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Internet Nerd.

on May 5, 2010 in AnnieWrites, Nash-livin' with 10 comments by

I wanted to make a joke about being “bloggy-promiscuous” here, but really. I think that’s probably inappropriate. I’m not sure of the level of inappropriate, but it is probably somewhere above my average don’t-write-that level.

“Internet nerd” is a good enough title I guess, but it lacks zing.

Sorry.

But here’s the thing. I’ve got some fun writing stuff going on this month all over the internet, so I wanted to make sure you knew about it.

First of all, my sweet friend [and writing mentor] Denise Hildreth asked me to guest post for her this month on her singles blog- Flying Solo. So everyday this month, I will be writing about how to find community and the importance of community when you are single.

So I think you should subscribe cause otherwise you are going to get SO sick of clicking over from my blog. 🙂 Also. I write about my friends, interview a single girl in NYC, and talk honestly about being single ALL THE LIVELONG MONTH. Get ready.

Here are the first two posts:

I’m reluctant to link to this next piece I’ve written, mainly because it is so raw and honest that I almost wish I would not have published it. If you’re a writer or a blogger, you probably know exactly what I mean. I cried like a baby when this post was complete. But I’m going to link you to it because I am so proud to be a part of SheSeeks, I want to give you the opportunity to read it.

But seriously, no pressure. 🙂

[This part is cool- it’s on christianity.com as well. So. That’s kinda crazy.]

I head back to Nashville today. I have tons of bottled water and a sad heart. The river, I hear, is slowly receding. And the people are being beyond beautiful about the whole thing.

Some Nashville links:

  • Nashvillest – still the greatest place for info [scroll down a few posts and you will see an absolutely heartbreaking picture of the Opry. Sigh…]
  • Section 303: We Are Nashville – it made me cry.
  • Giving Money– if you want to help and you aren’t in Nashville, I would recommend giving through Crosspoint Church. Just make sure you mark “Flood Relief Fund.” You can trust that every bit of that money will help my neighbors.

That’s enough for you today. Thanks for your love and support to Nashville. Don’t stop.

On a lighter note, I painted my fingernails Shrek green. And I love it.

Amen.

Around the internet in 7 clicks.

on April 8, 2010 in (in)courage, AnnieWrites, Sounds good to me. with 8 comments by

I have so many things to tell you about.

Just things. That are great. And I’m a big believer in sharing. So let’s do it.

EASY CLICK OF THE WEEK:

  • My sweet friend Natalie has made it to the Top 10 to win a worldwide travel internship. Would you take literally two seconds to vote for her? You don’t have to give any info- just click a button. Done-ski.

GOOD SOUNDING CLICK OF THE WEEK:

  • Dave Barnes’s album came out this week and y’all. People. Can’t. Get. Enough. I know I told you about it a few weeks ago, but here’s the link to the album if you haven’t gotten it yet.

GOOD SMELLING CLICK OF THE WEEK:

  • My dear friend LoraLynn and her family are adopting a baby. And to help fund that, she has made her own laundry detergent that you can buy online. Seriously. MADE HER OWN SOAP. That’s dedication, people.

Here’s the link to HOPE SUDS.

Even just purchasing one bag of detergent would absolutely make a difference.

YOU’VE ALREADY READ THIS CLICK OF THE WEEK:

  • Today at (in)courage, I am writing again about my friends who took me on a date. Because you, my people, seemed to really like that article, I reworked it and put it over there. HERE’S THE LINK.

FAV PRODUCT CLICK OF THE WEEK:

PAINFUL CLICK OF THE WEEK:

MOST AWESOME CLICK OF THE WEEK:

  • What are some awesome things you’ve read this week? What have you written this week? Listened to this week? Purchased?

Share with me, bloggites.

A bad case of the [thankful] Mondays.

on March 15, 2010 in (in)courage, AnnieWrites with 17 comments by

It was that kind of weekend. The kind of weekend that you put up on a shelf and stare at for a little bit, and then say to yourself, “that was a keeper.”

I told you last week that one of my Nash-BFFs Betsy was in town. She moved away after Christmas and was here for a bit. She kinda just makes Nashville balance for me, so it was a gift for her to be here five days. [She also isn’t easily impressed by my stories or humor, so she keeps me humble.]

Also, my friend Drew was in town from Washington, which ruled. It never stops amazing me how God decides which friendships stick in life. Drew is funny and normal [and a magician, so, who doesn’t want a magician in their life?] and when all our friends stood around chatting before dinner Sunday night, he fit like he had always been here.

I’m grateful for pretty weather, Johnny Depp movies in the theater, Baja Burrito, the Get Fit Challenge pushing all my buttons, girlfriends who sit at Frothy Monkey and quote text messages from boys, dinner conversations and vacation planning, daylight savings which leads to longer days, and a God who loves me enough to call me to a new city and then bless me extravagantly once I am there.

Also.

I’m grateful that God consistently takes the hardest experiences of my life and turns them into beauty. He tells a better story with my life than I could ever write. This particular experience won’t ever get a lot of airtime, but I really felt led to share part of the story over at (in)courage today. Check it out if you have time.

Also.

I’m thankful that we have OUR WINNERS over at the giveaway page. If you didn’t *exactly* win, you can grab your own copy of the best new music out there from Dave’s website and Matt’s website.

I’m super excited to see Annie Parsons today. That’s what I’m talking about, Monday. Way to step up after such a solid weekend.

What better way to start off the week than to share what makes us glad. So I wonder, would you share one thing about your weekend that has you feeling thankful this Monday morning?

Career(s)

on January 25, 2010 in AnnieWrites with 5 comments by

I have a new post up today at SheSeeks about changing careers.

You know, something I may do again. Who knows.

Also, if you leave a comment, you could win THIS AWESOME BOOK from my friend Shannon.

So check check check check check it out. [Say that out loud to yourself like you are a rapper. Cause maybe that will be my next career, and I’ll need a posse.]

And. There’s a video there that I made last week. I’m gonna let you find that on your own. [Cause maybe I’ll be a treasure hunter next, and again. I’ll need a posse.]

Grace. Etc.

on January 8, 2010 in (in)courage, AnnieWrites with 6 comments by

First of all, you people love you some instructional videos. I feel like linen closets near and far are being transformed. Brings a tear to my organizational eye to hear so many of you making strides in folding areas of your life. I salute you, new members of the fold. [Literally.]

I’m so stinkin’ glad y’all liked the video. Cause you have NO.IDEA. how fun I think it is to make those. So. I have some ideas cooking…. I’ll be in touch. We can’t let that flipcam go to waste, now can we?

Now cam we?

[I have a pun guru named Dave. I hope this post, twice punny so far, is making him proud.]

This is my favorite day of the month. The day that I get to post over at (in)courage! This month is about grace and in order to complete the writing assignment, I had to use google. I know. I’m an idiot. CLICK here to read the post. [It’s short. Cause I value your time.] And I discuss milkshakes. Seriously. Need I say more?

And just while I’ve been writing this post, I got a comment over at (in)courage from a sweet bloggy friend in Australia. AUSTRALIA, y’all. This world gets tinier every.internet.day. Me likey.

Hope y’all have a great weekend.

[I’d like to make one more play on words, but I don’t want it to get overly pun-gent in here.]

ZING!

[My work here is done.]

Merry Click-mas.

on December 21, 2009 in AnnieWrites, video blogs with 11 comments by

That’s not disrespectful to the baby Jesus.

I just have some links for you, and thinking you might enjoy a little play on words, I went for it.

Forgive me if you are offended.

First of all, today is my day to post over at (in)courage. And, because I tackle the deep and moving topics, I’m talking about footy-pajamas. [photos included, you are welcome] I hope my cousin is still speaking to me after he sees this.

Also, yesterday, I had the privilege [a word that I CAN NOT SPELL correctly for the life of me] of making a video for Christmas Change.

Here is a link to the post I wrote.

And here’s the video. But do check out the post so you have some sort of mental scaffolding to work with.

And because, seriously, this may be as famous as I ever get, I have to link you to our CBS station here in Nashville.

Because, y’all.

I. WAS. ON. TELEVISION.

Was it my lifelong dream to have my own cooking show?

Almost.

And by “almost,” I mean “not at all.”

Regardless, read the article and watch the video clip to the right- it’s all about Help-Portrait.

And did I mention that I was on TV? Because I was. At 6pm and 10pm, but who’s counting.

Of course, Jeremy was on CNN, but whatevs.

Surreal.

on December 11, 2009 in AnnieWrites, Help Portrait with 27 comments by

When I moved to Nashville, I had no plans. No idea with what to do with my days.

Except to cry and beg God to let me go home to Atlanta.

[That went well.]

But now I sit here, a writer. A nanny. An employee. A friend. And it’s crazy.

Jeremy, Annie, Kyle :: H-P team

Jeremy, Annie, Kyle :: H-P team

Most recent new title: Help Portrait Events Coordinator.

I know, I went all fancy on you. [Oh, and by the way, I made up that title. I mean, it really is my title, but I just created it and made everyone else deal. with. it.]

Anyways, here’s where things get surreal.

Wednesday, after we left the Fields Museum, I got a voicemail. From Chris at Relevant Magazine. Wanting to interview me about Help-Portrait.

[I died. In a good way.]

So please go with me to that moment.

I’m walking down the streets of Chicago. [I’ve never been there before 2009.]

In a serious snowstorm. [I grew up in Georgia. This is foreign to me.]

Walking with 2 of my dearest friends. [That I have met within the last 2 years.]

Doing an interview for Help Portrait. [That Jeremy just invented in his mind and I get to play along.]

With Relevant. [A magazine I HIGHLY esteem.]

And at one point, as my black jacket turned white with flakes, and I huffed and puffed down the streets of Chicago telling Chris about this amazing project, I just had to stop.

Because while I would have never planned for my life to look like this, God has again overshot my expectations.

By about 100,000 snowflakes.

And HE WILL DO THE SAME FOR YOU. Just ask. That’s all I did- I asked for God to run my life and I asked Him to show me His love. And what He did for me, He will do for you.

I’m sure of it.

HERE is the article for Relevant.

And OMG HERE is an article I wrote for the ONE Campaign.

Can you believe that dorky macaroni-lovin’ AnnieBlogs got published on the ONE Campaign blog?!?

[I know. I died again. In a good way.]

I’m ornamental.

on December 7, 2009 in AnnieWrites with 9 comments by

I don’t even know what that means.

But I’ll now distract you from the title by saying, “hey! look! here’s a picture!!”

georgia_ornament

It’s a new tradition. I’m going to photograph myself with each of my ornaments. Every year.

[Pause here to think about the ridiculousness of this idea.]

Nah, I’m kidding. Though the more I think about this, the less dumb it gets. I mean, that might be cool to have photo documentation of my ornaments in 2009. And then in 2010.

I. Must. Stop. Dumb-storming. [It’s like brainstorming. But with dumb ideas.]

The REAL purpose of this picture is for SheSeeks. I just wrote a new article about the importance of spray-painting macaroni.

And I’m not going to explain further because, mainly, I like leaving you with the thought that, “you mean Annie literally wrote about macaroni and it got published?”

Why yes, yes I did. Never underestimate the power of a good carb story, people.

It’s SheSeeks vloggy time.

on November 19, 2009 in AnnieWrites, video blogs with 16 comments by

I don’t know how much I’ve even told you about this.

I know I told you that I wrote an article for SheSeeks.

But I DON’T think I told you that I am on the She Seeks Team of writers.

SSQQQEEEEEAAAALLLL!!

Um. Hello. What. An. Honor.

I must now bring my emotions under control and pretend like its really no big deal [it is] and I’m cool [I’m not] and collected [I think I am] and etc.

__________

Done.

Ok, so this week, my sweet friend Shannon wrote an AMAZING article about struggling with doubt.

READ IT HERE.

Seriously. Read it first.

Because then I made a video to follow up with the article.

And HERE IS THE VIDEO.

I just think y’all will enjoy how I videoed in the car: I took the flipcam, put it in my rubber iPod holder, and wedged it between the windshield and dashboard. That is some classy [redneck] behavior, my friends.

I’m sure that makes you proud to know me.

It’s not so much true anymore.

on September 21, 2009 in AnnieWrites with 16 comments by

Last week, I sat and chatted with my dear friend Annie Parsons. While I ate sushi and she had a seaweed salad [ewww], we discussed some articles I had worked on that week.

I said, “I can’t really believe I even wrote the article; I mean, I don’t EEEH-VER blog about being single.” [Because extending a word dramatically reminds us all how true the statement is. Yeah right.]

To which Annie looked up from her pile of ocean bottom and said, “Actually, that’s not really true.”

And I wanted to argue, mainly because I think I’m always usually right.

In this particular situation, we were both right. It used to be true, but it isn’t anymore.

I used to hate. Hate. HATE. talking about being single.

But apparently I got over it a little bit with this four part series for Denise Hildreth.

Then again last week at (in)courage.

And now, this.

A raw, not funny, this-is-how-it-really-feels piece about being 29 and single.

CLICK HERE to read the article.

I don’t want to become that girl that gets labeled “the older single writer” or “the expert on being alone” or “that girl who writes about being single” or “that blogger with lots of cats.”

So don’t call me any of those things. Please and thank you.

But I’m learning to be okay with the label “that writer that is honest about her today.”

Because God doesn’t promise me tomorrow, I’m choosing to embrace my today.

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