I'm writing between workouts and feeling happy with my decision to pause blogging for the month.
I've realized that when I resume I'm only going to focus on what I love to write.
So, no fashion tips, no recipes, no butt workouts for your bikini. Someone else can write that, and I've started politely saying 'no' to working with most brands.
I want to focus on meaningful storytelling about relationships and awkwardness and failure and happiness and loving your butt vs. how to work it out. #soml
I'm on Chapter 2 of novel writing which takes place during my Scottsdale party phase of dieting, pool parties, losing all my belongings, Joe's Pizza, repeat. I've realized it's not cute and pretty boring and that it's important to live a story worth telling.
I'm not exactly sure what that looks like for me, but I'm looking forward to Chapter 3. #soml#eveningrun
Blog post in bio: "Doing Something Bigger Than Yourself"
Tomorrow is Veteran's Day and my best friend's birthday. She's currently flying a new plane back from Korea before writing a thesis paper on it.
Megan is one of the most amazing + fun people I know: the girl who always made me cut in the lunch line and still pulls me to the front of the line at night clubs.
In the article she says, "If I can do the smallest little thing to pay back my country and that my family sleeps well every night and has nothing to be scared of… If I can just play a small role in that, I want to do it."
Thank you, Megan and happy birthday! ❤️
New blog post: "Why I'm Not Blogging for the Month of November"
"There's only memories that mean something. And memories that don't." - Sylvester Stallone in a 'This Is Us' episode.
For the past three years I've had a Google Drive folder called "Book" filled with fragments of chapters and notes. Each November since, I've told myself I would participate in National Novel Writing Month but have fallen short for several reasons, including not making time and fearing my story isn't good enough.
But it's time to make time, and even if my story isn't a bestseller it's one I have to tell - because they're memories that mean something.
And yes, it's already November 6th...
This morning I rode with my favorite Lyft driver, Frederick, who is in his late 70's and always has dum dums.
We caught up, and I told him I still didn't understand the quote he gave me last time: "It's better to be 5 minutes late than 50 years early."
"A little bit late is better than meeting your Maker early," he said. "For me, I probably have about 5 years left to be early," he added and continued singing to Frank Sinatra. #soml
New blog post (a special one): "How to Succeed as a Woman in Construction And Male-Dominated Industries"
I'd never met a girl who was obsessed with concrete until I met my best friend, Brittany.
Two years ago we walked her construction site, and last month we visited the finished aquarium. As her roommate I would hear her leave at 3am and not return again until our 7pm glass of wine. In this blog post she talks about the challenges faced by women in male-dominated industries and how to overcome them.
Includes before and after photos and her favorite TALK SHIT GET HIT coffee mug.
My favorite pastor in Arizona gave articulate, thoughtful, dry-witted sermons; however, he often warned that meeting him off the altar may be a disappointment. He was more reserved by nature.
I always think about it when I meet with someone for the first time who only knows me through my blog. I'm shy at first, awkward and get anxious to the point of feeling high.
It was great meeting you, @obviouswines 👋🏼 #soml
Late last night I was sitting on my balcony, listening to Matchbox Twenty and crying because I wasn't sure what the hell I'm doing with my life. ("Maybe I should've been an art teacher..")
Then I looked down at an Instagram message saying:
"Hi Annie! Kinda random but I just wanted to see if you wanted to grab coffee next time you're in town.. I just really enjoy and respect what you're doing."
Reminders: 1) The Universe is always listening. 2) Tell people when you think what they're doing is awesome. They could be listening to Matchbox Twenty 🙈 #soml
Today's blog post: "How to Make a DIY Bumble App Costume"
- I'm currently in the cyclical 'I'm over dating apps phase' but @bumble > Tinder
- Mine is @bachelorabc edition
- I vote @alex_bordy Most Underrated
- I accidentally swiped the opposite direction...