Amy Rees Anderson

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Celebrating Pioneer Day And A Legacy Of Faith

July 24th may be just a regular day for most of the world, but here in Utah it’s a State holiday called Pioneer Day when we celebrate the fact that on July 24, 1847, the Pioneers first arrived to settle the State of Utah.  If you are not familiar with the story of what these

You Can Keep Going Long After You Think You Can’t

“You can keep going long after you think you can’t.” – Roger Knapp If I’ve learned anything the last few weeks it’s that this quote is true – you really can keep going long after you think you can’t.  There have been several times the last few weeks when I’ve been so tired from the

Ask Yourself What Is Really Important

“Ask yourself what is really important and then have the wisdom and courage to build your life around your answer.”  -Unknown There were a million and one things on my to-do list needing to get done, but as I sat by my father-in-law’s side all day in the medical clinic I knew I was exactly

Nothing Good Happens Until You Let It

Nothing good happens until you let it. That’s the thought that came into my head today. The reason? Well, I was about to embark on a bit of an adventure and I was feeling all kinds of nervous about it. To put it more bluntly, I was downright afraid…afraid of the unknown…afraid of the what

The Pedigree Of Your Spirit Can Be Written On A Single Line

“However many generations in your mortal ancestry, no matter what race or people you represent, the pedigree of your spirit can be written on a single line. You are a child of God!”   -Boyd K. Packer That quote is so powerful! It’s like every time I read it a little voice in my head whispers,

Greater Than Our Fears, Our Doubts, Our Anxieties

All of us have moments of fear, doubt, anxiety, and loneliness in our lives. Some battle it only occasionally while others may deal with it on an ongoing basis, but I have yet to meet anyone who hasn’t dealt with those emotions in their life.  One of the most powerful talks on this subject was

The Best and Most Uplifting Talks EVER!

I’m so excited about this weekend!  In order to describe just how awesome what I’ll be watching this weekend will be I first have to remind everyone that I am seriously A.D.D. (attention deficit disorder)…anyone who knows me knows I have a hard time sitting still for, well, just about anything…but this weekend not only

A Great Little Confidence Building Trick

How others see you isn’t important. How you see yourself is everything. What’s cool about that is you can replace the picture in your head of how you see yourself today with the picture of how you wish you were and then be that person!  I use that trick all the time when I am

Advice For The Overwhelmed

Today was one of those days where when it comes to an end you just want to curl up in a ball and cry because you’ve had one thing after another pile on you so fast and furious you don’t even feel like you have time to breathe, let alone catch a potty break or

If You Want to Increase Your Creativity, Quit Following the Manual

(Guest blog written by Dalton Anderson) I watched “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” recently and I highly recommend that movie. If you enjoyed the first movie, I think you’ll thoroughly enjoy the second. It was—AWESOME! And speaking of the first Lego Movie, it gave me an idea for a blog and since my

Noble Virtues, Selfless Service, Self-Reliance, and Courage

WWII Veteran, and my Great Uncle, Melvin Dalton passed away last weekend just six days before his 96th birthday. Uncle Mel served in the U.S. Marine Corp on the USS California during World War II. He later served as Chief of Police in Moab Utah for eleven years. He was an incredible sharp shooter, he

WHAT AWESOME LOOKS LIKE: How To Excel In Business & Life

I have to say that starting the year off with a great big completed check on one of my big goals from my goal poster feels pretty fantastic! I finished writing my very first book ever and I’m going to be receiving my advanced copy of the book fresh off the presses from the publisher

Brains, Heart, and Courage

Tonight I went to see our friend Lexi Walker ( http://lexiwalker.net/ )  perform as Dorothy in the play The Wizard of Oz at the amazing Hale Center Theater in Utah (www.hct.org ) . Lexi is an incredibly talented young woman who is also an absolute sweetheart. Lexi first came into the spotlight at the age

Welcome to 2019 And The First Day of the Rest Of Your Life!

2019…can you believe it?!?!  It’s 2019! And today is the first day of the rest of your life and it’s going to be AWESOME!!! Happy New Year everyone! My family rang in the new year by busting out a bottle of sparkling grape juice only to find it was fermented, which caused my son and

Sky Castles and Goal Posters

When my children were young we would lay down on our backs on the trampoline outside in our backyard and we would all three look up at the sky together and play a game we called “Sky Castles”. In our game we would take turns building our pretend sky castles by saying what we saw

Sometimes People No One Imagines Anything Of Do The Things That No One Can Imagine

“Sometimes it’s the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.” I love that quote from the movie The Imitation Game and I love what the meaning of the quote conveys. To me it stands as a reminder of two things: One:  We should never underestimate people. We should never pre-judge another

There Is No Shame In Admitting You Need Help

There is no shame in admitting you need help. In fact, your life will get so much better when you do. Between 9am and 10am this morning I got a phone call from my daughter who was calling from her college campus where she had arrived to her class building to find emergency responders and

Thank You For Your Service

November 11th is US holiday dedicated to honoring military veterans and celebrating their service. And I believe its also a day we should honor and celebrate the families of the veterans who are as much the heroes as those who serve. I am so grateful to veterans and their families for affording me a great nation of freedom

You Can Control Your Effort Even If You Can’t Control The Outcome

“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs

Opportunities Are Like Sunrises, If You Wait Too Long You Miss Them

“Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long you miss them.”  – William Arthur Ward I’ve observed many situations where an opportunity was placed before someone, and then they hesitated, and fretted, and deliberated, and flip-flopped, until eventually their hesitation lost them the opportunity all-together. Opportunities…especially golden ones…don’t present themselves all that often. Golden

How Not To Feel Lonely As A CEO

Today I spoke at an executive luncheon for CEOs and executives from different companies. It was a Q&A format so there was a lot of questions asked about the different things that CEOs deal with. Talking with them I was reminded of the stresses they were carrying on their shoulders and I could remember feeling

Some Advice On Raising Capital

Today I gave a keynote speech at the WeRoc conference (Women Entrepreneurs Realizing Opportunities for Capital). In my talk I shared several pieces of advice on raising capital: This first bit of advice probably seems counter-intuitive to be saying at raising venture conference but it’s what I honestly believe is the best advice I could

Don’t Stop Until You’re Proud

“Don’t stop until you’re proud.” -unknown This past week I rode a bicycle from Vermont up to Montreal Canada. Now I know that might sound like no big deal to many of you, but for me it was a HUGE deal! For starters I hadn’t ridden a bicycle since I was twelve years old. In

Don’t Let Your Fear Stop You – TRY!

I’ve been known to be the first girl out on the dance floor, the girl who can’t sit still if she’s bored, a leader, an entrepreneur, a public speaker, a writer, and a philanthropist. What I am not known to be is a girl who does anything that requires walking long distances, running even short

Make Your Comebacks Stronger Than Your Setbacks

This week has been absolutely insane as I’ve been getting everything ready for the big Utah Valley University Woodbury School of Business Fall National Advisory Board Conference this Thursday and Friday. As the Chair of the board I can attest that putting a board conference together is SO much more work than you’d ever imagine. It’s a lot like having

If It Feels Like Work You Are Doing It Wrong

“If it feels like work you are doing it wrong.” – unknown Today I must be doing it wrong because it has definitely felt like work. Those feelings reminded me of an article I once read that was written by Jenna Goudreau for Forbes called Seven Steps To Happiness At Work, she shares seven tips from a

Ethics, Turbulence, Leadership and Integrity

Last week I flew to Driggs Idaho where we held our BYU Wheatley Ethics Advisory Council retreat. I’d never been to Driggs or Jackson Hole so I was really excited to get to see both places for the first time. But we had a bit of a harrowing experience on the trip when the Pilatus

The Torch Bearer

Each of us have been born with special talents that God gave us so we might use them to benefit the lives of others. As we do, our own lives will be blessed as well. I love the following poem because its a great reminder to stay humble and recognize that our gifts are just



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