Fear of Change

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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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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How to Think Outside the Box

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Aging gracefully (more or less), Courage, Events, exercise, facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down, Fear of Becoming Boring, Fear of Change, Fear of Failure, fear of rejection, fitness, midlife, Public Speaking/Stage Fright, Relaxation, Some Nerve, travel, triathlon, Trying new things, Writing

“Think outside the box” is advice you often hear. But what if you’re STUCK in a box, a routine, a view of yourself or how others view you? Options for doing things differently may seem like too much effort (“That could be hard, and it might not work”) or just plain ludicrous (“That’s just not me!”). It can be easier to decorate your box and make it more comfortable than ever by sticking with what you know and calling it self-awareness. How many times have we said “I don’t do that,” end of discussion, thereby tying up the box with a bow? I was a master box-builder. I did what I was competent at (career, family) and what I had to do (housework). Outside the box meant outside my comfort zone, which meant the possibility of failure, and as the child of Chinese immigrants, failure = falling into an endless black abyss, SO WHO THE HECK WANTED TO GO THERE? But IN the box, was fear, restlessness, children who wanted to run free, and once I slowly let them, there was me yearning for something more. When I started Facing Forty Upside Down, I started with baby steps, learning to dive into a pool, to do a handstand, proving that I...

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Make 2015 the Year You Step Out of Your Comfort Zone Comments Off on Make 2015 the Year You Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Make 2015 the Year You Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down, Fear of Becoming Boring, Fear of Change, Fear of Failure, fear of rejection, Some Nerve, Trying new things

    Tune in TODAY at 1pm EST to “Some Nerve: Make 2015 the Year You Step Out of Your Comfort Zone” a free tele seminar hosted by the Conferences for Women. We’ll be talking about why comfort zones are so darn comfortable and what happens when we venture out of them. Don’t worry, I won’t make you leave your cozy house to go out into Snowmageddon!  Register here. Share: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin Google+...

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Four Things Civilians Should Know About Veterans – from MilitarySpouse.com Comments Off on Four Things Civilians Should Know About Veterans – from MilitarySpouse.com

Four Things Civilians Should Know About Veterans – from MilitarySpouse.com

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Courage, Facing Forty Upside Down, Fear of Change

Recently I was on an airplane sitting next to a man who shared that until recently he was an Army pilot in Afghanistan. I told him he must be very brave, and he very modestly replied  “Maybe, but I still get nervous about job interviews.” In the terrific article “Four Things Civilians Should Know About Veterans” by MilitarySpouse.com #1 is that Transition is hard. I’m on the road speaking at the Conferences for Women on the topic of Transition and Risk-Taking, and perhaps we can all take a little comfort in knowing that many people, even the bravest soldiers, can feel daunted by change. I came upon this article because Military Spouse Magazine interviewed me about how military families could best face their fears. In researching and trying to wrap my mind around all the challenges that means, from relocating often, to deferring career goals, to the ever-present fear of something bad happening to their loved one, I began to realize how vast and deep that commitment is. This Veteran’s Day, I encourage all of us to think about those who served and continue to serve, and all who love them. And note that there are simple things we can do to honor and respect veterans.  #4 on the...

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