Annah is one of my most BADA$$ friends, not only because she does things like boxing, but because she is one of my most self-aware friends, and I admire her honesty and transparency. By trade, Annah is a designer. She's done everything from designing leather handbags to furniture to nonprofit websites. Her talent has no bounds, and as she mentions below, neither does her work ethic. Outside of designing all the things, Annah continues her lifelong love affair with competitive sports - soccer, lacrosse (she played in college), boxing, dancing (just freestyle) - you name it, she's done it.
I'm honored to know people like Annah who inspire me to work harder and be better in all aspects of my life. Read more below on how she's sought out more balance in her life, how sleep is bae, and about how one time she proved that peeing in your pants is cool.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Reading and my friends. I love non-fiction books; history, science, biographies. I’m really lucky to have friends doing really cool shit all over the world — they inspire me everyday and it gives me confidence knowing that no matter how far apart we are, we are always there for eachother.
What’s your special sauce? That little trick you do before walking out the door to perk you up and make you feel your most you?
Honestly, my special sauce is SLEEP. Sleep is both my super power and my weakness, I feel unstoppable when I get a good nights sleep, but if I don’t sleep well I’m miserable the next day.
Who are your mentors? Who do you look up to?
Whenever I need help or have to make a big decision I’ll first call my older sister, she will always be honest with me and gives me unconditional support. Then I reach out to a slew of good friends, I don’t think just one person will ever be able to give me the right ‘answer’, I like to take a poll from varying points of view.
What makes you happy no matter what? Like if you’re having one of those no good rotten days where everything is terrible, what’s the thing that pulls you off the ledge?
Training at Gleason’s with my boxing coach and training partner. We have so much fun together, i’m guaranteed a good sweat and some good belly laughter. Also just getting in bed and reading a good book always makes me feel better.
Where do you shop for closet staples?
Where do you go to find your special thing?
The men’s section.
What’s your formula for a killer outfit?
Form over everything. It’s all about how it fits you, wearing the right silhouettes for your body type is the golden ticket.
Tell us a story. What is your earliest memory of making a conscious decision about your style?
In the 1st grade I peed my pants in gym class in front of the entire class, no literally IN FRONT OF; I was the ‘line leader’ and was too shy to ask to go to the bathroom/was taking my line leader job too seriously. And I’m not talking a light sprinkle, I’m talking a full blown puddle of urine on the gym floor.
Anyways, the teacher called my dad to bring me a new pair of pants, my one request “Daddy whatever you do please don’t bring the dark ones!’.
Well guess what? Daddy brought the dark ones. I was SO embarrassed that I had to wear those ugly dark pants for the rest of the day, I almost forgot about the fact that I recreated the urine version of Lake Michigan in front of 26 other kids earlier that day.
Social media. Who do you love/stalk?
I honestly try not to get too obsessed with any one person on instagram, I find myself comparing my life/body/success to theirs and we all know that’s just straight up unhealthy. Instead I obsess over accounts like Patagonia, Natgeo or The Dogist; so instead of waking up to a model with 6pack abs (that I won’t ever have) I wake up to a beautiful mountain or cuddly pup.
Social media hacks. Hit us. What’s your go-to trick?
I love lamp?
What’s something you struggle with in your career?
That work-life balance, yo. I’m so addicted to work, I forget to hang out with my friends. I’m perfectly happy working on a project all weekend, and that’s cool but also so are my friends… I constantly need to force myself to put energy into them because they are special and important people.
Tell us about a time when you hit a breaking point, a fork in the road? Have you ever wanted to quit and run away to Bali?
I hate to say this but it was after a bad heartbreak. For a few months everything in my life was clouded with darkness, I just could not find light or passion in anything — which was scary because I’m a pretty passionate person. I started focusing on my yoga practice and found so much light with that, I fully attribute my strength during this time to yoga.
What is something you’d say you are always fighting against? What’s the thing you have to pep-talk yourself about?
I struggle with Imposter Syndrome. I find myself thinking “Is someone really going to pay ME to do this?” or “When are they going to figure out I’m not the real deal”
What is the skill you picked up as a kid/teen that you still rely on today (i.e. teaching yourself html/powerpoint/etc., getting what you want from mom and dad, making a great sandwich)?
I’m not sure what to call this.. but I have the skill of “figuring out how to fucking do things” Need your AC installed? Cool, I can help. Need to make a Wedding cake, I got you. Can’t figure out how to make your computer work? Hit me up. (secretly I think it’s because I can never admit to not knowing something, so I’ll commit myself to helping someone with it and then i’ll actually have to figure out how to do it).
What are you most proud of in your life? Can be career or non-career related.
I’m really proud of how mindful i’ve become. I continue to learn, grow and better myself everyday. I can genuinely say that today I’m a better person than I was yesterday. I make a point to learn from every single experience I have, no matter how big or small, good or bad.
Just yesterday when I was riding my bike to work I got in a fight with another biker because I maybe didn’t signal my turn properly but he was extremely overly douchy about it and he made my morning really shitty. But no matter what HE did, doesn’t matter— what matters is that I learned from the experience and you better believe I won’t ever forget to signal my turns properly.
What is the one thing you throw on when you head out the door that gives you that warm glow from deep in the tummy that says, “I know I look good”?
A smile. No, really. I naturally have Resting Bitchface Syndrome which made me super unapproachable to all species and genders. I’ve grown to learn that a smile speaks more than a 1000 words and more importantly, you actually feel better when you smile :)