Patty Chang Anker is a change agent in this world.

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About Patty

About Patty

Author, Speaker, Blogger, Mom

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The Book

The Book

The surprise of my life was that facing fears was a path to joy. Some Nerve (“Downright inspiring,” Oprah.com; finalist, Books for a Better Life Award) is the story of ordinary people becoming braver than they ever imagined.

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The Blog

The Blog

All about trying new things and making changes in midlife.

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Facing Forty Upside Down

Patty Chang Anker, author of SOME NERVE: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave, blogs about facing fears, making changes, and creating more happiness in midlife.

NEXT ACTS: A Some Nerve Workshop for Reinventing Moms

NEXT ACTS: A Some Nerve Workshop for Reinventing Moms

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on Feb 2, 2016

If there’s one thing I know, it’s what it feels like to be a reinventing mom. It takes a special kind of courage to set new goals after years of focused parenting and to achieve them while balancing the needs of others. I can’t wait to lead a Some Nerve workshop especially for moms: Friday, February 26 9 am – 12 noon Purpl 52 Main Street Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706 $68 Register Here Workshop description below – please share with the moms in your life – and if you’re a mom looking for more, I hope to see you there! NEXT ACTS: A Some Nerve Workshop for Reinventing Moms Once the kids are in school it’s mom’s turn to figure out “What’s next for me?”  Career change? Get fit? Clear clutter? Write a book? Find my true self? Ack! If the thought of a new direction (or finally tackling long held goals) is a little…er, scary, then join us for a special workshop with Patty Chang Anker, author of SOME NERVE: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave (“Mom Must Read,” Parents Magazine), and discover how to de-escalate fear’s power and make your next act the greatest it can be. We’ll address self-doubt and fear of failure, challenge old habits and create new ways of thinking. We’ll identify obstacles many energy-starved moms face and make concrete plans for small steps (or big leaps) toward the life we want. We know how time flies – the kids are ginormous!  – so don’t delay. Make 2016 the year you take your professional or personal goals from “Deciding” to “Doing” to “Done!” Patty Chang Anker is a nationally recognized fear facing expert who...

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Don’t Think, Just Go: Facing 40 with a Spartan Race & America’s Got Talent – A Guest Post by @Miradorable

Don’t Think, Just Go: Facing 40 with a Spartan Race & America’s Got Talent – A Guest Post by @Miradorable

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on Jan 27, 2016

When I first met Karlene at an Asian Women in Business event, she seemed perfectly normal.  She’d ventured out in the Polar Vortex to see me speak about Some Nerve; I told her she seemed plenty brave already. I had no idea! It turns out she has an amazing “Facing Forty Upside Down” story, one that inspired me to try triathlon. I asked her to share it in a guest blog – I can’t wait to see what sparks she lights in YOU!  DON’T THINK, JUST GO Guest blog by Karleen Mirador Haines (@Miradorable) After you turn 27 or 28 when someone asks how old you are, you tend to forget. On my 39th birthday I was jolted, suddenly reminded: Oh crap, that means I’m “turning 40”. I moped for a bit, but quickly remembered some of the great things that kept me feeling young. Young enough to forget that the sun was setting, that my wrinkles were deepening, that I’d have to stock up on hair dye. Things like: running around to clean up after my husband, being a busy executive at a non-profit and an adjunct professor at the local college, having fun friends, recently losing some weight and parenting my 4 year old son. He embodied what is perfect and beautiful about childhood and could make my tummy hurt from giggling with him in a tickle fight or dancing in the kitchen to Run DMC’s “Its Tricky” while I loaded the dishwasher. But I still needed… something. I didn’t know what. I made a decision to hold off researching nursing homes. Instead I would face some...

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Snow Day Snow Candy!

Snow Day Snow Candy!

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on Jan 23, 2016

“Didhth you linkth to ah recipe ongh yur blog?” 14 yo G asks. Her teeth are stuck together. We’re eating Snow Candy, the first of the season. It tastes particularly good this time. “It’s because I gathered the freshest snow!” 9 yo R exclaims. Her teeth are not stuck together because she prefers eating her snow plain. It’s coming down outside, and inside we’re making like Laura Ingalls, cooking, eating and building furniture (well, ours is from Ikea – DH is not chopping down any trees). Here’s the post from 5 (!) winters ago with a link to the Molasses Snow Candy. Some things never go out of style. Wishing you all warmth and sweetness! Cabin Fever: What Would Laura Ingalls Do? When I was G’s age, 9, I was obsessed with Little House on the Prairie.  I remember sporting a thrift store bonnet all over my neighborhood in the Bronx, and my mother looking pained, saying “You know that’s for a baby, right?” It was partly her fault.  Having little, making do, aligned with the Chinese immigrant experience. My mother would make glue out of a little bit of rice, dolls out of scraps of cloth.  We would sew duvet covers by hand, make playdough with slightly off colors – it was just a little leap to imagine myself churning butter. So how thrilled was I today, on a snow day, when DH (Dear Husband) came in with a recipe for making candy in the snow, a Laura Ingalls Wilder activity I’ve tried to do many times, even from my Bronx fire escape, unsuccessfully.  Snow must have been different in the...

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