Amy Rees Anderson

Amy Rees Anderson

Remember What It Stands For

My Great Uncle Mel Dalton was a WWII veteran who served in the US Marine Corps on the USS California. My Uncle was a truly great man who served his country at great personal sacrifice to himself and his family. He loved America with his whole soul and he understood firsthand those sacrifices made by

If We Can Just Get Through This Month

My older sister in California and I were talking on the phone tonight about how frustrating it is not to know how or what we can plan for the rest of our summer given all the COVID madness. She and her family are hoping to come out to Utah to stay with us for a

Be The Best Of Whatever You Are

If you can’t be a pine on top of the hill,Be a scrub in the valley — but beThe best little scrub by the side of the rill;Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a bush be a bit of the grass,And some highway happier make;If you can’t be

“Are YOU livin’ a 10!?”

I’ve had a really long night tonight and getting home at 2:30am I knew I’d struggle to write a blog as tired as I am so thankfully my daughter Ashley was willing to write tonight’s blog post: Awhile back my husband Alex and I set out on a 6 hour drive to Lake Powell. While

Feeling Better Inward Takes Turning More Outward

Last week I spent a few days doing both speaking and mentoring session via video conferencing on Zoom with groups of students from multiple Universities across the country.   During that time I was serving those students I wasn’t worrying about the pandemic we are facing, or the riots still going on, or the wildfires, or

“Be brave enough to suck at something new”

Today I spent hours speaking to students of BYU at their StartUp LaunchPad program. I gave my talk over Zoom Video Conference so I could do some Q&A with students after my talk. I asked my Daughter if she would cover my blog for me tonight and thankfully she said YES! So here’s a post

Every Dumb Mistake I Ever Made

There are two types of mistakes in life – those we make innocently because we didn’t know better yet and are learning, and there are those we make despite the fact we knew better but made them anyway. Its the latter type that I refer to as “dumb” mistakes. Every “dumb” mistake I EVER made

The Fear Of Childishness and The Desire To Be Very Grown Up

Having been sucked into an endless hole all day of gathering receipts so my accountant can get my tax return prepared in time for the upcoming tax deadline, I asked my son Dalton if he’d write tonight’s blog post for me. Here’s Dalton’s post: “When I became a man I put away childish things, including

What “Father” Means To Me

As a little girl one of my earliest memories of my Dad was how he’d tuck me in bed at night and I’d make him check inside my closet to ensure there weren’t any monsters there. Once Dad had performed his safety check I would know it was safe to go to sleep.  My Dad

If Our Future Selves Could Talk to Us

As those who follow my daily blogs know, I have done something really different this week in my blogs. I’ve been sharing excerpts each day this week out of my book I wrote, “What Awesome Looks Like: How To Excel In Business & Life”. Given this is the last blog for this week I thought

Good Employees Make Mistakes, Great Leaders Allow Them To.

Each day this week I’ve been sharing different excerpts from the book I wrote titled “What Awesome Looks Like: How To Excel In Business & Life” in my blog posts. Today I’ll be sharing an excerpt from Chapter 8: Good Employees Make Mistakes, Great Leaders Allow Them To. As a business leader, I found that

The Fastest Way to Achieve Success Is to First Help Others Succeed

Each day this week I decided I would share excerpts from the book I wrote titled “What Awesome Looks Like: How To Excel In Business & Life”. Today I’m going to share an excerpt from Chapter 7 of the book: The Fastest Way To Success Is To First Help Others Succeed Successful people are always

The Power Of The Goal Poster

As I shared yesterday, this week in my blogs I’ll be sharing excerpts from my book “What Awesome Looks Like: How To Excel In Business & Life” . The following excerpt comes from Chapter One and is about the Power of the Goal Poster and is one of the most important messages I share in

SO, WHAT DOES AWESOME LOOK LIKE?

I wrote a book titled “What Awesome Looks Like: How To Excel In Business & Life” which was just published last year.  In my blog posts for this week only I thought it would be fun to share some excerpts of my book with you. Today I’ll be sharing my intro to the book and

If No One Can See Your Mouth Is It Still Worth Smiling?

We’ve all heard the question, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear, does it make a sound?”  As I was out and about with me N95 mask on today I thought to myself, “If you have a smile on my face but no one can see your mouth

The Best Antidote For Worry

“The best antidote I know for worry is work. The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired.  One of the greatest ironies of life is this:  He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.”       -Gordon B. Hinckley Today I

You Want To Know What’s Super Convenient?

You want to know what’s super convenient?  When it bedtime rolls around and you don’t have to get ready for bed because you’re still wearing your pajamas from the night before!  Yeah…that pretty much sums up my day today…  I woke up early this morning and had to jump immediately on my computer and phone

2020 Needs To Be Sent To Its Room To Take A Timeout

They say when it rains it pours and they aren’t kidding. I woke up this morning to my husband yelling for me to come quick to look outside our back windows.  As I made my way to the sunroom it sounded like the roof was getting pummeled.  When I got to the back windows I

The Motivating Power Of Trust

What motivates me more than anything and gets me super excited to work my tail off and give my absolute all to something is knowing people have placed their trust in me and me not wanting to let their trust down. When people are placing trust in me its like I’m being given a supercharged

When You Share Your Light You Are Helping Strengthen Mine

I have always been an optimist and a person who sees the glass half full.  A person who looks for the positive lesson in every challenge, who looks toward a happily ever after, and who believes there is far more good in the world than bad.  But this week I have struggled to feel that

Build Bridges of Understanding Rather Than Creating Walls of Segregation

Yesterday Russell M. Nelson, prophet of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints released the following statement: “We join with many throughout this nation and around the world who are deeply saddened at recent evidences of racism and a blatant disregard for human life. We abhor the reality that some would deny others respect

Forgiveness Doesn’t Mean That What Happened Was Okay

I’m still struggling today to find words to express the sadness I feel about what’s happening around the world right now. I was reading back through things I’d written today and came across something I wrote on the 13th anniversary of September 11th 2001 about hatred. It reads:  “Holding on to anger is like drinking

Indispensable Virtues

It’s been unbelievably heartbreaking to watch all the events that have occurred over the last week throughout the country. Tonight the feelings in my heart are too tender to try and write about them so instead I decided to share an excerpt from a talk by Jeffrey R. Holland titled “A Perfect Brightness of Hope”:

Live Every Day In Fourth Quarter

It’s been a crazy week of being up til 2 or 3am in the morning every night so in hopes of me getting to bed before midnight tonight I asked my daughter Ashley to write about a recent lesson she’s learned. Here’s what she shared: “Anyone who knows me knows I’m a big basketball fan…

You Can Awfulize And Catastrophize Or See An Opportunity

As we were driving up to Montana from Utah last week to stay over Memorial weekend at our friends cabin I put a talk on for all of us in the car to listen to by stress expert and comedian Loretta Laroche. She was talking about how often we tend to awfulize and catastrophize things

A Prescription You Can’t Fill At The Pharmacy

My husband and I spent our Memorial Weekend up in Dillon, Montana at a friend’s cabin.  It was my first time in Dillon and I was amazed at how incredibly beautiful it was.  Our friend’s cabin sits on a pond at the confluence of two rivers with mountains in the distance. It truly was breathtakingly

Those Who Gave All To Defend God, Religion, Freedom, Peace, and Family

It’s difficult to put into words the profound gratitude and respect I have for all those who gave their lives defending God, religion, freedom, peace, and family. May we never forget the tremendous sacrifice they made: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

The Importance Of Human Connection

“The needs of the spirit are as crucial to health as those individual organs which make up the body.”   -Florence Nightingale Isolation is a word many have become all too familiar with during this pandemic, especially for those who aren’t able to be in quarantine with loved ones. And as much as we might have

Ordinary Miracles Are Happening Around You Each Day – Watch For Them!

With things slowly starting to re-open here in Utah again our family is anxiously awaiting the reopening of our beloved Lake Powell. We can’t wait for the marina to get back up and operational again as we are all longing to be able to take a trip on our houseboat again. Our Lake Powell vacations



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