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Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals

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

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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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by HarperCollins Leadership
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Erin Porter Yes, absolutely. I'm going to pass to my husband, but specifically because he tends to apologize, prioritize other people's wants, and there was some …moreYes, absolutely. I'm going to pass to my husband, but specifically because he tends to apologize, prioritize other people's wants, and there was some advice in this book that I feel is applicable to everyone.
Bonus, you may be able to understand and empathize with women a little better after reading this.(less)

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Mar 08, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boiled down, this book is about embracing and expressing who you are without apology. That message I can get behind. The general layout is first addressing the excuses to let go of that keep you stuck, adopting great habits that set you up for success, and then acquiring the skills necessary to make growth possible.

I’m breaking my review into three parts because I have complicated feelings towards Rachel Hollis. She is a motivator and an inspirational speaker – that you cannot argue with. She kn
Torrie Tovar
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn't think it was possible but I enjoyed this one even more than Girl, Wash Your Face. I didn't know who Rachel Hollis was until I read Girl, Wash Your Face earlier this year but I am glad Goodread suggested that book and I am beyond thrilled that I got an Advance Reader's copy of this book, because it is amazing! Hollis is SO inspiring and SO energetic that you cannot help but to get excited about your dreams and goals. She says things and your like "Oh My Gosh, I so do that!"

I finished th
Kathleen Garber
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult_nonfiction
Rachel’s first book, Girl, Wash Your Face, has made headlines and is a #1 New York Times Bestseller. I have not read the first book so I can’t compare it to this one, but I found the second book, Girl, Stop Apologizing, very good.

Now whether you agree with me or not will depend on your viewpoints. If you are a fervent Christian who believes women should not work outside of the home then you will not like the book. It’s about making goals and following them and not making apologies for having tho
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I find Rachel to be very motivational! I share her views on everything so far, but sometimes you need someone else to tell you what you already know.

So I finished the book, and all I can say is that Girl, Wash Your Face is the gentle prelude to this no-nonsense, make no excuses motivational, pre-game, go out there and kill it pep talk. If you plan on hanging onto any reasons as to why you can’t reach your goals, this book is not meant for you. My takeaway was this: 1) No matter who you are or wh
Megan Barefoot
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I loved this book! Great ideas and tips! I could have done without the long Intro! Other than that she doesn’t disappoint.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was AMAZING.
Excerpt from my review:
Sacrifices such as - not binge-ing the next season of Stranger Things right away like everyone else because you're too busy working on your own goals. Or working on a project for your own timeline while your family is having a board game night in the next room. These are scenarios I struggle with. Because I want to do both.

Rachel talks about writing this book while she's at one of her son's games and having other parents give her snooty looks for not pay
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2018
So very very good! ????

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Thanks to Harper Collins Canada for the ARC!
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I won an ARC of this book through Goodreads Giveaways, and just finished it a couple of days ago. This book is so motivational. It has made me look at the way I try to accomplish goals in a whole new light. I have a whole new plan for trying to tackle my goals to make my dreams come true. Since finishing this book, I have already started making a plan of action because this year, I’m getting shit done! I highly recommend this book if you’ve always had big dreams, but never really had a plan of a ...more
Catherine Coles
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it

girl stop apologizing

Earlier this year I read Girl, Wash Your Face. I hesitant to read it at first because 1) I had no idea who the author was (so why would I want her advice on living?) and 2) I read that it had a religious slant – nothing wrong with this, just not for me. I kept hearing about it, so I gave it a try and was not disappointed. I found Hollis to be very likable, engaging and motivating. The book is not really about one thing in particular, but rather the general concept that only YOU are responsible f
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was super excited to win this advance copy of Girl, Stop Apologizing from Goodreads. What a great book to end the year/start the new year on! I will be honest that I was a bit underwhelmed by the beginning of the book. It felt like a re-worded edition of things she has written before. But I did feel like there was some solid new material to finish the book. Definitely glad I stuck it out and finished the book! Though her story is not my story and her focus is not my own, I believe she has a po ...more
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Harper Collins Canada for the advanced copy of this book - all opinions are my own.

I went into this one a little skeptical, as I had heard mixed reviews of Rachel's first book and I am not generally a proponent of religious categorized books, however loosely. But this turned out to be a pleasant surprise for me. The book is upbeat, positive, motivating and offers tangible and realistic steps for women to work towards embracing and then chasing their personal goals.

I really enjoyed Rac
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m a huge fan of Rachel Hollis and her message. I love her work ethic, humor, and honesty. The book is broken up into 3 sections - excuses to let go if, behaviors to adopt and skills to acquire. While most of the information wasn’t new to me, I enjoy her writing style and the important reminders. I’m always interested in different author’s take on personal development and Hollis never disappoints.

*I won an advanced copy of this book through Goodreads.
Jenny Hull
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love this book! Rachel is so cute and fun to read!
Christa Sampson
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this! Every woman from hs student to senior citizen should read it ... really makes you think about your priorities and dreams.
Vena Marie
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I first Discovered Rachel Hollis with girl Wash your face . I love the fact that in that book and in this one girl stop apologizing she tells it how it is. Sometimes you need somebody to be upfront with you to make you realize what you're doing so you can become more. Can't wait to read more .
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Motivational. Makes you want to go out in the world and get stuff done. Great, practical tips for how to make space for achieving goals. I liked it even more than Girl, Wash Your Face. ??????????
Cara McGee
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Rachel Hollis, but I was unsure of how useful this book would be for me because I don’t consider myself much of a hustler, or go getter because I don’t own a business, blog, or a side hustle. So I was pleasantly surprised while reading that so much of what she had to say applied to everyone, not just entrepreneurs.

A lot of what she said was common sense, but honestly, sometimes people need to hear it in a different way from someone who is highly motivated and not their best friend, spous
Taren Blanchette
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve never been more fired up to tackle my goals and dreams after reading this book! OMG SO FREAKING MOTIVATING! If you’re looking for specific ways to reach your goals and to truly motivate you...this is your book! ??I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was a great follow up to “Girl, Wash Your Face”. I think any woman, no matter what stage of life she is in, would benefit from this book. I appreciate Rachel’s honesty about her own life and feelings that she has worked to overcome. I don’t feel like she lectures her readers, but she shares what she has learned from her own experiences. After reading this book I felt motivated to make changes in my life, not all of them big, but still changes that will make me a better, happier person.
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just finished! It’s got the same spunk, straight talk, and no-frills feel as Girl, Wash Your Face but with more in depth application. This is where all the stuff she talks about is centrally located, so for those who follow her closely you won’t find a lot of new information. It is just a great resource for all the information she so freely gives every day. I don’t have a problem with that because even though you can get the info free if you follow her online, it is nice to have it in one place ...more
Feb 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Girl, Save your time. This was a bunch of pretentious, unrelatable, rambling fluff that lacked any substance beyond what should be common sense.
Bailey Wenkel
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The best book yet! Don’t wait to read it!
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Girl, stop Apologizing was so good! In fact, I’m about to start reding it a second time. There was so much in it, there was no way I got everything out of it the first time. Rachel Hollis has done it again! Girl, Wash your Face, was outstanding, and this was not any less outstanding than that was. I cannot wait for the world to get their hands on this book!

Rachel goes into detail about the excuses we need to let go of, the behaviors we need to adopt, and the skills we need to acquire in order t
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Even if you didn’t like Girl, Wash Your Face, this book is absolute FIRE! Fire for your life and soul. Fire for growth and love. This is a game changer and will leave you with pages of notes! An absolute must-read for literally everyone.

*I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
Jeri Ritchie
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All the tears. This book brought to the forefront so many things I have left uncovered in my life. It made me wish for more transparency in my relationships and left me longing to never apologize for being myself again. If you have been or currently are a people pleaser, this book is for you. If you feel the need to justify your actions, this book is for you. If you've ever felt the need to make yourself small in order to gain acceptance, this book is for you. Ladies, Stop Apologizing...reach fo ...more
Dec 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
---Full disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. --- Well, if you are not put off by constant references to God, church, or pop celebrities, then maybe you'll buy into this. I dnf'd at somewhere under 14 pages, b/c it was a waste of time. Honestly, I knew I was in trouble when I read the list of contents. All the chapter titles were really oriented toward dealing w/ external b.s., something with which I don't really have all that much issue. I'm not a people-pleaser. I don't giv ...more
Joanna Ellis
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
As I read this book I went through a full range of emotions. I wasn’t ready for that. I figured I’d be inspired, uplifted, excited and feel ready to take on the world when I finished the book. And truthfully, I did feel that way when I FINISHED the book...but about 1/2 way through I was actually in a puddle of tears about my own inadequacies and insecurities. I wailed to my husband “I don’t have any of these dreams or goals. I’m a failure because I don’t want any of these huge earth-shattering t ...more
Miranda Reads
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it

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You are allowed to want more for yourself for no other reason than because it makes your heart happy.
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Alana Hayes
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I recieved an advanced reader copy from the publisher. I absolutly did not think that it was possible for Rach to hit it out of the park again to this degree, but she did! I knew it would be really good(dont get me wrong).... I mean... Come on yall... ITS RACHEL HOLLIS! This book is completly new content that will without a question reach you to your core. She is real and genuine to break down all of the barriers for the excuses that you give yourself and coach you through how to TACKLE.THEM.DOW ...more
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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

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“I don’t care what religion you were raised in. You weren’t taught guilt and shame by your creator. You were taught guilt and shame by people. That means whatever your people thought was shameful is what you learned to be ashamed of. Whatever your family or the influential people in your life thought was something to feel guilty about is what you have guilt about now.” 18 likes
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