What Defines Success….?

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My husband Phil gave me this card Friday,  my last day of my 40 year career as a news broadcaster.  It seems perfect to me  for so many reasons, including the fact that it reminds me of the beginning, the radio job I worked at writing scripts on a black Royal typewriter just like this with gold on the keys.

And when I was that 18 year old starting out, I’m sure I  dreamed of  cars and a big house and clothes .  I’m the daughter of a social worker and a secretary. I grew up in an extremely modest household.  My parents could not afford to send me to college, but somehow they did.

When One Door Closes…

Dear Friends,

My life’s work and passion since I was 18 years old is about to change, and it’s a big change. HUGE!  I’m about to embark on what is perhaps the biggest dare of my life; an ending and a new beginning. You all have been so supportive and encouraging in your own ways and I wanted to share this news with you personally in hopes that you will come along with me on this next life adventure.

First, I am leaving NBC10 WCAU, which has been my home for the last 27 years.

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FEAR: Taming Our Mental Bully

I’ve been thinking about FEAR lately. It comes up  in almost every discussion about daring yourself to try something for the FIRST TIME.image

There are legitimate FEARS. Jumping out of a plane?  Absolutely.  But that’s different.

I’m talking about  the kind of mental FEAR that bullies us, makes us cower, makes us think we are “less than” or not capable, or not worthy; the kind of fear that stands in our way of  achieving our life dreams…because our inner bully doesn’t want us to threaten the status quo even if we are miserable.

First leads to Silver Screen…..WHOA

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This is my childhood friend Lori Brickman.  We grew up together in Atlanta.   I don’t think we’ve seen each other…hmmm…maybe since high school…   

But she read I Dare Me and Dared herself right into the movies…  We’ll you’ll see. I love her story. Hope you do too.

Here it is in Lori’s own words:

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(This is her on the left playing a DOCTOR!)

 

To My Breast Cancer Friends…. And Beyond

image  I had the honor of speaking at the Living Beyond Breast Cancer Annual Conference this weekend.

I am a 23 year survivor of breast cancer.

23 years ago, before pink ribbons and all the marches, we were fighting for research dollars, fighting to have our voices heard.

We were naive back then. We thought we’d see breast cancer cured in 10 years if we just shouted loud enough.  We didn’t know breast cancer is not a one headed monster but a 10 headed beast…different in different women.

So, You Did the Ice Bucket Challenge? Next?

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Did you feel it?  I’m not talking about the icy cold water on top of your head.

I mean, did you feel that little rush? That little shot of adrenaline? That little feeling of surprise even though you knew it was coming?

That is what Firsts are like. That is what doing something new for the first time feels like.

The reason the ALS ice bucket challenge is so wonderful is that anyone can do it. Anyone can dump ice  water on your head….(I swear, my husband didn’t hesitate a second when I asked him to do it…hmmm)

“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.

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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?