And so I finished another book.
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
The reason I asked for this book last Christmas was that Shonda is a great storyteller. She is adult Disney filled with dramatic twists and epic female heroes. She created the modern day Wonderwomen with Olivia Pope & Analise Keating. (I don’t watch Grey’s Anatomy but I’m sure Meredith Grey is a celestial superhuman too). The book was to serve as my inspiration to be as successful and amazing as Shonda.
The first few chapters were a great background build ups to her life bubble and towards the mid section I started to feel disappointed. I thought Shonda was coming off a bit conceited. She praised her work left and right and it felt snobby she was invited to all these A list parties and rejecting her attendance. But in the later chapters, she taught me to realize that I shouldn’t be judging her own praise and success for herself. Too often we shy away from our accomplishments because we’re “afraid” of coming off cocky. But why should we? Hell, we bent sideways and backwards to get where we are with our own success and we have every right to put our hands to our waist and raise our chin above it all. We earned the right to feel good about kicking ass and taking names. As I salivated over each page in the end, I grew to appreciate her self-love more and more. Shonda taught me not to hide my strengths. Shonda gave me confidence and proved to me it’s not conceit.
I once believed I didn’t need a Year of Yes because I already did everything I wanted and went after what I desired, but her autobiography is so much more than just a journey into 18 months of saying Yes. It’s her insight to what loving yourself and the choices you make means. I’ve never related closer to someone who didn’t want marriage. She doesn’t need to justify it to anyone so why should I?
I’m so glad I finished the book during the last couple days as I’ve been on bed rest from getting my wisdom teeth pulled. I lost a couple of wisdom but gain a whole wealth of experience and knowledge through her journey.
Thank you Shonda -for the wisdom, the laughs, and opening up your life from the sacred pantry.
- Meditation by Marcus Aurelius
- Progress Report: arrived and ready to start once I can finally finish out the other 4 books I’ve started.
- The 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris
- Progress Report: I’m about a quarter through my re-read and now realizing I should also keep a log of all the activities instructed by Tim. So this one’s going to take a bit to finish. More of a marathon than a sprint.
- You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
- Progress Report: oy, self help books like these are just so hard to get through for me but I’m working it!
- Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
- Progress Report: arrived! on my next task once I finish out at least 2 more
- Wildcard by Marie Lu (out 9/18)
- The Purple Cow by Seth Godin
- The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
- Progress Report: Love love love! I’m halfway through and love the blend of history with tools to utilize in daily life.
Bonus: We Should All Be Feminist by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday Ready Player One by Ernest Cline [CODENAMED] My friend is writing a Trilogy and I’m beta reading Book 1 All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr