I re-started reading earlier this year and suffice it to say I've sucked at it. Can't say exactly how many books I've read, or maybe I can but I'd rather not embarrass myself, so let's leave it at that. But I'm now convinced I have a very short attention span. Either that or my sheer mental distraught after I did my MBA, years ago, has not fully dissipated. Yes, after my MBA I became allergic to books, magazines, television, or any material that was suppose to make me smarter if I participated. I did not even want to use a computer, but had no choice in that matter as work depended on that.
Anyway, I set high hopes for this year's book-list. Even went as far as dedicating a page on my website to share all my wondrous book adventures...click here. Have I shared anything. Not really, except for two book-lists. Why? Because, as I said, I haven't read that much. But there is hope yet. I did manage to finish June's book-list at the end of September: Girl Wash Your Face (GWYF) by Rachel Hollis and The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg (audio).
Both are phenomenal books that I will definitely need to re-read. The good thing is, when I started reading GWYF, I started making notes. I decided that going forward that's what I'd do each time I read a book, especially if something resounded with me. That way I could share it with you guys and we could eventually start a nice little book club - which was my dream for that page at the very beginning. As I said, it's never too late to start anything, you just need to start and no matter how slow you go, just keep going and if you fall along the way, get up, brush yourself off, think about why you started in the first place and go again. Don't let the nay-sayers get into your head.
So today I am going to share with you my 12 takeways from Rachel's book, Girl Wash Your Face (GWYF). Hope you enjoy them as much as I did and if you haven't read it yet, get yourself a copy. Happy reading.
1. Our different styles are beautiful to behold.
Can you imagine if we lived in a world where everything and everybody was the same? How absolutely boring would that be? I'd dare to say pretty boring.
2. The first step toward becoming the best version of yourself is being honest, truly honest, about what makes you tick.
Sometimes this can be very hard to do, especially if you are stuck in a rut and trying to pull yourself out. But hear me when I say, when you do find what makes you tick, nobody can stop you. NOBODY! And the thing is, you start to find so much joy in so many things that happiness is now at the centre of your being. Find what makes you tick and it doesn't have to be one thing either.
3. Our words have power, but our actions shape our lives.
There is so much truth in this one statement.
4. Celebrate the small moments. Nothing is more important than today.
We tend to forget this and only celebrate when something gigantic happens. Sad but true and we need to break this pattern.
5. On the days that seem the hardest, you'll remember that - by an inch or a mile - forward momentum is the only requirement.
Hmmm...I can't even begin to express to you how I feel about this one. We beat ourselves up so much on a daily basis. We listen to all the negativity and weave that into our lives, causing us to stress unnecessarily. We believe that we have to prove things to people and if we are not moving at their pace and to their rhythm then that means we are failing. You are not failing, you are not a failure, you are who you are and you will get to your own destination...in time.
6. No means merge with caution. No reminds you to slow down - to re-evaluate where you are and to judge how the new position you're in can better prepare you for your destination.
I've been told no so many times in the the past year, for many things. You know what? This statement is truer than you think. No sometimes mean you are being held back for a higher purpose, for better things to come, for a more purposeful life. Embrace the NO's and wait on that YES!
7. How do you handle chaos? Ignore it, battle it, drown in it or embrace it?
I believe each chaos has to be handled by its own merit, however I don't believe we should feel the need to drown in it. Some chaos you need to embrace and battle so you know you won't go that road again, as well as some you need to embrace because it's an eye opening event that leads you on a different path. The rest you just ignore; some things in life are not even worth the grain of salt they are crapped up to be.
8. The difficult seasons we walk through are how we learn to build up strength to manage any situation.
Dam skippy...that's it right there...enough said.
9. Perspective may help you see that your chaos is actually just a gigantic blessing. Adjusting your view can work wonders.
Oh yeah. A view adjustment is always required, though not easily achieved.
10. If you don't look for the good that came out of what you've lived through, it's all wasted.
A few years ago I'm not sure I would have agreed with this because I use to think, what good can come out of a bad situation? Oh how I have changed where this is concerned. This past year in particular has taught me so much and I've come to recognize more and more just how much good can come out of a bad or unfavorable situation. Again it goes back to adjusting your view.
11. For everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
Amen, amen and amen.
12. God has perfect timing.
Indeed He does...but you have to have faith.
Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis is as insightful as it is good and funny. It's one of those books that makes you re-think a lot of things and she does it in such a way that makes for a light, fun read. It also makes you wanna get up several times to go wash your face and say, yeah girl...you got this!
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