Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person

by Shonda Rhimes

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Overview

The mega-talented creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder chronicles how saying YES for one year changed her life―and how it can change yours, too.

With three hit shows on television and three children at home, the uber-talented Shonda Rhimes had lots of good reasons to say NO when an unexpected invitation arrived. Hollywood party? No. Speaking engagement? No. Media appearances? No.

And there was the side-benefit of saying No for an introvert like Shonda: nothing new to fear.

Then Shonda’s sister laid down a challenge: just for one year, try to say YES to the unexpected invitations that come your way. Shonda reluctantly agreed―and the result was nothing short of transformative. In Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes chronicles the powerful impact saying yes had on every aspect of her life―and how we can all change our lives with one little word. Yes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476777146
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 11/10/2015
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 34,500
File size: 29 MB
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About the Author

Shonda Rhimes is the critically acclaimed and award-winning creator and executive producer of the hit television series Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and Scandal and the executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder. Her writing credits also include Princess Diaries 2: A Royal Engagement, Crossroads, and Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. Rhimes holds a BA from Dartmouth College in English Literature with Creative Writing and received her MFA from the USC School of Cinema-Television, where she was awarded the prestigious Gary Rosenberg Writing Fellowship. Rhimes was born and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois, and now runs her production company, Shondaland, from Los Angeles, where she lives with her three daughters. She is the author of Year of Yes and The Year of Yes Journal.

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Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this read I can tell because I read it within a week :) Shonda writes about topics that have been bothering me for years and I didn't know how to handle them. I just couldn't see it. So reading and now having a handful of solutions that I at least can give a try as an option for change makes me exciting. Job truly well done
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!!! It made me re evaluate my life choices. It seriously is one of those books that makes you sit there and think about habits that at first you might not have been aware of. I found myself saying wow I do that. Man I need to change this and or that a lot throughout the book. Mainly because I can relate to some stories Shonda speaks about because I am introverted as well. I like to keep to myself. I am guilty of distancing myself from people. Reading the book made me aware of how I portray myself because of insecurities, or because it is what we are programmed to think of ourselves because of society. Own yourself. Be thankful. Say yes more to life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book flows with all the feels just like her shows. Normally not a genre I would read but so glad I branched out. A kickass woman and a kickass read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So often we don’t step out of our comfort zone and we miss out , this book explores what happens when caution is thrown to the wind and you allow yourself to live your best life.
reader67 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book because it was like talking with a girlfriend just about life and how we all want to be authentic in our lives. It was funny but held important lessons and was very inspiring. Shonda is a great role model for girls to emulate. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an easy read. I loved how inspiring it was. Read the book in one day. Her story hit all the key points on what saying no to difficult things can lead and how much it can impact your life. I love how open she is in her story. Highly Recommend this book
Cortingbooks 11 days ago
“I’m old and I like to lie.” Shonda Rhimes created three of the most popular television shows in recent history; Grey's Anatomy (I watched religiously for the first three seasons) Scandal (I watched for two seasons), and How To Get Away With Murder (I’ve seen a couple of episodes). Her life was all work and no play. So when her sister challenged her to stop just existing and start living she decided to make a change. Year of Yes was surprisingly funny and refreshingly honest. Shonda tells as much as she can about her year of doing things that scared her without revealing the names of the other people it may have impacted negatively. Because not everyone was happy about the changes she was making. We all go through seasons in our life and there is no guarantee that everyone in our life will make it to the next season. I found myself nodding along to several points she made and she spoke so many truths about being a single working mother. I enjoyed this mini memoir a lot more than I thought I would.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun to rwad with incredible and insightful messages. I think every woman should read this book.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I needed Shonda, my dear reader. “My dear reader,” that is what Shonda called me as I listened to her novel in the car and boy, did I listen to her. I listen to her so much that, I couldn’t bring myself to take back the CD’s when they were due so I renewed the novel. I have relistened to my favorite CD’s over and over again, and now, I’ve physically bought a hardcopy of the novel. This physical copy will not be like having the CD’s and hearing her actual voice but I’ll take my post-its and mark my favorite passages so I can come back to them when I need them. I know I will need them as this novel has enlightened me, uplifted me and given me lots to laugh about. I got in the car after a rough day and popped in CD four and listened to her on my way home. I have listened to this particular CD many times so I knew what I was in for. I popped out of my car smiling and laughing. Shonda has a way of talking about swagger, badassery and life in general. In this novel, Shonda talks about not being perfect, about doing what works for you (as long as it’s legal and acceptable) and that individuals need to change their views in life. She is empowering in her statements and comments. The speeches that she reflects back to are comical and motivational. It is not all about her and her accomplishments, she wants everyone to shine, she wants everyone to learn that they are their own worse critic. Shonda talks about a variety of issues, ones that are important to most of us. I enjoyed her examples and opinions. When she talked about weight, I liked this example and I feel it can apply to many other areas of life. If I want to eat an entire cake, I have that choice. But if I choose that path, I shouldn’t be complaining about what that cake does to my body as I chose to eat the cake. I made a choice, I need to live with the results. It’s about choices, living and accepting the choices your make. I feel that her comments on motherhood were wonderful and I could relate to a lot of what she said. Motherhood is not a job, according to Shonda, it is not work, it is something that happens no matter what transpires, it’s who some individuals are. You can quit work but you cannot quit being a mother (I love this!) I have talked this book up with everyone I have met. I have to take the novel back on Friday as I promised a woman, I would hand it off so she could listen to it. I’m sad but also excited as I feel I am enabling others. Empowering them with Shonda. What a terrific novel, one that every woman should read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a bad book
juicedbooks More than 1 year ago
I love Shonda Rimes. I love her book. I love the premise, which is basically: say 'yes' to every opportunity offered to me for an entire year. In the sea of memoirs by Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Lena Dunham and the like, this is my hands down favorite. Shonda Rimes makes no apologies for who she is. She gets down and dirty into her insecurity from the get go, whether that insecurity is about her appearance or her work. At the same time, she's unapologetic about her successes and celebrates herself in a fantastic way (looking at that amazing quote above.) The book gets even better if you're a fan of her shows. Knowing what's going on in her head about her characters and her plotlines is amazing. *Spoiler alert* I had no idea that she was more attached to Christina than Meredith from Grey's. The idea that Christina's life of work and success without a man is part of Shonda's personal fantasy just made her so relatable and admirable, especially because I can totally relate. When Christina left the show I also felt such a loss. In conclusion, this book is inspiring and hilarious and not cliche at all, so you should definitely read it. It's a super quick read too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pure divine inspiration for all hard working women doesn't matter if married or single, with or without children, this book is for all of us. To fine that precise moment that can change your life for the better you need to get uncomfortable first, as Shinya will do in this year of yes! Yes yes yes
Book-touched More than 1 year ago
Triumphant book — Brave and Honest “You must do the things you think you cannot do” — Eleanor Roosevelt Shonda Rhymes shares how this simple truth and an admonishment by her sister sparked a journey that brought meaning and fulfillment to her already full world. Step by painstaking step Shonda learned to say “yes” to life and face down the fears standing in her way. A triumphant book filled with laughs, truths and poignant self-discoveries that lead to life-changing realizations of pure JOY. Do yourself a favor and read this little treasure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Shonda's interview with Oprah and was excited to read this book! I must say I was disappointed and had to make myself finish it. Loved the topic but it was the worst read I've purchased this year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fh
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't think i'm curious enough to continue and find out what exactly the point is, from this drama-queen style monologue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago