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Year of Yes | Book Review

May 30, 2017

Title: Year of Yes
Author: Shonda Rhimes
Genre: Self development, wellness
Published: November 10, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
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Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes narrates the author’s experience during a year-long challenge of saying yes to every opportunity she is offered as a way to get our of her shelf and live a more fulfilling life. As the author overcomes obstacles and begins a transformation of her self, she realizes that saying yes does not mean accepting everything that comes her way but staying true to her values. Saying yes means differentiating between something that is scary, but worth it, and something that is unsatisfying. Saying yes also means dealing with unpleasant situations that will make the individual grow and live happier; having difficult conversations, removing toxic relationships, and letting go of what doesn’t feel good is part of the process towards a better and more honest life.

Personal reaction:
I came across this book while watching book recommendations from Erin Motz from Bad Yogi. While the title seemed self-explanatory, I decided to give it a try because Erin said it wasn’t the typical self-help book. She was right. Year of Yes inspires you to change. As I was reading, I felt the uge to take on the challenge. I really liked that Shonda Rhimes narrated her everyday life and the changes she went through because it allowed me to notice her progress and new discoveries as she went along. I identified with the author personality wise and career wise so I also enjoyed the book as an insight of the career I want to pursue. While there were some chapters that felt low-paced and a bit long, most of the book was inspirational and the writing was so funny that I often laughed out loud. I especially ejoyed the chapters “Yes to My Body”, “Yes to Joining the Club”, and “Yes to More Year of Yes”. Finally, some of the insights she had happened to hit very close to home. I was forced to see things I hadn’t been able to—or hadn’t wanted to—acknowledge before and the book inspired me to deal with them. I thank Shonda for that.

I recommend this book to everyone who wants to take on a challenge and improve themselves. I am grateful to have read it during the transition between 2016 and 2017 because I am definitely making this year a year of yes!

Update: It’s been five months since I took on the challenge and I’ve experienced so many things! I’m not as scared to get out of my comfort zone anymore and I usually say yes to every thing that scares me but that I know that will be worth it. It seems that the more I say yes, the more opportunities arrive! I’ve grown so much in my career and personal development that I continue to thank Shonda for being such an inspiration!

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