Amy Rees Anderson

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From The Inside Out

“The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ would take the slums out of people, and then they would take themselves out of the slums.The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change

Life is Like A Journey On A Train

Today I received the sweetest email from a dear friend of mine with a message that made me tear up.  It read “thanks for being on my train” with the following message attached: “Life is like a journey on a train… with its stations… with changes of routes… and with accidents!  At birth we boarded

Figure Out What’s Up For You

Today I gave a keynote speech at the 25th anniversary of the “What’s Up Down South” Economic Development Conference, Southern Utah’s largest business gathering each year.  Normally the conference is held in beautiful St. George but because of COVID this year the conference was held online.  You know it’s said that public speaking is the

No Problem Too Big Or Small To Matter

Over the weekend I saw a post my daughter had written on social media about an experience our family had over the Thanksgiving holiday. It was a little thing that happened, but as I read her post I realized that the impact of that little thing is so much larger and ought to get shared,

We Can Close The Floodgate

All of us in the world have been dealing with some really heavy things that have let floodgates burst open allowing fear, sadness, insecurity, anger, and a whole host of other negative emotions to run through each of our lives like never before…which has only served to discourage, dismay, and detract from our focusing our

Back in the Saddle – 2021’s Wild Ride Has Officially Begun!

Taking the last few weeks off from everything – no checking emails, no taking phone calls, no watching any news stations, no wearing pants with zippers – has been absolutely fabulous. I literally unplugged and decided I wasn’t going to let myself think about anything so I could be in the moment with my family

Happy New Years – Be Sure To Make Your 2021 Goal Poster!

I can honestly say that 2020 has felt like the longest year EVER!  It’s crazy how normal 2020 started and how quickly everything changed by March.  And as quickly as everything changed in the world it seemed to slow to a near halt. Time went by so slowly this year…it honestly feels like we’ve lived

To Walk Where He Walked

Ten years ago this week I was in Israel with my husband and two kids. We were there to visit the places where Jesus Christ had lived. It was an amazing experience to visit the place where He was born, grew up, and died, and it was incredibly special to be doing it the week

A Reminder of Everything Good About Christmas

Forty years ago tomorrow, December 21, 1980, my favorite Christmas movie of all time, “Mr. Kruegar’s Christmas” starring Jimmy Stewart as Mr. Kruegar aired for the first time. I was only nine years old when it aired, but even as a nine year old I appreciated the touching story of Mr. Willy Krueger, a widowed

Free Up Space On Your Plate For Joy!

Today I had a full plate….a ridiculously full plate. And not the yummy kind of full plate of holiday fudge and Christmas cookies (I wish!), I’m talking about the far less pleasant kind of full plate filled with all kinds of must-do’s that were time-sensitive (the worst kind of to-dos). So I dug in and

Cut Yourself A Little Slack, Will Ya?

Note to self:  December is NOT the month to have not felt well.  I knew when I was under the weather at the beginning of the month that I was falling way behind on my preparations for Christmas by staying in bed, but believing I am actually Wonder Woman I told myself not to worry

The Fastest Way To Regain Balance

Returning from Thanksgiving I was exhausted. I told myself it was just exhaustion from having had several weeks of sleepless nights prior to the trip, combined with the the drama of dealing with a myriad of problems while on the trip (such as the kids and grandkids flight getting cancelled, the redeye rebookings to a

Step One: Admitting You Have A Problem

Remember the days when you got a sniffle and you didn’t immediately jump to thinking you might have a deadly virus…I really miss those days.   It’s impossible not to let your mind run wild these days as soon as you feel a little off. Some days I wonder if the fears associated with the pandemic

Including Lost Loved Ones In Your Holiday Celebration

Losing a loved one hurts a lot. It’s a pain that never really goes away, it just becomes a little more bearable as time goes on. And while I am grateful that my religious beliefs are that we will see our loved ones again someday in the eternities, there is still the hurts of missing

The Light of Hope Still Shines, Even in 2020

With the craziness of traveling to Washington DC over the Thanksgiving holiday and returning home and immediately jumping on an all day zoom session of meetings and then speaking on a panel at a University, I hadn’t even noticed that the month of December had begun… Then I saw that I’d gotten a text from

Worth The Effort

Normally for Thanksgiving I host my family and extended family at my home for dinner, but because my Mom and Dad have to stay isolated this year there wasn’t a dinner planned. So my husband and I decided we’d take our kids to Virginia to spend Thanksgiving with two of my brothers and their families.  

Before You Head Out For Thanksgiving Weekend

Before you head out for Thanksgiving weekend to gather with your families and extended family members you may want to step into a room alone, take a deep breathe in…hold it…and slowly let it out. Then remind yourself that while the next few days will likely be full of chaos, screaming children, siblings fighting, food

Today I #GiveThanks for my Parents

Today is Day #4 of the seven day #GiveThanks challenge. You can read all about the challenge in yesterday’s blog post I shared, but the gist of it is that each day for seven days you post pictures and a blurb about something you are thankful for on social media. I’ve been posting them on

Experience The Healing Power of Gratitude -#GiveThanks

Last Friday in a worldwide broadcast, President Russell M. Nelson, both a physician and a global faith leader, prescribed the following seven day challenge that will allow you to experience the healing power of gratitude: “As a doctor, I know the value of good therapy. So, dear friends, may I prescribe two activities to help

If You Could Talk To Your Younger Self What Advice Would You Give Them?

“If you could travel back in time for a few hours and sit down with yourself as a teenager or young adult, what advice would adult you want to give younger you?” It’s an interesting exercise to ask yourself that question. And it’s interesting to feel the emotions that come as you consider the way

#BelieveInPeople

Today my friend and mentor, Charles Koch (Chairman and CEO of one of the largest privately held companies in the country, Koch Industries), released his brand new book titled “Believe in People” which he co-authored with Brian Hooks, CEO of philanthropic group Stand Together (which my husband and I are a part of).  Charles and

Get Your Game Face On!

In yesterday’s blog I shared how much me and my family love music and shared a playlist of happy songs  Today I thought in the spirit of preparing for Thanksgiving celebrations with family next week I would share our family’s love of GAMES!!! Finding new board games and card games is something I am always

Happy Feel Good Playlist

I love love love music…the power and influence of good music can be life changing. My family also loves music and anytime we come together you can pretty much guarantee there will be at least one impromptu dance party in our kitchen. A few days ago my daughter Ashley Hill posted a list of songs

Two Options To Discover Your Limits

“You will never know your limits until you push yourself to them.” Those are really just two options for discovering your limits of how capable and strong you are.  You can either wait until life pushes you into having no choice but to discover it, or you can willingly push yourselves to attempt things that

“You need to get thick skin bud”

“You need to get thick skin bud” (Guest Blog written by my son Dalton Anderson): When I was a kid, I was bullied quite a bit. Just typical schoolyard bullying, so nothing out of the ordinary, but I remember once complaining to an adult about it. Instead of receiving sympathy, I was given a piece

Happiness Is A Warm Blanket

I woke up this morning to the beautiful scene of fluffy white snowflakes falling outside my window. As I sat looking across the living room at our lit up Christmas tree with the snow falling outside the windows it felt as though the heavens were wrapping my home in a big, fluffy, warm blanket…and with

An Opportunity To Re-evaluate

Life can seem really complex any particular moment and when we are in the thick of things its easy to get overwhelmed. It’s also easy to get so busy that you don’t even realize how much time you are spending on one thing or another and before you know it you are so busy going

Use Them To Bless The Life Of Another

Over the past seven days I’ve given keynote speeches twice at Brigham Young University, once at Utah Valley University, I’ve spoken at a Women in Business Conference, I spoke at Southern Utah University, did a mentoring session, and I judged a High School business competition. As I was making the four hour drive back home

Voting Is A Small Price To Pay For Freedom

Despite this being a year where the last thing I want to hear about, read about, or talk about is politics, I felt it important to bring something up. Don’t worry – I’m not going to try and tell anyone which candidates to vote for Tuesday as I feel that is a deeply personal decision



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