#SomeNerve Challenge

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

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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End of Summer #MustRead: This Road I Ride by Juliana Buhring 2

End of Summer #MustRead: This Road I Ride by Juliana Buhring

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in #SomeNerve Challenge, Bicycling, Books (not Some Nerve), Courage, exercise, facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down

I am going to keep this short. There is much I could say about This Road I Ride: Sometimes It Takes Losing Everything to Find Yourself, Juliana Buhring’s breathtaking and gripping account of becoming the first woman to bicycle around world and set the Guinness World Record for fastest circumnavigation (She did it alone! She fought off wild dogs! She didn’t really know how to bike!) BUT

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Team #SomeNerve Rides Again: TD Five Boro Bike Tour 2015 6

Team #SomeNerve Rides Again: TD Five Boro Bike Tour 2015

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in #SomeNerve Challenge, Bicycling, Events, exercise, Facing Forty Upside Down, fitness, Some Nerve, Trying new things

  Let 32,000 bicyclists loose on the avenues, highways and famous bridges of New York City for a day and what do you get? The 42-mile party on wheels that is the TD Five Boro Bike Tour! Team #SomeNerve took to the streets on May 3 with 35 intrepid riders clad in bright yellow, ranging in age from 16 – 67, and coming from Canada, MD, CT, NJ, LI and of course NYC. I started Team #SomeNerve last year when I first learned to ride a bike at Bike New York’s free classes and wanted company in riding my first 5 Boro. We had such a good time we kept the team going and opened it up to new events and members as well. By the time we got to this year’s 5 Boro start line, some of us knew each other from team training rides or past team events: But many, in the spirit of my book Some Nerve, arrived not knowing me or other teammates well, and not knowing quite what to expect. The anticipation at the starting line is bonding though – I love pushing off knowing we’ve got so many teammates looking out for each other in the crowd. After a breathtaking whirl biking through downtown,...

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“What’s Your Big Fear? Patty Chang Anker shares how to overcome what’s holding you back” in Dr. Oz Magazine on stands now! 1

“What’s Your Big Fear? Patty Chang Anker shares how to overcome what’s holding you back” in Dr. Oz Magazine on stands now!

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in #SomeNerve Challenge, Bicycling, Courage, facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down, parenting, Press Coverage, Some Nerve, Surfing, Trying new things

I never thought I’d open Dr. Oz, The Good Life magazine -which 3 generations in my family (including me, my mom and 13 yo G) love for its down-to-earth health and wellness stories – and see this:   That’s me, at my first surf lesson (at Lake Michigan in wintertime – water temp 36 degrees!) and my essay “What’s Your Big Fear?” about letting go of the brakes while riding the TD Five Boro Bike Tour and other lessons learned while becoming brave. It’s in the March 2015 issue, which is ON STANDS NOW! Go buy the magazine and then go out and have some fun. I never thought of myself as adventurous, but then I went out and did something adventurous, and life was never the same. What will your #SomeNerve Challenge be? Take a picture, tell a story, that begins with “I can’t believe I did that.” I can’t wait to see! New here? Check out my book, Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave (Riverhead Books)     Share: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin Google+...

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SOME NERVE is out in Paperback! Your fear facing questions answered 1

SOME NERVE is out in Paperback! Your fear facing questions answered

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in #SomeNerve Challenge, facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down, Riverhead, Some Nerve

Look out world, Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave (Riverhead, $16) is coming to you in paperback! This bright yellow fear-busting, bravery-boosting book has Oprah.com “Downright Inspiring” on the cover, a brand new Q & A with me tucked in the back, and inspiring stories from many of YOUR #SomeNerve Challenges in the front! It is jam packed with drama, laughter, information, resources. I hope you will buy it for anyone you know who could use a little more courage and joy in their lives. Here are the questions you’ll find answers to in the paperback: Q & A with Patty Chang Anker * What are the most common fears you’ve encountered in meeting people? * Is there such a thing as a person with no fear? * How do I decide which fear to face first? * Are there fears you don’t think should be faced? How can we know when a risk is not worth taking, when it would be a mistake? Where do you draw the line for yourself? * What is your fear-facing process? When you start to feel afraid, what do you do? How do you quiet your Greek Chorus? * Where do I start? Books and Resources * How do I stay motivated? *...

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On 9/11, Remembering, Honoring, Preparing for the Tunnel2Towers Fundraising Run/Walk 1

On 9/11, Remembering, Honoring, Preparing for the Tunnel2Towers Fundraising Run/Walk

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in #SomeNerve Challenge, Courage, Events, exercise, facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down, Fear of Natural Disaster/Violence, fitness, Journalism, Remembering - Special people, Some Nerve

The day the World Trade Center towers fell I was working at The New York Times in the media relations department. Very quickly the discussion was around which reporters in the vicinity were headed to the scene. While most people’s instincts would be to get away, theirs was to go toward the disaster in order to tell the world what was happening. Their bravery awed me, humbled me. I felt ashamed of all my own instincts to flee. On September 28, 2014 the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation will host its annual Tunnel2Towers 5K Run & Walk, which retraces the steps taken by Stephen Siller, a firefighter who ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel wearing 60 lbs of gear in order to get to the World Trade Center on 9/11. He died that day, but we will keep his memory and honor all first responders and raise money for them and their families. Team #SomeNerve will be running for friends we’ve lost, coworkers we experienced that day with, the heroes who live to serve us in our time of need, and I will be holding journalists in perilous situations in my thoughts. If you’ve ever felt powerless in the face of the problems of the world, here is...

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