Shonda Rhimes- Year of Yes

Hi everyone,

As some of you may know I am a HUGE Shonda Rhimes fan. I am obsessed with Grey’s anatomy and basically want to be like Shonda when I grow up. (haha) When I heard that her book “Year of Yes” was released I rushed to get my own copy. Anything that has been written by the Genius who brought us the most unbelievable medical series (totally my opinion, but still) must be great. Which is why I am EXTREMELY excited to be writing this review on such a wonderful book.

*warning* if you are a huge reader and only read novels that are 1000 pages or more than this book may not be for you but if you are someone like me, who needed a blast of inspiration. Who needed something to relate to. Who is sick of cliches like “think positively” then this book is DEFINANTLY for you!

In short, “Year of Yes” is about how Shonda managed to change her life around by saying yes to all the things that scared her. While this in itself is a fantastic triumph, her book did so much more for me. It gave me a complete inside to this woman and gave me a better and deeper understanding of the shows that have done so much for me in my life. I started watching Grey’s anatomy when I was writing my final exams in Matric. My incentive for studying would be to watch an episode (or 2) of the show afterwards. I rewarded myself with Shonda. Ever since, I have always had a special relationship with the characters in Grey’s because they have been there, helping me to keep going, no matter what.

There are many components that make this book a good read. But what I think makes this book special, is Shonda’s honesty. She completely allows the reader into her life. She doesn’t hide from the reader rather she speaks to you as a friend. And on top of that, any Shonda fan will recognise her style of writing from any one of her brilliant shows. She writes her book like she writes TV, and this makes it relatable because you feel like you already know her.

The book starts off with a Cristina Yang quote “If you want crappy things to stop happening to you, then stop accepting crap and demand something more” When something starts off with Cristina’s wise words, you know it’s going to be good! Cristina was and will always be my favourite Grey’s anatomy character and after reading this book and understanding why she was Shonda’s favourite too, my understanding of her has grown tremendously.

After reading this book, I want to say yes to things. I want to make my life better, I want to succeed. Perhaps I enjoyed this book so much because it landed in my hands during a time I really needed a life or because I am just such a fan of the author. But either way I am very happy that I now own this book and can refer to it whenever I please. There are so many encouraging words throughout the book, so many moments that I caught myself going “wow, that is just so true” so many times I wanted to dance it out because it made sense. IT MADE SENSE! It wasn’t some far fetched self-help book where you need to breathe and visualise a beach. It was raw and honest. It acknowledged the crappy side of life and then just kicked its ass!

Do yourself a favour and indulge in this book. Let yourself be moved. Allow yourself to want to make a better life for yourself.

“I am different. I am an original. And like everyone else, I am here to take up space in the universe. I do so with pride”- Shonda Rhimes.

*lights out*

Natalia

xxx

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My big fat Greek wedding 2 (2016)

“Telegram, Telephone, Tel-a-greek”

Yesterday I decided it was time to visit the movies. I have been saying how much I wanted to go see “my big fat greek wedding 2” for so long now and I decided that it was now time to put my actions into words. It has been 14 years since the first movie was released. How do you create a sequel for a movie that came out before the iPhone was even released?

I loved My big fat greek wedding. It was such a feel good movie with loads of heart and laugh out loud worthy moments. The second movie lives up to the essence of the first. Watching how the big greek family that we all love has developed over time brings back such nostalgia that the first movie set up so well. Gus and Maria are still the warm, welcoming parents that love their children unconditionally. Aunt Voula still has plenty of words of wisdom to share and Toula and Ian are now the parents of a typical teenager who is just looking to find her place in the world.

The second movie is full of heart and “awww” moments which make it so lovely to watch. I feel that so many movies today are made with huge action sequences and loads of explosives but lack moments of sentiment and feeling. It’s great that we can blow peoples heads off and visual effect departments can create these massive, out of this world, explosions but what happened to heartfelt, date night, old school romantic movies that make you leave the cinema with a smile on your face because it was just so sweet and happy?

Our favorite Greek family is just as greek as ever and I must admit, I loved watching a family who is so proud of their traditions and origins. They stick by each other no matter what and it is so refreshing to watch a movie about what being a family really means- sticking together no matter how tough it gets.

When I go to the movies, I want to leave feeling happy and uplifted not depressed and freaked out. Yes opinions differ and we need action packed movies to satisfy the adrenaline junkies out there but that shouldn’t mean that the old school romantic comedy should get any less attention. I left the cinema feeling like I had the most wonderful afternoon. I laughed, I cried and I had fun. What more can you ask for?

*lights out*

Natalia

xxx