I’m Anne Marie, and I think that travel and mindful living can open eyes, change perspectives, and transform lives.
Born and raised in the heart of the American Midwest, my formative years were spent swimming in lakes, attempting to make friends with the deer in my yard, and trying not to lose my nose to frostbite come wintertime. Though quite appeased by my wild surroundings, I always had an insatiable hunger to see the world — to understand it, to connect with it, to truly experience it. This desire for discovery would eventually lead me to California to pursue an acting career, to Minnesota to pursue a degree in journalism, to London to study music marketing, and to New York City to, well, see what all the fuss was about. Spoiler alert: all the fuss is entirely legitimate.
My urge to explore the world would also lead me to over 50 countries, 40 festivals, dozens of wellness retreats, three Vipassanas, two safaris, one solo backpacking trip across Asia, and countless moments that have changed my perspective, and my life, forever. Throughout all of my journeys, I’ve never ceased to find that experiencing new destinations, people, and cultures and doing so with a clear and open mind is perhaps the most effective approach to truly living — to truly experiencing the beauty in the blur of life. It's my mission to spread this message through my work.
Today, I'm an avid writer and content creator with over nine years of professional experience. In my most recent full-time role as head of editorial at Beautiful Destinations — a creative agency for travel organizations as well as the world's largest travel community on social media — I built the editorial strategy and team from the ground up, worked with some of the world’s biggest tourism boards, hotels, and airlines, and managed a team of internal writers and international freelancers. I guided the creation of large volumes of content that gave back to local communities and showcased how powerful travel can be when done mindfully. Before this, you could find me working on all things well-being at mindbodygreen. Meditation, yoga, reiki, relationships, veganism, body image, you name it — if it had to do with becoming a better version of yourself, I probably wrote about it. I’ve also created content for brands like Headspace, Inscape Meditation, ATAI Life Sciences, Buzzworthy, BeautifulNow, and Spotify, where I worked for nearly four years in its early days in the U.S.
After seven incredible years in New York, I’ve recently relocated to London and am playing the role of freelance writer, editor, and content strategist with a focus on travel, wellness, and lifestyle projects — and I’d love to help you tell your story.