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About Patty

About Patty

Author, blogger, speaker, mom.

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The Book

The Book

The surprise of my life was that facing fears was a path to joy. Inspiring stories and expert advice on conquering the little things that hold you back from a lot.

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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.

Commitment: Do You Over-Commit or Are You Hard to Pin Down?  Are You Committed to the Right Things for You?

Commitment: Do You Over-Commit or Are You Hard to Pin Down? Are You Committed to the Right Things for You?

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on Jul 18, 2014

  Recently I posted on Facebook “Who wants to do a 5K run with me in the fall?” and the thread quickly filled with comments. Half the replies were “I’m in!” and the other half were from people with questions. When? Where? How much...

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When an Army soldier dies, his wife must live on – the powerful Unremarried Widow by Artis Henderson

When an Army soldier dies, his wife must live on – the powerful Unremarried Widow by Artis Henderson

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on Jul 15, 2014

  I don’t think I’ve ever approached reading a book with as much simultaneous desire and dread as I felt with Unremarried Widow (Simon & Schuster), by Artis Henderson. Desire because I attended Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference with Artis and...

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Who’s Got Crazy Friends? Celebrating the pushers, instigators, troublemakers in our lives as Facing 40 turns 5

Who’s Got Crazy Friends? Celebrating the pushers, instigators, troublemakers in our lives as Facing 40 turns 5

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on Jul 7, 2014

Growing up, I always chose Truth. I never chose Dare, because I was too chicken to dare!  But as adults, we all need friends who will push us out of our carefully constructed routines, our own ideas of what we think will be fun or worthwhile to do. Five years ago...

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