My Thoughts: This is one of those books you feel you should have read a long time ago (if it was already published then) to save you from yourself but as my people would say “Whenever you wake up, is your morning”. I really really loved this book every step of the way. It has definitely added value to my life and spurred me to do more in some things and do less in others. In this book, Rachel Hollis encourages women to believe in themselves and remove the cloak of guilt that too often deters them from living to their full potential. ‘Girl Stop Apologizing’, challenges you to “Be Yourself” and not apologize for it. It tells you to ‘own it’, whatever that is for you! For me, it is to stop downplaying my God given gifts and talents not because of a lack of confidence in them but because I feel it seems too much. I remember sometime last year when I had just started this blog, I got into a conversation with this exceptionally intelligent young lady I had just met and being my usual modest self I said something like “I have this ‘little blog thing’ where I journal/write about the books I read” and her response to me was “so you are a book reviewer then” and I said “No I am not!” and she smiled a knowing smile and said to me ” why don’t you just own it? Own it!”. That conversation, I will never forget because it got me thinking and asking myself why I was shying away from being the real me. I realized that I was apologizing for being myself just because I didn’t want to make the people around me feel bad since I am already a successful Geoscientist, Entrepreneur, Wife and Mother then to add Book Reviewer/Blogger/Poet seemed too much or so I thought. I mean I couldn’t even tell my colleagues about my blogging because I just felt it may come off as bragging or something in that realm.The truth as I have resolved is that the problem has never been with anyone else but me. Therefore, I have stopped downplaying and apologizing for who I am, I have taken the shackles off my feet (literally) and begun my journey to being a better version of me. I have been greatly inspired and challenged by this book maybe because it resonates with me so much but I highly recommend it to every woman I know. I am sure there will be something in it just for you! In other news, this is my second ever audio book and it was quite enjoyable. Am I beginning to love non-fiction more now??? hmmm…… let’s see how that goes.
I rate this book a big 4 stars!
Published: March 5, 2019 by Harpercollins Leadership
The Author: Rachel Hollis is a bestselling author, TV personality, in-demand speaker, and founder and CEO of Chic Media, the foremost authority on premium digital content for women. Named one of Inc. Magazine’s “Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30,” Rachel uses her infectious energy to empower women to take control of their lives and pursue their passions without fear. Motivational, inspirational, and always approachable, Rachel’s tell-it-like-it-is attitude is a refreshing approach that allows her to authentically connect with millions of women around the world. Rachel has worked with top brands including Walmart, Disney Junior, JCPenney, Rubbermaid, Sprint, and Keurig to create innovative and compelling content for Chic Media’s award-winning women’s lifestyle blog. Rachel is the author of the bestselling Girls Series, including Party Girl, Sweet Girl and Smart Girl, as well as a cookbook, Upscale Downhome. Rachel resides in Los Angeles with her husband and four children. For more information, visit TheChicSite.com.
Rachel grew up in a big loud Okie family. Daddy was a Pentecostal minister and Mama was the church pianist… and PS, she knows the words to all the old-timey hymns in case you want to break into three-part harmony later. She moved to Los Angeles to go to college and promptly met a boy named David who was as handsome as he was funny. First she made that boy her best friend, and then she made him her husband. 10 years later they have three equally handsome/hilarious little boys named Jackson, Sawyer, and Ford. They live in LA where they spend their time doing super cool/sexy things like going to soccer practice and hitting up any restaurant where kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée.