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I Dare Me: How I Rebooted and Recharged My Life by Doing Something New Every Day Paperback – 5 Nov 2014
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"I love the bold and brave spirit of this book -- along with its wit, warmth, honesty, and endearing sense of fearless self-deprecation. In these pages, the author has packed not only a year of courage, but more than enough for a lifetime. I think (and hope) that her journey will inspire many others like it!"
--Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things
"I loved Lu Ann Cahn's I Dare Me! This is a book that can change your life--if you let it! Her Year of Firsts inspired me, as does the story of her life! A must-read for every woman I know!"
--Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling author"Lu Ann Cahn has written a delightful and helpful guide to all the ways large and small to unstick your life. Even if you don't want to eat a grasshopper."
--Delia Ephron, author of Sister Mother Husband Dog "Everyone needs a best friend like Lu Ann Cahn - the bold, spontaneous, zany-in-a-good-way friend - who dares you to do what you would never otherwise consider but makes it look so fun you just have to give it a go. You might curse her name while up on that mechanical bull, but you'll end up thanking her for shaking up your life. Packed with laughter, shrieking, and the thrill of the new, I Dare Me is an irresistible guide to making every day an adventure."
--Patty Chang Anker, author of Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave "First first? Buy this book. Then take in Cahn's spirit and try out her plan. It can only do you good."
--Judith Sills, Ph.D., author of The Comfort Trap or, What If You're Riding a Dead Horse "I Dare Me is hilariously inspiring. This book will motivate you step out of your comfort zone and take more life-changing chances to increase your life fulfillment and happiness quotient! You will fall in love with Lu Ann's charm and story-telling style, that is not just entertaining but empowering to say the least!"
--Jen Groover, author of What If & Why Not? "Lu Ann Cahn has taken the concept of 'falling into a rut' and conquered it in the most humorous and accessible way. From plunging into the ocean on New Year's Day to eating desserts all day long, she made her year of 'firsts' into a guide for anyone who needs to recharge, reboot and find the joy in the quotidian."
--Ellen Lubin-Sherman, author of The Essentials of Fabulous
About the Author
Veteran journalist and eight-time Emmy award-winner Lu Ann Cahn is a reporter for Philadelphia's WCAU-TV. She's currently working on special in-depth projects and exclusive high profile interviews for NBC10 News at 11p.m. Lu Ann is admired by her colleagues and viewers for her personal story of beating breast cancer at the age of 35. By going public with her struggle and determination in overcoming this disease, she raised awareness and impressed upon millions of women the importance of breast self-exam and mammography testing. Her 1992 special report, "Breast Cancer: My Personal Story," won her a national Clarion award and two Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmys.Cahn is an honorary board member of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America and serves as the annual emcee of the foundation's main fundraising event, the Renaissance Ball. She also works extensively with Living Beyond Breast Cancer.
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At just 200 or so pages, it's an easy read. The set-up is brief. Emmy award winning reporter Lu Ann Cahn describes the "rut" she was in personally and professionally as the weak economy and growth of new media were changing the rules around her. In a brief introduction, she describes the nudge she received from her daughter to try something new -- not once, or once a week, but every day for a year. Not knowing quite what she was in for, she agreed and literally took the plunge, starting on January 1, 2010 with a "polar bear swim" in the Atlantic Ocean.
From there, the book takes off, packed with one story after another of how doing something new opened her eyes and changed her outlook and attitude about every aspect of her life.
The consummate reporter, Cahn has done some research into why doing something new had such a profound impact on her. The book is NOT a laundry list of 365 activities (that's saved for the appendix in the back, or available on her blog). Rather, it's organized along psychological principles of how being open to new experiences can help you change your perspective, conquer your fears, uncover opportunities, meet new people, etc.
But it's by no means preachy. Packed with short stories and anecdotes, it's just a fun read. And yes, inspirational. I dare YOU to read it and not end up a little more open to new experiences yourself.