I’ve dropped off the face of the earth, yet again. Please forgive me. I strive to write regularly, yet life happened to get in the way and unfortunately, the blog took a back seat. But this is about to change…
I’ve been thinking a lot about the direction I want to take this blog. I love the process of blogging – writing, taking pictures, the feedback I get from readers. I started this blog last year as a way of filling a creative void and with the hope that I may inspire you in some small way, or at the very least, bring a smile to your face. However, from the very beginning, I have struggled to find a clear voice for this blog – do I write about the people I meet, the places I travel, the books I read, the way I decorate? I felt like I needed one specific focus. Well, I’m throwing that limiting idea out the proverbial window. This blog is called “Simply Annette” for a reason. It is meant to be an authentic reflection of who I am (multi-dimensional and multi-passionate) and the conversations I am having in my life right now. And right now, I’m talking about a lot of different things. I’m starting a new business (more on that below) and rather than run two different blogs, I’m going to integrate the personal and professional and invite you to life behind the scenes of getting a small business up and running. My goal is going to be here blog regularly once again.
In reviewing my blog content, I realize that I have left a lot of gaps about who I am. A lot has changed for me in this last year. I could probably write pages about each of these topics, but here’s a quick summary to get everyone on the same page:
Raised in Los Angeles, I’ve been lucky to also call San Francisco home (as well as an amazing summer spent in NYC working on Madison Avenue during college). Though I’ve got great rhythm and have a knack for initiating the electric slide at parties, the slim chance of becoming a professional dancer took the back seat once I went to college. Then came law school and then the dream job at a national law firm in SF.
After five years of “living the dream,” I resigned from my job with no plans of what the next chapter would look like. Life was good on all accounts, but I was missing the rainbow sprinkles to my fro-yo. I knew I was meant to do something else. I just didn’t know exactly what that would look like. So I gave myself a mini-retirement. (Stefan Sagmeister’s TED talk, “The power of time off” makes the case for mini-retirements).
During this time, I enrolled in classes, spent two months travelling the world, and dusted off my camera and began seeing life through a new lens. While volunteering to build a home in an Armenian village, I met my now boyfriend, who is lovingly referred to as “my boo” or “Special K” on this blog. As luck would have it, we live on opposite coasts of the U. S. of A and we are having fun making a long distance relationship work.
After nearly six years of calling SF home, I recently moved back to LA. I love SF and plan to be there often, but I’m looking forward to rediscovering LA. Recommendations for yummy restaurants in Los Angeles are always welcome.
So what’s my next venture? Confetti by Annette – the result of taking that leap of faith to do what I love and to design my life in a way that works for me. Inspired by the confetti used to celebrate life’s most special moments, my line of handmade jewelry and accessories is designed with the spirit of celebrating life every single day. Ultimately, Confetti by Annette is not just about jewelry or accessories. It’s about celebrating yourself and your life. I hope it inspires you and makes your heart smile. Because above all, your smile is your best accessory.
P.S. You may have noticed that I removed the subscription feature which delivers blog posts straight to your mailbox. This was a conscious decision. Frankly, we all receive way too much email. Given my intention to integrate my personal life with my professional life, I will be combining all of my communications through a single newsletter which will include news about Confetti by Annette as well as top posts here on Simply Annette. If you want to stay in the loop, then join the mailing list HERE.
P.P.S. And I’m sure you’re all wondering about what happened to the 30 Day Photo Challenge….After 13 days of photography success, while in Florida, I misplaced the piece that transfers pictures from my camera (it was tucked in a shirt in my suitcase), then I was in the middle of moving from SF to LA, then well, it just fell through the cracks. Though I didn’t meet the challenge, just attempting to has helped get me in the habit of taking more pictures and taking my camera with me everywhere.