Patty Chang Anker is a change agent in this world.

Jamilia Pegram, Wellness Coordinator, Amscan, Inc.

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.

When the Going Gets Tough (Enter: Sea Lice)

When the Going Gets Tough (Enter: Sea Lice)

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on Sep 4, 2015

Have you ever worked really hard for a long time toward a goal and then hit a wall? Yeah, me too. I’ve followed doctors orders and had my body rebel, I’ve painstakingly revised work that never saw the light of day, and most recently, while training with Rye Tribe for the IronGirl Sprint Triathlon on Sept 13 (and my first Olympic distance triathlon, Zoot Westchester Triathlon on Sept 27), I got stung by SEA LICE!!!! I will pause for you to shriek EW! WHAT IS THAT? DOES THAT REALLY EXIST? COULD I GET STUNG BY SEA LICE? OMG! WTH? EW! EW! EW! Yes, exactly. When I hit a wall, I find the hardest part is determining how big the wall actually is, if it’s surmountable or a deal breaker. I have hit so many walls facing my fear of open water – I’ve dealt with panic attacks, flashbacks (see Some Nerve for the story of how I almost drowned on a river as a teen), seaweed, swallowing water right off of RYE PLAYLAND amusement park for crying out loud (I have done some crying out loud over this, actually) – and I keep bravely going in because I have something to prove. I have told myself and others that I don’t want to be a quitter anymore, that we must face our fears. But SEA LICE? Oh, come on. Sea lice are the larvae (EW!) of stinging nasties like jellyfish and anemone. They are tiny and when they get caught in your swimsuit they don’t like it and release venom.  A friend told me to show those sea lice who’s boss. I said...

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One Week Only! Some Nerve Running Tanks, Cycling Jerseys for Sale!

One Week Only! Some Nerve Running Tanks, Cycling Jerseys for Sale!

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on Aug 10, 2015

Hello brave ones! First there were T-shirts (what did I know about wicking material – I never sweated before). But then members of Team #SomeNerve 5 Boro Bike Tour requested cycling jerseys so we got these awesome yellow front-zip, back-pocketed babies made. Then, members of Team #SomeNerve Tunnel2Towers 5K asked for running tanks which I didn’t think I needed because I wasn’t really a runner yet. But after a year of racing and soaking my T-shirts in sweat I have to agree, it’s time to run like a runner. So I got these super-cute, super-fly, tech material tank tops designed and re-opened the Team Store for ONE WEEK ONLY! Both designs show the Some Nerve girl diving in the front saying “I’VE GOT SOME NERVE”. The running tanks show a woman running and a man biking in the back (so triathlon fans get all 3 sports in). They come in Men’s and Women’s cuts and are $36 + shipping. Why wear Team #SomeNerve yellow when you run or bike or otherwise exercise and have fun? Because it is scientifically proven that you will smile more, be braver, stand out in a crowd, and finish with style! I don’t make money off of Team Store sales – you get the shirts at cost. I just love how they boost my mood and hope you will too! The Team Store closes August 18 and delivery is Sept 23 so I can wear mine for theWestchester Triathlon (I’m fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and I’ll also wear the names of donors or those they love in the name of courage – if you have faced...

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My First Sprint Triathlon – Fear, Fun, and Friendship at the Nantucket Tri

My First Sprint Triathlon – Fear, Fun, and Friendship at the Nantucket Tri

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on Jul 22, 2015

Last April my dear friend Pam (a recreational endurance athlete and one of the strongest people I know) was diagnosed with cancer and we made a deal. She would face all her treatments and recover her strength to do her favorite endurance event, the Nantucket Sprint Triathlon, and I would face all the fears that have kept me on the sidelines until now and train to join her. My fears of open water, fast biking, sweating in public, which seemed legit enough for so long, paled in comparison to what she had to go through, so I spent the year training as if our lives depended on it, and in some symbolic way I think it did. This Saturday, we raced together – she with a clean bill of health and slowing herself down to my beginner pace, and me stronger than I ever imagined I could be. There were enough ups and downs for a book, an opera, and several sonnets, but until I’ve recovered enough to write them, here’s a peek at some pictures from the day: 5 am Triathlon Day (above) – ready to go! I can’t even pack my kids for a day at camp without forgetting their towels, how did I pack myself for 3 events? Good thing Pam gave me a list. (above) Yeah, I felt all boss…until another racer asked “Do you know your wetsuit is on BACKWARDS?” D’OH! 1/3 mi open water swim at Jetties Beach (above) – the water was calm, I WAS NOT. At the horn we in the Novice Women wave bravely dove in and then proceeded to...

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