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Hi, I’m Annie. It has taken me a while to get here, but along the way, I have learned some things worth sharing.

It turns out that striving for my own version of a “plenty perfect” life is so much more productive and rewarding than the quest for anything objectively “perfect.”  In a world of Kim Kardashian weddings and Martha Stewart Christmases, one can lose perspective and start to think that anything short of guaranteed perfection isn’t worth the effort.  Unfortunately for many people, the cost of striving for the elusive “perfect” is often not accounted for and can sometimes get in the way of the real goal for most of us – happiness.

There are a lot of blogs which will show you how to live a perfect life, have a perfect home, or be a perfect parent.  Reading my blog should make you feel better about not living up to that standard.   I believe that we connect with other people through our aspirations, imperfections, and vulnerabilities – so I am willing to share my own bumpy path to a plenty perfect life.

For years, I have worked as an interior decorator and understand living in a real house with real kids, a budget, a dog, and not enough storage space.  I have spent time at home with my kids and I wrestle with what the next phase of my life is going to look like.  I love talking with other women about making our lives more the way we want them to be and sharing ideas for finding work that is a natural extension of our indiviual strengths and passions.

Recently, I have made room in my schedule for a new venture with J. Hilburn Custom Men’s Clothiers.  As a Style Consultant, I meet with men and help select fabrics and styles which flatter them and feel comfortable. Together we build a wardrobe full of outfits which enable these men to present their best selves in any situation. Working with these men is very rewarding, but one of the best parts of my job is mentoring my team of Style Consultants. We are all finding ways to do work we enjoy and have more and more happiness in our lives.  It is often challenging to balance it all, but it is well worth it.

My experiences have given me a unique perspective on what it really takes to create a home and build a family – and balance that effort with finding work that is fulfilling and engaging.  I have moved 10 times to 7 different states, lived through national disaster and divorce, and have created a new home for my family each time.  I am a gal who can happily swing a hammer, bravely dispose of bugs and pesky varmints, as well as manage a busy family, decorate a beautiful, comfortable home and make the work I love to do fit into my family life.   Well, at least, most of the time!

I am here to share my experiences (and failures!)  with intentionally designing my life around the idea that less can be more, good can be great, and just enough can be plenty perfect. I don’t profess to be the best, the most, the first, or perfect in any way…plenty perfect is more my style!

18 Comments

  1. Shelley Reply

    Dear Annie,

    I just love this blog… made me cry at times as it made me remember all the things I love about you and how much I miss our times together. You are such a talented person and seem to have found so much happiness along the way. You have so much to share and we are all the lucky readers… Keep it up. <3 Shelley

    • annie kip Reply

      Shelley – thanks for taking a look. I am just winging it and it makes me happy to think that you like it. I miss our times together too!!! I hope you laughed as well as cried!!!

  2. Doug Weismann Reply

    Annie, your blog is beautiful. What is so powerful and moving to me are your childhood reflections. So many years later I realize we share: the neighborhoods, the friends, the spirituality, those early experiences. Thank you for bringing that amazing poem in
    the Owen’s home to us again. I remember it well, talking to Jean and Dave about what it meant to them as parents. Remember when we were all together with the Owen’s growing up and being influenced by such wonderful family and friends?…..lots of fun, laughter, and joy when we were together.

    Your “lens” on life is honest, real, and illuminating. May the inspirations you share here fulfill all who visit!

    • annie kip Reply

      Oh Doug – thank you so much. Maybe none of us realized how much those times together at Dave and Jean’s influenced us. We were so lucky. So glad you like the blog. I hope you laugh at todays’ post!

  3. Ingrid Goldbloom Reply

    Hi Annie,
    I have been loving your blog. Love the love notes idea and the cut paper flowers.

    • annie kip Reply

      Thanks Ingrid!!! You are a great source of creative ideas – you should do a guest post!

  4. Jody Reply

    Love your site, Annie! Good for you — reading your blog makes me miss our nightly chats on family, food, ambitions, decor . . . life. So glad to reconnect.

    • annie kip Reply

      Jody!!!! I miss that too – it was a really special time. Thanks for taking a look at the blog – would love your ongoing feedback. I always loved getting a view from your perspective.

  5. Diane Marget Reply

    Looks great, Annie and congrats!

    • annie kip Reply

      Thanks so much for taking a look, Diane!!!

  6. Deb Gregory White Reply

    Annie~ Just love reading your blog … makes me plenty perfectly happy each time! xoxoxoxo

    • annie kip Reply

      Thanks, Deb! It is supposed to make you happy! I am glad it is working! Thanks for keeping up with me!

  7. Stephanie Horan Reply

    Way to go Annie…congrats on your new endeavor!!!

    • annie kip Reply

      Hi Stephanie! So good to hear from you!!! Thanks for taking a look!

  8. Courtney Christensen Reply

    Annie- this is fantastic! Looking at all your great ideas takes me back to our Durham days. Thanks for sharing.

    • annie kip Reply

      Oh Courtney!!!! Thanks! I hope all is well for you and Rob and the boys. You are the one who made it all look so easy! I am so glad to hear from you!

  9. Brooke Reply

    Congratulations, Annie! Great start! Can’t wait to follow along with you.

    http://www.bbakerphotography.com

    • anniekip Reply

      Thanks, Brooke!!!!

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