In less than a week, the kids head back to school and I will place order back into my life. But I confess: within that order (such as it was) last spring, I was feeling a bit of emptiness and a lot of feeling stuck. However, after reading Finding My Badass Self – A year of Truths and Dares by the delightful Sherry Stanfa-Stanley, this gem of a book has inspired me to get off my ass and maybe even out of my comfort zone.
Fine – you won’t find me riding shotgun on a drug bust here in Dallas, and I’m still not down for a Brazilian wax. But I will try some things that I’ve been putting off because I’m an introvert and new people intimidate me.
Read on to discover more AND enter my giveaway to win a copy for yourself!!
Finding My Badass Self: A Year of Truths and Dares by Sherry Stanfa-Stanley
Published by She Writes Press on August 15th 2017
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Fighting midlife inertia, Sherry Stanfa-Stanley stares down fear through The 52/52 Project: a year of weekly new experiences designed to push her far outside her comfort zone. Her escapades range from visiting a nude beach with her seventy-five-year-old mother in tow to going on a raid with a vice squad and SWAT team to crashing a wedding (where she accidentally catches the bouquet). While finding her courage in the most unlikely of circumstances, Sherry ultimately finds 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.
Brutally honest, a bit self-deprecating and funny as hell, author Sherry Stanfa-Stanley’s tales of her year of adventures and escapades will leave you laughing out loud, cringing in solidarity – and inspired to take on a few adventurous challenges yourself.
From the seemingly mundane (painting her condo or unplugging from technology for a week) to the outrageous (visiting a nude beach with her 75-year-old mother) to the downright terrifying (going on a ride along – and a drug bust – with the police, which I equate right up there with caring for quadruplets), each tale is wonderfully written in a conversational style dosed with a sprinkle of tongue-in-cheek humor. While each challenge gets its own chapter, this book is perfect to consume in short bites – but I bet you won’t be able to put it down.
I love it for its honesty and her ability to laugh at herself. Some of her experiences achieve more successful outcome than others but all attest to what we can gain when we push ourselves just a wee bit outside our comfort zone. This book just might serve as inspiration to recover one’s own lost bit of “badass”. Looking down the nose of 50, I’m making my own list now.
Sherry, if you’re ever in Texas, look me up. There’s a wake-board park nearby that I’m working up my courage to try.
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Sherry Stanfa-Stanley took herself outside her comfort zone – and learned a lot about herself in the process. What “badass” thing would you try if you could work up the courage?