Amy Rees Anderson

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Nuggets Of Knowledge. What 47 Years Have Taught Me.

September 14th…I can’t believe I’m turning 47!  Why is it that 47 just sounds so old when I say it… I can’t pretend I’m not feeling how old I am, because I do. Aches and pains come from nowhere, climbing stairs takes a lot more effort, and the wrinkles…so may wrinkles…but with all that, I

Nothing Motivates Us Better Than Progress

We have dreams…we set goals…then we begin working on our goals…the more we progress toward those goals the better we feel about ourselves and the more motivated we get… Teresa Arnabile of Harvard published research on a phenomenon that she refers to it as the progress principle:  “Of all the positive events that influence inner

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

We are the only one who can make our dreams come true

“I want to remember that no one is going to make my dreams come true for me…it is my job to get up every day and work towards the things that are deepest in my heart…and to enjoy every step of the journey rather than wishing I was already where I want to end up.”  

Step Back And Give Things A Once Over

When is the last time you stepped back from your life and gave it a once over? Let me give an example that will illustrate what I mean: Several years ago an organization created a logo and a website that perfectly fit their needs for targeting the market they were focused on and using messaging

Accomplish Your Vision And Create The Legacy Your Heart Desires

For part of last week I attended a summit where we discussed philanthropic leadership in Higher Education where Donors from across the country gathered together to talk about lessons we have learned regarding charitable giving to Universities and to share successful programs that have been established at different Universities and how we can all work

Simpler Times. Maybe we should having them a little more often.

My mother sent me a copy of a posting put on Facebook by a gal named Christy Dickson that my sister and I were friends with back in the elementary and junior high years growing up in Washington. Here is her post: “I grew up in a little town…On Sundays you didn’t ask if you

Change Can Be Exciting! Get beyond your F.O.C.

Change is typically something we normally tend to avoid. We get comfortable with the status quo and we start to fear that change will take us somewhere worse as opposed to somewhere better. But the reality is that change can be exciting! Why? Because making a change means you WILL end up somewhere different than where you

Never follow someone else’s path…well, unless you’re lost

“Follow your passion, stay true to yourself, never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path then by all means you should follow that.”- Ellen Degeneres First off all Ellen Degeneres cracks me up. Her humor can’t help but make you smile. And I love that

You are the architect of your life

For years and years I worked on drawing a floor plan for my dream home and then a few years ago I was able to build that house and see those drawings become a reality.  It was really exciting to see something you had worked so hard on come to fruition. We are the architects

Profit From Failure

You probably read today’s title and wondered how it is possible for anyone to profit from failure. It is success we profit from, is it not?  The profits from success may be far more obvious to everyone, but I would submit that we can profit just as greatly from failure if we choose to. My

Life has many ways of testing a person’s will…

Why is it that time seems to go slowly when you have nothing important to do, but then when you have an overwhelming number of things to do time speeds by at a ridiculous rate?! It’s incredible how fast time flies in a day when you are scrambling to get things done, and it is

One Season Ends, Another Begins

I cannot believe that summer is coming to an end and fall is beginning. Our summer vacations have come to an end, most everyone’s kids are back to school at this point, and we all have to get back into our normal routines again. In some ways it’s sad to have summer playtime behind us

Don’t Be Ashamed of Your Story, It Will Inspire Others

Everyone has a story…a history…a series of failures and mistakes that have shaped them into the person they are today.  I, for one, believe we shouldn’t be ashamed of our story. Our story is what helped us become the person we are. That story is what taught us great life lessons that we might not

Our Own Worst Critic

Most all of us are our own worst critic. We pick ourselves apart, we put ourselves down, we stress over every flaw and imperfection. And heaven knows we women are far worse than the men when it comes to vocally putting ourselves down, although I happen to believe that men are just as hard on

It’s a Daily Effort

Becoming the person you want to become is a daily effort and one that extends a lifetime.  It’s not as though one day you wake up and go “I’ve arrived! I am now the perfect person.  My work here is done.”  And if you do wake up thinking that you have a whole other set

Because of Him…Thoughts on Easter

Happy Easter to everyone!  I thought for my blog today I would take the opportunity to share a few of my thoughts about Easter and what it means to me personally. I love Easter because it reminds me that at any point we can make the decision to be a better person and repent for our past mistakes

The Best Antidote for Worry Is Work

“The best antidote I know for worry is work. The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired.  One of the greatest ironies of life is this:  He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.”       -Gordon B. Hinckley I absolutely

He Is Building A Palace

Life is full of unexpected events, changes, and uncertainty.  Sometimes those changes are exciting and wonderful, and sometimes they are devastating, painful and hard. C.S. Lewis is my favorite author.  I have learned many important life lessons by reading his books.  One of his quotes that has helped me tremendously as I have dealt with



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