Amy Rees Anderson

pandemic

What’s Left Unsaid

You know its been a long day when its after midnight and you are still at your office working…which is why my son Dalton agreed to pinch hit for me tonight by writing today’s blog post: What’s Left Unsaid (written by Dalton Anderson) This year has been one for the history books. Probably the understatement

Life Happens. Chocolate Helps.

Today happened to be National Chocolate Day – which means you could eat all the chocolate you wanted and not feel guilty about it!  Truth is my husband is the one addicted to  chocolate at our house and I’m more of a caramel fan myself, but with it being a National holiday of chocolate I

These Days The Little Moments Mean A Whole Lot More

Fourth of July has always been one of our family’s favorite holidays. And one of our favorite family traditions for Fourth of July is attending the Stadium of Fire celebration held in Utah.  Stadium of Fire boasts a huge headline musical performer each year (past years have included Carrie Underwood, One Republic, Keith Urban, Journey,

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

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

Only In The Darkness Can You See The Stars

Our family has been going to Lake Powell in the summers every year from the time my children were little. It’s literally one of our very favorite places on earth.  The water is amazing, the red rock cliffs are incredible, and there is nothing in the world quite as beautiful as a Lake Powell sunset.

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 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

Wearing A Mask Is Sexy!!!

Do you want to know why wearing a mask is sexy? I’ll tell you because I just learned why myself today in a meeting with the Governor where he shared these stats with me: If a COVID CARRIER IS NOT wearing a mask and YOU ARE then the probability of you getting covid is 70%.

Some Good News

We’ve all spent the last few months hearing pretty much nothing but bad news…from the coronavirus pandemic, to earthquakes, tornadoes, wildfires, severe storms, stock market crashes, cancelled graduations, and on and on and on…with every news station full of stories of gloom and doom is it really that surprising that people are struggling with feelings

Not All Heroes Wear Capes

Today is National Superhero Day, a day to honor those who serve and protect while fighting evil.  My personal favorite superhero is Wonder Woman. I watched every episode of the original TV series back in the 70’s when I was a little girl.  And I knew that when I grew up I wanted to be

Taking Stock Of Who You Are

 “Spring cleaning isn’t just about sorting through things, and getting rid of clutter. It’s about taking stock of who you are. It’s a chance to redefine yourself, to change expectations, and to remember that it’s never too late to recapture who you were, or to aim for who you want to be.”  -unknown One positive

To Innovate Does Not Necessarily Mean To Expand

“To innovate does not necessarily mean to expand; very often it means to simplify.” – M. Russell Ballard Being in lockdown has required companies and service providers to innovate in order to keep their businesses alive. For so many years everyone has looked at growth as the indicator of innovation. Yet as the quote reads,

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

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

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,

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

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

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



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