Shonda’s Year of Yes

How to dance it out and be your own person

Year Of Yes By Shonda Rimes
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Have you read Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes yet? No? Well I hope you add it to your reading list.

“So you made it out of a uterus a long time ago. Big deal. So did everyone else on the planet. What else you got?”

Apart from the actual content, what makes this book so enjoyable is how it’s written. I giggled silently to myself on almost every page. We all know Shonda has a way with words and her thought process is unique which is why Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder and every other amazing show she’s created have been phenomenal.

“Whenever you feel the need to apologize or explain who you are, it means the voice in your head is telling you the wrong story. Wipe the slate clean and rewrite it.”

In the book she describes what started as a simple comment from her sister, turned into a transformative journey in becoming a better version of herself in what she dubbed as the “Year of Yes”. The year she would say yes to every opportunity and goal she would typically turn down or ignore. Something I make an effort to do every day of my life.

“The only obstacle to your success is your own imagination”

I’m not a fan of the classic self-help book that provides “tips and tricks” for navigating through this journey we call life. Instead I prefer books where the writer describes the happiest and darkest moments of their life and how they made it out alive. I think it’s much more inspiring to get a peek into the seemingly perfect life of some of our idols for a real look into the work it took to get them there.

“We all spend our lives kicking the crap out of ourselves for not being this way or that way, not having this thing or that thing, not being like this person or that person. For not living up to some standard we think applies across the board to all of us. We all spend our lives trying to follow the same path, live by the same rules. I think we believe that happiness lies in following the same list of rules. In being more like everyone else. That? Is wrong. There is no list of rules. There is one rule. The rule is: there are no rules.

Happiness comes from living as you need to, as you want to. As your inner voice tells you to. Happiness comes from being who you actually are instead of who you think you are supposed to be.”

Whether or not you’re a Shonda fan I’m sure you’ll appreciate every word but more importantly I hope it inspires you on your own journey.

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