March: What I'm Reading + Giveaway
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.
I bought this book because like everyone else, I am a Shonda Rhimes super fan. The title really hooked me in as I love to say no. Growing up, we always joked that my mom automatically says "NO!" to everything no matter what, then she will listen to you and change her mind. I have become that person. I say no to EVERYTHING! I have become the old grump lady who would rather isolate so she can hang out at home with no pants on than go out on adventures with her friends. Long story short: I needed this book.
I loved learning all about Shonda's life!! Although I am younger and don't have kids, there were so many things that I could relate to. One point was this quote on being "lucky".
“Lucky implies I didn’t do anything. Lucky implies something was given to me. Lucky implies that I was handed something I did not earn, that I did not work hard for. Gentle reader, may you never be lucky. I am not lucky. You know what I am? I am smart, I am talented, I take advantage of the opportunities that come my way and I work really, really hard. Don’t call me lucky. Call me a badass.”
This book was like a wakeup call to me. It showed me that I needed to stop hiding behind things I deemed "safe". The more I say yes, the more vulnerable I am, the more I will grow.
HIGHLY recommend you pick up this book!!!
After suffering through eating disorders, the “glamorous” job that made her miserable, addiction, and relationships she thought she couldn’t ever leave, Melissa Ambrosini came out on the other side – with a mission to show other women how to conquer that inner mean girl – and now she owns her own business doing just that, is a bestselling author, and called a “self-help guru” be Elle magazine.
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*Winner will be chosen Friday, March 25th