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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.

3 Ways to Give Holiday Cheer to a Family in Need

3 Ways to Give Holiday Cheer to a Family in Need

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on Dec 16, 2014

The holidays are a great time to consider charitable donations and to teach kids how to help those in need. While writing a check may be the easiest thing to do in the holiday bustle, ideally the giving spirit would carry over into the New Year and become a way of...

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How to Overcome Fear of Water & Prevent Drownings – Ideas Flow at the World Aquatic Health Conference

How to Overcome Fear of Water & Prevent Drownings – Ideas Flow at the World Aquatic Health Conference

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on Dec 4, 2014

  I’ve been traveling the country speaking about facing fear since Some Nerve came out last year and nowhere has it been more of a life and death issue than the 11th annual World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) hosted by the non-profit National Swimming...

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Giving thanks (even for kid sisters)

Giving thanks (even for kid sisters)

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on Nov 26, 2014

  5 years ago, G was 8 and R was 3, and they fought a LOT. G was assigned homework to write a Thanksgiving letter to someone special and I could not believe what happened next:   A Thanksgiving Valentine (Originally posted Nov .27, 2009) 8-year-old G hates...

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