Hi! my name is Anna, i’m twenty two and I’m in my second year of a masters degree in international relations, concentrating in China Studies and the economies of emerging markets. I just spent a year studying in China where I delighted in eating as many kinds of noodles as I could, making friends with chubby chinese babies, dancing zumba at the local community track and getting amongst the plethora of futuristic chinese apps. Now I live in a cute brick row house in a suburb of Washington DC with five flatmates. I get around on my shabby bike named Susan and when I’m not in one of my many classes, I can usually be found at a groovy cafe, pretending I have a life (but really just doing academic readings). Blooming Anna started out as a food blog, changing when I lived in China with no access to a kitchen, and has remained a place where I share the thoughts that rattle around my head until I get them down in writing. as I travel and grow older I become more and more convinced that I don’t have the answers, and so I simply try to live in an atmosphere of hope, authenticity and growth. I’m one of those people who has to have a quote for every occasion, and so I’m finishing with this one (it’s a goodie):

“We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.”

– Anaïs Nin





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