Author: Annie

For Reid.

I think I had a really unique experience growing up. As in, some of the friends that I was in church choir with when we were four years old are still important people in my life, thirty years later. It’s just kind of the way of my hometown. It’s not that it’s super small, it’s

I am on social media restriction.

When I was a teenager, my parents put me on restriction for one of two reasons: I was doing something I wasn’t supposed to do. Where I wanted to go, they didn’t want me to go, and the only way to protect me was to ground me. When I was on restriction, it meant no

What 35 means to me.

Yesterday, I went to Starbucks and got my free drink. It was a total treat. I went for venti soy chai instead of grande, because nothing says HAPPY BIRTHDAY like a massive Starbucks drink that costs me zero dollars. The sweet guy at the drive-thru window said, “it’s your birthday tomorrow? I’m guessing you’ll be 20?” with

Well here’s a thing that’s never happened before.

I haven’t blogged in a month. I’m so sorry, y’all. If you were around these parts for the writing phase of Let’s All Be Brave in 2013, you probably haven’t been all that surprised. When I’m writing, I’m quieter here. I don’t mean to be, I just run out of words by the end of the work

Why I’m glad your daughter is in our b.fab class.

Every week, I go to an amazingly fun workout class called b.fab.fitness. The local community center’s gymnasium fills up with women of all kinds and for an hour, we dance and shake and squat and have really the best time exercising that you could ever imagine. Like, I love it. There’s not a lot of

It’s Not Just My Story

I got a card in the mail last week from a favorite 12-year-old. She’s the daughter of a friend of mine and someone I spend a good amount of time with. I love getting snail mail — handwritten, thought out, and no delete button or ability to edit. In fact, halfway through her card she

We need to talk about Friday Night Lights

It was a cold cold day in February when the roommate and I decided that if we were gonna be snowed in, we were starting a show on Netflix that would could binge and binge hard. People have told me for years that they thought I’d love Friday Night Lights since I’m a sports lovin’

What I hope.

Tonight, my small group ends. After three and a half years together, more tears and laughs than we could ever count, and dinner together every Tuesday night, it’s over. I just can’t even believe it. Aren’t they the most beautiful humans you’ve ever seen? (A few are missing from this picture, but trust me- they

Gift Giving with Let’s All Be Brave!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…. when people graduate! (That’s a sentence I would have said any other year except this year WHEN MY SMALL GROUP GALS ARE GRADUATING AND I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO FEEL EXCEPT SAAAAAAAD. We have to move on quickly…) I wrote Let’s All Be Brave for you-

When someone puts Annie on vocal rest.

Here’s a weird thing. I have bacterial laryngitis. It happened like this: I thought I was just having bad allergies all of last week. I was blowing my nose all day and coughing all night. Like literally, Good Friday was my last full night of sleep. And it wasn’t like I was waking up and