Title: Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
Author: Shonda Rhimes
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publish Date: November 10, 2015
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "Before her Year of Yes,
Shonda Rhimes was an expert at declining invitations others would leap
to accept. With three children at home and three hit television shows on
TV, it was easy to say that she was simply too busy. But in truth, she
was also afraid. Afraid of cocktail party faux pas like chucking a
chicken bone across a room; petrified of live television appearances
where Shonda Rhimes could trip and fall and bleed out right there in
front of a live studio audience; terrified of the difficult
conversations that came so easily to her characters on-screen. In the before, Shonda’s introvert life revolved around burying herself in work, snuggling her children, and comforting herself with food.
And then, on Thanksgiving 2013, Shonda’s sister muttered something that was both a wake up and a call to arms: You never say yes to anything.
comment sat like a grenade, until it detonated. Then Shonda, the
youngest of six children from a supremely competitive family, knew she
had to embrace the challenge: for one year, she would say YES to
everything that scared her."
My Two Cents:
Year of Yes" is a memoir by Shonda Rimes, one of the most popular
television series creators out there. I have loved so many of her shows
like Scandal and Grey's Anatomy but what I didn't know about Shonda
Rimes is that she is a major introvert and has always been afraid to say
yes to things that might put her out of her comfort zone. This book is
about the year that she decided to put all of that aside and say yes to
everything, even the things she was incredibly afraid of.
own life I know that I say yes to too many things but I also know that I
try to avoid the things that are going to make me feel like I'm putting
myself too out there. I think it's a feeling that a lot of people can
find understanding with. This book recounts how Shonda Rimes was able to
turn things around by saying yes to more even if it meant stepping out
of her comfort zone. She finds out that by being afraid, she was holding
herself back. It's not rocket science but I think it is incredibly
helpful to see how others have changed their lives to give you the power
to want to change your own. It's a great lesson for us all!
really like the way that this book was written. Rimes speaks to readers
as friends and confidantes and really makes you feel like she's letting
you in on a secret. I can only hope that I am able to heed some of her