There are two things that I love in this world. TGIT and reading. So when I started to hunt for a book to start out my New Year, Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person, by Shonda Rhimes, was a no-brainer (although it was released in November).For those who live under a rock, Rhimes is the creative genius behind Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder.
When I first started this book, I expected it to be a how-to-win-at-life-type book. That is not what I got, and to tell the truth I am glad that it wasn't. Instead I got a honest reflection of a self-proclaimed wallflower who owns the fact that she doesn't have all the answers, and wasn't particularly uncomfortable with staying in her box.
The book begins with a seemingly harmless grumble from a sibling, pointing out Rhimes inability to live in any moment. "You never say YES to anything…" unleashes a conflict in Rhimes inner being that could have sent her into a downward spiral, but ends up as an internal call to action to conquer the terrifying task of saying yes….to EVERYTHING!
From public speaking events to a smackdown with the PTA president, this book was filled with many laugh out loud moments and 'You Do That Too!' reader-to-book exclamations. I was happy to find that even at the top of her game, she doesn't have all the answers, nor does she want to. I think I enjoyed it so much because I felt like these were actual conversations that I have had with my friends and myself. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a comical insight to the world that few of us dare to admit we have.
Kisses going out on a Monday!