“Happy Campers” Do Firsts!

Alvina Peat is an interpersonal skills workshop designer.  But she was  a little nervous  designing a backyard camp out night and getting personal with nature.    Enjoy her story and pictures below.   

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I just want you to know how I’ve been inspired by your personal journey. I too had an “I dare me” experience this weekend.

I hosted a camp out at my home. My daughter, nieces and I slept outside in the backyard. I was a bit nervous. Who the heck am I kidding, I was shaking in my sleeping bag! :-) Never in my 50 years have I done such a thing.

Life and the Art of Sand Sculptures

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If you’ve read I Dare Me you know that once a year we join my husband’s side of the family on St. Augustine Beach.  And for the last 10 or so years I’ve been in charge of the annual day long sand sculpture project.

Generally ” Aunt Lu Ann” gathers ideas from all those ages 16 and under, we debate, we vote, we design and then we build.

We have built magnificent castles, a sea turtle, a mermaid, a dragonfly and one year we did Squarepants Sponge Bob .  (Squarepants came out kind of flat.  He was our biggest sand flop. )

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow, I Dare Me FIRST

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I’ve always thought Andrea Lawful was a pretty daring woman. She says what she thinks and I love that about her.

Now she insists I Dare Me has inspired her latest dare…well, a HAIR DARE.

Here’s the BEFORE…Read on for the AFTER…in Andrea’s own words.

 

 

For a few years now, I have been a part of this group called Damsels In Success and within the nucleus of these dynamic women, sat LuAnn Cahn who I just found to be sweet, gracious and an avid seeker of truth.

Creating Space for Something New

This week I reclaimed a small space in my house. It’s about 4 by 4 in our 2nd bedroom (we only have 2). It’s  just enough room for a cardboard table I’ve turned into a desk and a spare chair I had in our bedroom.

imageI know this is where I begin to work on NEXT.

What is NEXT in this I DARE ME adventure?  Honestly, I’m not sure. There are so many possibilities and directions to go in…writing projects, speaking engagements, teaching , back to school?

The FIRST that Nearly Made Her CRY

 

Dorene Reinhardt read I Dare Me and dared herself and her husband to “take a hike”…haha…. Here’s her guest blog

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I decided to make a list of “firsts” to try or if the opportunity presented itself, it would become a first.

My husband and I had planned a trip to Arizona and Las Vegas. I told him that we should go beyond our regular walking and go hiking, do something different.

 

Keep in mind that we could walk 4 to 5 miles and exercise regularly.

Clean Your Closet? Then You Can Do Anything!

imageYesterday,  I just stared at my mess of a closet for awhile  feeling overwhelmed.

Ugh. I don’t want to do this. I HAVE TO DO THIS!

Winter clothes were mixed up with Spring clothes, mixed up with stuff I hadn’t worn in years.  I stepped over piles of shoes and purses that were beat.

I looked at a favorite top that I’d worn for 10 seasons and would wear for 10 more if my husband hadn’t said “Really? You’re still wearing that?”

Lessons from CAMPOWERMENT

I just came home from spending 3 life changing days at Campowerment.

imageFirst, I want to say, I don’t say “life changing” lightly.  It just is.

This morning I sorted and organized my mail with new techniques I learned. I walked my dog Star with my new interval walking program. I started putting in motion some of the next exciting pieces of my life.

I came home with memories of jumping in a lake, climbing a tree and pushing myself off the top to zip line…ahhhhhh.  Dancing ’til I couldn’t catch my breath…laughing out loud like a kid.

Dare Your Mom on Mother’s Day

This week we celebrated my daughter Alexa’s 27th birthday  and I made her a homemade birthday cake.   ” Wow” , she said, “You made this?”  It surprised me she didn’t remember SHE was the one who got me to take a “bake a cake from scratch” lesson four years ago.  It was one of 365 Firsts during my year of  firsts.

imageShe was the one who kicked me in the butt to begin with and convinced me to start a blog, to do something new every single day. Without Alexa’s insistence ….I Dare Me would never have existed…never would have  happened.

Big Firsts in the Big Easy

imageIt’s our 32nd Anniversary. And we decided to celebrate with a big FIRST in New Orleans.  I’d never been.  It’s been over 20 years since Phil set foot in NOLA.

Now I believe you don’t have to spend a dime or travel anywhere to do wonderful FIRST time adventures.

But  (okay, this sounds a little nuts) I love smelling new air sometimes.  And as soon as I got off the plane in NO I knew I loved it…immediately the smell of water…the sea and then the most delicious aromas hit you.  We indulged in the fried dough of beignets of every sort.

I Dare You to Start Your Own I Dare Me Club

These are the lovely, talented , awesome members of the Damsels in Success.

imageWe call it DIS for short.  Not a great acronym but hey…it works for us.

Our fearless leader  Philadelphia Kelly Green brought us together, women from every profession and walk of life, to share, connect and unwind at a monthly dinner meeting.  What’s said at the table stays at the table.  It gets pretty interesting sometimes.

Up until last month, our main activity was talking and eating, (which I have to say are really my two favorite things.)