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I know a little bit about a lot of things

Who is she?

Right, let’s get into it, shall we?

  • I actually go by Annie. But Anne is my real name and sounds more writer-y.
  • I work as a freelance marketer and content writer. I developed professionally as an e-commerce specialist optimizing websites based on data analysis to enhance the customer journey for retail fashion companies. It’s a mouthful, I know hence, why I know a little bit about a lot of things in the digital space to connect the overall experience.
  • I’m currently taking a gap year to travel with my boyfriend. …

By increasing self-discipline, you can accomplish anything.

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Do you ever lay in bed at the end of the day and think, “Wow, what did I actually accomplish today?” For the longest time, I could never muster up an answer to this question. I never did anything worthwhile, or so I thought.

Before embarking on the journey to improve my mental health, I was a robot. I was physically present as I moved around from place to place. I had a career, hung out with friends, and ate meals with my family. My lips would move, and hands would be in motion, but as I looked more closely…

When looking back, don’t let there be any what-ifs

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I’m 28-years-old and taking an adult gap year. I need to figure out what the fuck I’m doing.

As I look back on my 20s thus far, I notice I’ve been in my fair share of messy situations. Never sitting still, I’ve always been onto the next thing, never thinking about consequences. I chopped and changed college majors, moved from boy to boy, had one too many short-lived hobbies, experimented with various career paths, lived in three different time zones, got married young (then quickly divorced), and still don’t have the slightest clue what I’m doing.

Oh boy, I still…

How paying attention to your body can help pivot your life

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Have you ever gotten into such a routine with your life that you didn’t notice how unhappy you were?

Picture this: you have everything in order, your ducks are in a row, and not a hair is out of place. You’ve got a great job with a steady income, a comfortable roof over your head, a beautiful partner you’re in love with, and an active social life with family and friends.

This was me, a few months ago. I was doing everything I was supposed to do. On paper, I should’ve been glowing with happiness.

Although, reversely, I was crying…

A bit of comic relief goes a long way.

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A new opportunity can take you across the world, and if you’re brave enough, you take it. A job offer, heading off to school, or simply changing scenery are incentives to make a big move. Unfortunately, seizing this opportunity may mean you have to leave some people behind — one being your significant other.

Your partner may not come with you on this new adventure for various reasons. It could be you both aren’t ready to move in together, they have an opportunity to keep them in place, or your move is only temporary. …

Perfect is attainable in this circumstance.

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This is going to sound bad. I love receiving gifts, but I hate giving them. The difficulty in gifting most definitely stems from my need to be a perfectionist. I hunt for the perfect gift only to discover nothing meets my standards. I shamelessly settle on gift cards. I know. I can do better!

The ideal gift must be out there, or I wouldn’t love receiving them. I’m convinced the answer to what is the perfect gift lies in one I’ve already gotten.

I’ve received some stellar gifts in the past, ranging from vacations to my very first flip phone…

The roadblocks I had to swerve in order to put “writer” in my bio with confidence.

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I’ve been on the path of what I want to be when I grow up for almost 28 years now. And there’s a sneaky suspicion forming where I don’t think anybody knows what they want. Some people quickly craft their strengths and interests into skills. For others, it takes a bit of time for those strengths and interests to be discovered, which happens by experiencing life.

I was the latter. During college, I didn’t know what I wanted to do professionally. I started with Nursing and ended up choosing Marketing to study. I knew this area of business could be…

Spoiler: you’ll only take the advice given when you’re ready to understand it

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After word-vomiting thoughts about the universe, my therapist told me I remind him of Ted Mosby. If you are familiar with the TV sitcom How I Met Your Mother, then you’ll know who this is. At first, I gave a small side-eye because I know he’s ranked as one of the worst TV characters of all time. So it got me thinking (as therapists do), am I, Ted Mosby?

After my session, I began to scour the internet to identify the character’s exact traits he had in common with myself. I came across some quotes Ted said during the show…

Yet another thing Jeff Bezos should be held accountable for

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I’m hooked on Google searches. I take pleasure in knowing when I search for a question, the answer is moments away. A quick search becomes a hero in those annoying times when I cannot remember an actor’s name for the life of me. Because I need to know an answer immediately, it’s comforting to have a search engine around. No longer are the days when a simple teddy bear could relax me.

So what happens when I can’t find the answer to life’s most complex questions? Especially the big one: what is the meaning of life? Much to my displeasure…

Anne Pennington

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