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Book Review: Year of Yes

Updated: May 2, 2020

In 2013, Shonda Rimes, creator of series such as Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, realized that she was always saying no. A working mother and a highly creative professional, she told herself she was happy…ish.

She then decided that she would spend an entire year saying yes, especially to the things that scared her. In her words, she was “going to say yes to anything and everything that scares me. For a whole year. Or until you have to bury me”.

What ensues is a year of saying yes to scary things –  interviews she would normally have refused, appearances that terrified her, and also saying yes to the things which she didn’t realize she was saying no to – like spending quality time with her children.

Witty and vulnerable, Rimes is able to capture what many of us face daily – saying no to the things that matter while saying yes to the things that don’t. All while channeling Beyoncé.

Check out her powerful Ted Talk as well as her book. A funny, meaningful novel which is easy enough for a summer read.

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