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.

Remembering 9/11 with the Tunnel2Towers 5K

Remembering 9/11 with the Tunnel2Towers 5K

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on Sep 11, 2016

Today marks 15 years since the collapse of the World Trade Towers and the beginning of the War on Terror. I can’t think of an event that captures the enormity of the loss and the bravery of first responders like the annual Tunnel2Towers 5K Run & Walk, that retraces the steps of firefighter Stephen Siller, who ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel wearing 60 lbs of gear to get to the World Trade Center where he died when the South Tower fell. Team #SomeNerve participated in 2014, along with 25,000 firemen, police, armed forces, and their families and supporters (see post below). I hope you’ll consider joining the event (this year on September 25, 2016) or donating to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. There is nothing more humbling and ultimately life affirming than seeing so many brave men and women who are willing to die to protect us. It calls us all to live as fully and as courageously as we can. Reposted from 9/30/2014 Learning from the Bravest of the Brave – Team #SomeNerve Runs Tunnel2Towers Honoring 9/11 First Responders, by Patty Chang Anker On September 11, 2001 firefighter Stephen Siller ran (wearing 60 llbs of gear) through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to get to the World Trade Center, where he died when the South Tower fell. This past weekend, Team #SomeNerve joined 25,000 people in retracing his steps in the 13th annual Tunnel2Towers 5K Run & Walk which keeps his memory and raises money for first responders and their families.     Ever since September 11, many of us have felt nervous at huge public events, uneasy in the press...

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End of Summer #MustRead: This Road I Ride by Juliana Buhring

End of Summer #MustRead: This Road I Ride by Juliana Buhring

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on Aug 26, 2016

I am going to keep this short. There is much I could say about This Road I Ride: Sometimes It Takes Losing Everything to Find Yourself, Juliana Buhring’s breathtaking and gripping account of becoming the first woman to bicycle around world and set the Guinness World Record for fastest circumnavigation (She did it alone! She fought off wild dogs! She didn’t really know how to bike!) BUT

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Summer Reading: The Ramblers, by Aidan Donnelly Rowley

Summer Reading: The Ramblers, by Aidan Donnelly Rowley

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on Aug 12, 2016

I recently started paring back my time on social media in the hope that reading fewer articles and more books would take me out of the news cycle of minute-to-minute stimulation and into a more reflective space. The luxury of reading a book – taking the time to be quiet and allow your imagination to lead you somewhere new – reminds me of all my summer stay-cations as a kid reading stacks of books in my room. We didn’t go anywhere and yet I, waving my library card like a passport to the entire known universe, went everywhere.

One book I recommend for an escape that somehow brings you closer to a truth, is

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