100th Post. Yikes.

IMG_0388 - Copy100 posts! Can you believe it? This is my 100th post! I can hardly believe that I have been blogging long enough to get to 100 posts. Phew. That’s a LOT of posts. Just in time to celebrate this big accomplishment…I ran away to an island and neglected my blog.

I have been back for a couple days now, but every time I flip on my computer, log in to my blog and see “99 Posts” staring back at me from the admin page and attempt to write something worthy of a 100th post – I freeze up. No ideas. No insights. No funny. Nothing.


Then the voices start in. (Now, pretend you are in a little spaceship entering my left ear, making your way past the malleus and incus, twirling through my cochlea, then heading down my auditory nerve straight for my brain. At this point you will start to hear all of the things I hear – helpful messages like: “oh honey, you never had anything interesting to say anyway,” “what makes a silly girl like you think you know anything?” and “maybe you should just stop now dear.”) Then I need to take a nap.


There was a lot of napping on the island. And skinny dipping. And living without running water and a hot shower everyday. And looking at the moon. And marveling at the power of nature. Lots of time to think about my life, my work, my blog, my kids, and my expanding peri-menopausal waistline. There are many, many areas of plenty perfect to work with here. Lucky me.

As much as I believe my own credo, it has still been very difficult to accept that living a happier, plenty perfect life means letting some things go. I have been driving myself a little nuts lately. And my kids too.

This summer, I want to bring my daily choices back in line with what is important to me. Just like being at the island, I want to get down to the basics and build up from there. I have some fun and useful ideas for deciding what goes and what stays, how to routinize to neutralize, how to turn wishes into wants, and how having a strong “why” can help bring clarity. I will share with you my journey and the plenty perfect ways I am trying to get closer to where I want to be.


What are you up to this summer?

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  1. Ingrid says:

    Happy Birthday. Love your blog!

  2. Heidi Meagher says:

    P.S. Gorgeous photos!

    1. annie kip says:

      Thanks, Heidi!!!

  3. Heidi Meagher says:

    Congratulations on your 100th post, Annie!

  4. looking forward to reading more of what goes on in your little head, congratulations!

    1. annie kip says:

      Thanks, honey. And thanks for helping me think through all the complicated stuff that goes through my “little” head.

  5. I think we’ve been in a similar place lately–though mine didn’t have such beautiful scenery. Yes, driving myself and those around me nuts. Needing to step back. And as for that voice: If you’ve never seen it, please read Anne Lamott on the radio KFKD. I promise: You’ll be glad you did! (And so will your readers!)

    1. annie kip says:

      Nice to know I am not the only one! Getting away really does wonders. I love Anne Lamott! Haven’t read her in a few years. Is there a particular article or book that resonated with you?

  6. Deb Gregory White says:

    Ooooooooooh, your island adventure sounded quite nice … and relaxing, too!! Congrats on your 100th post, Annie! Just love you (and your posts!!)!! It’s fun when I realize that I haven’t read one in a while and I get to go back and see new entries … brightens my day and my mood!!! Thank you!!

    1. annie kip says:

      I feel very lucky to have been invited to this special island! Thanks for being such a loyal supporter, Deb!

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