Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person eBook: Shonda Rhimes: compgarbullkunsbar.cf: Kindle Store. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes. Read online, or download in secure EPUB format. 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.
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Editorial Reviews. compgarbullkunsbar.cf Review. An site Best Book of November I usually It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person - Kindle edition by Shonda Rhimes. Kindle Store · Kindle eBooks · Biographies & Memoirs. Thank you for downloading this Simon & Schuster eBook. Join our .. Shonda? No wait, really, Shonda? Shonda RHIMES? Why?” It's super rude. And yet. Year of Yes. How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person. By Shonda Rhimes. Trade Paperback. Hardcover eBook Unabridged Audio.
Should I be saying YES more? So, on a cold December day I started Year or Yes. Shonda I feel like we should be on a first-name basis now describes how one little comment made by her sister led her to start her year of yes. Saying yes to things, especially things that scared her, was a liberating experience.
It literally changed her life, her attitude, her way of living. Shonda doesn't hold back. She talks about her amazing family and friends, and how they helped her on her path to yes. No man or woman is an island and she gives credit where credit is due. I also like how she pointed out that sometimes we say yes to things by our actions that we should really be saying no to. By the end of the first chapter I was ready to start saying YES to more things in life.
Because this girl needs her sleep! Year of Yes was narrated by the author as well. And I'm glad it was. Shonda has an easygoing conversational manner about her as if she's a friend about to give you some epic advice. So you might want to pour yourself a glass of wine and get comfortable. Year of Yes is inspirational, especially if you're not really feeling it these days. Shonda's vulnerability, humor, and journey will help you find the courage to say YES to life.
I get what this book wants to do. It is just difficult to listen to Shonda Rhimes whine. If you like hearing about the behind the scnes of celebrities and the rich and famous - this is a must read. If you want inspiration, well, try it.
It might work for you. Hardcover Verified download. I don't really stalk Shonda Rhimes although I will break traffic laws to get home in time to live tweet Scandal every Thursday night , but when Shonda speaks I do tend to listen.
And this is a praiseworthy, life affirming, sister-centric, love filled, thank you Jesus! So why is Shonda the unstoppable, irrepressible Queen of all she surveys? Let me count the ways: When I signed on this morning there were 3 reviews versus the replicant reviews you often see when a new book is released. Because she doesn't need forced praise. The book is good. Very good. And like Shonda herself, it doesn't need fabricated self promotion but can stand on it's own merits.
Like laughing out loud in public funny. Like people changing seats on the bus because you're smiling and snickering to yourself funny. Like spitting up coffee and pastry on the Kindle screen funny.
You get the point. Sadly those two traits sometimes don't travel in pairs. Granted, Shonda needed to say yes to things like hanging out with the Obama's or being honored as a Human Rights Boss, but she brilliantly shows that despite the loftiness of her life, like many of us she too struggled with stepping into her well earned right to "stand in the sun" without fear or apology. She has done more than any other TV writer in history to celebrate, and as she says normalize, ALL human experiences by merely allowing people of all orientations, races, and ethnicities to BE and To do and say human things on television.
Radical inclusiveness I could go on, but really just read the book. Worth every ducket. See all 1, reviews. site Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
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She was in a good position to do it. Though it complicated some aspects of her life, she had the family and financial resources to make up any shortfall. It was fascinating when she discovered her children are extroverts, and nothing like herself. I bet. But Rhimes is no humble-brag. Here she is, the most successful woman any of us can imagine, with a fun job with fun people in a fun city, and she is pulling in and shutting down, feeling old, getting fat.
Good lord, what does that to us? But I get it. I do it, too. Not even writing books, me, just reading them. One can do it in a balanced way, or in an unbalanced way. When it gets bad enough, you might want a little Shonda to brighten your day.
We knew she liked red wine, for instance. I would never have thought to ask that question, and that is sort of the way she answers it: It suggests something…other. As if it is something…special. Or rare. I have a different word: Because perhaps then they will learn from them. To not make myself smaller in order to make someone else feel better. So this is the goal? I understand being happy in the world.
I understand not backing down from who you are. View all 14 comments. Nov 15, Liz Logan rated it did not like it. Shockingly, the problems of a zillionaire TV mogul and my problems have zero overlap. Sep 26, Samantha rated it liked it.
I listened to this audiobook the last two days and I really adored it. Going into this book, I didn't know that it was by the writer of shows like Greys Anatomy, Private Practice and How to get away with murder. Neither did I know who this Shonda Rhimes even was. But the title caught my attention: Since I'm a person who struggles to say YES on a daily basis, that title made me want to read this book.
I discovered that for autobiographical books, audiobooks work best f I listened to this audiobook the last two days and I really adored it. I discovered that for autobiographical books, audiobooks work best for me. I lay in the sun tanning, did housechores, showered, ate my dinner, while listening to this book. In these cases, I find it hard to sit down with aphysical book only concentrating on one thing, when I can do others while listening to the story.
So far I listened to 'You're never Weird on the Internet. And it is such fun to listen while doing other stuff. Well, so much for my 'Yes! Shonda Rhimes who narrates has a deep and pleasant voice. I can't handle audiobooks whose narrators have a scratchy voice. So that one was an important reason for me to choose the audiobook. I always listen to the audiosamples first before deciding. One or two times, I have already decided against downloading an audiobook because of that But Shonda Rhimes is nice to listen to.
Also that woman is fierce and yet so very sensible. I'm still missing that fierceness in myself, but that definetly is an inspiration. All her insecurities, all her saying 'no' to life, that really seems familiar to me. Rolling thoughts of what could possibly go wrong around in my head until I decide to let a opportunity pass. Until I say no. And I'm fast with saying no. It's basically my initiate reaction to anything new.
But seeing how a Year of Yes, changed her. Made her feel more confident. Made her more happy. This is an inspiration to me. Even though some of her Yes'es involved saying No to other people.
Because this was her Yes to herself. I'm just like that as well.
Not wanting to hurt anyones feelings. Not wanting anyone to dislike me. But in the end sometimes people drag you down und saying no to them, even if they leave you and you lose a friend, can be a big yes for yourself.
All in all, I didn't like all content. There was a lot about her children, when she stated her opinion on being a working single mother. This part, being a single AND childless AND not especially a workaholic made it seem like my own achievements meant nothing compared to hers. That even though she tells us, everyone should live life like they want to, I still felt like I'm living my life wrong. Because I'm twentyseven, single, childless, currently not sure if I like my job at all and so on.
But later that feeling of discomfort when she talked about her children, ebbed away. Later she stated, that you don't have to get married She doesn't want to. And if it is, you can still be a mom with So that gave me a feeling of relief.
Basically I like the message, that she doesn't like it when people praise her for her diversity in her TV-Shows. Black women, asian women, white women, gay and straight people. Because the term diversity makes it seem like something special. When the correct term would be normal. Because there are all different kinds of normal. Everyone is normal. So she wants to 'normalize' TV. And this is the basic message I really adore. Because this means I am normal.
You are normal. No one is wrong. Only Jack the Ripper.
Dude is totally wrong. So yes to this book as well.
I liked it. It made me smile and laugh at times. It had several nice messages. It is an inspirational read not only for women. And it was nice to listen to. Mar 24, Kristy K rated it it was amazing Shelves: And it kind of was.
I am an intense introvert. My goal is to be invisible. I also have a huge fear of failure. I say no to so much or never even try bec 4.
She runs an empire.
But she became somewhat of a kindred spirit as I read this. Oct 31, Xueting rated it it was amazing Shelves: I love love love this book. It makes me want to really take care of myself and love myself more.
If anyone needs an inspirational self-help kinda read, whatever your main struggle in life, this book will help make you feel so much better. Even if you're not looking for particular advice on a thing, like me, read it too. Because we can always do with more self-encouragement and love from others, and Shonda Rhimes gives that here! She is such a lovely role model and friend! Yeah I do feel like we' I love love love this book. Yeah I do feel like we've become friends through this book, she writes with such a personal touch, like she really wants to inspire and connect with others through her Year of Yes experience: The main thing is to love who you are and not to worry about who you are supposed to be.
It's still something I'm working on so this is great motivation! Loads of unique sections like taking care of your body, loving yourself by accepting compliments, how motherhood really is and should be, normalcy vs diversity on TV I wanna try that Wonder Woman pose now!!
So funny too, which isn't a surprise if you've ever seen an episode of one of her shows. Really enjoy the little tidbits from Grey's too because gosh I love that show although I'm 4 seasons behind!!! This book makes me nostalgic for the show and I appreciate it even more. Jan 31, Karina rated it liked it Shelves: A fun and sometimes enlightening journey of personal growth. I enjoyed myself a lot on various occasions but it failed to truly hit the spot.
It was funny, honest, and entertaining non the less. I'd still recommend it especially if you are a fan of her work. Aug 01, Wanda rated it liked it Shelves: A combination of memoir and self-help book, The Year of Yes was a quick and easy read. It is written in a very conversational tone unlike many books in the self-help genre and that may put off some readers. If you are looking for a little inspiration to get out of any ruts that you have become comfortable in, this book may be helpful.
I might warn you away from it if you are unemployed, as her obvious enjoyment of her high-powered job could be a bit hard to take. But I do think she shines a much-needed spotlight on some particularly female career problems, namely being able to claim our success without embarrassment and not shying away from telling our workmates exactly what we want and need.
One chapter which younger readers will potentially find useful was the one on sorting out real friends from hangers-on. Not all of us are successful enough to have hangers-on, but I think we all at some point or another realize that not all the people we hang out with are really our friends. They are there for what they can get and when you actually ask them to give in return, you will see their true faces.
To bravely purge these people from your life is a liberating experience and Rhimes describes it well. As she said, when she was engaged, she received more approval from friends and family than she did for all of her other achievements not inconsiderable combined. Why does society still do this to women?
As one of those rebels who refuses to marry, I very much appreciated her description of her decision to break off wedding plans, despite the disappointment of her family. She has chosen to adopt children, which I find admirable. View all 5 comments. I'm kind of torn here because I see the value in this book, but it wasn't my cuppa. The reason it wasn't my cuppa is because my perception of myself is deeper than a puddle. Simply put, I found this book to be shallow and surface-y, and superficial.
There is no wisdom given in this book that is unknown to people like me. No earth shattering revelations, not even a morsel to ponder more deeply. Nope this was a book for fans of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal. Rhimes expresses herself through cha Welp.
Rhimes expresses herself through characters that she has drawn on television. I am apparently one of two people on earth who has never seen a single episode of Grey's Anatomy which puts me at a considerable disadvantage in receiving this book. My understanding is that Rhimes' avatar is Christina Yang the meaning of which would be obvious to me if I was familiar with the show.
Shorter Monica: The vehicle with which Rhimes uses to connect to her audience does not drive anywhere near my zip code. That being said, what Rhimes is bringing to the world is the concept self empowerment. The idea of trusting yourself, heightening your self awareness and giving yourself permission to be yourself. The idea that you and the choices that you make are responsible for your own happiness. The notion that it's ok if you are different.
She abhors the word diversity and sees herself as normalizing television by showcasing people of color, LGBTQ etc.
These are wonderful things to be promoting by a smart, talented lady who is using her fame to elucidate positive concepts. But ultimately this is a pop culture piece that will remain relevant as long as Rhimes is relevant and then it will languish in obscurity.
The good thing is that Rhimes knows this and is OK with it. I don't get the impression that she wrote this for money; but to make use of the opportunity to have a positive impact on fans lives while she has them. And it just might, as far as it goes Not downloading it… Read on kindle Nov 12, Lauren rated it really liked it.
I was slow to warm to this book - I loved the idea of the topic and enjoy Rhimes' work on television, but initially found her writing to be too casual and chatty to really hold my attention. After putting it down for a few days, I picked it up again and found that I read half the book in one sitting.
Rhimes is confessional and funny, writing with a wit and rhythm that probably works best when read aloud of course, she writes for TV! Once I adjusted to that rhythm, I couldn't get enough - many I was slow to warm to this book - I loved the idea of the topic and enjoy Rhimes' work on television, but initially found her writing to be too casual and chatty to really hold my attention.
Once I adjusted to that rhythm, I couldn't get enough - many passages made me laugh out loud while also reflecting on my own life choices and how often I choose "yes. Dec 29, Tracy Womack rated it did not like it. The writing style was annoying Very self centered and stream of thought based. I love her shows but didn't enjoy her book. At first glance, I'm not the obvious audience for this book: I've never seen even a single episode of one of Shonda Rhimes's shows.
I'm not bragging or anything—I'm just not a big TV watcher. So I didn't pick up Year of Yes because I was a big fan. I picked it up because the description resonated with me: Shonda and I are both introverts who have to work to force ourselves out of our comfort zone.
I've even done something similar to the Year of Yes already; a few years back, I chose a word of At first glance, I'm not the obvious audience for this book: I've even done something similar to the Year of Yes already; a few years back, I chose a word of intention for myself: No exceptions.
It was a great year, and I kept it up for a while longer, but eventually I fell back into my comfort zone, which is where I am ensconced at the present time.
I needed inspiration to get back out of it, and this book seemed like an ideal motivator. I have to admit, though, that I wasn't immediately drawn in.
The book is very well written, but Shonda's style grated at first. She takes a while to build up to whatever point she's making, adding many humorous stylistic flourishes along the way. Initially, it was a bit much for me, but eventually I got used to it and even began to enjoy it. Shonda became like that theatrical friend who always injects drama or performance into her conversations but can tell a story better than anyone.
Not surprisingly, the book also provided a lot of useful advice on saying yes. Shonda worked on saying yes to event invitations she would have turned down in the past, but she also worked on developing courage in her relationships, both personal and professional. My favorite quote was something like: We need to be able to have honest conversations with the people we're close to, even if those conversations are occasionally unpleasant, and the fact that she included so much of this in the book made it especially meaningful.
There were also chapters on saying yes to saying no—no to working too much, or to allowing people to take advantage of her. Obviously, for many of us, saying no can be just as important as saying yes, so all this was helpful too. There was also a lot of really interesting information on Shonda's creativity—how her work affects her life and vice versa. Her views on this subject were unique and fascinating to me, and a lot of it was really personal.
I appreciated how much of herself Shonda was willing to reveal; it made the whole book feel honest and real. If I had one complaint, it's that a few chapters didn't quite fit with the theme and seem to have been included just because Shonda had a lot to say on those particular topics.
But it was all still a fun read. If you're a fan of Shonda's shows, I can't see how you could fail to love this. But even if you're just looking for an entertaining, interesting look at a creative person's life and how she learned to shake it up, Year of Yes is definitely worth a try.
View all 11 comments. I watched maybe two seasons of Grey's Anatomy and then stopped. I watched two seasons of Scandal and then gave it up. I watched a few episodes of How to Get Away with Murder and then never watched any more. I think those shows are better than a lot of what's out there, but I just never found myself compelled to keep going.
I felt exactly the same way about this audiobook. I liked hearing Rhimes talk about her life in broad gestures, but that's all it was. In other memoirs that were hugely successful to me as a reader e. This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection and Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life I truly felt I was listening to an intimate reflection on parts of their lives.
I was moved, I laughed and I walked away feeling like I understood them more as a person. After listening to Year of Yes: She is very busy, she has three kids, she is shy, she has a large family, her parents are happily married, she identifies with Christina Yang from Grey's Anatomy and she considers herself a former pushover.
But I honestly felt like she did not release any of her true feelings into her memoir. It's as if she approached this memoir as a script with herself as the character she was writing about. I understand that Rhimes has used this overarching idea of saying 'yes' to things and that her decision to do this more often for a year changed her outlook on life.
That's great. But I kind of feel like I got as much information on the overall theme of the book from the title as I did from the book. As a self-help book, this fails, because there is very little actual advice beyond agreeing to things that scare you and being confident in your decisions. As a memoir, this was only marginally successful for me as a reader because it was mostly just broad strokes.
She included actual audio footage from a few speeches she gave and I thought that perfectly summed up the feeling I got from this book: Generally inspirational. Mildly introspective. A little bit of something for everyone. But it just wasn't a lot of anything for me. Jan 11, Erica rated it it was amazing Shelves: There's so much I want to say about this book but it appears I have no way to express myself.
I'd started to review it a few times but backspaced my words away. One review was a letter to Shonda, explaining why we should be friends. Nothing has felt right, though. All I can say that I felt an outpouring of love for this book. I wasn't necessarily in this to get pointers from her journey; I took my own version of that journey years ago and mine was much different and much shorter.
But I loved hearin There's so much I want to say about this book but it appears I have no way to express myself. But I loved hearing how she tackled it, I felt so enthusiastic for every success and I cringed at her setbacks, I felt invested throughout.
She and I have very little in common except for maybe our personal thoughts on getting married. I admire her for staying true to herself. I may be a little jealous, as well. Know your limits. Not your comfort zone -well, yes, know that, too, but by this point in the story, you should have figured that out- but your healthy boundaries.
That had been a huge stumbling block for me after I had started existing beyond my comfort zone - I overextended myself and wore myself out, as a result. I also made some poor choices that cost time, money, too much emotional work or all of the above. But now I know my limits and I appreciate that she shared that insight with her readers, as well. Shonda narrates her book and if you can handle audiobooks, I recommend listening to this one for that added nuance, flavor, and fun.
For me, this was a great way to begin a new year. Jan 08, Naoms rated it it was amazing Shelves: Originally Posted at: I love those women and they inspire me in every way, but do you know who my be all and end all of TV inspiration is? You gues Originally Posted at: You guessed it Shonda Rhimes! For the last few years I have convinced myself that I can do it, because Shonda has done it.
When I heard about her book I was excited! Through the roof, I was finally going to know something, anything about my idol excited. I picked this book up with anticipation and a slight tremor. A fear that Shonda would not be all that I hoped. Wrong, she is better. Year of Yes is a great book. Which may seem obvious, but is actually not a guarantee. Yes, I know Shonda is a great writer. But, writing great TV does not equal writing a great book! Especially, not a personal book where you are laying yourself, not your characters, but yourself bare to the world.
Shonda, yes we are on a first name basis I have basically read her diary, is funny. You get it. I listened to this as an audiobook. It was great, we gossiped and became best friends. But, seriously, there is a humor to this, a feeling of not taking herself too seriously. We know it. Just us girls sitting around the bar discussing her life, her accomplishments and her failures. I heard the confidence without bragging. The power without stomping all over others.
It inspired me, especially as a woman of color. Why hide it? Where she, herself, was a household name. Not just the lead actresses of her show, but Shonda Rhimes is a household name. Because, she said no to everything. And, we also just see Shonda and what makes her tick. What I love most about this book is that Shonda is so honest with her readers.
The truth of the matter is that success does not mean happiness. That is a tough pill that I personally had to swallow. All this time, since I was in high school, I have let a lot of things in life pass me by, because I always felt that if I got to where Shonda Rhimes currently is, I would be happy.
That nothing else would matter. You have to say yes to things, you have to meet people and you have to let the correct people into your life. You also have to say yes to saying no. You can do it now. You can open yourself up to adventure and fun and people, right now. Since reading this book I have said yes more often. Yup, once again, Shonda Rhimes has inspired me. I recommend this. Nov 15, Katie rated it really liked it. Oddly, I found the passages where she talks about being a parent to be the most powerful.
I loved the content, but I personally had trouble getting paster her writing style - again, I'm not familiar with her writing from her shows, but it often felt just a little bit cringy. Oct 24, J Beckett rated it really liked it Shelves: When her television programs began in March of , there was an enthusiasm that shook the series loving television world from its memory foam foundation.
I was hooked, growing, like the rest of society, agitated if my Thursday nights were interrupted by any alien force, chronic illness, category 4 hurricane, or massive transformer explosion. And the hits kept comin Long a fan of Shonda Rhimes, I was slow to read Year of Yes but I am glad I caved and got ensnared in her web of "low-key" genius. And the hits kept coming -- sort of: But a book?
Like her shows, Rhimes approached the writing of Year She invited us into her insecurities, into those corners of her life that were certain, and gave a teasing glimpse of coming attractions.