• Shannon

7 Quotes to Improve Your Life from "Girl, Wash Your Face"

Updated: Feb 2, 2019

I recently read the book Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. I would give the book 5 stars if I were reviewing it, and there are a few quotes and take-aways I got from it that I really love. I'm sure there are more for many people, but these are the 7 that spoke to me the most. I hope they can help you on your journey to better self-care.

1. "When you really want something, you will find a way. When you don’t really want something, you’ll find an excuse." (Page 14)

So many times I have found an excuse not to work out. I'm too sore from yesterday's workout; I'm too tired; I have too much work to do; This is my only time to just relax - I don't want to use it exercising. I have also used excuses for eating unhealthy foods: My kids are nuts today so I deserve this entire chocolate bar. I ate healthily for an entire week so it's ok to eat poorly today. And having all of these [lame] excuses has kept me from achieving any weight-loss goals I've had. This year, I decided that I REALLY want to get to my goal weight by the end of 2019. So, I am finding a way - no. more. excuses!!

2. "...fight through your instinct and change your pattern." (Page 15)

When my instinct is to eat a cheeseburger rather than a salad, I have to rethink and change my pattern. So many unhealthy foods are my go-to foods because it is what I know. It is my pattern and my instinct to reach for those foods when I am feeling sad, angry, overwhelmed or because I feel like celebrating. I have to change my pattern if I want to reach my goals. Fight the instinct and attain the dream.

3. “You’ve lived through tougher things than this. Don’t give up now!” (Page 39)

I have lived through a few family deaths. Most recently, I have lived through the death of my beloved dog, Nara, who was a major part of our family. There are so many tough situations that I've been through in my life so far that going for my dreams and goals shouldn't even be comparable. Reaching for my dreams and goals should be something to be excited about, even when there is an unexpected curve in the road. My mind, heart, and body (childbirth, anyone?!) has been through tougher things; has been through heartbreak. Certainly I can get through a few road blocks just to be able to achieve my dreams.

4. "Because you are worthy of not letting your past dictate your future." (Page 70)

The past is the past. It should not dictate your future. This is hard to remember sometimes. I've made mistakes in the past. My husband has made mistakes in the past. But the present and the future is ours and we are WORTHY of happiness. We are good people with kind hearts and we deserve to not let past mistakes ruin what we have built together: a happy, healthy family.

5. "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." (Page 111)

This is so important. For any goal, it is imperative to remember that no matter how long it takes, as long as you're taking the steps forward to get there it is worth it. Keep going. Don't give up! Eventually, those steps forward will bring you to your goal. The time will pass anyway so you might as well allow it to pass while you're still working toward the goal.

6. "...love, joy, patience, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." (Page 120)

These words struck a major chord with me. These are the things that I value. These are the these that are important to my heart and my life. Love - family and friends. Joy - family, blogging, achieving goals. Patience - with my children, with attaining my goals (patience is something I am always working on). Peace - for the world, for my home. Kindness - toward all others, strangers included, no matter their views, beliefs, values, etc. Goodness - toward the world. Faithfulness - to my family and myself. Gentleness - toward my daughter who can really grate my nerves sometimes. And Self-Control - to ensure I'm making the right choices for me.

7. "You are not a mistake—and feeling guilt about who you are (working, staying at home, overweight, underweight, over-educated, uneducated, emotional, bookish, street-smart, or whatever) does a disservice to yourself." (Page 132)

I am not a mistake. I am not a mistake. This is something so important to remember. I am meant to be here and I am meant to enjoy the life I have. It doesn't matter that I work part-time and stay home with my kids. It doesn't matter that I am working toward getting a master's degree in music education when I may not go back to work full-time at all. It doesn't matter that I am still overweight after having my babies. If I am constantly berating myself with negative self-talk about all of these things, I am not being kind to myself. And I am not being the best I can be for my family. So, remembering that I am not a mistake and that the life I lead is not a mistake is one of the most important things I can think for myself.

Hopefully these quotes can help you realize your potential and that you are meant to be here. Rachel Hollis makes so many great points in her book that I really feel that there is something for everyone. If you're struggling with negative self-talk or depression and you haven't read her book, I recommend it to you. You can find it here.

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