Review: Year of Yes


Yes! Sharing another review while the book is still relevant and on everyone’s minds!  Today I’m reviewing Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person.

With three hit shows on television and three children at home, the uber-talented Shonda Rhimes had lots of good reasons to say NO when an unexpected invitation arrived. Hollywood party? No. Speaking engagement? No. Media appearances? No.

And there was the side-benefit of saying No for an introvert like Shonda: nothing new to fear.

Then Shonda’s sister laid down a challenge: just for one year, try to say YES to the unexpected invitations that come your way. Shonda reluctantly agreed―and the result was nothing short of transformative. In Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes chronicles the powerful impact saying yes had on every aspect of her life―and how we can all change our lives with one little word. Yes. (Goodreads)

I’m thrilled to give Year of Yes five out of five stars.

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Travel Spotlight: Santiago, Chile


Santiago, Chile

February 2016

Length of Visit: 2 days


Ah, Santiago. The last stop on our glorious eighteen-day trip through South America in 2016.  After a few days on the idyllic Easter Island and a few more exploring the Atacama Desert, heading back to the city was a change, but a pleasant one.  We spent a couple of days ambling through Chile’s capital at a slower pace, simply enjoying our time there. Not a bad way to finish our adventure.

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Happy New Year!


Happy 2017! How was your New Year’s Eve?  Ours was quiet and perfect.  As long as I get to ring in the new year with L, I’m happy.

2017 promises to be another exciting year, and I’ve decided to set some goals to keep me mindful and purposeful this year:

+ Blog consistently – at least once per week

+ Complete a 2017 reading challenge (details coming Wednesday!)

+ Visit at least one new country

+ Add a light arm workout to my cardio regime

+ Stay relaxed throughout the rest of the wedding planning process so I can really enjoy this part of our lives

All in all, these seem like pretty attainable goals, but they all link back to things that make me very happy and add a lot of richness to my life.  I hate the idea of punitive New Year’s Resolutions, but I love the idea of focusing on myself and my life and the positive things in it, and making every day intentional and great.

Make it a great one, everyone.



Today, I am reminded to give thanks for all of the good that the world has been brought into my life, and for all of the challenges that I have overcome to be a stronger woman. I am thankful for my partner, my family, my friends, and you, my readers.

I’ll be back on Monday with another travel recap, but for now, have an absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving.