Six words were all it took to make Shonda Rhimes — the acclaimed writer and producer behind Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder — reimagine her entire life.
After her older sister bluntly told her, "You never say yes to anything," the TV showrunner set out to say yes to everything that scared her for an entire year.
Rhimes explores the lessons she took away from those 365 days spent outside her comfort zone in her new book, Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person.
“The years and years of saying no were, for me, a quiet way to let go," she writes. "Saying no was a way to disappear."
Here are seven yeses she had to embrace in order to regain control over her life and hone a strong voice outside of her TV scripts.