Panorama of the tea plantations at sunset - Sri Pada peak in the background

Annabelle moved home for the last few weeks before her mother died of cancer. She focused on the details, while her brother took care of a lot of the emotional labor that Annabelle wasn’t capable of. During and after her mom’s illness, she threw herself into work. She’s great at powering through. And then she reached her breaking point.

How losing both parents, navigating the transition of her only sibling, and extreme burnout led film producer Annabelle Dunne to seek solitude in Sri Lanka with just a cot and 17 books—and what it taught her about how she should lead her life now that she’s back home.

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