Finding My Badass Self: A Year of Truths and Dares

Finding My Badass Self: A Year of Truths and Dares

by Sherry Stanfa-Stanley
Finding My Badass Self: A Year of Truths and Dares

Finding My Badass Self: A Year of Truths and Dares

by Sherry Stanfa-Stanley


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Fighting midlife inertia, Sherry Stanfa-Stanley chose to stare down fear through The 52/52 Project: a year of weekly new experiences designed to push her far outside her comfort zone. These ranged from visiting a nude beach with her seventy-five-year-old mother in tow to taking a road trip with her ex-husband—and then another one with his girlfriend. She also went on a raid with a vice squad and SWAT team, exfoliated a rhinoceros (inadvertently giving him an erection), and crashed a wedding (where she accidentally caught the bouquet). While finding her courage in the most unlikely of circumstances, Sherry ultimately found herself.
For midlifers, fatigued parents, and anyone who may be discontent with their life and looking to shake things up, try new things, or just escape, Finding My Badass Self is proof it's never too late to reinvent yourself—and that the best bucket list of all may be an unbucket list.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631522901
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 08/15/2017
Pages: 225
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sherry Stanfa-Stanley is a writer, humorist, and squeamish adventurer. She writes about her midlife escapades and other topics on Facebook. An empty nester after raising Son #1 and Son #2, she now indulges a menagerie of badly behaved pets.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Beginning xi


Chapter 1 Bellying Up to the Dance Bar 3

Chapter 2 Stranger of the Bride 8

Chapter 3 The Princess and the Pee 14

Chapter 4 Of Bunnies and Batteries 20

Chapter 5 Pizza Pie in the Sky 25

Chapter 6 Church Hopping 30

Chapter 7 I Will Survive 35

Chapter 8 Creepy Crawlers 39

Chapter 9 You're Getting Very Sleepy 43

Chapter 10 If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right 50

Chapter 11 The Woes of Waxing, Not So Poetic 54

Chapter 12 Just Shoot Me 59

Chapter 13 Hair Today-Gone Tomorrow 61

Chapter 14 Out on the Street 66


Chapter 15 A Match Made in Hell 75

Chapter 16 From Meetless to Meatless 82

Chapter 17 Riding Shotgun 87

Chapter 18 A Coulda-Been or a Wannabe 95

Chapter 19 Revolver 100

Chapter 20 Get Thee to a Nunnery 105

Chapter 21 Old Folks and New Friends 111

Chapter 22 Zip-a-Dee-Do-Dah 116

Chapter 23 Rocking It as a College Mascot 125

Chapter 24 Much a Doo-Doo About Nothing 129

Chapter 25 Honk If You Pretend to Like Mimes 131

Chapter 26 Baring It at the Beach 135

Chapter 27 Dining in the Dark 141


Chapter 28 I'm Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band) 149

Chapter 29 You Can Ring My Bell 163

Chapter 30 Crying over Spilled Paint 167

Chapter 31 Unplugged and Amish 172

Chapter 32 Frozen 181

Chapter 33 Turn Me On 185

Chapter 34 It's All Happening at the Zoo 188

Chapter 35 Let It Roll 195

Chapter 36 Tiptoe through the Tulips with Me 200

Chapter 37 Stranger Things Have Happened 206

Chapter 38 We All Float Down Here 211

Chapter 39 Pajama Party of One 217


Chapter 40 A Sitting Duck 223

Chapter 41 On the Ropes 230

Chapter 42 Catching a Flight to Nowhere 237

Chapter 43 An Italian/Irish/Ger man/French

Woman Walks into a Bar 246

Chapter 44 Going in Circles 250

Chapter 45 Coming Full Circle 256

Chapter 46 My Big Fat Greek Party 262

Chapter 47 A Segway into Catastrophe 266

Chapter 48 Running for My Life 274

Chapter 49 I Do Believe in Spooks 283


Chapter 50 Catching the Buzz 293

Chapter 51 Speed-Dating: Solo-Style 297

Chapter 52 Up, Up, and Await 306

Epilogue: The End-And a New Beginning 315

Acknowledgments 319

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