The Hype is Real – Girl, Stop Apologizing

I am SOOOO GLAD I joined the official Girl, Stop Apologizing book launch team!!!

I received my own ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of Girl, Stop Apologizing on January 29th. I was surprised/shocked/ecstatic/excited/grateful to receive a super early copy of the book. My husband and daughter were both witness to my ‘screaming/dancing/running around the house like a maniac’ reaction, showing off my excitement of the whole ordeal. First of all, I forgot I signed up for an ARC, but also because I didn’t want to be overly excited and disappointed IF by chance I didn’t make the cut for a copy. So… once my husband handed me the package, I knew it was going to be a great day/week/month.

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I was already in-progress with another book and decided to take a break from it to read GSA. I spent over an hour speed-walking on my treadmill while reading the first few chapters that evening. It cycled throughout last week where I would combine both cardio + reading time because I was fully committed to both at once (worked out in my favor, I think!). I officially finished reading the book in its entirety as of Sunday, February 3rd. This was a personal best for me compared to last Spring when reading Girl, Wash Your Face. Also, I was taking my last TWO final classes in grad school so my “free time” to read leisurely was next to minimal last Spring. Pretty sure it took me 3 weeks to finish GWYF but I still loved it the same!

I’m sharing my ARC copy with several of my close gal pals and have passed it on to a dear friend/colleague who introduced me to the world of Ms. Rachel Hollis, so she definitely deserves this shout out and the opportunity to read the book early!

I have several key takeaways and top favorite quotes from the book worth sharing on here.

So, without further a due, here are some words of wisdom that will, without a doubt, inspire you as much as it has inspired me!

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My Top Favorite Quotes from Girl, Stop Apologizing:

You can keep talking yourself out of the thing you’re hoping for, or you can decide that your dream is more powerful than your excuse.

Last year I had this insane idea to start a personal blog and didn’t exactly know what the content I would be creating but knew that I simply wanted to start. I still don’t know what I’m doing or if my readers are finding value in anything I’ve published, but every post is a learning process. Some day I’ll get the hang of this. But the excuse of me not knowing what I’m doing isn’t going to stop me from following through.

It’s time to be yourself, unapologetically, and to show the world what happens when a woman challenges herself for greatness. It’s time to stop apologizing for who you are. It’s time to become who you were made to be.

I won’t let my age, family life or deadlines get in my way of finding out exactly what I can do now or in the future. I’m surrounded by influential women (and men) who continue to motivate me to do great big things. And I certainly won’t apologize for being “too much” for those who see my goals as pointless. Nobody has time for negativity!

It’s one of the greatest reminders I have in my life that you can choose your attitude, your focus, and your intentions for any situation, no matter what it is. That choice is often the difference between joy and suffering.

Any shift away from positivity only means I have to get back to what matters most. It’s so easy to get distracted and forget why I’m doing the hard things now but I hope that there’ll be a constant reminder of my “why”. I choose joy for a lot of different factors, mainly because it’s amazing for my health and well-being; but because I have a little girl that looks up to me and calls me her mommy.

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You’re already putting in the time, and it would be such a waste if you were depleting your energy for no reason, or worse, potentially giving up on a great idea simply because you haven’t figured out how to make greater strides toward your goal.

Baby steps. Tiny victories. Those little moments are taking me closer and closer to where I want to be in my life with my family and professionally.

Your own insecurities on any subject either spark our curiosity or they feed our judgment. We either see the opportunity to grow or we become fearful and close down the idea immediately.

Recently took on a new responsibility at work that I was unsure of at first. Managing projects is one thing…. learning how to write copy for marketing campaigns is another. But, like any job I’ve tackled, the only way I will learn is by jumping in and giving it a shot. I won’t fail, I’ll just keep learning until I do better and eventually excel in it (crossing fingers!).

Personal goals are infinite… and addictive. Once you achieve one it makes you start to wonder what else you might be capable of.

Ummmmm heck to the yes to this! 5 years ago when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter I was in my last semester of undergrad finishing up my Bachelor’s degree. In the span of me basically doing everything I could to pass all my classes and graduate on time I also took on a massive responsibility with applying for my citizenship, studying and taking the test. All while planning where I would be living and starting a life post-grad in anticipation of becoming a first time mom. Oh, let’s not forget about job hunting too!

I was so incredibly stressed out to the max and I remember there were moments I thought nothing would turn out the way I was hoping. Today I get to pat that young undergrad self on the back because I overcame obstacles I didn’t think I would. Ever. Coming from someone who didn’t even have college in her plans as a teenager.

And then when my daughter was born I knew that I wanted to challenge myself even more and get my Master’s degree while juggling everything from a full time job and family life. Yet again another stressful time I put myself through and I came out on top, finishing a term early! With all that said, I know and am pretty confident that anything difficult which comes my way I’ll find a way to get through the stress and doubts.

Pay attention to the times or the circumstances that make you feel the most self-assured, and then work to cultivate more opportunities like those.

And again, this quote resonates with me during the trials I faced in college and thereafter. I know now that these tiny victories I experience helps me be more at ease and are reminders that I have so much more to offer to the world and will continue to find more ways to better myself in the long haul.

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I am one of the happiest gals you know because I choose it every single day. I choose to practice gratitude; I choose to surround myself with things and people who support positivity. I regulate my thoughts because thoughts control feelings.

100% yes! I allow myself bad days because they are all part of life. However, I don’t let it consume me forever. I shake the negativity – whether it’s by running, taking a nap, sleeping in, drinking coffee, unplugging from my phone and spending quality time with my family, taking my dog on walks, seeing pictures of the new babies in my life, going out with friends… whatever it takes to find the good in every day. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, happiness is great for my physical health and mental mental.

The incredible thing is, by embracing your calling and refusing to hide your glow, you wouldn’t just make your world brighter, you’d light the way for the women who could come along behind you.

In today being International Women’s Day, no better way to celebrate than sharing my opinions on how Rachel Hollis and Girl, Stop Apologizing has made my world a brighter place and for the women who share in this excitement with me.

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The hype is real!

Rachel Hollis… Thank you for blessing us with Girl, Stop Apologizing!!!

You did it again!

If you haven’t ordered a copy for yourself or a special one in your life they are available to purchase here.

 

 

 

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