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The year of yes by Shonda Rhimes

Everyone’s got some greatness in them. You do. The girl over there does. That guy on the left has some. But in order to really mine it, you have to own it. You have to grab hold of it. You have to believe it.”- Year of yes

I am an avid reader, before this non-cancellation subscription called adulting I used to be able to read eight books a month. I now try to do one a month and when I manage two well that’s an excuse to spend time with my trusted lover (Merlot).

Recently I realized, much to my disappointment that I didn’t really read any black female authors something had to be done. So I challenged myself to fix this and the first book I read was that of the year of yes by Shonda Rhimes.

The book was so well written that it felt like I was having a conversation with her, in fact for the first time whilst reading a book I imagined the author’s voice. The writer in me related so much to the little girl who preferred the company of characters to that of real human beings.

She spoke so openly and truthfully about her choice not to get married but wanting to have children and the balancing act of her demanding career and being the best mom for her kids. She let so many career moms, who suffer from “the guilt” off the hook. She did this by letting them know it’s possible to have it all but you cannot do it all you need a team and a tribe to support you.

So many things stood out for me in the book but one that needs mentioning is how she was doing the things that made the pots come home but she wasn’t enjoying the success of it. It took her a while but now she finally enjoys the red carpets and magazine covers. How many of us are living our best lives but we are not enjoying the rewards thereof?

Without giving much away the author made me realize that as woman we need to be proud of our achievements and learn that celebrating our success does not equate to narcissism. The author challenges all of us to say yes to the things that scare us. After reading the book I did just that, letting the world into my writing space was my biggest fear but here I am barely a year later after reading the book with my own blog. Thanks Shonda (yep we are on a first name basis her and I).

I am an avid reader and always looking for new authors to explore please feel free to suggest some of your favorite authors.

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