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Following the Election

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Anna Osgoodby Life + Design :: Following the Election

I didn't intend to write a blog post following the election -- discussing politics in public forums is generally something I shy away from. Being upset after the election though, I let down my guard and shared my dismay for the results, and as social media often does, I was challenged on my thoughts. I was told that the election was never about hate and that it was the result of media hype and that these results have proven we can break down the system. Opinions that I don't personally agree with, but that many others in our country do.

While it's easy to snap back with name calling or telling people their opinions are wrong -- as I know we've all witnessed throughout the election. I think now more than ever, we need to understand each other. So I took a few minutes to really put my thoughts into words that I felt were respectful but also expressed my raw emotion about the results. While I definitely didn't write this with the intent on sharing, so many said the message resonated with them so I thought it was worth reposting on my platform in case any others could relate.

"I respectively disagree. I feel as though the hatred that has been spewed throughout this election season will be hard to reverse -- hatred towards other religions, hatred towards immigrants and refugees, hatred toward our allies and our current president. Those words don't simply go away and truthfully I believe many in this country are very misinformed and have used hatred to mask their fear.

As someone who believes in equal rights for everyone no matter their race, sexual orientation, age or gender, the results of the election pain me. I understand the realities and beliefs of everyone are very diverse, which is part of the reason America is great, but in 2016 I just cannot wrap my head around why we would want to take a step back on all that we have achieved. 

I've lived in small towns, medium-sized cities, and the largest city in America -- all of which have given me different perspectives on the world. As someone who now lives in New York City, someone who encounters more cultures in a subway car than many encounter in months, the rhetoric of this campaign terrifies me. And if as a white female I feel that fear, I can only imagine what the woman standing to the right of me wearing a hijab feels like, whose entire religion has been told they're not welcome in America. To the child on my left whose parents may have immigrated to America illegally but who was born in America and may now fear being deported to a country he's never been to. To the African American man sitting across from me who is already living in times with high racial tensions and could face racial profiling because of the re-emergence of policies like stop-and-frisk. To the woman in the corner of the train who has been subjected by advances from her boss, but is afraid to pursue action because similar behavior from our President-Elect has been deemed "locker room talk" and she's afraid of losing her job. These are real and valid concerns I have, none of which were a product of media propaganda.

It's more than just the change of leadership. I don't need to align on every policy, issue or statement of a candidate. We are blessed to live in a country where no one person has the power to implement change simply on their behalf. What I do need is to feel a sense of respect for our leader and the trajectory that they will put forth for our country, and that's where I falter. This is more than just a shake-up in the system and the lack of experience, knowledge, and temperament that Trump has exhibited is concerning. But this is where we're at. Democracy has spoken and we must accept the outcome for the sake of the country and I truly hope my fears are wrong. 

I hope that he will be a president for all of the people and not just for the white working class. I hope he acknowledges that Global Warming is not some sham by the Chinese but a real concern that we need to do whatever we can to deter. I hope that he will focus on progressive immigration reform implementing steps to fix a broken system rather than building walls. I hope that he focuses on actual steps to fight terrorism instead of just saying he'll "bomb the shit out them". I hope that our markets will remain stable during this transition. As an entrepreneur, my business relies on economic stability and growth and I have worked too hard for those dreams to be washed away. In a day where I truly feel as though our country has lost a sense of hope, I hope I'm wrong. He proved many of us wrong by winning this election and I truly hope his administration can prove that all of my fears are simply that, fears because I can't fathom the contrary."

Fall in the PNW

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Anna Osgoodby Life + Design : Fall in the PNW

Alas, after 9 years (yikes 😳) I have made my return to Washington for a proper PNW fall! Giving credit where credit is due, I owe this trip back to my high school bestie Ang! Because when your friend from New Zealand lets you know she's coming home and you work for yourself you get on a plane and get your butt to the west coast!

Anna Osgoodby Life + Design : Fall in the PNW
Anna Osgoodby Life + Design : Fall in the PNW

Thanks to technology we get to chat a bit in between her trips to America every two years but danggg the years just keep flying by so I am so thankful I got to make it home to visit with her and meet her hubby (outside of Skype!) We may live on absolute opposite ends of the Earth (literally) but every time we're together it's like no time has passed. 

We totally lucked out and had a beautiful day in Seattle to play tourists. I've been to Pike Place more times than I can count, but I never quite tire of it and I'm pretty sure if I lived there I would totally buy myself one of their bouquets every week. 

Anna Osgoodby Life + Design : Fall in the PNW
Anna Osgoodby Life + Design : Fall in the PNW
Anna Osgoodby Life + Design : Fall in the PNW
Anna Osgoodby Life + Design : Fall in the PNW
Anna Osgoodby Life + Design : Fall in the PNW
Anna Osgoodby Life + Design : Fall in the PNW

After a really fun day of exploring together they headed off to their next adventure and I caught up with another one of my favorite people, Lindsey! With some impending storms in the forecast for the weekend, she suggested we spend a little time outdoors (good call!) So we headed over to Green Lake to walk the lake and take in some fall colors and boy was that a treat.. OMG 😍. 

Anna Osgoodby Life + Design : Fall in the PNW
Anna Osgoodby Life + Design : Fall in the PNW
Anna Osgoodby Life + Design : Fall in the PNW
Anna Osgoodby Life + Design : Fall in the PNW

I always joke with Lindsey that Seattle is so intimidating to me.. I know, I know I live in NYC, but Seattle just has so much variety and different neighborhoods that frankly I know very little about., plus there's that driving thing. So it is always such a treat for me every time we get together and when I get to explore new areas like a local. Ah, I just love it! Seattle you're dreamy.

I know I've already said it but I am SO very thankful for this time home -- and I still have over a week to go! Getting to visit with Angie and Lindsey was such a fun way to kick off my trip and I'm already itching for another day trip up to Seattle. So, so, SO happy this is real life and that I'm getting to spend more time at home. It's such a change of pace that really makes my heart full and I can't wait for the other memories to come from this trip!

6th NYC-versary

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Anna Osgoodby Life + Design :: 6th NYC-versary

Wowzers, it's that time again... This weekend marks living in New York for 6 years! I feel like every year this day sneaks up on me -- the longer I'm here the faster time seems to be going. Even when life gets a little crazy though, this is one post I make sure I write every year because I think it's so important to share milestones and document where life has taken me. I must say, this year does feel quite a bit different to write too. SO much has changed in the last year (exciting stuff!) that while there are certainly many constants, my life as a whole looks a lot different than years past. 

My NYC anniversary has always been a little bittersweet for me. While I've enjoyed my time in NYC I've been pretty outspoken with my struggles with homesickness which has always been something that tugged hard on my heart. And while I definitely still have my moments I don't feel sad at all today.. It may have taken 6 years (dang that's a long time) but with all the changes in the last year I'm feeling prettyyyy great about everything.

On biz...

In the last year I've had 4 pretty major life changes -- I left my long-time job, started my own business, moved in with Chris, and then moved into a new apartment. Holy changes! While every year certainly brings growth, you could say I added some miracle grow to this year because it's been a heck of a year for personal and professional growth.

While all of those are pretty big changes, starting my own business has definitely been the biggest change. This time last year, I had some ideas and goals in mind for taking a chance in the freelance world, but let's be real here. I had no idea if I'd actuallyyyy be able to make it happen. It was certainly a big risk, but no risk no reward right?! While I certainly did some planning (and saving mulah) I approached starting my biz with the same mentality I did moving to NYC... Why not?! If it doesn't work out I can always move back.. or find another adventure. And while I'm not normally one to brag... guys can I take a moment to say that I have KILLED it since taking this risk?! Serious #Humblebrag right there but I am SO proud of how well I've done so far. Don't get me wrong it has been A LOT of work and late nights, but danggg has it been worth it. Even more than being able to pay those bills -- which is obviously top priority -- proving to myself I could do this has been so rewarding. It turns out I'm a lot better at this business thing than I thought I might be 😉.

More on that reward part too! This flexibility thing... ah-mazing. We've had so much going on this year so having the flexibility to take off a little early any day of the week, meet a friend in town for biz in the middle of the day or book flights mid-week has opened so many doors. I just booked a trip home for October and December which will be my 3rd and 4th trips home THIS year! HOORAY for being able to work anywhere I have a wifi connection! Which means I will have officially spent more time (and still have some to add) back in Washington in the last year than in the previous 5 years combined... And that's a BIG deal to me. I've been so much happier and while airport goodbyes still suck, knowing I can come back for a visit pretty much whenever I want is an incredible feeling.

On moving...

I've been dating Chris almost as long as I've lived in the city (6 years next month) and while I was ready to live with him at least 3 years ago, he's always been on his own schedule. After being very patient... ok let's be real I haven't been that patient he finallyyyy decided this was the year he was willing to part with his longest long-term relationship.. his apartment. Of all of the changes over the last year this one was the easiest for me. Let's get real.. when you live on the same block and stay over at least 6 of the 7 days you pretty much know what you're getting into and I was very excited about this new chapter for us. Plus, being able to split rent while I embarked on my freelance adventure was certainly a nice perk too. 

The toughest part of moving in together was actually the fact that we ended up doing it twice. After Chris moved into the studio we ended up having to move again because my landlord sold the building (yes that's happened twice to me now). That process was a little stressful at times, and I was nervous about applying for the first time being self-employed but looking back the process actually was pretty smooth and now we have a much bigger space. Helloooo having a bedroom and backyard! So even though that caused a lot of stress, I'm very happy with where we are now and cannotttt wait to share an apartment tour now that I'm done with all of my projects (more on that later). I was joking earlier you know you've made it in NYC when you have enough space (in our case indoor and outdoor) where you can be lazy and text the other person from another space haha. So according to my theory we have finally "made it".

On the city...

With all of this year's changes, I can honestly say I enjoy living in the city SO much more. While I liked it before most of the time.. even after being here so long, it always felt temporary to me. And while I certainly don't know if I'll be here forever, with the changes over the last year I have totally different vibes about it. Plus working from home perks... if the weather is God awful -- dead of winter and summer I'm talking to you -- you can minimize some of the time you have to go outside. Not having to commute the majority of the time is a whole other reason to love the city more now too! 

I finally feel like I can have the best of both worlds and it is such an amazing feeling. This sounds soooo cheesy, but I've had this dream vision for what my life could look like one day if I worked really hard and I truly feel like it has become a reality in the last year. So cheers to you NYC, it's been a wild ride and it's certainly not over but boy am I excited for the next year together.

HGTV Blogger Block Party

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Anna Osgoodby Life + Design :: HGTV Blogger Block Party

As most of you know... I recently moved ( we just hit the two-week mark!) Everything is finally just about put away and decorated and man, moving is A LOT of work! Add in doing it while running a biz and woweee! So if there's one thing that's been running on my mind non-stop lately it is all things home! Which is why I am SO very excited to share an event in NYC happening on Monday that is dedicated to exactly that and guess what YOU'RE INVITED! I'm talking about the 3rd Annual HGTV Blogger Block Party!

If you know me reallyyy well, you know that I pretty much live, breathe and sleep all things HGTV so you can bet your bottom dollar I will be at the event on Monday! The day promises to be full of all things blogging, tweeting, meet and greeting, DIY and home decor and I am PUMPED! This year's schedule looks super awesome too. Check it outtt 👇🏻 

Anna Osgoodby Life + Design :: HGTV Blogger Block Party

I always wait for the mail each month for my new issue of HGTV magazine so I'm really looking forward to the chance at hearing from Magazine Editor in Chief Sara Peterson. I am a HUGE fan of Emily Henderson and Young House Love too so I'm really looking forward to their chats too!

So how do I know the event is going to be so awesome? Well, I actually got to check out their first event! Flashback Friday timee 👉🏻 1st Annual HGTV Blogger Block Party. I'm even more excited because this year I can hit up the whole event now that I'm the boss lady! 🎉 So what are you waiting for?! If you live in NYC or are in the area, get your RSVP on -- it's free and fabulous and definitely going to make you actually look forward to Monday after the weekend! Not in NYC? That's okay! Tune in to my Instagram and Twitter accounts to keep up with the fun!


**Disclaimer: Thank you to HGTV Magazine for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

Life Lately

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Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Life Lately

Oh hello! It's been a minute or two. I know, I know. The good news is... I've been busy! Not like the oh yeah I'm busy, but the ohhh yeahhhhhh I'm really busy. Being busy is suchhhh a blessing though! I just hit my 7-month anniversary of branching out on my own so the fact that I'm living this dream is so worth all of the hard work and long hours I've been putting in :)

The truth is, on top of all of the amazing work projects I've been working on some other big life things -- mostly good with a little touch of holy crap what are we going to do! So here's a rundown of what I've been up to!

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Life Lately
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Life Lately

BFF visited NYC: After almost 6 years of living in NYC, my BFF Danielle visited the big apple! She came for a long weekend and boy did we do the city! Her Fitbit could vouch for us on that one too ;-) It was so much fun to catch up (I hadn't seen her since her wedding) and share some of the city with her.

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Life Lately
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Life Lately

Chris Moved In: You read that right! It may have taken over 5 years of dating.. but Chris took the plunge and said farewell to his apartment he lived in for 12 years. I KNOW! It was a big deal. There was a lot of packing.. donating.. and cleaning involved but somehow we downsized and fit all of our things into the studio. That is until we got some other news.. more on that later though.

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Life Lately
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Life Lately
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Life Lately

Visited Washington: Just as soon as Chris got moved in and settled (ok well that was really me..) but once we got everything in order I headed back to Washington for 2 weeks! Thanks to the lovely Hardersens, I was able to head back west for a visit and to watch their pups while they embarked on a seriously ERT (epic road trip). I got to do soooo much when I was home (in between working) which totally reminded me of why I decided to jump into the world of entrepreneurship. I got to catch up with my Grandma, check out my Aunt's amazing lake house, catch up with one of my besties from PDX and show him some of the sights in WA, and of course spend some quality time with the fam bam. It. Was. Amazing.

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Bachelorette Trip in Connecticut: As soon as I headed back east, I stayed in NYC for one night before hitting the road again. This time, up north for a bachelorette party! It was my first one and we had sooo much fun celebrating the bride-to-be! Connecticut casinos are no joke..

Apartment Hunting: Sooo back to that apartment news.. Originally our plan was for Chris to move in (his lease ended before mine) and then a few months later we were going to find a bigger place. After moving and getting settled we decided 1.) Man, we reallyyyy don't want to have to move again and 2.) While it would be tight we could suck it up for a year. The big man upstairs had a different plan in mind though.. While I was in Washington, I received a panicked call from Chris saying we got a letter in the mail saying my lease wasn't being renewed. Being across the country I immediately called my landlord's office (which wasn't open at the time).. let's just say it was a long 12 hours of waiting for them to open. I woke up early to call them the second their office opened and come to find out they're in the process of selling their buildings and aren't renewing any leases. I did not take the news well and was pretty upset.. I mean I just went through this 2 years ago with my last building! 

Sooo just like that it was back to apartment hunting, which as you've read on past blogs is a big pain in the b-u-t-t in the city. Plus we had so much going on in June and July.. it was just not something I wanted to have to deal with, but such is life. So I started stalking listings like the true apartment stalker I am and we saw apartment after apartment. It was a little early to start looking since we didn't have to move until Aug 1 (things are available immediately here or maybe a month in advance) but I mostly wanted to look at the market.

After seeing a bunch of places, being let down by brokers (sorry brokers but some of you really suck) I found a listing.. In fact, I prefaced the link for the listing to Chris with "Ok, this is kind of dumpy but it has a shared backyard and checks some of our other boxes" and they were having an open house that night. So I suggested we stop by on our way to the Billy Joel concert we were going to. I mean hey, the perk of NYC apartments is they take 5 mins to see. So we did just that and the place wasn't that bad.. andddd the "shared backyard" turned out to be a private backyard! It's not the fanciest place in the world, but as soon as we saw it and then found out they have unlimited laundry in the building we knew we needed to jump on it. It checked off our boxes, was available Aug 1, was no fee (YESSSS!), 1 bed, outdoor space, dishwasher (old but it has one) and decent storage. If we could have applied right then and there I would have -- because that's what you have to do here. Instead we had to wait until Monday because it was through a management company (my old management company actually!). So I obsessed and obsessed some more over the weekend. We showed up at their office right when they opened on Monday though, got approved within half an hour and signed our lease that day. So phewww after all that stress it all worked out and for the better! Sooo there will definitely be more apartment posts come the end of summer. Just wait until you see what I do with this backyard!!! So now we just wait.. but that's taken care of!

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Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Life Lately

Chris' brother's Wedding: Chris' brother and beautiful fiance got married over the 4th of July weekend out on Long Island. They are just the best so it was so amazing to be there for their big day! It was a full weekend of love, delicious food, and lots of dancing! It could not have been a more perfect weekend and celebration!

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Life Lately
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Life Lately

Bachelorette Trip in Nashville: As soon as Chris' brother's wedding was over I was off to visit Nashville to celebrate another fabulous bride-to-be in Nashville! Nashville has been at the top of my bucket list to visit so I was pretty pumped for this trip! It did not disappoint either! All things country music, southern food and southern charm are soooo up my alley. I own way too many pairs of cowboy boots for a New Yorker.. haha. When I have another minute there will definitely be a trip highlight post because we had so much fun!

Moving: Now back to that apartment thing... we're a week away from packing up and heading to the new place. So there's that too!

I know, I know, when I said I've been busy I was not lying! If there's one thing life has taught me in the last 3 months it is that it doesn't slow down for anything! Which is equal parts exciting and nerve-wracking at times! It does all work out though one way or another! So now you're in the loop! Stay tuned because I do have some fun shenanigans to share that I've squeezed in between all of life's craziness!