Amy Rees Anderson

what awesome looks like

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

Why Me?

I started reading through things I’d written in past years Aprils to try and remind myself of what my Aprils used to be like before this pandemic. Ironically, the first thing I flipped to was an article I’d written back in April of 2013 that was published in Forbes, and when you read what I’d

One Of The Greatest Sources Of Strength In Life. You Can Watch It This Weekend!

It happens every six months, and I never, ever, ever miss it!!! It’s a weekend long General Conference that gets broadcast throughout the world (in over 88 languages) and includes ten hours of the most inspirational, uplifting, life changing talks from incredible speakers. The conference is done in five two-hour block sessions that take place

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

Finding Silver Linings To This Coronavirus Storm Cloud

Today was the only St Patrick’s Day you could wear green and not get pinched by anyone!  That’s just one example of a silver lining to be found in this Coronavirus storm cloud :).  Another silver lining today was that I didn’t have to spend any time putting make-up on today, I didn’t have to

Don’t Think Of All You Can’t Do On Lockdown, Think Of All You Can!

When I first heard that everything was getting cancelled and we would all be asked to stay in our homes for several weeks my first thought was about how our entire lives were going to be put on hold. I started stressing about all the things I couldn’t do until the lockdown ended. Then it

An Opportunity To Mute The Noise Around Us And #HearHim

With all the craziness of the news updates, the rush on the grocery stores, the closures going on, and the updates on the Coronavirus spreading it felt almost impossible to feel a sense of peace…and then Sunday came… Our church had put out a notification last week that our regular Sunday services were not being

The Power Of The Goal Poster

Tonight I spoke to a group of Young Women between age 11 and 17 about “The Power of the Goal Poster”. The Power of the Goal Poster is actually the title of a chapter from my book “What AWESOME Looks Like: How To Excel In Business & Life” that’s available for purchase on Amazon.com. Below

Do What Is Right Let The Consequence Follow

“Do what is right, let the consequence follow.” That quote is a quote that was on my office every day while I ran my company MediConnect Global. That quote means a great deal to me because it is by living by that quote that I attribute the successes that have happened in my life.  Tonight

Integrity, Ethics, and Grace

Tomorrow evening (March 10th) I am being honored as the 2020 Wheatley Distinguished Ethics Speaker for Brigham Young University where I’ve been invited to give a lecture on the importance of Integrity and Ethics to a group of prominent business leaders, faculty, and students.  In my lecture I am going to be sharing some experiences

A Trip to Cabo, an 80s Prom Murder Party, and a Board Meeting

My week last week was completely insane. I started the week off down in Cabo San Lucas at the invite of some dear friends who’d asked my husband and I to join them for a few days at the beautiful Montage Resort in Cabo. You are probably thinking “oh , boo hoo…really rough life going

You Were Literally Born To Handle This – You CAN!

Figure it out for yourself, my lad, You’ve all that the greatest of men have had, Two arms, two hands, two legs, two eyes And a brain to use if you would be wise. With this equipment they all began, So start for the top and say, “I can.” Look them over, the wise and

The Story Of YOU!

Last week the 10th Annual Rootstech Conference took place in Salt Lake City.  Rootstech is largest Family History Conference in the world!  And it is INCREDIBLE!!!  Nearly 30,000 people from more than 37 countries, 45 of the 50 states, along with several hundred thousand watching online were a part of this conference. The theme of

Defining Success

How do I define a successful day?  For me, a successful day is one I can come home from knowing that I did my very best, I gave it my all, I made good choices that upheld my integrity and that I treated others with kindness and respect.  That is a successful day.  Every other

We All Need Reasons To Celebrate

If you happen to like Polar Bears, Pokemon, Chili, or Protein then February 27th is definitely your day to celebrate! That’s right – its National Polar Bear Day, National Pokemon Day, National Chili Day, and National Protein Day!  YEEEE-HAWWWW!!! I can’t help but wonder who comes up with all these random national holidays?  But whoever

Totally Unafraid

Have you ever tried chasing after a two year old who is running as fast as he can down a long hallway while wearing four inch high heels?  Well, that’s exactly what I was doing Sunday.  We had been sitting in the chapel of our church listening to the speaker when my grandson started acting

It’s Up To You

“You are the fellow that has to decide Whether you’ll do it or toss it aside. You are the fellow who makes up your mind Whether you’ll lead or will linger behind Whether you’ll try for the goal that’s afar Or just be contented to stay where you are. Take it or leave it. Here’s

So Many People Doing So Much Good

I spoke today in Atlanta Georgia at the National Ethics Directors Summit being held for University Ethics Directors from across the country as part of the APPE (Association for Practical & Professional Ethics) International Conference.  I was also able to spend the entire day with these Directors both before and after my talk and that

Ethics and Integrity

Today I flew to Atlanta in order to speak tomorrow at a conference for the National Ethics Directors Summit being held for University Ethics Directors from across the country.  When I was asked to come and speak at this Summit I went to great lengths to move my schedule around so I could make it

Don’t Wait For Conditions To Be Perfect To Begin

“Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.” – Alan Cohen Today I went and spoke at Brigham Young University to a class of around 350 students.  After my presentation I spent time doing open Q&A with them and I have to admit that the Q&A portion is

How To Keep Young And Prevent Aging

Welcome back from your holiday weekend! I hope everyone was able to make time for a little romance over Valentines. I know I personally have to credit my husband for knocking it out of the park with my favorite roses, cooking me breakfast, drawing hearts with crayon on my shower walls with cute sayings in

It’s A Dis-Service To Keep Someone In a Job They Aren’t Good At

One thing I learned many years ago is that you do a dis-service to an individual by leaving them in a role where they are not succeeding.  Some people don’t succeed due to their own faults, and others don’t succeed simply because they are not the right match for the position they have been placed

It May Be Small To You, Yet Everything To Them

Today as I was leaving a restaurant where I’d had a meeting with someone and as she and I were walking out to our cars in the parking lot a car driving past us slowed down and stopped right next to us.  The back window rolled down to reveal two little boys, around four or

There’s No Kill Switch On AWESOME

“There’s no kill switch on AWESOME.”  – Dilbert A woman who worked with terminally ill patients often asked them what their biggest regrets were from their life.  One of the regrets shared was that they wish they had let themselves be happier.  Note the phrase “let themselves be happier”, which was them acknowledging that they

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

Be Openly Vulnerable

I learned many lessons through my years of leading companies, but without question, the most surprising thing I learned was this: The thing you can do that will make you the strongest, is the thing that is most counter-intuitive to do:   Be openly vulnerable. Being vulnerable was not my strong suit growing up. In my

You May Be The Very Person That Can Do It

“You were born with the ability to change someone’s life. Don’t ever waste it.” We often hear that we must help ourselves before we can help someone else, and to some extent I believe that to be true.  But I also find it to be true that one of the best ways to help ourselves



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