Annie lives free. Free from worry, stress and the details of life that most of us let enslave us. She literally greets problems with a smile. Her coping mechanisms for challenge are always to crack a joke and make a friend, which are my favorite things about her.
No hot water in her new place? She goes and has tea with her British landlord. Too long of a line...anywhere? She walks to the nearest bar and befriends all the bartenders...alone. Rough day at work? She spends all night watching cat videos and sending them to her friends. Her car leaks fluid, has no power steering and is in just a general state of disrepair? She schedules glamour shots with it.
Life is just more fun with Annie around. The boringest of activities become engaging and simple evenings become memorable. I can't think of a better person to lift me out of a grumpy mood.
Something people don't know about Annie is what an enormously talented artist she is. People don't know because she doesn't talk about it. If I had skill like that, I would show everyone. "Have you seen my work? I'm SO good!" But Annie doesn't do that. So, here is her work. It's SO good! She drew the lovely chair in my logo and also the sketch of me on the About page. Also, she drew the sweet buck in the photos below. In like, 10 minutes. WHAT.
I think the most remarkable freedom that Annie has and provides the people around her with is the freedom to question. Especially her faith. As a newer Christian, she asks such great questions that force me to examine why I believe what I believe. She is never indignant or challenging; she just doesn't take things at face value. Her genuine curiosity always ignites honest conversation, which in true Annie form, is always fun too.
Annie reminds me not to take life too seriously and to face the gray days as if they are sunny. Thank you, Annie for making my world a much happier one.