life, life changes, life lately, life updates

anna elizabeth allen dot com

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I’m pretty stoked to share my new website with you guys — which probably explains why this space has been lacking the past year or so…

I created my new portfolio with hopes of moving my blog writing + professional work + more to a combined space to not only keep me more sane, but prevent a scavenger hunt when it comes to sharing my stuff.

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While my work portion is password protected — the world of advertising is a mine field of permissions… other sections like #annawritesstuff, essays (coming soon), and inspiration will be updated on the regular with a variety of topics.

Of course this isn’t  me saying Little Reminders of Love is fin, rather if you can’t wait for newer posts in this corner of the internet (hah!) — head over to annaelizabethallen.com to keep up to date.

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blogging, life updates, october 2015

I’m still here, promise!

Hi all!

I’ve gotten many messages and emails asking if I plan on still blogging and I do! I do! But I’m currently in the throws of building up my new apartment (!) and am quite busy at work. It’s a good busy. A really good busy. I am in a good place and really trying to enjoy it. And sometimes that means going home and not flipping on your computer after staring at a screen for 9 hours already…

But I miss this so much and am really going to write more soon.

Important updates so far:

  • I’ve been in Hamburg a year now. A YEAR! Can you believe it? This is the start of my fourth year in Germany. I’ve spent four of the six years of my twenties living abroad. Insane. 
  • I have my very first, all mine, paid for myself apartment. It’s a beautiful one, and I love it dearly. If only furniture were cheaper. 😉 I will post about it soon. I think you’ll like it. 
  • I update a lot on Instagram if you fancy following along there, and of course, twitter
Thank you for always checking in and being such loyal pals. This blog just turned 7 and I’ve only kept with it thanks to the dear friendships I’ve made along the way. 
Onward & upward. 

“Two February’s ago, all I wanted to do was sleep. I was anchored to my bed with the sadness I was letting myself drown in. Now, I daydream about surviving on 3 hours of sleep, I dread going to bed, I keep my eyes open as long as I can. My heart sinks when the sun sets, I crave daylight; I’ve fallen in love with being alive.” — Madisen Kuhn, January 18, 2014 journal entry

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hamburg 2015, life updates, my life

Hamburg Happenings. // Winter 2015

Winter in northern Europe is no joke.

While the sun manages to rise by 9:00am, it packs up and heads home for the day around 4:00pm. That lazy sun. But the clouds, the clouds seem to work overtime, so should the sun even make an appearance, the clouds make sure to block out an ray to possibly come our way. It’s hard. So when I get out of work around 6:00pm, I typically find myself in a pattern of going home, cooking, showering, TV. No more, no less. I create a rut, and I find comfort in building a home there…

But… BUT (!) now the sun is staying out longer, and the clouds are taking some time off, (and this metaphor is ridiculous, I know), and this changes everything.

So farewell, Hamburg winter… and hello, Mr. Sun. I’ve missed you. I really have.

And I’ve missed this blog.

Blogs are tricky in that unless it’s your bread and butter, it’s hard to stay motivated to write after you write all day to earn aforementioned bread and butter. Now that the sun stays out longer, and there’s a bit of light still when I get home, I feel like I have been gifted a few hours of the day, making me so much happier and optimistic. I suddenly want to jump back in to all of my beloved hobbies.

There for a while, I never knew if my desire to write for fun would return.

But it has, and for that, I am oh, so thankful.

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blogging, december 2014, Hamburg 2014, hope, life updates, read it love it, saw it loved it

Popping in real quick…

Hi dear readers!

I hope you’ve had a wonderful start to Advent so far… I have been incredibly busy lately with my new job and getting used my new groove in Hamburg. (Read: finding out how to make it to the grocery stores after work before they close at 8 p.m…)

But things are good. Really good. 

For the first time in who knows how long, I am really, really proud of myself. And feel challenged. And am excited to get up in the morning. Oh, how much can change for the wonderful in just a short amount of time.

As for this space, I have no plans of giving it up anytime soon. I just seem to be lost in a sea of chaos at the moment (but the good kind of chaos, the best kind of chaos).

So for those who keep checking in, thank you. I’m working on a few posts for you, and in the meantime, had to share this beautiful comic by Lucy Knisely my friend Mackenzie showed me.

It gives me hope. Truly.

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