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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.

Keeping it Simple – Finding a few words to live by

Keeping it Simple – Finding a few words to live by

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on Oct 30, 2014

A simple message today. When life feels complicated and overwhelming it can be grounding to have a few words to live by to go back to. I love this by Glennon Doyle Melton: Just Show Up. Be Brave. Be Kind. Rest. Try Again. A friend who I know has a lot going on in her...

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Can One Learn to Love Exercise? Well if this couch potato can…

Can One Learn to Love Exercise? Well if this couch potato can…

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on Oct 21, 2014

I started running this past summer (okay, jogging/huffing/walking/whining, would be more like it). But 2-3 times a week I faithfully strapped on the sneakers and went in search of that famous runner’s high…to no avail. Every single time was a struggle. I...

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Back to the Future – Speaking about fear at my alma mater Hunter College High School

Back to the Future – Speaking about fear at my alma mater Hunter College High School

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on Oct 15, 2014

What a thrill it was to speak at the Hunter College High School Alumni Association Fall Reception last night! It was wonderful to go back to the place I met my future husband (when I was in 9th grade) and where we spent so many formative years over 25 years ago now. I...

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