Year of Yes – Shonda Rhimes

25690958Title: Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand In the Sun, and Be Your Own Person

Author: Shonda Rhimes

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Summary: The mega-talented creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder chronicles how saying YES for one year changed her life―and how it can change yours, too.

With three hit shows on television and three children at home, the uber-talented Shonda Rhimes had lots of good reasons to say NO when an unexpected invitation arrived. Hollywood party? No. Speaking engagement? No. Media appearances? No.

And there was the side-benefit of saying No for an introvert like Shonda: nothing new to fear.

Then Shonda’s sister laid down a challenge: just for one year, try to say YES to the unexpected invitations that come your way. Shonda reluctantly agreed―and the result was nothing short of transformative. In Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes chronicles the powerful impact saying yes had on every aspect of her life―and how we can all change our lives with one little word. Yes.

Review: I loved this book! I love books like this! That give you a lot to think about without it feeling over heavy! I took a lot away while I was reading this book!

Not only do I love the concept of putting yourself in uncomfortable situations and no longer making excuses for why you shouldn’t do something; but we got a few behind the scenes nuggets! I am a behind the scene junkie and while I would have loved the book without those nuggets it did make my  read that much more delightful!

The Year of Yes is about breaking out of the norm, about taking back your life! It is ok to say yes to yourself and what you need. You don’t need to keep that toxic friendship going simply because. It’s ok to be a working Mom, that wass probably my favorite chunk of the book. She talks about how she loves that her kids see what she’s built.

“I want my daughters to see me and know me as a woman who works. I want that example set for them. I like how proud they are when they come to my offices and know that they come to Shondaland.”

To me that was really powerful as it is something I often struggle with. Losing time out on my kids to work, even though I work from home I always worry they are going to feel jilted. But she brings such a refreshing angle to that. That my girls are watching and as long as I am still saying yes to them, we will be ok. Which brings me to another part of the book I love, where she speaks about saying yes to her kids. When you are doing something and they ask to play, to say yes to those moments. Obviously it won’t always work but it has made me think about making sure I am saying yes more often then no and in those daily little moments of yes.

I loved this book! If you are looking for a fantastic read that will change your view and challenge how you are living, then definitely read this one!

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