I'm Annie. And I haven't always cared about the planet.
I grew up in a normal family. We recycled and tried not to litter, but we also ate McDonald's and sometimes forgot to turn off the water when we brushed our teeth. I grew up like most people my age. Normal.
We had a few pets growing up, but I wasn't a huge animal person. In college, I went to Buffalo Wild Wings so much that the waitress knew me by name. Until one day...
I got a dog. She changed my world (now I understand you crazy dog people!). In 2014, my boyfriend (now husband) bought me a Time Magazine called "The Animal Mind" because it had a cute dog on the front. I read it. There was a section on factory farms. I had some questions. So I Googled "What is factory farming?" And that's the day my life changed.
The images I saw online will never be erased from my head. I was in complete shock. How had no one told me where my food was REALLY coming from? I watched all the documentaries. I read all the books. I turned to social media to find vegetarians who could show me what I should eat because meat was no longer going to be apart of my diet. I just couldn't stomach it anymore.
It turns out most vegetarians on YouTube and Instagram are also vegan. In turn, I learned the truth behind the dairy and egg industries, as well. I gave it up for good in 2015.
Over time, I began to find out more and more about how animals are exploited in the entertainment, cosmetic and fashion industries. I started to rid my life of any products that came from an animal because I just couldn't bear to know that an animal suffered because of ME.
Eventually, and unfortunately, the shock of these images wore off and I was tempted to eat meat again. So I looked to the other benefits of a vegan lifestyle. I was already feeling better, health-wise, but I began to learn of the effects of our waste, our plastic, our pollution on the animals, and the planet. So off I went on my own journey to reduce the waste in my life.
Starting this journey of compassion for the animals has led me to a place where I want to lead a compassionate life for the planet and other people as well. I now try to live my life in the most ethical, compassionate way I know.
While I wish I was a total hippie that just sat around all day, making her own soap from scratch and living in VW bus, that isn't my life. I'm a busy, professional- probably just like you- and I don't have all the time in the world. So I'm on a journey to live life in a simple, compassionate way. I hope you'll join me!
Channeling my inner Belle meets Beyoncé’s Lemonade? 🌹🍋 🤷🏻♀️ #anniegetsthrifty
Living my best life. ✌🏼🍹#soupssquadtakesphilly
Party like it’s 1776 🇺🇸
True happiness is waking up without an alarm clock. ✌🏼⏰🌊
Mind your own [vegan] biscuits and gravy... 🥐
Do you choose the overalls or do the overalls choose you? 🤷🏻♀️ #anniegetsthrifty
The thrift store is calling and I must go. ••• So many people told me they had NEVER been thrifting before. It can be overwhelming but you don’t need to have a “funky” style to look good in thrifted clothes. I find clothes with the tags still on all the time. Buying second hand reduces waste from landfills, saves the earth’s resources, makes you look cool and saves you money. I’ll offer personal thrifting lessons and you can pay me in gluten free donuts and margaritas. Deal? 🍹🍩 #anniegetsthrifty
Ice cream and sitting on benches in the sunshine with people who make you so happy is actually cheaper than therapy. And ironically, we did discuss the price of therapy while we ate ice cream. 🍦😂
I feel like I’m cheating on Baltimore with Richmond because 😍😍😍.
✌🏼🖐🏼 and feelin’ fine. 💋 •• thanks for the birthday wishes today!
Cleaning my house with all-natural, non-toxic products aka who knew that we don’t actually need to a spend lot of $$$ on 168473 chemicals that’s tested on innocent rabbits, cats, mice and dogs?! Wow, s/o to the dollar tree and Pinterest for keeping it real for ya girl✌🏼
Literally counting down the days until I’m back at my happy place ☀️
Already working on my awkward tan lines... 😍
Does my diet consist of alcohol and ice cream lately? Yes, it does. Are my days after school filled with naps and texting my husband that I physically cannot move because of exhaustion? Yes, they are. Am I sad to say goodbye to my 25 precious, very loud kiddos in two more days? ....nope. Love ya, but get outta my classroom. #GiveMeSummerOrGiveMeDeath
The anxiety has been real lately. And when the anxiety is real, the sleeps don’t happen. And when the sleeps don’t happen, the anxiety gets realer. I’ve taken a break from oiling lately, and I have no idea why. Because I tried this little combo a couple nights ago and it had me calm and in a dead sleep within minutes. Y’all know I’m real about this oil biz and I’ll tell you what doesn’t work but I was so shocked how well this combo worked! I was SO sound asleep that my alarm rang for a few minutes before fully waking me up. Love using what the Earth gives us to HEAL. 🌍🌱
When you can’t wait for summer but ya beach body ain’t ready yet... 🍟✌🏼
Living her best life. ✌🏼 #lucyfurever
We have a God who you can TRUST down to every last PENNY. 💰 Since the beginning of this year, we’ve had a pricey trip to the emergency room, a change in insurance, a raise in rent, we owed on our taxes (didn’t see that coming...), a change in income schedules, a pricey special needs pup, and had a car completely die without hope of repair unexpectedly- all while desperately trying to claw our way out of debt (@daveramsey ruined us- we just can’t see debt as anything but dumb anymore). I’ve been easily discouraged and wondered where was my blessing, my breakthrough? It hit me as we got our 6th car since we’ve been married today that we haven’t paid for a SINGLE ONE. Somehow, God has blessed us with SIX free cars in the past three years. SIX CARS. It’s easy to feel like woe is me when you’re in debt and unemployed and have car troubles and doing hard work every day to make wise decisions with your money when most people your age aren’t even thinking about a budget. But then you look around and realize how God’s fingerprints are all over your story and you know you’re apart of something special. God can be trusted. #debtisdumb #Godisgood
The higher the hair, the less I care. ✌🏼 #WillAnnieSurvive #TeacherTired
I’m so happy to share with everyone that effective immediately, I will be a full-time stay-at-home dog mom! I am so excited that I’ve been driven to a mental breakdown so I will only be interacting with animals, instead of humans, for the rest of my life! This has been a dream of mine for a while so I’m so blessed to be retiring early from being a teacher (aka babysitter, nurse, counselor, social worker, lunch lady, private tutor, mom/dad, whatever else my school system/parents expect me to provide their child at a moment’s notice) and finally getting to fulfill my lifelong dream of being a shut-in hermit dog lady! ✌🏼💕 Completely unrelated, how many days until June 15th? 🙃