Year_of_yesI keep a running list of memoirs that look interesting to me. Writer, producer, and showrunner Shonda Rhime’s book, Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person, has been on that list for a while now. I haven’t read it yet, but when I looked up the book to find out more, I came across this timely BookPage feature from January of last year that mentions three books for people who could use a dose of inspiration. Rhimes’ book, Year of Yes, was one of the three.

In it, Rhimes discusses her own anxiety and self-doubt, as well as her struggle with body image and her relationship with food, another topic on many of our minds at this time of year. She overcame them when she learned to say yes to life and opportunities she had always previously, fearfully, rejected.

We can all use a dose of inspiration, especially in January when our minds and spirits are extra attuned to new beginnings and possibilities. We are thinking about goals, resolutions, and dreams right now, so utilize and feed on wise and inspiring stories like this. Let their words propel and motivate you. Push away past fears and self-doubt so that 2017 might be the year you write the book you’ve always wanted to write.

Find out more about Year of Yes in this Washington Post review. If you read the memoir, please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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