EP 16: Anna Goldfarb on Charting Your Own Course

Anna Goldfarb

Anna Goldfarb

Author Anna Goldfarb is one of my favorite creative people, and I'm so happy to have her as a guest on GOAL MAGIC! I first learned about Anna back when she was the writer behind the wildly popular (but now retired) dating blog Shmitten Kitten. Since then, we’ve built up a friendship based upon our shared love of writing goofy email newsletters. Just to let you know, Anna writes my favorite newsletter in the whole world and you should totally go subscribe to it at annagoldfarb.com.

Now happily married with Shmitten Kitten in her rearview mirror, Anna makes a living writing fearlessly about relationships, culture and food for publications like The New York Times, Vice and Thrillist. Anna writes with a bold and exuberant wit and she’s not afraid to offend people who might disagree with her. With titles like “What I wish I'd Known Before Moving in Together” “The Top 10 Worst Things I’ve Eaten at Trader Joe’s” and “What to Say When People Ask Why You’re Not Having Children” you can see why Anna’s articles get tons of impassioned comments from readers. 

Anna is also the author of the humor memoir, Clearly, I Didn’t Think This Through: The Story of One Tall Girl’s Impulsive, Ill-Conceived, and Borderline Irresponsible Life Decisions. It’s a hilarious and heart-warming book. Oh and here are some bonus photos of Anna through the years: 

Here are two of the early music reviews that Anna describes in the interview:

Tied Up In Braid
Irony of Lightfoot Reminds Me Why I Listen to Music in the First Place

We discuss these topics (and many more) in the episode: 

  • Being intentional with your network
  • How a creative network is different from other social networks
  • How Anna knew her husband was "the one"
  • How to survive as an adult living in your parents' basement
  • The best locale for forcing yourself to write
  • How to deal with one-star reviews online
  • How we sometimes confuse our friends with our fans on social media
  • The pros and cons of freelance writing
  • The value of finding an "accountability buddy"
  • Remember: success is not a straight line!
  • How jealousy can lead to personal insight

I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I enjoyed recording it! 

Stay Magical,

Sponsor Love: This delicious episode is sponsored by Whipped Bakeshop. Their award-winning cookies make perfect gifts. Fall in love: https://whippedbakeshop.com/ 

Intro Music: We are One by Vexento
We Are One by Vexento
Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/Ssvu2yncgWU

Outro music: Nostalgia by Tobu