Posts by Patty Chang Anker

Join me! Summer Reading Book Club at Heart Strides on Facebook 0

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

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in #SomeNerve Challenge, Events, exercise, facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down, fitness, parenting, running, Some Nerve, special needs, Women's empowerment

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...

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Watermark Conference for Women – Watch out world, these women are breaking free! Comments Off on 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 on Feb 5, 2017 in Courage, Events, facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down, Fear of Change, Some Nerve, Women's empowerment

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 connections! Share: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin Google+...

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A Big Announcement: I’m joining The Nantucket Project team! 4

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

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Courage, facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down, Some Nerve

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

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

Posted by on Dec 24, 2016 in Christmas, Facing Forty Upside Down, Some Nerve

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,...

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Give the gift of Some Nerve! Comments Off on Give the gift of Some Nerve!

Give the gift of Some Nerve!

Posted by on Dec 18, 2016 in Facing Forty Upside Down, Some Nerve

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 bookseller. Share: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin Google+...

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And she’s off…R’s First Kids Triathlon! 8

And she’s off…R’s First Kids Triathlon!

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Bicycling, exercise, facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down, Favorite Posts, Kid milestone, running, triathlon, Trying new things

10 yo R completed the Zoot Westchester Kids Triathlon 2016 in Rye, NY this fall – I took some time to write the race report because, well, you’ll see. There was much to report! Enjoy. For as long as I can remember, R has been running away from me. Slap slap slap, the sound of her sneakers and laughter floating on the breeze. The imprint on my body from the most recent vigorous hug a reminder that as much as R was here a minute ago, now she’s off. Seeing what’s around the bend. R sometimes gets held up at the start of new things. She was afraid to go into the swimming pool at first. She took several early spills off her bike followed by swearing she was quitting forever. But once she gets going, she keeps going. Never mind that she’s five years younger than her big sister G; R would set her sights on catching up to her at full speed. “I want to do a kids’ triathlon!” she declared after watching me finish the Westchester Olympic Distance Triathlon last year. It would mean a lot of swim and bike practice, but she was up for it. I was thrilled to share my love of the...

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