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Find Your Fearless Self: Enter the #FearlessFirsts Sweepstakes

By September 2, 2016August 17th, 2021Community Well-being

Sometimes, we get stuck. No matter who you are, or what you’ve accomplished, we can forget how to tap into our best, most courageous, fearless selves.

I’ve personally felt stuck in my life, and I’ve faced cancer twice. I know how it feels to lose your way. I also know the rush of pulling yourself out of that place. I challenged myself to do something new every day for a year, a journey I documented in my book I Dare Me. I went on that crazy, wild, unpredictable daily journey, without leaving home or my job, and in the end, I got “unstuck”. Life opened up to possibilities again.

As you read this, I hope you’ll decide to go on your own adventure. That’s why I’ve teamed up with Independence Blue Cross — to dare you to take that first step with the #FearlessFirsts sweepstakes.

Sometimes the best way to jump start that journey is to face a real fear. We all have fears, but succumbing to them can prevent us from living our best lives. Facing them can lead to amazing things; studies show the courage we feel when we conquer a fear is transferrable to other goals and challenges in our lives. It’s how the snowball starts.

Nervous? That’s natural. But think of all the amazing things you’ve done in your life. Your biggest accomplishments probably required you to take a risk, and with risk there’s fear. But you faced it, and in that moment you tapped into your personal power. And you can do it again.

It also helps to have a team; cheerleaders to support you on your journey. Make us part of your team. We’re here for you, and we have three ways you can win and push yourself in our #FearlessFirsts sweepstakes.

1. Choose a challenge

For the next eight weeks we’ll dare you to pick one of our #FearlessFirsts challenges. We’ve picked some fears that are fairly common: Fear of water, fear of heights, and fear of speaking.

Enter our sweepstakes and you may win a personal adventure with me to help you face that fear. I’ll be right there to face it with you and cheer you on. We’ll do this together, you and me. For your chance to:

  • Take the plunge and face your fear of water – Enter between September 5 – 18
  • Stand up to your fear of public speaking – Enter between September 19 – October 2
  • Rise above your fear of heights – Enter between October 3 – 16

2. Face your own personal challenge

Maybe you have a different fear or challenge that’s personal to you; something you really want to conquer, but you need help. Enter our wildcard #FearlessFirsts contest. Tell us why it’s important for you to face this fear, and if you’re selected, we’ll help you do it. Enter between October 17 – 30 for a chance win.

3. Share your #FearlessFirsts

Even the simplest, silliest first time experiences, like eating a bug, planting your first herb garden, or learning to Skype, are all #FearlessFirsts that should be celebrated. Tell us about your daily dares, big or small, by using the #FearlessFirsts hashtag. We love pictures, too. Every week five people who share any first time experience with us will be chosen to win an I Dare Me book signed by me.

I know from my own experience, every time you do something for the first time, you create ripples of energy and possibilities that were not there before. Facing a fear for the first time is powerful, sometimes life changing. It reminds us how to tap into our personal power and helps us create more of the memorable life we want.

I can’t wait to learn about YOUR #FearlessFirsts and help support your daring adventure. I can promise you, the effort is worth it and you’ll reap your own personal rewards.



Lu Ann Cahn, Guest Blogger

Lu Ann Cahn is the author of the inspirational memoir I Dare Me, an entertaining look back on a year that changed everything for her. The book grew out of a blog called Year of Firsts, which chronicled this veteran journalist, mother and survivor’s daily adventures as she pushed herself to try something new for every single day – an effort to get her life “unstuck,” as her daughter put it. She went on this year long adventure while working her full time “day job” as an 8-time Emmy award-winning journalist with NBC10 News in Philadelphia. Cahn’s journey eventually led to a major career change. In December 2014, she left her 40 year career in broadcast news to dare audiences across the country and to help launch the next generation of communicators at Temple University. Cahn is now the Director of Career Services for Temple’s School of Media and Communication.