Book Review – Girl, Stop Apologizing

I’ve shared on Rachel Hollis on my blog previously. Rachel is a #GirlBoss who I admire greatly because she boldly dreams for others to live a better life by sharing the messiness of her own ambitions. To say she has has amassed a huge online fan base is an understatement.

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After seeing her first bestseller, “Girl, Wash Your Face”, launched successfully and having a part in that… I immediately said yes to the launch of her second book, “Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals.”

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“I believe we
can change the world.
But first, we’ve got to stop living
in fear of being judged for who we are.”

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Rachel Hollis has seen it too often: women not living into their full potential. They feel a tugging on their hearts for something more, but they’re afraid of embarrassment, of falling short of perfection, of not being enough.

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I know some of you are reading this and saying to yourself, “That’s me.” If that is you, I want to stop you right there. I know it’s cliche but I want to let you know, I’ve been there. I feel you. And I know how hard it is, especially when you start to define yourself in light of other people – as wife, mother, daughter, or employee. It’s challenging to want to make a mark on your own and be yourself; to own who you are and what you really want. I echo what Rachel has taught me through her books and Podcasts – that you literally have only 1 chance at this life. Make. it. count.

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I enjoy Rachel Hollis’ humour and honesty in her message. While most of the information in this book isn’t new, Rachel’s writing style is so fresh and she manages to capture my attention throughout… even when I took long breaks in between reading the chapters. These are some nuggets which I gathered from reading GSA.

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This book wasn’t hard to follow through, because the steps and stories which she shared are gems on their own. A good read for those who wants a fresh perspective on achieving personal dreams. The author unpacks her tips throughout the book in 3 sections:

Part I: Excuses to Let Go Of
Part II: Behaviours to Adopt
Part III: Skills to Acquire

As one goes through the book, you can really feel the excitement that Rachel has for all women to believe in themselves! She debunks some great myths on mummy guilt and having not enough time.

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I was in the rut before, thinking that I need to do everything right – that everyone is watching me.  I find it challenging to juggle between being a full-time pastoral staff in the Children’s Ministry, wearing the wife, mum and daughter-in-law hats in the home front, and yet be there for my friends.

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I used to think that I will never be enough for my pragmatic husband who cares about doing things efficiently. And I always feel that my worth as a mother is placed on how well my daughter does in school. But that is so far from the truth.

God loves me for who I am and He knows my strengths and weaknesses. He doesn’t need me to be perfect all the time. Same goes for you, sister.

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So dream big, do what you have to achieve your goals and don’t look back. Remember to always be grateful for whatever God has given to you and it’s going to be all right. And if you have enjoyed this review, why not get Rachel’s book for yourself?

Happy reading!

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Disclaimer: I received an advanced reader copy of “Girl, Stop Apologizing” from the publisher, as a member of the book launch team. However, this review reflects entirely and honestly how I feel after having read the book cover-to-cover.

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