Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

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“I laughed more. I was bolder. I was brazen. I spoke my mind and spoke it loud.”

Scandal. Grey’s Anatomy. How to Get Away with Murder. She writes for these shows that make us fall in love, laugh until tears roll down our cheeks, and shake with anticipation. She’s Shonda Rhimes. And who would have thought that she’s just like us?

I just finished reading Shonda Rhimes’ book Year of Yes, and I feel… human. In a way, that’s what this book was all about – being human and being you.

In this book, she documents her journey of pushing and challenging herself to become a better person, a happier person. Shonda is nothing short of honest in her book, especially about her weaknesses and her shortcomings. Shy. Avoidant. Quiet. It was these things that led her to her year of yes- a year where she broke through her shell, took advantage of amazing opportunities, and began living.

This book is something to admire because it shows us that just “having it all” means nothing, and it’s what you do with it that means everything. Someone could give you the world, but what good is having it if you don’t explore it.

She encourages her readers to step out of their comfort zones and embrace  challenges, and most importantly, she urges them to hold themselves accountable for their own happiness. At no point in the book does she blame anyone else for her own unhappiness, and that’s something wonderfully refreshing.

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