The Year of Yes

Shonda Rhimes’ The Year of Yes

“They tell you: Follow your dreams. Listen to your spirit. Change the world. Make your mark. Find your inner voice and make it sing. Embrace failure. Dream. Dream and dream big. As a matter of fact, dream and don’t stop dreaming until your dream comes true. I think that’s crap. I think a lot of people dream. And while they are busy dreaming, the really happy people, the really successful people, the really interesting, powerful, engaged people? Are busy doing.”

My college roommate and best friend, Andreina, can tell you that I spent a large chunk of freshman year binge watching Grey’s Anatomy. Shonda Rhimes really found a way to draw me (and most other people I knew) into this smart, interesting, and emotional show. I wasn’t surprised that her book had the same affect on me. A big Peace Corps motto is to always say yes. Don’t shy away from new opportunities, because that’s our hot spot to really get to embrace this experience and learn new things. Shonda Rhimes is an example of a woman I admire for her ability to say “ef” society and “ef” luck- I’m going to do me and make things happen. It’s like this book was written for Peace Corps volunteers.