about Annie Kip…

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Hi, there – I’m Annie!

I love talking with other middle-aged women about making our lives more the way we want them to be. There are a lot of blogs out there which will show you how to live a perfect life, have a perfect home, and be a perfect parent.  Reading my blog should never make you feel that you are not living up to some arbitrary, unattainable standard. I believe that we each have our own unique style and connect with each other through our aspirations, imperfections, and vulnerabilities – so I am willing to share real stories from my own messy effort to create a plenty perfect life.

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As a single mom and entrepreneur, I understand living in a real house with real kids, a budget, a dog, and never enough time or storage space. I believe we have a lot to learn from each other and can benefit from sharing ideas for getting more of what we want out of our lives.

Over the last few years, I have built a business with J. Hilburn Custom Men’s Clothiers, as a Personal Stylist.

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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 them to present their best selves in any situation. Working with men is very rewarding, but one of the best parts of my job is mentoring my team of Personal Stylists. We are all finding ways to do work we enjoy and make our dreams come true.

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 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.

I am on a journey to discover what the next phase of my life is going to look like and am happy to share the ride with you, my friends who are readers and readers who are becoming friends.

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Grab a cup of tea and let’s get to know each other a little better! I would love to hear your stories and hope you will enjoy reading about my experiences (and failures!)  with intentionally styling 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!

Thanks for stopping by!

All my best, Annie

27 Comments

  1. Mary Beth Reply

    Wonderful blog, Annie!! I have enjoyed ‘browsing’ your posts. So many creative and inspirational ideas! Thank you for sharing!

    -Mary Beth

    • annie kip Reply

      Hi Mary, thanks for taking a look! It has been a slow summer for my blogging (too many kids running around!), but I plan to get back at it in the Fall. I hope you stay tuned!

    • annie kip Reply

      Thanks, so much, Mary Beth! I really appreciate your stopping by and hope to hear from you again whenever there is something you relate to! It really helps me to know what people are enjoying. Thanks!

  2. alexander kriegelstein Reply

    Wonderful Blog! Congrats! May I ask which Word Press Theme you use?
    Greetings from Spain, Alexander

    http://Www.Kriegelstein.eu

    • annie kip Reply

      From Spain!?! Wow – how cool!!!! I have just recently relaunched with the BirdSITE theme and I really like it the gallery style front page. Do you have a blog too?

      • Alexander Kriegelstein Reply

        Yes, Annie, my blog is called http://www.kriegelstein.eu; I am Dorothea Hübner-Tilroe’s cousin.
        As I said, I like your blog very much, aestetically and concerning the substance. Warm greetings, this time from Vienna!

        http://www.kriegelstein.eu

        • annie kip Reply

          Hi Alexander! Nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by my blog – your job as a tour guide sounds incredibly exciting. I love knowing that you are checking in from so many different countries!!!

  3. Emily ann Reply

    Hi Annie,
    I saw you in Woman’s Day article about Divorce and thought I would
    check out your blog.

    I did not think it would be so lovely and inspiring!

    I love that its like nature ~ nothing perfect but perfectly wonderful!

    Thank you for doing this as I am about to be served my divorce papers and needed a shot in the arm!

    Ciao,
    Emily

    • annie kip Reply

      Hi Emily, thanks so much for stopping by! It makes me really happy to think that I could make a dark time a little lighter. I hope that your world will open up and you will feel expansive in this next phase of your life. Divorce is an end, but it is also a beginning. Best wishes to you!

  4. 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!!!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. Diane Marget Reply

    Looks great, Annie and congrats!

    • annie kip Reply

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

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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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