Intentional Living
Year of Yes | Book Review
March 7, 2018
Year of Yes book on table with glasses.

I love this book. I love Shonda Rhimes. I love everything about this story. I loved the way the book made me feel while I was reading it and the motivational hang-over it left me with. I rarely re-read books, but this is one I will pick up again for sure!

Year of Yes Book Review

This book is so ballsy. Shonda puts it all out there in Year of Yes including her flaws, insecurities, and crazy internal dialogue. Talk about vulnerable. She takes a stand and chooses herself first in this wonderful accounting of her year of yes.

Shonda transformed herself into a whole new person in one year simply by saying yes. Yes to her health, yes to her success, yes to getting uncomfortable, and yes to valuable and fulfilling personal relationships.

The story is wonderful and the personality of the writer is great. The writing is a bit rambly in places, but the pacing is pretty good.

I highly recommend this to all women. It’ll change your perspective and remind you of how awesome you are and easy it is to let your life slip away from you.

Year of Yes Synopsis

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.


About author

Heather Cooan

Heather is a marketing executive turned nutrition counselor, consultant, and educator. Heather is currently a Nutrition Therapist Master and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner candidate and advocates for informed consent, bodily autonomy, and self-directed healthcare. She speaks and writes on nutrition and lifestyle interventions for improved health and wellness. Heather successfully avoided radiation and chemotherapy and healed her body of vulvar cancer utilizing a food-as-medicine approach combined with conventional interventions such as surgery. Heather has also put two autoimmune diseases into remission (Hashimotos and Lichen Sclerosus) and reversed estrogen dominance, insulin resistance, atherosclerosis, and fatty liver through diet and lifestyle change.

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