Annie Janssen - Ep. 003
All that stuff can be taken from me but what I know I’m supposed to do can’t. That’s mine. That’s really great. And I hope for everyone, to have that.
Walking into a local coffee shop in the heart of Santa Monica I was greeted by a big smile and a personality that immediately draws you in and makes you feel like you’re sitting with an old friend. After a few minutes of introduction I stood at the counter to order a coffee and snack. The bill was presented with a discount. “Locals discount”, I was told “because you’re with Annie”.
It’s not that just that Annie frequents this awesome coffee shop that moonlights as a wine bar, it’s that she exudes an energy that people are drawn to. One that people want to be around. Want to get to know. Want to share their story with. Which is exactly why we met.
“Untold stores of people’s lives to inspire you”.
One of my dearest friends, Amanda, has quite a story to tell of being raised Jehovah’s Witness, leaving the church, severing ties, rebuilding them and the undulations to find her own truth and path. Her story was told in such a raw and beautiful way that I knew I had to talk to Annie to learn from her as a story teller and invite her sit at the mic and share her story.
Having gown up in a rather conservative family, it was not the natural path for Annie to move to California and pursue life in LA. Likewise, it was a big stretch for her to share so publicly the stories of her first lingerie sale, her vibrator, her dating life and beyond. But that’s exactly what she’s done and in so doing, has led to her own awakening, her own bravery and a true passion for sharing the stories of others.
Her hope is that you will be inspired by these stories. Inspired to live a life that creates a beautiful tale; whatever it may be. No expectations, no limits and no antiquated ideals of what all of that should look like. Just your life. Beautiful and messy. Just live it.
To say I’m excited to provide Annie a platform to tell her story would be an understatement. I hope you enjoy the episode, the content in the show notes and that you find inspiration here, from Annie and in everything you do.
As always, my friends; to your wildest self, be true.
The Story of my Life :: All the stories, all the videos. So much great content here.
How She Found Freedom and Purpose :: The story of my dear friend Amanda and the reason I reached out to Annie in the first place.
How Breathwork Can Help You Find Treasure :: None of us are alone in our journey. This story can help remind you of that important piece of knowledge.
The Five-Minute Journal :: The simplest thing you can do to start your day happy.
The Lean Startup :: The movement that is transforming how new products are built and launched
The Third Door :: I’m told to read this at least a couple times a week…
Paradiso CossFit :: Annie loves this place and the folks that make it what it is. Check it out!
National Novel Writing Month :: Let’s write a damn novel! I’m serious! Everyone, do it!
On Writing :: This supports the NaNoWriMo push I’m making. Yet another book that I’ve not read and need to.