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.

Thanksgiving Turkey with a side of Pre Trauma Stress Disorder. Thanks 2016.

Thanksgiving Turkey with a side of Pre Trauma Stress Disorder. Thanks 2016.

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on Nov 24, 2016

“We have a lot to be thankful for,” my husband said last night. I was lying in bed at 9:30 pm, the night before Thanksgiving, depleted and sad. “I know,’ I said. “But it doesn’t feel like enough, that WE’RE ok…for now.” It’s like having a Pre-Trauma-Stress-Disorder. The violence and stripping away of rights are coming, we can feel it in our bones.

UGH! What dark and despairing thoughts to have at Thanksgiving! Then I remember,

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Election Day 2016

Election Day 2016

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on Nov 8, 2016

Growing up I felt that immigrants, in my family and in our neighborhood in the Bronx, were the most patriotic and active American citizens because they were so grateful to be here. My parents, who fled

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How to Get Anything Done – A Preview of the Women at Woodstock Retreat

How to Get Anything Done – A Preview of the Women at Woodstock Retreat

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on Oct 26, 2016

Tell me if you do this: * You begin a project with great gusto. But before long, you’re getting a snack, sweeping the porch, checking Facebook, dreaming of other projects, because you need a break. * You go to yoga class, or treat yourself to a massage. Excited for the time off, you lie down and close your eyes, and…start making lists. Forgot to do this, must do that, how much longer here? Because you need to get things done. I do, too! And so do many of the women I coach. It seems silly – why can’t we work when we’re supposed to work and rest when we’re supposed to rest? Instead, we’re looking for the emergency exit, thereby making it harder to achieve our goals and creating stress rather than reducing it. Why do we do such self-defeating things? As a fear-facing expert, I believe it’s mostly because of fear. Want to know what the fears are and how to quiet them, and get 2 tips for getting anything (from writing a book to clearing clutter to enjoying the massage you paid for) done? Read the rest at the Women at Woodstock website – and join us this weekend for a life-changing retreat! Women at Woodstock (Oct 28 – 31, 2016 at the Lifebridge Sanctuary in Rosendale, NY) is a getaway for women over 50. We gather to take life and work enhancing workshops, relax, and laugh together. I will be leading a Some Nerve workshop on “Going the Distance: Getting Your Goals for Deciding to Doing to Done” and teaching yoga classes and providing Thai Yoga Bodywork and...

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