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.

Where Will it End?

Where Will it End?

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on Jul 15, 2016

  I haven’t written in weeks, because every time I try to wrap my mind around #BlackLivesMatter or #Brexit or the U.S. presidential campaign, another tragedy strikes, like the horrific killings in Nice. We are all reeling, struggling to make sense of events for ourselves and for our kids. I don’t have coherent thoughts to muster, just grief and outrage. #BlackLivesMatter protests are tying up traffic and, good. We tie up traffic for street fairs and traveling dignitaries all the time, let it stand still for SOMETHING. I think we all want to take to the streets and scream “STOP THE MADNESS.” Just stop. For the fortunate, life will go on – my Facebook newsfeed is already 80% about Pokemon Go and happy vacation pictures. But I feel I need to take a pause to think and reflect. I’m going to go on social media less and take more time to look at the people around me, to finish my thoughts, to read books and write. Somewhere, here, there is courage and hope. I want to find it. In the meantime I will run a series of Summer Reading posts, which may at times seem escapist but as all readers know, books provide escape from our current reality as well as lighting a path ultimately toward home. Wishing you all a meaningful summer....

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Sleepy Hollow Sprint Triathlon 2016 – Team #SomeNerve battles crazy currents, hot temps. And a couch to 5K athlete is born!

Sleepy Hollow Sprint Triathlon 2016 – Team #SomeNerve battles crazy currents, hot temps. And a couch to 5K athlete is born!

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on Jun 29, 2016

Well, that was unexpected! I thought the Sleepy Hollow Sprint Triathlon would be straightforward: I’d swim a half mile in the Hudson River (yes, that sounds a bit crazy -triathletes are totally mental!) and then Kent would ride like the wind while I rested and cheered for Team #SomeNerve, and then I’d walk our daughter G through her first 5K as anchor to our Anker Family Relay. After doing the Westchester Olympic Triathlon at double the distance on my own last year I thought this wouldn’t be too bad. No drama, I told myself as I waited in my gold cap with the last wave of swimmers to enter. Get ‘er done. Ha! I should have known triathlons are anything but straightforward! After a promising start – the skies were clear, the water looked flat, my anxiety (ever since I almost drowned on a river as a teen I’ve had a hate-hate relationship with rivers) was under control with my Team in Training Swim Angel alongside, I was going my slow and steady pace hoping to not fall too far behind – something unprecedented happened. I started catching up to swimmers from earlier waves. There’s a purple cap – I won’t be last! Wow, there’s a silver cap, I’m rocking this! Hm, that next buoy doesn’t look like it’s any closer. Oh, poor green cap hanging onto a kayak, he must have gotten a cramp. Oh, poor pink cap, she’s treading water, she may be a first timer. Aren’t we lucky, there are so many rescue boats around us? Gee, is that next buoy drifting away from us? On and on I stroked and kicked,...

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How to Teach Anxious Kids to Bike – Up at Liv-Cycling.com today!

How to Teach Anxious Kids to Bike – Up at Liv-Cycling.com today!

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on Jun 15, 2016

Ah, the first bike ride! A joyful rite of passage, right? For parents, it just doesn’t get better than running alongside, steadying the small bike, giving a push and…Look at our kid go! Or…not.
If your child is anxious (heck, if you are anxious), learning how to ride a bike can be stressful. I share my 9 tips for getting reluctant riders to ride at Liv-cycling.com today in

How to Teach Your Child to Ride a Bike.

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