African American Authors, Books

Year of Yes

Author: Shonda Rhimes

My Take:

I can relate to the shy, introverted socially awkward version of Shonda Rhimes. I can’t yet relate to the wildly successful version of Shonda, but I pray that part of me will show itself soon.

“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.”

This is a lesson I’m trying to incorporate into my daily life. Sometimes you just have to be open to new experiences and allow yourself to be vulnerable, and I think that’s the message Rhimes was trying to get across in this book.

We can’t let insecurities and unfounded fears hold us back. Life is not easy – that’s a given. We all have, or had something keeping us from achieving our best life. It’s time to let it go and live! Rhimes’ commitment to saying “Yes” was her doing just that.

Try new things, celebrate yourself and move out of your comfort zone. Year of Yes shows us that sometimes you have to get rid of those people and things that no longer serve our better good. The stories shared in this book are candid and funny, and absolutely relatable. Rhimes shares her experiences with us because it helped her and hopefully it can help us live our best lives too.