Amy Rees Anderson

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Before You Head Out For Thanksgiving Weekend

Before you head out for Thanksgiving weekend to gather with your families and extended family members you may want to step into a room alone, take a deep breathe in…hold it…and slowly let it out. Then remind yourself that while the next few days will likely be full of chaos, screaming children, siblings fighting, food

If You Could Talk To Your Younger Self What Advice Would You Give Them?

“If you could travel back in time for a few hours and sit down with yourself as a teenager or young adult, what advice would adult you want to give younger you?” It’s an interesting exercise to ask yourself that question. And it’s interesting to feel the emotions that come as you consider the way

#BelieveInPeople

Today my friend and mentor, Charles Koch (Chairman and CEO of one of the largest privately held companies in the country, Koch Industries), released his brand new book titled “Believe in People” which he co-authored with Brian Hooks, CEO of philanthropic group Stand Together (which my husband and I are a part of).  Charles and

Get Your Game Face On!

In yesterday’s blog I shared how much me and my family love music and shared a playlist of happy songs  Today I thought in the spirit of preparing for Thanksgiving celebrations with family next week I would share our family’s love of GAMES!!! Finding new board games and card games is something I am always

An Opportunity To Re-evaluate

Life can seem really complex any particular moment and when we are in the thick of things its easy to get overwhelmed. It’s also easy to get so busy that you don’t even realize how much time you are spending on one thing or another and before you know it you are so busy going

Voting Is A Small Price To Pay For Freedom

Despite this being a year where the last thing I want to hear about, read about, or talk about is politics, I felt it important to bring something up. Don’t worry – I’m not going to try and tell anyone which candidates to vote for Tuesday as I feel that is a deeply personal decision

It Might Sound Like A Curse But It’s Been A Blessing

August 13th of this year marked the ten year anniversary of me writing a daily blog and hitting that ten year mark was the goal I had set for myself.  For ten long years I have literally written a blog five days a week, every single week, without missing a single day (other than National

The Miracle Of Hope

It’s only a three minute video clip, but it’s three minutes spoken by a man who is incredibly special to me (I’ll explain why below) that reminds us that what we need right now is RELENTLESS HOPE…it reminds us that WE CAN HOPE…that WE SHOULD HOPE…that WE HAVE EVERY REASON TO HOPE:

Four Ways To Reduce Fear

In the article “Love Is Medicine for Fear: Life, especially pandemic life, is full of threats and uncertainty. When we feel afraid, bringing more love into our lives can help.” written by Arthur Brooks in The Atlantic, he explains: “More isolation plus more hostility equals less love; less love equals more fear. To reduce fear,

Family Traditions – KEEP DOING THEM!

It’s always on a Saturday morning in October. Our family meets down at a place called the Red Barn. We get their homemade apple cider and freshly made apple donuts for breakfast and then we climb aboard a tractor trailer to ride on hail bails out to the pumpkin patch where we explore a corn

Believe In People

Believe in People: Bottom-up Solutions for a Top Down World is an awesome new book that I was blessed to receive an advance copy of from authors Charles Koch & Brian Hooks. I’ve had the privilege of getting to know both Charles and Brian personally over the last several years through Stand Together, a philanthropic

You Might Only Have One Match But You Can Make An Explosion

I was on a conference call today in which the people on the call were each asked to share a time they’d seen the transformative power of the belief in people. As I listened to each person share their differing stories I kept thinking about these words from one of my very favorite songs: Like

DROP THE MIC! Seriously, It Couldn’t Have Been Said Any Better

There has been much said by many on the topic of politics, racism, hatred, anger, and all that divides so many people today. Much of what is said on the topics is done in anger or in inflammatory ways that only serves to make divides even larger. When I heard Dallin H. Oaks’ talk this

Real Confidence

As a young girl I struggled with low confidence. I looked to external things to try and gain confidence such as trying to be thin, or wearing attention seeking outfits, and so on.  But none of those things ever brought me confidence…just the opposite…the attempts to be thin led to having unhealthy eating habits that

Take Care Of Your Friends

Take Care Of Your Friends Friend is a word that I don’t throw aroundThough it’s used and abused, I still like the sound.I save it for people who’ve done right by meAnd I know I can count on, if ever need be. Some of my friends drive big limousinesOwn ranches and banks and visit with

It Is Not The Critic Who Counts

The other day I was talking with a college student pursuing their degree in entrepreneurship. They shared that they were feeling discouraged by a nasty message they’d been sent by a fellow student criticizing their entrepreneurial efforts. My response was to advise that in my experience people who tear you down like that are feeling

How Can I Possibly Be Turning 49??!!

How can I possibly be turning 49 years old tomorrow!!?? Here I thought I was going to be turning 48 tomorrow until my husband reminded me I am actually going to be 49…What?!!?!! How did I miss a year from my life??? I can’t possibly be turning 49 because that would mean I’m only one

If You Had Today To Live Over Again

“If you had today to live over again what would you do differently?” That’s a pretty profound question to ask yourself at the end of your day, not so you can be regretful, but so you can figure out what things you ought to change about yourself in order to make your tomorrow better. While

The Quantity Of Things We Accomplish

On a day to day basis it is far easier to tally the “x’s” we get to mark off of a task list then it is to measure the impact of the minutes we’ve spent with a loved one. Completing a task let’s us put an “x” next to an item on our to-do list

My Gift To You On National Trail Mix Day

Every summer we go and spend time on our houseboat down at Lake Powell.  And each trip we like to bring down yummy treats to share with our guests we host on these trips. Many years ago as I was trying to come up with different goodies to make I had made a batch of

A Little Appreciation Goes a Long Way

A person who feels appreciated will always do more than what is expected. Appreciation is one of life’s greatest motivators, so when we take the time to let people know that we value them, it inspires them to continue doing even more. That is precisely why gratitude is the gift that keeps on giving. Francis

Successful Communication

“Don’t communicate to be understood; rather, communicate so as not to be misunderstood.” —John Lund, EdD Years ago, I attended a seminar on communication by John Lund, EdD, in which he gave some amazing advice on how to better communicate with others. His input was simple and easy to follow, and yet very powerful. Here

Books That Have Helped Me Excel

“Seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom” -D&C 88:118 Some of the books that helped me most in my role as a CEO and a leader: The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni This book taught me a tremendous amount about how great leaders take responsibility

TEN YEARS BABY!!! I MADE IT TEN YEARS!!!!

It was August 13, 2010 when I posted my very first blog.  I was CEO of my company MediConnect Global at the time.  My company had grown from 70ish employees to well over a thousand and I had been struggling to find a way to stay in touch with all of the employees in the

The Difference Between an Ordeal and an Adventure

With the craziness of the last few months of moving out of one office, trying to build another, and then buying a building instead while also dealing with some other personal matters, I was in dire need of some down time…and nothing forces down time like going somewhere with no internet connection, no cell service,

Put Yourself In The Running

If there is something you want badly enough, my advice is this: put yourself in the running. Even if you don’t get chosen, you will get noticed. I was constantly looking for great people to fill management positions within the company. Even though growth is a huge blessing for a company, it can also be

“I Like Myself…I Like Myself…”

We all tend to be our own worst critics in life. And for those of us who are women, we are our own worst critic times ten! I have always been a fan of motivation speaker Brian Tracy. In one of his talk series that is a personal favorite of mine called The Psychology of

Admitting You Were Wrong Doesn’t Make You Weak – It Makes You Awesome

It takes tremendous fortitude to utter the words “I was wrong, and I am sorry.” I love that word: fortitude. I could list the dictionary definition, but why go to that trouble when there’s Microsoft Word’s handy one-click synonym function, which in fortitude’s case gives us: strength, courage, resilience, grit, determination, endurance, guts, and staying

We Must Make Peace With Our Past To Truly Grow

“You must make peace with your past at some point in your life to truly grow.”  – unknown Sometimes we go through things in life that are so traumatic emotionally that we bury them or file things away, we tell ourselves to forget about them, and we put all our focus on the future.  In



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