Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

You would think, with three hit television shows, Shonda Rhimes had it made, but in reality, her aversion to the limelight kept her from really embracing the life she earned. One Thanksgiving, her sister pointed out, "You never say yes to anything," an observation that caused Rhimes to totally reevaluate her life. In the following year, Rhimes decided to say yes to everything--speaking engagements, glamorous parties, and talk show appearances, as well as to spending more time with her family and listening to her body. She even eventually learned how to say yes to saying no, which was in itself another life-affirming practice. After the year ended, she found she had transformed from her fear of life into embracing all the joy and opportunities that came her way.

I really enjoyed listening to this book (the audio is great--read by Rhimes, herself). The whole process she went through was so encouraging. Even though she is a celebrity with her own unique experiences as she approached this new mindset, I could see how so much of it can easily apply to myself and those of us who lead far less public lives. This is a great read (ane listen!) if you've been feeling like you've been in a rut and need to shake things up a little.

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Reviewed by: Lindsay on June 29, 2016

Number of Pages: 336

Tags: Memoir, Nonfiction