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I Dare Me:How I Rebooted and Recharged My Life by Doing Something New Every Day by Luann Cahn

Title: I Dare Me: How I Rebooted and Recharged My Life by Doing Something New Every Day, Author: Lu Ann CahnI Dare Me. Finished 9-22-16, rating 4.5/5, non-fiction, 220 pages, pub. 2013

Veteran journalist and cancer survivor Lu Ann Cahn was feeling angry and frustrated. The economy was tanking. Her job was changing. In a word, she felt “stuck.”

Something had to change. Her daughter helped convince her to start a “Year of Firsts.” For the next 365 days, Cahn made a point of doing something she had never done before, every day. Before she knew it, her whole perspective on life had changed. In this inspiring book, Lu Ann recounts how a new “first” everyday brought excitement and wonder back into her world. And more than that, she helps readers see how they can do it too.

• Participate in a Polar Bear Plunge
• Speak to a complete stranger on the street
• Zip-line across a crocodile-infested Mexican lake
• Spend a day in a wheelchair
• Learn to Hula Hoop                  from Goodreads

I Dare Me by Luann Cahn was the perfect choice for the early morning plane ride   This woman did something new EVERYDAY for a year and documented it.  One of the earlier chapters was about the things she’d done to conquer her fears and she mentioned flying. I found the book inspirational.

Her point, “You don’t have to run away from home to change your life” is one that resonated with me. In a way it relates to the 30 day challenges that Jason and I are doing this year (if you haven’t been keeping up with the other blog, I wrote a book last month!).  I might even make one of the months a Something New Everyday month, we’ll see.

Because she was a reporter she did have access to many firsts in her daily life that many of us would not, so it that aspect it might have been easier for her to find exciting things, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t all have things we haven’t done, big and small.  A few of her smaller ones (and she lists all 365) are drinking a Red Bull, learn to put on fake eyelashes, and eats desserts all day (she doesn’t recommend this one!).  Her list is just a starting point for inspiration.

Read this book, follow me in my 30 Day Challenges –  let’s live an inspired 2017!

December 5, 2016 - Posted by | 4 1/2 Star Books

6 Comments »

  1. I love your 30-Day challenge idea. I think it would be interesting to try and do one new thing each day. I imagine this book could give you some ideas of ‘firsts’ to try but if you sat down and really considered it, you’d be able to come up with plenty of things on your own as well.

    Comment by clicksclan | December 5, 2016 | Reply

  2. That would be a great 30 Day Challenge!

    Comment by BermudaOnion | December 5, 2016 | Reply

  3. Hi Stacy, looks like a good one! It would be great if you added your review to the Books You Loved: Dember/January collection over at Carole’s Chatter. If you would like to join in the fun please schedule a reminder for the first Wednesday of each month. The collection starts at 7am New Zealand time – which is probably some time Tuesday your time Cheers

    Comment by Carole from Carole's Chatter | December 6, 2016 | Reply

  4. I read a book vaguely similar to this one. It’s called Alphabet Britain. The author, Lucy Feltham, spent anywhere from a day to several days with British subcultures. starting with A and going all the way to Z. Pretty interesting. She’s working on getting it published.

    Comment by Lloyd Russell | December 7, 2016 | Reply

  5. […] of them. Although I will probably dip into I Dare Me from time to time for inspiration.  This reporter tried something new every day for a […]

    Pingback by End of the Year Survey « Stacy's Books | December 27, 2016 | Reply

  6. […] month (and possibly beyond) my challenge is inspired by the book I Dare Me by Luann Cahn. I read Leann’s story of a year of firsts and loved the idea of changing your life by doing […]

    Pingback by A month of Firsts - My 30 Day Challenges | June 7, 2017 | Reply


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