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.

Join me! Summer Reading Book Club at Heart Strides on Facebook

Join me! Summer Reading Book Club at Heart Strides on Facebook

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on Jul 18, 2017

Dear Brave Ones – Oh how I’ve missed you! A spring of work, caregiving, and walking pneumonia kept me from writing and I’m just now finding my way back. I left The Nantucket Project at the end of our short-term agreement and will start freelancing again in the fall. In the meantime, I intend to catch up here on the blog – I’ve got stories to tell you and I hope you have stories to tell me! Tomorrow, Wednesday July 19 at 12 noon – 1 pm EST, I’ll be visiting the Heart Strides page on Facebook, answering questions about Some Nerve and facing fears. Heart Strides is a nonprofit organization that donates running shoes to moms of kids with disabilities, and their FB group provides a forum for much-needed encouragement and support. As a special needs mom who remembers when running errands and kids to doctors was the only running I did, I can see how Heart Strides shows caregivers that their physical and emotional well being matters, and how the can-do spirit that comes from running carries over into the hard work of parenting. I’m excited to get to know this group of brave moms and to answer questions about fears, goals, and (in my case) very slow running. Please join us! Need a book? Order...

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Watermark Conference for Women – Watch out world, these women are breaking free!

Watermark Conference for Women – Watch out world, these women are breaking free!

Posted by Patty Chang Anker on Feb 5, 2017

I love speaking at the Conferences for Women (in Boston, Philadelphia, Austin and San Jose). When you get 6K+ women together the energy is out of sight, and you know after a day of brainstorming and networking they’re all going home fired up, and the world will never be the same. At Watermark Conference for Women in Silicon Valley on February 1 I spoke about “Breaking Free for Your Next Act: Facing (or Creating!) Change with Courage and Joy.” Highlights: A few tweets: Thank you to all the women who attended and who stayed to share a bit about themselves at the book signing afterwards. And thank you to Book Passage for selling books. Hooray for real live experiences, real physical books, and real...

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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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