travel book recommendations based on your ideal destination

Today, I'm combining my two greatest loves to bring you travel book recommendations based on your ideal destination. Since travel is restricted right now, I'm totally in the mood for an international adventure to sweep me away. Add in delicious food, a swoony romance, and an unlikely adventure, and I'm IN. Here are the best…

5 effective graphic design tools for bloggers

This spring and summer, I've found a real passion for graphic design. I love putting together an aesthetic and creating something beautiful, whether it's for me, for my blog, or for a client. Today, I'm sharing my favorite graphic design tools that all bloggers should have. These will make creating beautiful, custom artwork for your…

life after study abroad | 7-month reflection and more photos!!

Alternative title: what to do after you've already done the coolest thing you'll ever do. Seven months ago on Christmas Eve, I returned home after sailing the ocean blue with Semester at Sea for four months. As I discussed in my original post about my abroad experience, I had a distinct feeling then that I…

if we were having coffee… | july updates and favorites

if we were having coffee, here's what I'd tell you. I'm doing really well, actually. I've found a good rhythm for my day: get up, eat breakfast, create content for a couple of hours, work in the afternoon, and settle in to write or watch a movie before bed. I've been getting up earlier, which…

want exclusive blog content? join my patreon!

Today I'm so excited to share with y'all that I now have a Patreon page! Patreon is a platform where readers, viewers, and listeners like yourselves can support online creators in exchange for exclusive monthly content. Click here to access my Patreon page and unlock exclusive content. Here's how it works: patrons pick one of…

little ways to be more sustainable | home, beauty, personal care

Hi y'all! Today, I'm reflecting on how my perspective on sustainability has changed over the past year and sharing some of my favorite quick and easy switches to live a more sustainable life. When I was abroad with Semester at Sea, there was one day when we had to drop anchor off the coast of…

Annie’s 2020 word of the year… and the ONE THING she needs to do this year

The past few years, I didn't set yearly resolutions. I think we have a tendency to break our own resolutions, so I decided not to create them for myself. Why set myself up to break my own promises? Why not just be a good person and work toward bettering myself 365 days of the year?…

Where has Annie been?

Aboard the MV World Odyssey, Pacific Ocean If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I've been everywhere. I'm being serious when I say that: between my last blog post and now, I've visited thirteen countries. I've sailed across the Atlantic Ocean and through the Panama Canal and consumed bread on four different continents.…

Annie’s Holiday Shopping Guide | Gifts for the Bookworm in Your Life

With the holiday season swiftly approaching, I've been scouring the Internet looking for gifts for all my bookish friends (while also filling spots on my Santa list.)  I compiled all my favorite bookish finds into one master list: a gift guide for the bookworms in your life. (PS: this post is not sponsored, so all the products…

An Introvert’s Guide to the Party Scene // Freshman File #6

Freshman Files is a summer-long series in which I’ll discuss the things I wish I’d known exactly a year ago when I was an incoming freshman.  Whether you’re starting college at the end of the summer or are looking for some tips on how to organize or want to know how to pick out good…