Oh heyyy friends! I’m Anna Osgoodby and I’m a creative entrepreneur and lifestyle blogger based in the Seattle area. Tacoma, WA, if we’re getting really specific! I’ll take you back a few steps though because it’s been a 30-year journey to get to where I am today!
I grew up in a small town in Washington and while the views of the mountain are kind of hard to compete with, I couldn’t wait to get out and pave my own path. I started out by heading to the University of Oregon to study journalism and public relations. Going to college is always a big deal, but I was also the first in my family to attend a university so you can bet I was going to make the most of every minute of it -- which was 2 years because I graduated early.
My last quarter, I moved to Portland to finish mhy final courses and an internship program and could not wait to put my degree to work! There was just problem, I graduated rightttt in the middle of the recession. Do you guys remember that movie Post Grad, because I was convinced that was going to be my life at the time. Luckily, it wasn’t. I was the only person in my program to graduate with a job offer and while it wasn’t a job at the big fancy office I had dreamed of, it was a foot in the door. Flash-forward a year and I was given the opportunity to move to New York City to further my career. It was a quick decision, but I decided to go for it and I’m so glad I did because it was a game-changing chapter in my life.
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I boarded a flight with a one-way ticket to move 2500+ miles away to an apartment that I had never seen (that was double my rent and half the size), with a roommate I had never met, and to a city I had only been to a couple of times before. Looking back I realize how crazy this was but somehow it all worked out. At the time, I only planned on staying a year but year 2, 3, 4 and then 5 came really quick! The energy and opportunities of the city sucked me in. I was working my way up in the social media industry and repping big-name clients, building a name for myself as a lifestyle blogger, getting to go to cool events, and I even had my own apartment. Hey, it may have only been 400 square-feet, but it was my own little colorful piece of Manhattan! I had really made a life for myself and while the distance from home was always tough, my plan to move home had come and gone.
That was until 2015 when I decided I was ready for a change. For years, I had dreamt of having a career that allowed me the flexibility to spend more time on the west coast. The thing was… I couldn’t really find an opportunity like that so I decided to create one instead. Later that year, Mallory Musante and I launched Bold & Pop -- a social media, branding and web design collective that supports small businesses and bloggers. Funny enough, I never thought I wanted to be an entrepreneur but everything just kind of lined up and the timing was right to take a chance on ourselves. That first year, I spent more time in Washington than the previous 6 years combined and the flexibility was just what I needed.
Being a business owner is a wild journey and I’m pretty positive it’s the hardest personal development challenge you can ever take on. There are a lot of highs and a lot of lows (cliché but true!) and the journey has a way of getting your priorities in check. So after two years of being bicoastal I made the tough decision to close my NYC chapter and move back to Washington full-time in the summer of 2017.
Today, I live in Tacoma, Washington with my trusty senior pup Scooter and continue to grow Bold & Pop (now on both coasts)! These days, my free time is filled with much more family time and time outdoors. You could say I've really embraced the Pacific Northwest lifestyle -- hiking, kayaking, gardening, craft brews and day trips around the state are kind of my thing. This blog is my corner of the Internet to share a peek at my adventures, share my passions and projects and give others a really honest look at the lessons I learn along this messy journey we call life!