Amy Rees Anderson

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Some People, Good People, And Extraordinary People

“Some people see the glass half empty. Good people see the glass half full. But extraordinary people are just grateful for the glass!”  That quote came today in the weekly email letter I get from my daughter Ashley on her mission and I loved it so much I had to share it with everyone. What

Groundhog Day Says We’re Going to Have To Make Our Own Sunshine

With all of the amazing technology we employ today it’s amazing the credibility we attribute to the shadow of a little brown rodent each Groundhog Day. But every year I admit that, I along with everyone else, wait to hear whether Phil saw his shadow or not. It never fails to bum me out when

I am Woman, I am Invincible, I am TIRED…

Some days you just need a good nap!!! As amazing as this holiday time of year can be, it is without a doubt exhausting too! There are parties to attend several nights a week, presents to buy, decorating to do, cards to write, wrapping to be done, goodies to bake…there is a never ending list

Happiness is a CHOICE

“Happiness is a choice”. That is the saying that my daughter has on a sign on the dashboard of her car that she looks at every time she gets in her car to go anywhere.  When I asked her the other day if she had a favorite saying that was her motto of sorts in

Put Your Whole Soul Into It

“Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful. . . . Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” Ralph Waldo Emerson My

“Every New Beginning Comes From Some Others Beginnings End.”

When a happy time of life comes to an end it is hard, plain and simple.  Tomorrow I will be attending my daughter Ashley’s High School Graduation. It is a major life event for a young person.  Ashley had an amazing High School experience. She was surrounded by good friends and she chose to be

Wear Sunscreen and Other Valuable Life Advice

Back in 1999 a poem came out that I thought was cute, but not especially meaningful. Later they even made the poem into a song.  As I read that same poem today I no longer find it just cute, I find it extremely meaningful and I can’t help but get choked up by it.  Oh

A Song Can Make All The Difference

Waking up in the morning is hard.  Especially when you are working late into the night and not getting nearly enough sleep, which I am sure many of you suffer from just as I do.  That alarm going off in the morning has to be my least favorite sound in the world. But tonight my

Conquering Blah Days

“It’s just a bad day, not a bad life.” Some days are just blah days.  Nothing great, but nothing bad either…just blah.  That was how today was.  It seems like when the weather gets cold the blah days come with it…unfortunately.  So today I decided to gather ideas on how to best handle a blah

Just because its stormy now doesn’t mean you aren’t headed for sunshine

I am sitting in a chair wrapped up in a blanket and watching an amazing rainstorm through my window.  Lightning is shooting through the sky every few seconds followed by the constant cracking of thunder.  I have to say that there is something really magical about watching a storm like this.  Perhaps it’s the beauty

“Hi Ho Silver, Away!”

This past weekend I was able to go with my husband and our daughter to Disney in Los Angeles to see the World Premier of the movie The Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger.  For those who are not aware, a good majority of the film was

The Joy of Summer Vacays!

For those who do not have teenagers at home, the word Vacay means Vacation (according to my teen daughter anyway).  I am still trying to learn the revised English language used by teens today  – Deets means details, Deec means decent, Cray-cray means crazy, Tots means totally, and vacay means vacation.  Spending last week at

Hello April!

I can hardly believe it is already April 1st!   All I know is that I am super excited for Spring to finally bring some warm weather to Utah.  It has been a crazy cold winter and I, for one, am not a big fan of the cold.  It makes me so incredibly happy to walk

7 Up-Lifting Ways to Start Your Day

After flying home from the BYU Founders Board Trip to the Dominican Republic on Wednesday night of last week, I headed immediately up to Park City, Utah for the University of Utah Board Meeting for Thursday and Friday.  That board meeting went fabulous as well and we again made several new friends and we caught



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