We had the good fortune of connecting with Anna Luetters and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anna, can you tell us about a book that has had a meaningful impact on you?
I recently started a book club through my instagram page and our first read was “The Authenticity Project” by Clare Pooley. It was light, breezy, and heartwarming but also made you think about your own life the whole way through. Is it really possible to be authentic through social media when even the messy stuff seems curated? I like to think that while my feed is for sure curated, my stories keep me honest and grounded. I also think social media has helped me get more comfortable with sharing my authentic self rather than the other way around. I still don’t share everything but my online presence feels real to me. It’s definitely made me more mindful about what I share and the motivation behind it all.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
@honeyibaked started as a hobby and in most ways it still is a hobby but one that I hold myself accountable for. I needed a creative outlet and instagram gave me that. I’ve worked really hard over the past two years to listen to my audience and improve my skills. I’ve learned how to build and manage a website, I’ve taken photography classes, I’ve accepted that it doesn’t all happen overnight. In the process I’ve learned a lot about myself and what I want my page to be – it’s been a constant evolution. I didn’t have a real vision plan when I started the account and it’s mostly still intuition but I use my friends as a sounding board to keep myself honest. Looking forward I am really excited about the book club I just started because it’s a new way for my to connect with my audience. Cooking and reading are both so good for your soul and your mental health and at the end of the day that’s what I want to dive deeper into.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh boy, I’ve lived in Atlanta for 15 years and am still the worst tour guide. When friends come in town I like to keep it real and show them what my life here is like rather than put together a highlight reel of the best and the coolest trends. We always go to La Fonda for my favorite tacos and margs in the city. We usually go to the aquarium because I am a member and nothing makes me happier than watching those belugas swim around. We make dinner in my kitchen at least once of course because that’s my whole thing!! Some of my favorite nights are game nights with a group of friends, lots of wine, and a nice cheese board at home. I will say you can’t go wrong with a picnic at Piedmont park or a walk on the Beltline. Oh and if its baseball season, definitely a Braves game! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My friends and my mom! They listen to all of my ideas, they hype me up, they take time to help me improve at something that at the end of the day is a hobby. I think sometimes they get more excited about @honeyibaked than I do because they never second guess it & there’s no self doubt. My friends tell people about HIB before I do because I still get shy talking about it with people I know “in real life” – I don’t know why. And then all of the people who follow me who have taken the time to make a recipe or just tell me that they get some value out of what I share. It means the whole world to me, like I physically blush and get little butterflies because I’m so tickled that people care.
Other: This link works for joining my book club through the Fable App: https://fable.co/club/books-bites-with-anna-luetters-336518727002
Myself (Anna Luetters)