2012: The Year of Action

Every year rather than focusing on resolutions (I try to do that starting in Nov–why wait?), I give the year a theme. 2012 was the “Year of Action.” The goal was to get all my ducks in a row to really be working on the kind of projects I dream of doing. I decided today would be a good day to look back at highlights of last year to better focus on what’s next.P.S. If links don’t work try deleting .html or using the search bar. I just migrated my blog and still working out the kinks!



  • The pilot issue of an online travel magazine I worked on launched.


  • I got to fly home to the US for a press trip in Colonial Williamsburg (I’m from Virginia and had never been – great fun!)
  • Escaped up to NYC to check in the the Design*Sponge team and check out their new office, and catch up with old friends.


  • I made my TV debut with a cameo appearance on Rachel Khoo’s BBC2 show “The Little Paris Kitchen” (episode 6: airs January 5th & 11th on The Cooking Channel in the US)
  • I officially got my carte de séjour to stay in France! (My best [4 hour] visit yet, after an epic battle).



  • I experienced professional tennis for the first time at Roland Garros (The French Open)
  • Spent Father’s Day with my parents in Reims where we sipped champagne all day.
  • I started offering tours through Vayable (and mine is currently top ranked for Paris!)



  • My dreams of going to the Olympics came true with a trip to London and scoring last minute tickets to track and field with Margaret.
  • I pretended I was French and had a weekend in the countryside + visited a beautiful chateau + ate real whipped cream with Tiffany.
  • I attended a stellar Kinfolk picnic thrown by Tifamade + Rubi Jones.
  • I celebrated 3 years in France.



  • I flew to NYC for Brooklyn Beta Beyond, visited tons of awesome start-ups, had a photoshoot with Leela, met Swissmiss, hung out with the Tattly crew and attended 3 super inspiring Creative Mornings talks + ran into a friend who I hadn’t seen in over 20 years (that was initiated by this picture I tweeted)!
  • Celebrated my mom’s birthday in DC.
  • I attended Hello Etsy, a conference for sustainable business with Ashley + Thea and we were totally inspired.


  • I went to Normandy for a few days and Jennifer (Chez Loulou) took me to the most beautiful chateau where she works. [post forthcoming]
  • Lauren O’Neill + I launched the first phase of Studio/Practice, a curated library of tips + tools for creative biz (a project I’m VERY excited about).
  • I celebrated Thanksgiving 4 times (and once with a Turducken).
  • After 4 months of nomadicity, I finally found an apartment of my own with the most beautiful view (see above).


Overall, I’d say it was a damn good year. It’s a constant struggle “defining” who I am and what I do. But for 2012, I saw myself as a designer/editor with a focus on connecting creatives across continents. Next year I really hope to add more consulting + self-initiated projects into the mix.  Stay tuned and mille mercis for following along with my adventures + all your support along the way! More regular updates with be on Twitter + Instagram.


  • So many congratulations on all these wonderful experiences and achievements. You are a blogger who has inspired me from the get-go. I’m so happy to see you accomplish so much!

  • What a thrilling and action packed year…you achieved your goal and then some!! How did I miss that you were a movie extra?! Sweet :)

  • I know, Susan! It’s hard to believe. Ultimately, it was about taking life one day at a time, and jumping on opportunities. Hence, the movie extra thing. Saw it on twitter on a Friday, and was on set Tues + Wed. I figured I’d save a post on it until the movie comes out this spring :)

    Happy 2013 to you too!

  • Wow! That was a great year! You really are an inspiration for us… We discovered your blog this year and we wait for your posts everyday :-)
    Best wishes for 2013!!!

  • Congrats a successful year Anne! Living the dream! So happy for you. Keep up the inspiring work (and blog posts!)


  • That is a fantastic year! I’m drawing inspiration for my 2013 which for now looks all a little scary as my job contract comes to an end and I’m embarking on a new direction!

  • Thanks, The Slow Pace! I’m full of ideas these days, but slowing down on posting. But just as addicted to twitter for sharing ideas.

    Merci, AP! You’re still a major influence in why I’m even in Paris at all :)

    Lil, that definitely can be scary, but do whatever you can + get creative to put yourself in a direction where you offer what no one else does.