Amy Rees Anderson

All It Takes Is One Day To Change Everything

It was 12 years ago today…my friend Steve and I pulled into the parking lot of a shopping complex to meet up with two guys driving down in a second car that were going to follow our car down to Lake Powell for a houseboat trip.  When the other car pulled in an the man

When You Are Busy Doing Good Things

What a whirlwind of day today was!  My day began at a board meeting with the amazing Baroness Emma Nicholson of Winterbourne for her Amar Foundation www.amarfoundation.org which is an award winning charity that works in the Middle East helping improve the lives and livelihoods of some of the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged people.

“Does Anyone Here Have A Sister Named Bambi?”

Back in my twenties I was invited on a trip with a group of people that didn’t know each other.  When the group arrived, one of the young men in the group started sharing his thoughts on a controversial political subject, speaking in a manner that assumed everyone else in the group shared his same

Make It A Week Of Awesome Productivity

I was so excited when I went to bed last night because I was climbing into bed before 10pm which is a really big deal for me given the fact that I normally don’t get to bed until well after midnight if not the wee hours of the morning.  I had gone to great lengths

He Did What We Could Not Do For Ourselves

“Years ago there was a little one-room schoolhouse in the mountains of Virginia where the boys were so rough that no teacher had been able to handle them. “A young, inexperienced teacher applied, and the old director scanned him and asked: ‘Young fellow, do you know that you are asking for an awful beating? Every

The Best Thing About A Hug

Hi, I’m Amy, and just like Olaf in the Disney movie Frozen, I like warm hugs. I’m a hugger. I’ve always been a hugger. I hug people I know…I hug new people I meet…I pretty much hug everyone… I just love hugs! And apparently all that hugging has been far more beneficial than I ever

Politicians, Princesses, and the Possible

My day today consisted of spending time with Politicians, then rushing off to see a Princess and hearing about the Possible… By politicians I am referring to the Vice President of the Unites States, Mike Pence, and Utah Governor Gary Herbert.  The Vice President flew into Utah today on Air Force Two and I was

Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

I’ve spent my day sick and unable to get anything done, which is a real bummer considering I just got back from being gone ten days and then immediately went up to Logan to speak at the University so today was supposed to be my first day of catch up, but that’s clearly going to

Give People A Reason Not To Forget You

Today I traveled up to Utah State University in Logan Utah to give the keynote speech to several hundred incoming freshman students to kick-off Orientation.  The event was held in a big auditorium and the students filed into the auditorium in their different orientation groups.  As the program began the emcee let everyone know he

Life Flashing Before Your Eyes

It was nine days ago and my husband and I had just arrived down to our houseboat on Lake Powell to prepare things for the group of families we would be hosting for the upcoming week.  I began unloading groceries as my husband climbed down into the hull of the boat to check our tanks

Profanity

 “Have you ever heard someone use a swear word and thought how intelligent they sounded or how much more you respected them?” That was the question an older friend once asked me in my younger years.  His question was meant to teach a lesson and it worked.  Although I’d never used the really harsh profane

Forgive, Forget, And Leave It Alone

“When we believe or say we have been offended, we usually mean we feel insulted, mistreated, snubbed, or disrespected. And certainly clumsy, embarrassing, unprincipled, and mean-spirited things do occur in our interactions with other people that would allow us to take offense. However, it ultimately is impossible for another person to offend you or to

What Is It You’re Really Afraid Of?

“I don’t know how”, therefore, we avoid doing it.  The question is whether we genuinely don’t know how, or is it that we think we might know how but we’re afraid we won’t be good at it?  And the reason not being good at it matters is we’re afraid to look silly in front of

Examine Your Life

“I urge you to examine your life. Determine where you are and what you need to do to be the kind of person you want to be. Create inspiring, noble, and righteous goals that fire your imagination and create excitement in your heart. And then keep your eye on them. Work consistently towards achieving them.”

I’m Not Ready For Summer To End!

Why does it feel like every year the school year starting encroaches earlier and earlier into the summer?!  Seriously, when I heard kids are having to start back to school already I was like – BUT IT’S STILL SUMMER!!!???  Quite frankly, I’m just not ready for summer to come to an end because I haven’t

From Bad To Worse To SERIOUSLY?!

It had been a rough day…you know that kind of day where everything seems to go wrong?  I’d been up til 4am working on a really important project in order to solve a problem. Finally I got so tired I couldn’t even finish my own sentences and decided to call it for the night…surely tomorrow

Greatness Takes Work

“The heights by great men reached and kept Were not attained by sudden flight, But they, while their companions slept, Were toiling upward in the night.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Achieving greatness, whether in business, or a talent, or our personal lives, takes work….loads and loads of hard, dedicated, crazy amounts of work. And there will

From A Cloud Of Depression Into The Sunshine

“To press on in noble endeavors, even while surrounded by a cloud of depression, will eventually bring you out on top into the sunshine. – Ezra Taft Benson Ezra Taft Benson also suggests several things we can do to help pull us out of a cloud of depression and help bring us out into the sunshine:

Get Up And Win The Race

One of my very favorite poems, that has helped me through several difficult times in my life, was written by Dee Groberg and is titled “The Race” (I am posting it below…it will inspire you to never give up…): “Quit! Give up! You’re beaten!” they shout at me, and plead.  “There’s just too much against

Is There Even A Chance?

It’s so easy to give up before we even try…especially when you start thinking through all the barriers you are going to have to overcome to accomplish something. Your head starts spinning with the “well I probably couldn’t make this work” or “I wouldn’t know how to overcome that” etc, and before you know it



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