May 2018 Book Club Reading: Year of Yes

May 2018 Reading

Year of Yes details famous TV-show creator Shonda Rhimes’s change from introversion to socialite by saying “Yes” to anything for a full year and how she was finally able to face her fears and start loving herself.

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In the month of May 2018, we are reading Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. We encourage you to share your questions, comments, and thoughts on the book in the comment section below.  This text is timeless, so join the conversation whenever the book finds its way to you.

Let’s get the conversation started…

  1. Can you think of a time when you let an opportunity slip away all because you couldn’t find the courage to say yes?
  2. Every kid has a dream, fantasy, or talent they want to pursue.   The “I want to be blank when I grow up.” What was yours? Are you living it today? If not, why?
  3. Shonda describes being at an event and noticing that not a single woman in the room could handle being told they are awesome. Why do you think women are reluctant to take glory in their achievements or appear arrogant even when they’ve earned it?
  4. People do what they like to do. So what is it that consumes most of your free time? If money wasn’t an object, how would you spend your time?
  5. Do you think it is more of a challenge for black people to socialize with coworkers outside of work? Do you have a “work” persona that is different from your “play” persona?
  6. Shonda writes that when she does something, she really does it and throws herself into to 100 percent. What would you do if you we’re restricted by fear?
  7. What is your version of a happy ending?

What questions have come up for you while reading Year of YES? Share them below.

Learn More about Shonda Rhimes and Year of Yes

Shonda Rhimes’s Dartmouth Commencement Speech:

Shonda Rhimes’s TEDTalk “My Year of Saying Yes to Everything” :



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  1. In retirement I am having a chance to live many years of YES. I never thought about a happy ending being the wisdom of age, but it really is. Life seems clearer, friends deeper, faith stronger, worldly recognition less important. Too bad there is so much energy expended in avoiding aging. There are wonderful gifts in age.

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    1. Wow! Thats a great perspective! That’s how life should be after all, filled with joy from happy endings. It’s interesting the sentiment around aging. I wonder if it has something to do with the “loss” of freedom and vitality that comes with youth. And when I say “loss”, I mean of course the narrative that we are losing those things the older we get. It is immensely refreshing to think about aging as a wonderful process with an abundance of wisdom, faith, and clarity. I appreciate you helping me to begin to see in it a positive light!


      1. I am glad. I find that I have gained much more than I have lost as I have aged. One of the best gifts has been a deepening of my intellect, allowing me to make connections between ideas, events and books in a way which eluded me in my youth.


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