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Follow Friday: Anne The Adventurer

Anne and I first got connected a few years ago through a nonprofit we were involved in. We instantly hit it off, and while we’ve never met in person (yet!), we’ve definitely had our share of emails, tweets and video chats, all making it feel like we’ve been friends for a long time. What I love most about Anne is her commitment to writing authentically—a trait I value immensely. If you don’t follow her blog yet, you absolutely should do so the moment you finish reading this interview. Oh, and she’s also on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and I’m sure she’d welcome a follow on those sites as well. Now, how about I let you get to know her for yourself?

You are an amazing writer who is consistently authentic, honest, and vulnerable. When did you first realize was something you wanted to do professionally?

Thank you so much! You are too kind. I’ve been writing stories and in journals since I was a small girl, and it really developed into a serious interest in high school. When I got to college my freshman year, I threw myself into writing classes and opportunities, and sought our internships and editorial opportunities at a few newspapers in both Colorado and Boston. I took a few years to focus on my love for history, but when I graduated from college, I didn’t feel that my history and english degrees could provide me with any practical application, and I had kind of neglected building my writing portfolio. During this disheartening period, I rediscovered blogging.

Blogging as I knew it in 2003 was very different in 2010, and I started my blog as a way to build a portfolio again. I don’t think it was until mid-2012 when I left my high-profile corporate job to work on recovery that I realized how important writing was to me. Ever since, I’ve called it my profession, and have sought out jobs that support and share my values of compassion, honesty, authenticity and community.

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In addition to your involvement in publications like Fellow Magazine, Darling Magazine, and soon, Nellie Magazine (woohoo!), you have a blog called Anne the Adventurer—tell us more about it.

Anne the Adventurer started as a way for me to document my post-college life and initially enter the world of blogging. I never dreamed that I’d still have it three years later, but it has flourished into this beautiful and exciting community where I can engage with readers all over the world through writing. Now, it is a lifestyle blog committed to authentic storytelling, and to building a positive community of women who can honestly talk about their values, hopes, fears, and questions. I look at our fast-paced, disconnected culture and I see a society that is craving authenticity. I’m trying, in whatever way I can through my blog, to meet that need in people where they are at.

You’ve been super open about your recovery from disordered eating. How has that piece of your story impacted the topics you write about?

It impacts everything in my life, especially what I write about. Recovering from an eating disorder has taught me the value of honesty and integrity and empowerment in my life. I know that there are so many women who are struggling with living a life marked by these three values, whether they have an eating disorder or they’ve been abused or they don’t know what they’re going to do after college. That’s the biggest take away—that when you slough off the initial, surface level issues in our lives, we all struggle with a lot of the same core issues. If I can get to that with my writing, I feel like I’m using this talent, this skill that I have, for some good.

Follow Friday: Anne The Adventurer // thoughtsbynatalie.com

If you could travel anywhere in the world in the coming year, where would you go and why?

I think that my husband, Spencer, and I are going to go to Europe this year! We’ve never been, and I’m so excited about it. European history has always been a passion of mine. I think that we’re going to start in England and Scotland this first time, and then hopefully, we’ll go back to France and Italy and other countries on my “dream vacation” list.

Follow Friday: Anne The Adventurer // thoughtsbynatalie.com

What one word or phrase do you hope people will associate with you as a writer and a friend?

Compassion. That has been a really important word in my life these last two years. I used to live my life in a very unforgiving, critical, and harsh way thinking that it was what would help push me forward to the next tier of life, and it never did. It always left me feeling like I was a failure. Compassion is so important in our lives, from others and from ourselves. I hope that people, when they meet me as a friend or read my writing, feel compassion all around them. I hope they feel like they can just be themselves, like they don’t need to put up a strong face or pretend to be something their not to be valued. I want them to hear the words “me too” loud and clear. We should all have someone in our lives that forgives us freely and is willing to say, “Hey, me too!” when we share ourselves vulnerably with each other.

Top photo and photo of Anne and Spencer by Rebecca Caridad of Manzanita Photogrpahy; close-up Anne photos by Austyn Ford of Austyn Elizabeth Photography

10 Comments

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    Lauren
    December 6, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    I just love Anne! And reading her interview warms my heart.

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    Carissa @ Pretty/Hungry
    December 6, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Beautiful thought, “I want them to hear the words ‘Me too!’ loud and clear.”

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    Laura
    December 7, 2013 at 8:19 am

    I found about Anne’s blog through yours a couple months ago. I love both your blogs :) Both such positive spaces.

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      Natalie Lynn Borton
      December 7, 2013 at 10:31 am

      Oh yay! So glad I could introduce you to her awesome blog. I love it, too!

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    elizabeth
    December 8, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    :) I love this and I love Anne. Love that you both have connected :)

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    Andi
    December 9, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Her blog is one of my faves! Thanks for the awesome feature. So great.
    xoxo!

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