, because often we struggle to even admit them to ourselves.

A Visual Board can be really helpful for those of you who don’t feel like your imagination is strong.

Girl Wash Your Face Chapter 14 The Lie: I’m A Terrible Writer

Do something daring this year and stop “reading” your version of reviews.

Reach for silly, creative endeavors that serve no real purpose other than joy.

Girl Wash Your Face Chapter 15 The Lie: I Will Never Get Past This

Go to therapy !

  • Talking about it. Not just with a therapist but with at least one other person you trust.
  • Set yourself 5 minute a day to think about your nightmares and stop after the 5 minute is up

Girl Wash Your Face Chapter 16 The Lie: I Can’t Tell The Truth

The longer you live in a state of honesty, the easier it becomes to simply exist there all the time

Surround yourself with people who’ve also gone through the hardship of being honest about their feelings.

Girl Wash Your Face Chapter 17 The Lie: I Am Defined By My Weight

Come up with a mantra and say it to yourself a thousand times a day until it becomes real.

Surround yourself with positive, uplifting role models who focus on being strong and healthy.

You want to accomplish a healthier life? Map out how you’ll get there.

Girl Wash Your Face Chapter 18 The Lie: I Need A Drink

So many of our negative behaviors are long-engrained habits triggered by a specific cue.

If you’re struggling with how much you drink, remove access to alcohol.

Girl Wash Your Face Chapter 19 The Lie: There’s Only One Right Way To Be

Seeking out a church that was intentionally multiethnic, multicultural, and intergenerational, you could to find real community.

Asking humble questions…

Girl Wash Your Face Chapter 20 The Lie: I Need A Hero

Stop waiting for someone else to fix your life!

Rise up from where you’ve been, scrub away the tears and the pain of yesterday, and start again . . . Girl, wash your face!

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More Info on Rachel Hollis

Rachel Hollis is an American author, motivational speaker and blogger for a website called The Chic Site.

Girl, Wash Your Face—since its release in February 2018—has maintained a spot in the top 10 best-selling books in the country for seven months, held the top spot for 12 of those weeks and has sold more than 880,000 total copies in the United States.

It was the second-most popular book of 2018 on Amazon.com

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