One woman’s quest to do one new thing every day of the year, what she learned, and what we all can gain from her journey...
In 2009 veteran journalist and eight-time Emmy award winner Lu Ann Cahn was feeling angry and frustrated. The economy was tanking. Her job was changing. Budgets were being cut. She resented the new technology and social media she was being asked to embrace at work. In a word, she felt “stuck.”
Cahn’s daughter encouraged her to try blogging, and after some thought, she decided to write about trying something new every day for a year. Little did she know, that "Year of Firsts" would change her outlook on life.
For 365 days Cahn made a point of doing something she had never done before, some as simple as performing an old task in a new way, some creative and extreme:
Riding a mechanical bull Eating a scorpion
Speaking to a complete stranger on the street
Smoking a cigar
Shoveling horse manure
Zip-lining across a crocodile-infested Mexican lake
Spending a day in a wheelchair
Walking her dog backwards
Taking a drum lesson from a famous 80s rocker
In the process she discovered that "firsts" were the antidote to “stuck.” I Dare Me is Cahn’s journey, but it's more than just a memoir. It challenges readers to confront their own fears, and encourages them to try their own "firsts."
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Running with Strangers in Speedos: Firsts That Overcome Fears 1
Chapter 2 I Got a New "Ad-dee-tood": Firsts for Busy People 26
Chapter 3 Just Say "Yes": Invitation Firsts 43
Chapter 4 Go Somewhere! Do Something!: Firsts That Move You 62
Chapter 5 I Dare Me!: Adrenaline Rush Firsts 82
Chapter 6 Firsts in Class: Learning Firsts 105
Chapter 7 Facebook Is My Facelift: Firsts That Update You 123
Chapter 8 Catching Fireflies: Firsts for the Kid in You 141
Chapter 9 The Weird and the Wacky: Firsts You Probably Won't Do Again 161
Chapter 10 Good Karma: Firsts That Give Back 180
My Year of Firsts: A List 201
What People are Saying About This
"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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Lu Ann Cahn was a 53 year old wife, mother and consummate professional reporter who survived breast cancer, kidney cancer which and was now facing an economy where her profession was changing. In spite of weathering all those storms she was not a happy life camper and at the urging of her worried daughter decided to do something about it. I Dare Me is the culmination of that decision a compilation of her year of firsts. Was it scary, you bet. Does she regret even the things she failed at, not a chance; in fact it was the failures she most reveled. It’s a book full of not only the feats she accomplished but also a guide of how do to’s for her readers. It’s the kick in the butt some of us will need to finally try that challenge that’s been hanging over our heads for as long as we can remember. For others it’s the go-ahead that no you’re not too, old, scared, shy, weak or any of those humiliating titles we put on ourselves. It’s the in-your-face absolute truth that the biggest obstacle is ourselves. Have you ever been in a rut, of course you have and you know what, as you get older those ruts could even possibly effect your health. So as you sit on the couch and read this consider Lu Ann Cahn’s journey through her many trials in her personal and her professional life. She will inspire you to “do”; she will tell you “how-do”, she will let you in on her secret fears and how illuminating it was to conquer them. I think the best quote in the book sums it all up when she says in the introduction “Firsts are the antidote for being stuck.” This is the perfect self-medicine for your own reading shelf, to go back to and get that kick every so often when you need it. It would also make the perfect gift for anyone your worried about who needs a little push themselves. But don’t just give the book; share in the firsts with them too! Lu Ann, thank you for sharing yourself with us for your year of firsts. I think you’ve just pushed me out of that easy chair, finally.
I heard of this on the bob and sherri show! I like the things she wants to do.