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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.

End of Summer Fun:  Check out THIS BOOK WAS A TREE for family nature activities

End of Summer Fun: Check out THIS BOOK WAS A TREE for family nature activities

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on Aug 20, 2014

  If your kids are done with camp and there’s still weeks before school starts and every day begins with “What are we doing today, Mom?” you’re in the same boat as me: trying to get them to pass the time without killing each other, and...

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Trekking in Memory & Hope – Mina sets off for Mt. Kilimanjaro

Trekking in Memory & Hope – Mina sets off for Mt. Kilimanjaro

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on Aug 14, 2014

  Mina and her husband David talked about hiking Mt Kilimanjaro together – they would do it when he was better, they said. David, at age 37, was healthy and active before the cancer diagnosis; they should have had this and countless other adventures with...

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The Craziest Thing I Ever Did: Surf for the 1st Time in Lake MI in Winter – Return to St. Joseph, MI, this time in summer

The Craziest Thing I Ever Did: Surf for the 1st Time in Lake MI in Winter – Return to St. Joseph, MI, this time in summer

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on Aug 10, 2014

The last time I went to St. Joseph, MI it was winter – the air temperature was 42 degrees; the water temp in Lake Michigan just 36 degrees. In what still stands as the craziest thing I’ve ever done, I went surfing for the first time in that ice-water....

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