Hi, I’m Annie Lynn. I’m a Midwest mom who’s exploring the craft of songwriting and learning to play guitar. I love to write and I love music! While my professional careers have ranged from musical theatre performer to home organizer, I’m currently an aspiring singer songwriter.
As a part of my creative process, I’m curating nostalgic stories from my past and sharing them here on this blog. I’d like to think that I’m creating my very own “micro-museum,” open for self-guided tours with no lines to wait in. While I hope it allows you to get to know me, I’m also hoping it helps me get to know myself.
The Annie Lynn Club is my virtual, backyard, tiny tree house. Welcome! This is a space to hang out, reminisce of a simpler time, and reflect about what feels like “home.” While these are a collection of my childhood stories, my intent is that they encourage you to explore your own memories and what feels like “home” to you.
Remember those homemade soup can telephones with the string attached at both ends? Imagine yourself with one of those, and I’ve got the other end. Let me entertain you. Anytime you need an escape or refuel from a long week I’d love to tell you a story right here.
Why am I doing this? I’m doing this to preserve and share my memories, but this project is not at all about being stuck in the past. I’m going to purposefully connect the dots from my past with the present. I hope to find clues as to why I am the way I am, and who I most authentically am now. I’m also looking for inspiration for lyrics to songs I’m writing and new stories I’d like to write.
I want to restore a sense of curiosity in myself like I had as a little kid. I want to realign with a part of me that’s just waiting to be lit up again. I hope it encourages you to dust off your own treasures and explore your own passions. We all have something special to give to this world. This project is about shining a light on just what that is.
How will I do this? I’ll be taking a really close look at years of keepsakes and memorabilia I’ve organized neatly over the years. I hope to uncover clues about myself and stir up memories. I’m going to reflect, reminisce, remember and recall all sorts of experiences. Like opening up a time capsule, or unlocking a diary, I’m going to ask myself why I’ve kept the things I have. Is there more to it? What are the stories I associate with each item? I know there are lots of treasures to be found and stories to share. This is going to be an adventure! I’m so excited to get started.
This will be the home-base for my project. Come on over to my little club here whenever you like. I’ll leave the gate unlatched. (wink) I’m so tickled you’re here. It’s gonna be a hoot! ~Annie Lynn
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