Bits-of-Joy #5

Take risks for joy. Sometimes just saying yes can set your whole life into motion. – Unknown

Yesterday I read Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. Most Americans know Shonda Rhimes from her phenomenal work in television – Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder to name a famous few. Whether or not you are familiar with her productions, Shonda’s Year of Yes is worth a read.

She shares how making the decision to say ‘yes’ for one year to anything that frightened or challenged her personally and professionally, not only changed her life but saved it. In a witty and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny way, she covers important topics about insecurity, playfulness, fear, love, courage, friendship, feminism, motherhood, weight…. the list goes on and I am doing a disservice by even trying to explain.

If you haven’t read it, I recommend you do.

Shonda’s Year of Yes is all about taking risks that ultimately lead to unexpected joy.

While my ‘risk’ and your ‘yes’ may never lead us to lunch with Oprah or fancy awards ceremonies, I’m willing to bet it will lead to unexpected joy.

What can you say ‘yes’ to today that might lead to joy – and set your whole life into new motion?


  1. Hi Janet, sometimes saying ‘yes’ is hard because we let fear take over. However, I like the idea of a Year of Yes and will look for the book. When we step out of our comfort zone we not only challenge ourselves and face our fears but we do find joy when we overcome our fears. A great reminder – thank you!


  2. Hi Janet,
    I’d heard of Year of Yes a while ago when I was researching books about year long experiments (probably not surprising that that’s a big passion of mine). Anyway, I heard about it but haven’t read it. I will now.

    What I’m saying yes to today – being finished with planning and angsting (not a word but should be) for at least the next two months.


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