Amy Rees Anderson

Amy Rees Anderson

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

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

What Will You Do With Your Extra Hour

“YIPPEEE an extra hour of 2020”, said no one ever.  But like it or not, an extra hour is exactly what each of us received this weekend as daylight savings time came to an end and we all set our clocks back on Sunday.  So now the question we each have to ask ourselves is

It Might Sound Like A Curse But It’s Been A Blessing

August 13th of this year marked the ten year anniversary of me writing a daily blog and hitting that ten year mark was the goal I had set for myself.  For ten long years I have literally written a blog five days a week, every single week, without missing a single day (other than National

There Are No Mistakes, Only Discoveries

Back in 2016 I took my family on a Disney Cruise to the Mediterranean. While on the cruise my son and daughter decided to go to a workshop they were holding on how to draw different Disney characters. At the start of the class the crew passed out pencils. These particular pencils had no erasers

Stronger Than You Know

The Oak Tree A mighty wind blew night and day.It stole the Oak Tree’s leaves away.Then snapped its boughsand pulled its barkuntil the Oak was tired and stark. But still the Oak Tree held its groundwhile other trees fell all around.The weary wind gave up and spoke,“How can you still be standing Oak?” The Oak

It’s Been A Scary Halloween All Year So I Decided I’m Jumping To Christmas!

This entire year has already felt like one big scary Halloween movie so I decided I’m jumping to Christmas!  Yesterday I put on Mariah Carey’s Christmas album and sang my lungs out in the shower and my spirits immediately began lifting…. By afternoon I had my husband hauling in boxes of Christmas decorations from the

The Miracle Of Hope

It’s only a three minute video clip, but it’s three minutes spoken by a man who is incredibly special to me (I’ll explain why below) that reminds us that what we need right now is RELENTLESS HOPE…it reminds us that WE CAN HOPE…that WE SHOULD HOPE…that WE HAVE EVERY REASON TO HOPE:

The Legacy We Leave Behind

Last weekend marked the ten year anniversary of the unexpected passing of on of my best friends, Steve Gasser.  Ten years…I can hardly believe that its been ten years since I last got to see his smile and last heard his voice on the other end of the phone saying “Wazzzzzuuuuuppppp!”  I’d first met Steve

How We Avoid Becoming Pawns In Someone Else’s Game

An Ambassador in another country shared the following sentiment with me: People who wish to do evil for their own selfish purposes (whether it be fame, power, position, or fortune) have figured out they no longer need to wage a war to conquer society – they only need to feign they are two people with

An Experiment In Opening Your Heart

Virginia Hinckley Pearce wrote a book called “A Heart Like His: Making Space for God`s Love in Your Life”. I first learned about her book a few years back when I was invited to hear her speak and in her talk she issued a challenge for all of us to try an experiment that turned

Don’t Lose Hope. You Never Know What Tomorrow May Bring.

I laid down to take a nap after 9am church this morning and stayed asleep until just a few minutes ago (nearly 9pm!). Clearly my body needs sleep so rather than writing a blog tonight I’m going to repost an article I wrote for Forbes back in 2015 titled “Don’t Lose Hope. You Never Know

Don’t Allow Others To Define Your Success

I’ve spent the day at a Family Office Summit in Arizona. Knowing I’d be tied up all day I asked my son Dalton if he’d write tonight’s blog post to cover for me. Here’s Dalton’s post Don’t allow others to define your success (by Dalton Anderson) Being the son of a successful entrepreneur comes with

“None of us is as smart as all of us.”

“None of us is as smart as all of us.” – Ken Blanchard Yesterday one of the long standing non-profit organizations I serve on the board of received word that a new set of covid restrictions coming into effect will cause this amazing performing arts theater which boasts Broadway caliber shows and musicals that are

Family Traditions – KEEP DOING THEM!

It’s always on a Saturday morning in October. Our family meets down at a place called the Red Barn. We get their homemade apple cider and freshly made apple donuts for breakfast and then we climb aboard a tractor trailer to ride on hail bails out to the pumpkin patch where we explore a corn

An Irish Blessing

Sometimes the simplest thing can touch your heart. Today reading this Irish blessing someone shared touched mine: May God give you…☘️ For every storm, a rainbow, For every tear, a smile, For every care, a promise, And a blessing in each trial. For every problem life sends, A faithful friend to share, For every sigh,

Believe In People

Believe in People: Bottom-up Solutions for a Top Down World is an awesome new book that I was blessed to receive an advance copy of from authors Charles Koch & Brian Hooks. I’ve had the privilege of getting to know both Charles and Brian personally over the last several years through Stand Together, a philanthropic

Lessons On Branding From Expert Gordon Bowen

Three years ago this week I was sitting in the home of world renowned branding genius, Gordon Bowen, founder and Global Chairman of McGarryBowen and Chief Creative Officer of Dentsu Aegis Network.  The very next day I wrote the following article for Forbes.com:  Lessons On Branding Shared By Advertising Expert Gordon Bowen of McGarryBowen Last



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