Amy Rees Anderson

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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

Focus On What You Can Control

“One of the happiest moments ever, is when you find the courage to let go of what you can’t change.” There are a million aspects to life that are out of our control. And focusing on things you can’t control is absolutely pointless…no matter how much you focus on them you can’t control them so

Sometimes Words Can’t Adequately Describe

I’m not even sure where to begin tonight…. this last weekend has been one of the most spiritually powerful and uplifting experiences of my life.  I spent 6 hours on Saturday and 4 hours Sunday listening to a semi-annual General Conference that was filled with inspirational talks, messages of hope, and indescribably beautiful musical performances

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

Speaking Of A.D.D.

I have so many things to tell all of you about and yet each time I’ve tried to sit down to write a blog about them I get interrupted – From my husband being hospitalized unexpectedly last week, to me needing to fly to Washington DC this week for some really important meetings and to

Speak The Truth

Years ago I wrote an article for Forbes called Speak The Truth Even If Your Voice Shakes which talked about the importance of giving people honest feedback in a respectful way, even at times it feels uncomfortable or  intimidating to do so.  In the article I shared seven lessons I’d learned about giving feedback and

The Price We Pay For Love

“When you love people very much, isn’t it grand to be able to join in their happiness? Like everything else in the world, however, there is a price to pay for love, for the more happiness we derive from the existence and companionship of other human beings, the more vulnerable we are when there is

The Answer: Courage

“Courage!  What makes a king out of a slave?  Courage!  What makes the flag on the mast to wave?  Courage!  What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist, or the dusky dusk?  What makes the muskrat guard his musk?  Courage!  What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder?  Courage!  What makes the dawn

Don’t Let Your Mind Be A Dumping Ground

“If you suffer from worry, from grief or shame, from jealousy, disappointment, or envy, I have something to tell you. Somewhere near your home there is a vacant corner lot. Although adjoining yards may be well tended, a vacant corner lot somehow is always full of weeds. There is a footpath across it, a bicycle

There Can Be Miracles When You Believe

Some days we really need to hear this particular song…today would be one of those days…  Its worth your time to have a listen: Or at a minimum read the lyrics:   Many nights we prayedWith no proof anyone could hearIn our hearts a hope for a songWe barely understood Now we are not afraidAlthough

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

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

No One Is Successful And Brilliant From The Get-Go

I’ve had some amazing successes in my business life – but I certainly didn’t start out successful. And I’ve had my fair share of strokes of brilliance along the way – but I definitely didn’t start out brilliant. The truth is that when I first started out I was anything but successful or brilliant…I was

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

Even Successful People Are Just People

Before everything in my life went haywire and I ended up at Primary Children’s hospital last Saturday through Monday with my grandbaby (who btw seems to be getting a little better each day thank heavens!), I had the awesome experience of speaking last Friday at Utah State University’s Huntsman School of Business Forum on the

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

Kindness Is Free. Sprinkle That Stuff Everywhere

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” -Oscar Wilde I was in the airport when I saw her – a young mother with her small baby strapped to her chest in a carrier and her little two year old boy by her side with a car seat in one hand

Promise Yourself

“Promise Yourself To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. To make all your friends feel that there is something in them To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. To think only the

If I Had My Life To Live Over Again

Yesterday I blogged about a talk Steve Jobs gave in which he discussed keeping perspective on life and death in the context of making decisions and not letting fear hold you back. After I’d finished that blog I couldn’t help but think a bit more about that subject of life and death, but my thoughts

What It’s Like To Be A Single Mom

I spent many years as a single parent to two children. When I got married again ten and a half years ago one of the first things my new husband said to me was, “How did you do it?! How did you handle everything alone?!”  The truth is I wasn’t quite sure how to answer

What are you going to regret more?

Sometimes we have to stop and ask ourselves: Which will we regret more? Doing it, and having it not work out in the end? Or not doing it, and wondering if it could have? And which feeling seems like it would be worse regarding the decision your trying to make – Looking back and thinking

If Anyone Ever Tells You Your Dreams Are Silly…

“If anyone ever tells you your dreams are silly, just remember here’s a millionaire walking around who invented the pool noodle.”  – unknown That quote makes me happy because it’s a great reminder to everyone who makes fun of someone else’s dream that they might want to think twice before making fun…you never know what

The Optimists Creed

“Promise Yourself To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. To make all your friends feel that there is something in them To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. To think only the

Don’t believe everything you think

This morning while getting ready for the day I was listening to a show with inspirational music and thoughts called Music and the Spoken Word. There is something really fabulous about starting your day off with beautiful music and inspiring words. It definitely helps you get into the right frame of mind to face the

Thinking “I’m not going to make it”…then realizing you already have…

“Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and think, “I’m not going to make it”, but you laugh inside – remembering all the times you’ve felt that way.”  – Charles Bukowski How often I’ve woken up thinking that exact thing…thinking “I’m not going to make it”…completely overlooking the fact that I have already

Be strong enough to let go

“Be strong enough to let go, and wise enough to wait for what you deserve.” – unknown Letting go of something you have cared about, but recognize is hurting you, is never easy.  Whether it’s a toxic relationship (or just a relationship that is keeping you from moving forward), or a bad habit (especially an

Principles of Peace – An Easter Message

Peace…We can’t turn on the TV news or listen to the radio without hearing daily reports of worldwide tragedies, of acts of hatred and terror, of wars and rumors of wars. There is not much peace to be found in those reports. And on top of that we are all going through our own personal



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