Yes Please

Yes please to Yes Please. I know Amy Poehler is a funny woman, but it was even better getting to “know” her from reading her memoir, Yes Please.

yes please amy poehler book cover


Once I got past the initial few chapters where she went on about how hard it is to write a book, I enjoyed reading about her comedy journey. In sum, “People don’t want to hear about the fifteen years of waiting tables and doing small shows with your friends until one of them gets a little more famous and they convince people to hire you and then you get paid and you work hard and spend time getting better and making more connections and friends. Booooring.”

Done, that’s it, now you don’t have to read the entire book. Just kidding! Amy (lol, as if we’re on a first-name basis) gave us way more insight than just her career. In fact, here are my favorite tidbits from Yes Please:

Instructions for How to Use This Book:

Saying “yes” doesn’t mean I don’t know how to say no, and saying “please” doesn’t mean I am waiting for permission. “Yes please” sounds powerful and concise. It’s a response and a request.

Laughing to Crying to Laughing

When you are pregnant you can get away with a lot of shit. Women really are at their most dangerous during this time. Your hormones are telling you that you are strong and sexy, everyone is scared of you, and you have a built-in sidekick who might come out at any minute.

 Parents Just do Understand (from her Mom)

Your female friends will outlast every man in your life.

Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend

You have to care about your work but not about the result. You have to care about how good you are and how good you feel, but not about how good people think you are or how good people think you look.

Time Travel

Your ability to navigate and tolerate change and its painful uncomfortableness directly correlates to your happiness and general well-being. See what I just did there? I saved you thousands of dollars on self-help books.

The Robots Will Kills Us All: A Conclusion

The only way we will survive is by being kind. The only way we can get by in this world is through the help we receive from others. No one can do it alone, no matter how great the machines are.

Basically, what I got out of this book was to watch Parks & Rec. I’ve seen the first season, which was kind of meh, but I understand that it only gets better. This is because Amy told us so, and my friend affirmed it.

Have you read Yes Please or do you watch Parks & Rec? What do you think of either (or both)?

Thanks for reading!

P.S. Here’s how I’m doing on the reading challenge. Slowly workin’ on it…

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