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10 Essays From 29Secrets Contributor Anne T. Donahue That Sum Up 2020

If you’re a regular reader of this website, you’ve likely come across (and binge-read) Anne T. Donahue’s prophetic pop cultural musings, sage advice and witty turns of phrase in her weekly column. She’s been with 29Secrets pretty much since the beginning back in 2009, and since then, she’s become a rockstar writer, having written for publications like The Cut, Refinery29 and Cosmopolitan (among plenty of others). She also wrote a book, Nobody Cares, which you should definitely pick up!

As we countdown to the end of this unprecedented year (thank God) here’s a look back at 10 of Anne’s most popular essays from 2020.

10. I Will Out-Argue You: Quarantine Edition
June 18, 2020
Every day, I inch closer to running through my neighbourhood streets and shouting nonsense (read: various One Direction conspiracy theories) until I’ve scared everybody enough to go back inside…
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9. A Brief List Of Everything We Should Get In Quarantine
April 23, 2020
Now going into week seven, quarantine has evolved from a shocking development in our day-to-day lives to the most boring and mundane and psyche-breaking normal of all…
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8. How To Keep Yourself Together In The Wake Of Panic And Pandemonium
February 27, 2020
If there is anything to be completely sure about, it’s that everybody you have ever met feels anxious and weird most of the time. This, as the abundance of anxiety memes tell us, is not news…
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7. Your Priority Isn’t Productivity, It’s To Get Through It
March 19, 2020
By now, we’ve all seen that King Lear tweet; the one reminding us that during the plague, Shakespeare wrote King Lear, so we can channel our own genius and do the same…
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6. You Don’t Have To Decide Right Now
June 18, 2020
Now into our 12th consecutive fortnight of quarantine, we’re watching the circumstances begin to shift. Some stores are open. Some of us are venturing outdoors. Some (many?) idiots recently descended on a downtown park and practiced the opposite of social distancing, and gave me stress hives as a result, and probably each other COVID…
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5. Thanks To Serge Ibaka & OG Anunoby, Our Scarves Of The 00s Have Been Validated
February 6, 2020
Most of us understand that the majority of what we wore between 2001 and 2012 were variations of the word, “disgrace.” I wore flip-flops with rubber kitten heels. Owned a denim mini skirt that was ruffled to excess. I donned 14 polo shirts at a time. Showcased 34 henley tops simultaneously…
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4. You Can Still Be Busy Without The Hustle
February 20, 2020
Most of us like to be busy enough not to think about what we can’t control. Or, maybe more specifically, I like to be busy enough not to think about what I can’t control, because otherwise I’ll find myself stuck in a loop of “here’s everything wrong that I don’t know how to fix” which typically ends with watching Cheer without blinking for the seventh to tenth time in a week…
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3. Letting Go Of The Girls I Wanted To Be
August 13, 2020
In 2002, I did something shocking: after a screening of the rom-com classic, Sweet Home Alabama, I cut my hair like Reese Witherspoon’s. I had no idea how to style it, had no tools with which to straighten it, and my natural shade wasn’t remotely close to the actor’s perfect blonde…
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2. Goodbye, Jeans
January 23, 2020
For the better portion of my life, I (like 99.9% of people reading this) have had issues with body image. I’ve been hard on myself. I’ve been mean to myself. I’ve deprived myself of food to the point that my iron’s plummeted and I’ve morphed into an eternally bruised peach…

1. So You’re Working From Home: A Guide, A Lifestyle
March 12, 2020
Many businesses have also been asking us about remote time tracking software for staff that are working from home, so we have linked to the best solution available there…
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