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Watermark Conference for Women – Watch out world, these women are breaking free! 0

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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How to Get Anything Done – A Preview of the Women at Woodstock Retreat Comments Off on How to Get Anything Done – A Preview of the Women at Woodstock Retreat

How to Get Anything Done – A Preview of the Women at Woodstock Retreat

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Events, facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down, Relaxation, Some Nerve, Women's empowerment, Yoga

Tell me if you do this: * You begin a project with great gusto. But before long, you’re getting a snack, sweeping the porch, checking Facebook, dreaming of other projects, because you need a break. * You go to yoga class, or treat yourself to a massage. Excited for the time off, you lie down and close your eyes, and…start making lists. Forgot to do this, must do that, how much longer here? Because you need to get things done. I do, too! And so do many of the women I coach. It seems silly – why can’t we work when we’re supposed to work and rest when we’re supposed to rest? Instead, we’re looking for the emergency exit, thereby making it harder to achieve our goals and creating stress rather than reducing it. Why do we do such self-defeating things? As a fear-facing expert, I believe it’s mostly because of fear. Want to know what the fears are and how to quiet them, and get 2 tips for getting anything (from writing a book to clearing clutter to enjoying the massage you paid for) done? Read the rest at the Women at Woodstock website – and join us this weekend for a life-changing retreat! Women at Woodstock (Oct 28 –...

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Are Women’s Groups Necessary in an Age of Hillary Clinton? Speaking to Smith College Alums on a Historic Day Comments Off on Are Women’s Groups Necessary in an Age of Hillary Clinton? Speaking to Smith College Alums on a Historic Day

Are Women’s Groups Necessary in an Age of Hillary Clinton? Speaking to Smith College Alums on a Historic Day

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Events, facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down, Fear of Failure, leadership, mentoring, Public Speaking/Stage Fright, Some Nerve, Women's empowerment

I love speaking to women’s empowerment groups. I’m often asked (yes, by men) if women’s groups are even necessary anymore, in an age of Hillary Clinton breaking the highest glass ceilings. Aren’t women empowered enough? I have to put on my most patient face and say “A big crack in the biggest glass ceiling is tremendous. But it’s not like there’s only one glass ceiling.”

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Sleepy Hollow Sprint Triathlon 2016 – Team #SomeNerve battles crazy currents, hot temps. And a couch to 5K athlete is born! 2

Sleepy Hollow Sprint Triathlon 2016 – Team #SomeNerve battles crazy currents, hot temps. And a couch to 5K athlete is born!

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in anxiety, Bicycling, Courage, Events, exercise, facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down, fitness, running, Some Nerve, triathlon, Trying new things, Water/Swimming

Well, that was unexpected! I thought the Sleepy Hollow Sprint Triathlon would be straightforward: I’d swim a half mile in the Hudson River (yes, that sounds a bit crazy -triathletes are totally mental!) and then Kent would ride like the wind while I rested and cheered for Team #SomeNerve, and then I’d walk our daughter G through her first 5K as anchor to our Anker Family Relay. After doing the Westchester Olympic Triathlon at double the distance on my own last year I thought this wouldn’t be too bad. No drama, I told myself as I waited in my gold cap with the last wave of swimmers to enter. Get ‘er done. Ha! I should have known triathlons are anything but straightforward! After a promising start – the skies were clear, the water looked flat, my anxiety (ever since I almost drowned on a river as a teen I’ve had a hate-hate relationship with rivers) was under control with my Team in Training Swim Angel alongside, I was going my slow and steady pace hoping to not fall too far behind – something unprecedented happened. I started catching up to swimmers from earlier waves. There’s a purple cap – I won’t be last! Wow, there’s a silver cap, I’m rocking this! Hm, that next...

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How to Bike in the Rain-With 32K Friends! TD Five Boro Bike Tour Team #SomeNerve 2016 Recap 6

How to Bike in the Rain-With 32K Friends! TD Five Boro Bike Tour Team #SomeNerve 2016 Recap

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Bicycling, Events, exercise, facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down, fitness, Some Nerve, Trying new things

When the weather report for the 42-mile TD Five Boro Bike Tour 2016 said “a total washout – rain all day and temperatures in the 40s” I was not happy. I have somehow, through training for 3 5-Boros and 3 triathlons since learning to bike 2 years ago with Bike New York Adult Beginner classes, managed to avoid cycling long distances in the rain. The thought of biking on wet and slippery roads while getting hypothermia made me want to fake a fever and call the whole thing off. But the 5 Boro is RAIN OR SHINE, my team is called Team #SomeNerve (WHY? WHY didn’t I call it Team #SOMEFAIRWEATHERNERVE?), and despite some cancellations a great number of BRAVE teammates checked in to say “I’M STILL IN!” So I went to work figuring out how best to weather the weather. I queried experts at Red Beard Bikes, Liv Cycling, Hastings Velo, and the fine athletes at the Women for Tri Facebook Group. Our hard earned advice: * Dress appropriately – Anti fog sunglasses and/or a visor under your helmet. WATERPROOF gloves, rain jacket, rain pants. In my case, “Water Resistant” Gloves = “Water Becomes Irresistible at about Mile 15” and Your Hands Will be Wet and Frozen. Wool (or...

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NEXT ACTS: A Some Nerve Workshop for Reinventing Moms Comments Off on NEXT ACTS: A Some Nerve Workshop for Reinventing Moms

NEXT ACTS: A Some Nerve Workshop for Reinventing Moms

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Courage, Events, facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down, Fear of Change, parenting, Some Nerve, Trying new things

If there’s one thing I know, it’s what it feels like to be a reinventing mom. It takes a special kind of courage to set new goals after years of focused parenting and to achieve them while balancing the needs of others. I can’t wait to lead a Some Nerve workshop especially for moms: Friday, February 26 9 am – 12 noon Purpl 52 Main Street Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706 $68 Register Here Workshop description below – please share with the moms in your life – and if you’re a mom looking for more, I hope to see you there! NEXT ACTS: A Some Nerve Workshop for Reinventing Moms Once the kids are in school it’s mom’s turn to figure out “What’s next for me?”  Career change? Get fit? Clear clutter? Write a book? Find my true self? Ack! If the thought of a new direction (or finally tackling long held goals) is a little…er, scary, then join us for a special workshop with Patty Chang Anker, author of SOME NERVE: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave (“Mom Must Read,” Parents Magazine), and discover how to de-escalate fear’s power and make your next act the greatest it can be. We’ll address self-doubt and fear of failure, challenge old habits and create new ways of thinking. We’ll identify...

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