Amy Rees Anderson

Amy Rees Anderson

Wait – It Isn’t An April Fool’s Joke?!

I was so hoping I would turn on the news this morning and they’d say “APRIL FOOLS!” and we’d all find out this whole pandemic is just one big elaborate April fool’s joke being played on us….yeah, no such luck…turns out its all real… As this pandemic escalates more and more and the deaths begin

The Parable Of The Owl Express

The Parable of the Owl Express (by James E. Talmage) During my college days, I was one of a class of students appointed to fieldwork as a part of our prescribed courses in geology. …A certain assignment had kept us in the field many days. … As the time allotted to the investigation drew near its close,

Be The Light (guest post by Dalton Anderson)

To mix things up a little for y’all I asked my son Dalton to write today’s blog post: I was talking to a good friend of mine today – I’ll just call him “Kurt” (to respect his privacy). Kurt was sharing some of the trials that have been occurring in his life recently. Summed up,

Never Take Loved Ones Or Hugs For Granted

A news story talked of individuals found to be sick with Coronavirus and how they have to be immediately quarantined away from their families. When they have to be hospitalized they do so without their families by their side. And those die do so without having gotten a chance to hug their loved ones goodbye.

Nothing Could Be More Powerful Or Bring Us Greater Peace

When there are times of uncertainty, like what our world is facing right now, I often turn to reading inspirational talks in order to help me feel better. The talk I read today was by Marvin J. Ashton called “Peace”.  It was so powerful I had to share an excerpt of a story shared in

Bad Things Happen To Good People

“That moment when you pour a bowl of cereal and realize there’s no milk so you sit there wondering why bad things happen to good people.” (tee hee) It’s so easy in life to think that because you are trying to live your life right and do good things that therefore nothing bad should happen

If Only Everyone Agreed To Take A Break At The Same Time…

I can’t count the number of times in life that I’ve thought to myself, “I wish everyone would agree to just slow down and take a break at the very same time so we could all get caught up for once!”  However, never in a million years did I expect it to actually happen…and yet,

Conversations It Would Be Irresponsible Not To Have

One of the most difficult conversations to hold with people is the one where you ask them to walk you through their desires in the event of their passing away. It’s especially difficult to have that conversation with your aging parents at a time you know they are already feeling concerns about the dangers of

Shaken To The Core – Literally

It was 7:09am when the entire house began shaking…and I mean SHAKING! I’d only fallen asleep three hours before that but I went from totally asleep to 100% awake in less than a second! Both my husband and I shot up in our bed and my husband yelled out, “THAT’S AN EARTHQUAKE!!!”  It felt like

Finding Silver Linings To This Coronavirus Storm Cloud

Today was the only St Patrick’s Day you could wear green and not get pinched by anyone!  That’s just one example of a silver lining to be found in this Coronavirus storm cloud :).  Another silver lining today was that I didn’t have to spend any time putting make-up on today, I didn’t have to

Don’t Think Of All You Can’t Do On Lockdown, Think Of All You Can!

When I first heard that everything was getting cancelled and we would all be asked to stay in our homes for several weeks my first thought was about how our entire lives were going to be put on hold. I started stressing about all the things I couldn’t do until the lockdown ended. Then it

An Opportunity To Mute The Noise Around Us And #HearHim

With all the craziness of the news updates, the rush on the grocery stores, the closures going on, and the updates on the Coronavirus spreading it felt almost impossible to feel a sense of peace…and then Sunday came… Our church had put out a notification last week that our regular Sunday services were not being

What A Difference A Coronavirus Day Makes

The last 24 hours have been but what can only be described as surreal…from all of the Universities throughout the State of Utah shutting down, to graduation ceremonies getting cancelled, to conferences and events canceling, to companies ordering workers to work from home, to the Governor asking for a ban on any gatherings of over

The Power Of The Goal Poster

Tonight I spoke to a group of Young Women between age 11 and 17 about “The Power of the Goal Poster”. The Power of the Goal Poster is actually the title of a chapter from my book “What AWESOME Looks Like: How To Excel In Business & Life” that’s available for purchase on Amazon.com. Below

Do What Is Right Let The Consequence Follow

“Do what is right, let the consequence follow.” That quote is a quote that was on my office every day while I ran my company MediConnect Global. That quote means a great deal to me because it is by living by that quote that I attribute the successes that have happened in my life.  Tonight

Integrity, Ethics, and Grace

Tomorrow evening (March 10th) I am being honored as the 2020 Wheatley Distinguished Ethics Speaker for Brigham Young University where I’ve been invited to give a lecture on the importance of Integrity and Ethics to a group of prominent business leaders, faculty, and students.  In my lecture I am going to be sharing some experiences

A Trip to Cabo, an 80s Prom Murder Party, and a Board Meeting

My week last week was completely insane. I started the week off down in Cabo San Lucas at the invite of some dear friends who’d asked my husband and I to join them for a few days at the beautiful Montage Resort in Cabo. You are probably thinking “oh , boo hoo…really rough life going

You Were Literally Born To Handle This – You CAN!

Figure it out for yourself, my lad, You’ve all that the greatest of men have had, Two arms, two hands, two legs, two eyes And a brain to use if you would be wise. With this equipment they all began, So start for the top and say, “I can.” Look them over, the wise and

Check You Out… You’re Doing It!

I’ve been buried today so my daughter Ashley Hill wrote tonights blog to help me out and it’s AWESOME!: Have you ever started a journey having no idea how to accomplish the tasks ahead, let alone know what tasks would be required? Where you feel absolute fear, hope, adrenaline, nervousness, and peace all at the

If You Want To Conquer Fear

“If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” – Dale Carnegie The last few days as I’ve watched the news stories and read the articles about the spread of the Coronavirus it has been difficult not to let feelings of fear start creeping in…fear for

The Story Of YOU!

Last week the 10th Annual Rootstech Conference took place in Salt Lake City.  Rootstech is largest Family History Conference in the world!  And it is INCREDIBLE!!!  Nearly 30,000 people from more than 37 countries, 45 of the 50 states, along with several hundred thousand watching online were a part of this conference. The theme of

Defining Success

How do I define a successful day?  For me, a successful day is one I can come home from knowing that I did my very best, I gave it my all, I made good choices that upheld my integrity and that I treated others with kindness and respect.  That is a successful day.  Every other

We All Need Reasons To Celebrate

If you happen to like Polar Bears, Pokemon, Chili, or Protein then February 27th is definitely your day to celebrate! That’s right – its National Polar Bear Day, National Pokemon Day, National Chili Day, and National Protein Day!  YEEEE-HAWWWW!!! I can’t help but wonder who comes up with all these random national holidays?  But whoever

Totally Unafraid

Have you ever tried chasing after a two year old who is running as fast as he can down a long hallway while wearing four inch high heels?  Well, that’s exactly what I was doing Sunday.  We had been sitting in the chapel of our church listening to the speaker when my grandson started acting

It’s Up To You

“You are the fellow that has to decide Whether you’ll do it or toss it aside. You are the fellow who makes up your mind Whether you’ll lead or will linger behind Whether you’ll try for the goal that’s afar Or just be contented to stay where you are. Take it or leave it. Here’s

Ethics and Integrity

Today I flew to Atlanta in order to speak tomorrow at a conference for the National Ethics Directors Summit being held for University Ethics Directors from across the country.  When I was asked to come and speak at this Summit I went to great lengths to move my schedule around so I could make it

Don’t Wait For Conditions To Be Perfect To Begin

“Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.” – Alan Cohen Today I went and spoke at Brigham Young University to a class of around 350 students.  After my presentation I spent time doing open Q&A with them and I have to admit that the Q&A portion is

How To Keep Young And Prevent Aging

Welcome back from your holiday weekend! I hope everyone was able to make time for a little romance over Valentines. I know I personally have to credit my husband for knocking it out of the park with my favorite roses, cooking me breakfast, drawing hearts with crayon on my shower walls with cute sayings in



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