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.

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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Going Gypsy: If You’ve Ever Dreamed of A Traveling Lifestyle, the Gypsy Nesters Have Got Ideas For You

Going Gypsy: If You’ve Ever Dreamed of A Traveling Lifestyle, the Gypsy Nesters Have Got Ideas For You

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on Jul 16, 2015

I first came across David and Veronica James, aka the Gypsy Nesters, from a blog post “Fear Conquering & Gliding in a Sailplane” which they did in the Southern Finger Lakes region earlier this year. I love stories of ordinary people facing their fears to do fun or meaningful things and I had my heart in my mouth reading about their tiny motorless plane getting towed into the air by a plane with an engine (shouldn’t all planes have engines???) and then released to waft its way down. Try to look at their pictures and watch the video at their blog without gasping or shrieking out loud! Then in perusing their site I realized that this was just one of many, many adventures for the couple, because once their youngest went off to college they sold everything for a life on the road (or in the air, as the case may be) and they have been full time travelers since 2008. Their memoir, Going Gypsy: One Couple’s Adventure Going from Empty Nest to No Nest At All  released in February. Kent and I are a decade away from becoming empty nesters but who doesn’t dream now and then about where we would go and what we could do? I was thrilled to have Veronica answer a few questions for Facing Forty Upside Down: 1) Veronica, you have jumped out of an airplane in Australia and paraglided off sea cliffs in Peru, so I know you’re very brave! But did you have to overcome any fears in order to go gypsy? And what have been the greatest rewards? The biggest obstacle wasn’t so...

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