Try Something New

July 23, 2014

Fort Wayne Women: It's easy to fall into familiar habits and mundane, every day routines, and it's easy to forget that simply trying something new can change your life. 

We can all relate to getting too much into the groove of things, making most weekdays a mundane, preplanned walk-through. And, we could all use some help breaking out of this cycle once in a while. Breast cancer survivor Luann Cahn shares her journey of trying something new every day for one year. After her battle with cancer, some would assume that Luann would have been awakened to embrace life as a precious gift. However, she found herself in a constant negative state. What turned her unhealthy outlook around was nothing any professional would prescribe.

After participating in a Polar Plunge for the first time, she had a revelation:

“We forget that “firsts” are like fresh air, fresh life. We forget that “firsts” are deliciously awakening. We forget how a “first” feels, the way your brain hums with satisfaction after a new experience.”

After taking this plunge, Luann began her year of “firsts.” These are just a few of them:

Day 6: Don’t say anything negative all day

Day 16: Start a conversation with a complete stranger

Day 24: Walk five miles in the cold

Day 44: meditation and journaling class

Day 52: start a daily journal

Day 66: drive the speed limit everywhere

Day 125: make a bouquet from garden

Day 204: learn to make sushi

We hope Luann’s story inspires you to try some new things! To read more from Luann’s journey of firsts, here’s a link to her blog.


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