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The Ask Challenge… or how to have the best chance of getting what you want

Last month, I travelled to the East Coast for a friend’s wedding. On the morning I was headed to the airport, I had convinced myself that 45 minutes would be enough time to shower, wash/dry my hair, change the sheets on my bed, water my plants, and wash the dishes. It was total madness. There was no way in hell I was getting any of that done in less than an hour and half, and even though I cut every corner I could, and I still was late leaving for the airport.

That was the first in series…

Places to Drink Tea in Los Angeles: {Alfred Tea Room}

May 17, 2016 – West Hollywood, CA – All my tea-loving friends, it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for! Alfred Tea Room is open! Just across the street from the original Alfred Coffee & Kitchen on the super-swank Melrose Place, Alfred has a new (almost) tea-only shop.

It is pink. It is gorgeous. It has Nitro Chai on tap.

It also has iced Matcha with almond milk (pictured above). Both are delicious, just like you would expect for $5-7 per drink. I went for the Nitro Chai because it just sounds really badass. It was delicious…

Harnessing the Meditative Addictiveness of “Grown-up” Coloring

In early November, an extremely thoughtful and generous friend sent me an early birthday present: a Paris coloring book and a box of colored pencils. I live on social media, so I had been hearing more and more about adult people coloring as a way of calming the mind and reducing stress. But I had not yet tried it myself, so I was so happy to have everything I needed literally arrive at my doorstep – with no effort on my own part. (Thank you, Kimberly.) So, since coloring is supposed to be both calming and meditative, one day, I…

Happy 2016! Start the New Year by Giving Away Just One Thing

Things. I buy them, I get them for gifts, I find them. And at first it is awesome! “A new iPhone! I am going to be able to text all my friends so much faster and with better emojis!” “A new shirt! When I wear this, I will be so outgoing and comfortable talking to strangers!” “Yippeee! Life is so beautiful! I’ve never felt more (choose one: important/sexy/powerful/confident/peaceful/happy/loved/calm/safe)!” And how long does that feeling last? Maybe it lasts forever for you. For me, I…

My Holiday Season Meditation Challenge

You bring up meditation to people who don’t meditate, and it is a two sentence conversation. “Do you meditate?” “No. I can’t meditate – I’ve tried.  It’s not for me.” End of conversation. And, really, I can relate. A lot of people I know – smart, high-functioning, go-getting types of people – really do not like the idea of meditation, and I think there are two main reasons for this.  No. 1: they don’t know all the different super easy ways there are to…

This is anne loves coffee more

My first post here.  My name is Anne.  I love coffee.  How much?  I love it more than wine, more than chocolate, more than caramel, more than pie – and I really love pie (yeah, yeah, I really love wine and caramel, too) – more than Paris, and sleep, and movies.  You get the idea.  Let’s just leave it at I love coffee more.   My plan is that this will be a place where I share things and places I like, what’s working for me, what isn’t, some info about how I fix what isn’t working, and a…