How I healed my relationship with rejection

Rejection is easily the hardest part of being a writer and content creator.  Writing and creating are such personal acts and hearing “no” can be soul-crushing. But here’s the thing about rejection: it can also be your best friend. Once I got serious about wanting to turn writing into a career, I realized that I…

2021 goals (reading, writing, blogging, lifestyle)

Happy 2021!  Here are some goals I’m going to work toward this year. reading goals Read 52 books.  I’m keeping my reading goal consistent with 2020 and aiming to read one book a week.  I typically lowball my reading goal because I like to make sure it’s achievable and doesn’t pressure me to read when…

2020 holiday gift guide for booklovers | small business edition

I’m so excited to share my small business holiday gift guide today!  This list includes tons of companies that are perfect for the booklovers in your life (or to just treat yourself). Shopping small is very close to my heart because I’m the daughter of a small business owner, and want to help small businesses…

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…

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.…