You Can Do It! The Merit Badge Handbook for Grown-Up Girls is exactly the sort of book that will give you that kick start to get out and do the sort of things you've always wanted to do or learn, but never quite had the time to try to conquer.
The book was begun by Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas, who, sadly perished in Flight 93 on September 11. Her two sisters, however, recognized the power of this motivational guide and completed it in her honor. And each chapter, or rather, activity is certainly written to get you inspired. An activity is outlined, badge steps to get you started are given, you're introduced to a mentor in the field and then you're given examples of how to go "beyond the badge."
Best of all, when you've completed the activity (Cooking, for example), there's a merit badge sticker to give yourself as a reward.
We love this book because it breaks down the seemingly impossible and makes it quite doable. Highly recommended.