Amy Rees Anderson

Don’t Panic, Just Focus!

I woke up today with a feeling of panic.  My list of priorities to get done had once again grown completely out of control, and what made it worse was the fact that the vast majority of items had deadlines attached to them that if missed would have negative consequences.  For example, year-end tax items

A light that radiates from within

Today I went to Utah State University in Logan, Utah to speak to the students at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.  The students were lively and engaged and incredibly sweet.  I love spending time with them because their energy and optimism is truly contagious.  And I have to give huge props to USU

Feeling Old? You might when you hear this…

Today I was talking with one of my dearest friends and he said “Some days I look in the mirror and don’t recognize the aging man staring back at me because he looks nothing like my young spirit on the inside.”   I knew EXACTLY what he meant because I feel that very same way every

A Simple Way to Change Someone’s Life For the Better

When we think of doing an act of service for someone we often think of it as having to be some major time consuming event that even the thought of doing stresses us out because we already feel that we have so much to handle on our plates that we can’t take on even one

Make Eye Contact, Smile, and Say Hello! (Forbes Article)

Have you ever been in a situation where you feel like you don’t know anyone in the room, or you are the new person, or you feel like the odd person out in a situation?  I know I have.  As a child our family moved a lot – and I mean a lot!  Growing up

Breaking Stereotypes and Reducing our Sugar Intake

Today was focused on two topics – breaking stereotypes of women in media and reducing our sugar intake to fight obesity. First was a luncheon with actress Geena Davis.  Geena is an incredibly tall, beautiful woman, who is clearly incredibly intelligent.  She founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, a charity that is

Private Violence

“Every day in the US, at least four women are murdered by abusive (and often, ex) partners. Over 75% of the homicides occur when the woman attempts to leave or has left her abuser.” Today I attended the showing of the documentary Private Violence at Sundance Film Festival.  The documentary follows the story of Deanna

Another Great Sundance Day Focused on the Success the comes from Failure

Today was another great day at the Sundance Film Festival.  It is really fun to have so many people come together from all around the world to gather in Park City to celebrate storytelling.  Another great part of Sundance Film Festival is the business gatherings that take place where business leaders can gather together and

Alive Inside – the Power of Music in Our Lives

It is rare for me to be so passionate about a movie that I want to tell the entire world that they MUST go and see it – but today that is exactly what I am about to do.  As those following my blog know I am involved with the Sundance Film Festival and have

Sundance Film Festival Opening Night

I just returned home from a fabulous opening night of the Sundance Film Festival, and WOW, what a night!  The evening began with a beautiful reception up at the Stein Erikson lodge in Deer Valley, Utah for the Artist at the Table Event, which is the premier opening night event for the Sundance Film Festival. 

I had no idea how difficult it was…

I had no idea how difficult it was to pick out paint colors!  You would think that with the 5 million paint color options I could easily find the right one…you would think….but not so much… With the building of our new home I have had to make a million decisions every day about everything

Some days you just need a hug…or a pint of Ben and Jerry’s!

Today was one of those days.  It wasn’t that it was a really bad day and it wasn’t that anything horrible happened…it was just one of those stressful days where you are going like crazy all day yet feeling like you are making no progress at all…when you are being pulled by this person and

Embrace Sentiment

Packrat, hoarder, collector….we have all heard the terms.  Some of us even relate to the terms.  Maybe not to the extent that we see on the TV show Hoarders, but somewhere between that and a packrat.  My son is someone who I have teased for years as being somewhat of a packrat.  He saves every

The Grass is as Green as You Make it!

We are all familiar with “the grass is always greener” syndrome.  That syndrome that causes people to look around and think that something else would be better than what they currently have.  Most commonly you hear of people catching that syndrome in their dating or marriage relationships, although it can extend to other areas of

Early To Rise…I hate to admit it!

So I will just come out and admit it – I do not enjoy waking up early.  I just don’t.  I don’t know exactly why…perhaps it’s because I typically end up staying up late into the night most nights so that when morning rolls around I am super tired and want to stay in bed…

Advice to Pass On To Every Young Woman You Know

I came across an article written by a woman named Patricia Davis in which she had put together a list of advice of all the things she wanted to pass on to younger women.  I think her advice is amazing and we should share her advice with every young woman we know, whether its a daughter, a sister,

If You Could Do Anything…

If you could do anything you wanted with your life, what would you do?  Have you ever asked yourself that question?  Just for a minute take away all restrictions or limitations that typically exist and the barriers that scare you or deter you.  Take away all worries of being able to fulfill your financial obligations

The Best is About To Be!

2014 has just begun and as I look ahead those words by Robert Browning of “The Best is Yet to Be” are ringing loudly.  I am thoroughly convinced that 2014 is going to be the most Epic year EVER!  For all of us! We have each just opened a new book full of blank pages

Endings and Beginnings, Happy and Sad, But Never Alone

I hate that we sometimes feel alone in this life – the fact is that we are never alone – there are always others out there going through the same thing that we are, it’s just that we need more of us who are willing to be honest about it so we give permission to



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