Have you heard about the book, Year of Yes – How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person!? A friend recently recommended this book as a fun and interesting read. It’s rare that I laugh out loud when reading a biography but oh boy did I laugh over and over again as I devoured this book. As a single self-employed working mother, I don’t have much spare time to sit and read but this book I couldn’t put down. It was a wonderful break from diaper changing and nursing. But enough about me – I’m recommending this book because aside from being utterly entertaining it also has some profound, positive and helpful tips (especially if you are an introvert). Shonda talks about motherhood, relationships, diversity, body image and work pressures in such a real and refreshing way. In addition to be fully engaging, I was more importantly moved and empowered by her wisdom, wit and transparency. Would love to hear your thoughts after reading it.
I was introduced to this book during my coaches training program back in 2012. I couldn’t put it down, the stories the author shared evoked every emotion within me. Excitement, anger, fear, joy, compassion, curiosity, inspiration . . . I could go on. I shared it with everyone I talked to though gradually as time went by and life’s ordinary routines took over like many interesting yet unfamiliar ideas, the books wisdom faded from my mind. That is until recently when I attended a two day retreat focused on the challenging yet so important concept of shifting from a mindset of scarcity to sufficiency. All around me, everyday almost in every moment there is something reminding me that money, time, resources, and/or relationships are scarce. I don’t enjoy operating from scarcity yet it is so familiar and almost expected that it is often where my mind goes. So I went back to look at all the highlighted pages and folded corners in her book to remind myself that there is in fact another perspective I can take.
“In the pursuit of more we overlook the fullness and completeness that are already within us waiting to be discovered. Our drive to enlarge our net worth turns us away from discovering and deepening our self-worth.”