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.

A Big Announcement: I’m joining The Nantucket Project team!

A Big Announcement: I’m joining The Nantucket Project team!

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on Dec 29, 2016

Starting January 4 I will be joining The Nantucket Project (TNP) as Communications Director. TNP brings the world’s leading thinkers and creators together to explore the question “What really matters in a noisy and messy world?” Past presenters incl Tony Blair, Steve Case, Peter Thiel, Julie Taymor, Deepak Chopra, Seth Godin, Kelly Corrigan, and

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A Surprise from Mrs. E., and our Holiday Wish for You

A Surprise from Mrs. E., and our Holiday Wish for You

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on Dec 24, 2016

Mrs. E was my 8th grade social studies teacher. I feared and admired her. She was petite, Asian American, strict, and terrifying – I told G and R how I once cried in front of her when I got a B (i.e., an Asian F).  Since Some Nerve came out, we’ve reconnected, even getting our families together and now G and R think I’m nuts. “She’s so nice, how could you have been afraid of her?” (She gave us those ornaments above.) And yes, now that I’m a parent I see – her high expectations were just another way of saying “I care about you and your future.” She told me Some Nerve resonated for her and her approval meant the world to me – at last, an Asian A! Then a package arrived, a beautiful hand-knotted blanket in Some Nerve yellow and blue. “You are an inspiration to me and to countless others,” the card read. “I made this throw in your honor.” G pointed out the diving figures sewn in, and then looked up at me. “Wait, are you CRYING?” G asked. “Did Mrs. E. make you cry AGAIN??” Yes, she did. With gratitude, for all of it – the tough love, and the generous, open hearted, beyond expectations love. And for teaching me no matter how you show it, to show it. Thank you, Mrs. E.   From our Family to You:   May you always have sunshine on your face and a green and purple monster (“C.C.” the Courage Critter) to hold. Happy Holidays!   Love, Kent, Patty, G, R and Mochi...

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Give the gift of Some Nerve!

Give the gift of Some Nerve!

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on Dec 18, 2016

Know anyone dealing with anxiety? (Er, anyone??) Some Nerve books, T-shirts, and 1-1 coaching certificates are available – contact me (patty@pattychanganker.com) for details.     Better Homes & Gardens says Some Nerve is “a lesson plan in courage 101.” Let’s give your loved ones a bigger, braver life! Some Nerve is available at Galapagos Bookstore, Turn of the Corkscrew, Northshire Bookstore, Womrath Bookstore, Book Culture, Powell’s and Amazon. Or request it from your local...

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