Last week I had a mini heart attack when my copy of “Girl, Stop Apologizing” by Rachel Hollis arrived in my Post Office box from Barnes and Noble. It’s no secret that I am a major Rachel Hollis fan.
I know that I have a few friends that are anti-Rachel but honestly I don’t plan on every one I know liking the same thing. There was talk and some blog posts about her being a Christian Author, but her book not being theological. Guys, really she’s a Christian AND an author. This will be the same for me. When I finally write a book I will be a Christian AND an author, but not both. I am not the person you should turn to looking for a theology lesson but I do love me some Jesus. This is how I look at Rachel, so when I read her books I am looking for help with self-improvement, and Rachel motivates me to get there.
Girl, Stop Apologizing is “a shame-free plan for embracing and achieving your goals”. That’s exactly what this is. Rachel talks about how we should stop sitting on our dreams and put them into practice. She gives her tips about how she starts her day, how she tackles a big project and how she gets up and gets things done instead of wallowing in self-pity and excuses about why she shouldn’t. Women are amazing but we tend to get stuck in the “Oh I can’t that because…..” mind frame. Either we are worried what people will think or we are worried about letting others down or we think we don’t have enough time. So, instead of chasing our dreams we apologize for having them and them do what everyone else expects of us instead. I absolutely loved this book and read it in less than 24 hours. Here are a few things I highlighted.
Girl, Stop Apologizing is available in stores starting March 5th! Please go get a copy. You won’t be disappointed and I really believe that this self-help book can help us all in some way or another. Here’s how it helped me!
I want to be an author. I’ve wanted to be an author since I was old enough to read. I used to spend hours with my nose in a book. It was my happy place. I fantasized about being the next Ann M. Martin (the author of the Baby Sitters Club series.) But over time I had pushed that thought far away. I’ve spent my entire life doing what I have to do instead of what makes me happy. Rachel’s book has encouraged me to just write the damn book (books?!) already. It may take a while, and no one may ever read it but at least I can say I followed my dream.
Friends, we were someone before we were wives or mothers or employees or whatever we are now. We need to remember who that person is. What did they love? What did they dream about? And how can we get back there? Do you have a dream that you’ve been putting off?