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I Dare Me: How I Rebooted and Recharged My Life by Doing Something New Every Day Hardcover – November 5, 2013

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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

“A fun and accessible read for those looking to add excitement to their lives.”
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About the Author

Eight-time Emmy award-winner Lu Ann Cahn is a reporter for Philadelphia’s NBC10 News. Cahn often speaks on behalf of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America and Living Beyond Breast Cancer. You can join the I Dare Me Club on Facebook , share your own I Dare Me experiences, or watch the One Year of First Videos at Lu Ann's website.


 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Books; First Edition edition (November 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399161678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399161674
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #660,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Quaker on November 6, 2013
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I find most self-help books to be too repetitive and preachy, but this book by Lu Ann Cahn was different -- practical, relevant, fun, and yes, absolutely inspirational.

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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Haupt on November 15, 2013
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Lu Ann Cahn was a 53 year old wife, mother and consummate professional reporter who survived breast cancer, kidney cancer 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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ruth E. Estrich on November 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Great read and great message. We should all start daring ourselves to have recharged lives!!! Forget about saying yes to the dress, say yes to having a big and wonderful life, and this book will inspire you and get you on your way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By avid shopper on December 11, 2013
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Good book to jump start yourself if you are in a rut. Some ideas were silly but it was her project.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Renee Farrar on December 23, 2013
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The book is definitely a self-help book but it is a joyous book that takes to heart that how we see the day is about kick-starting our own attitude. For me personally, the added touch is the researched documentation that adds credibility to Ms. Cahn's daily adventures. This does not mean one feels they are reading a scientific documentation of our psyche. On the contrary, it is an adventure book that encourages the reader to make his or her own adventure. One finishes the book-no, one finishes each chapter going, "You know, I bet I can do this." I made changes after just two chapters. On my early daily walk with my dog, rather than just listening to the tune through my ear buds, I found a favorite spot in our park and did my own little morning dance. I now do that daily. It just added some spice to my morning routine. I find myself saying "yes" more to new experiences than saying "no". The book is a subtle way to deal with the word, "fear". My husband and I have agreed to a "first date" once a month. For that date, we rotate picking out something that we have both never done before. Our first date was going to a new restaurant. Our second was taking a drive to an area outside of town that we had never explored. Next month, we are going to an art gallery we have never been to in town. What Ms. Cahn's book does is open up the world to its daily "newness" that we tend to forget when we become adults. It promotes the life long habit of enjoying ones life by opening up our eyes, heart and soul to the all the wonders that are in front of us that we tend to overlook-big and small. She asks us to put our fears aside and jump into life-just like a small child who can't seem to get enough of the world.
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