moving & shaking

in my last post i talked about refusing to settle and knowing that there is an opportunity out there for me to pursue my passion and do what i love.

lately, i’ve been even more encouraged to keep searching for that opportunity. despite some ups and downs, i haven’t given up. it takes work and i’m more than willing to work my butt off.

but i have tried to add an even more positive spin onto things while i’m in the search. rather than focus on what’s not happening or what i don’t have, i’m focusing on making the most of what i’m doing right now.

so far it’s been working. i’ve noticed that a few things

i’m happier

that’s a big deal because i’m someone who can easily get down and discouraged, wanting to just stay at home and not talk to anyone. blame my depression or my extrovert tendencies, either way, i’m happier when i just take what i can get

time goes quicker

i was dreading work and counting down the hours until i could go home or until my next day off. of course i still look forward to coming home and jumping in my bed but now i try to make the most of my work day, making sure i feel accomplished and focused

i have more energy

i’ve been sluggish since my chest pains and it’s absolutely sucked. i’m used to being busy, busy, busy. i was finding it hard to do simple things and felt incredibly unmotivated. now that i’ve tried to see the negative things in life as learning moments or good experience, i’m ready to go and get stuff done

i’m more optimistic

i’m not feeling as low and i look forward to checking things off my to-do list. i’m encouraged to keep seeking out new opportunities and try new things

i’m less stressed

this is a BIG one. i’m such a stressed person. i will find myself physically sick because of it. with a more positive mindset, i don’t see as many things as stressors. instead, i use them to keep me going and working for change. i make sure to carve out daily time for some self-love and relaxation


all of these awesome changes have made me feel rejuvenated and ready to go.

i’m moving and shaking and i don’t plan on stopping.


refusing to settle

i just had a phone call with my mom. living on my own, these calls are something i really look forward to. my mom comforts me, makes me laugh and helps me find new perspective, especially when things are going rough.

but one of the best things about her is that she doesn’t expect me to always agree with everything she says. yes, i will admit that she is usually right. most mothers are. but sometimes we just see things differently and that’s the way it will be.

today, it was about my next career move. currently, i’m searching for new opportunities, specifically in the creative marketing/fashion industry. i’m incredibly passionate about this path and feel that i have so much unlocked potential (yeah, i rolled my eyes at that too but it’s actually how i feel right now). like i’m trapped and need a new job/life to challenge and open me up.

being a guardian and maternal wizard, my mom just wants me to have enough money and right now and then worry about the rest of my life later.

i wholeheartedly disagree.

i may just be 23 but i’ve already had plenty of opportunities to “just get by” and i have been so miserable. i know there is a way to make enough money and not be sorely unhappy while doing it.

she argued that most people my age aren’t worried with their life careers and just do something now until they have experience.

well, how can i get the right and best experience if i’m just taking placeholder positions?

i’m so willing to keep working retail for the third year in a row if it lands me where i want to be eventually and if i’m happy on the journey there.

i would be so so so so overjoyed to work at Anthropologie as a sales associate for a long time if it means that one day i would work in the Anthropologie Home Office or over a store of my own.

i’m more than okay with paying my dues as long as i’m happy and healthy while i’m doing it.

i’m just trying to kick ass and change the world.

can i get an amen?

the art of social media

i’m hannah and i’m a social media addict.

but i have no shame. i’m addicted to it because it lets me connect with people i would otherwise never know. it lets me show off my creative side, learning more about myself, my perspective and what i like. it inspires me to keep trying new things and pursue my passions. it keeps me entertained (obviously). it’s a great resource – i’ve found tons of books, shows, podcasts, clothes, stores, etc. that i now love through social media.

now, part of my “trying something new” i mentioned in my last post, i’m upping my social media game, specifically my Insta game.

i bought Capture Your Style by Aimee Song and it’s been amazing so far. i’ve already downloaded new photo editing apps, bought a Nikon camera (a very cheap, very beginner one because i’m new to this and broke) and tried out lots of her suggestions.

despite how much i’m absorbed with social media, i never realized how much one can do with it. it’s mindblowing and that’s why i’m more into this now than ever.

i’ll be honest though. it so nerve-wracking trying to get better at Instagram when you don’t know as much as these pro bloggers.

i want to stay genuine and transparent while improving my pictures and content. i want to keep my vibe (which people have commented on and that makes me so happy).

feel free to watch my Instagram game slowly but surely develop and feel free to give feedback! my handle is @hanshawwww

catch ya later, friends.

trying something new

it’s been a while since i’ve posted and that’s because i’ve been ridiculously stressed and overwhelmed lately. luckily, things are looking up so i’m trying to be as absolutely positive as i can. it seems to be working so far so let’s keep it up.

i’ve decided to start chasing some dreams (i know, man. being down for so long can make you pretty cliche).

my dream is to own my own business. i want to have a digital media consulting agency and i want to empower women. i want to kick butt and take names. i want to give back and help local and smaller businesses kick butt too. so, i’m trying to start now.

i broke down and bought a camera. it’s a camera for noobs and that’s okay. i am kinda a noob but i also can’t afford the camera i really want. not yet at least.

i’ve started taking photos and researching how to dominate instagram and other channels. honestly, it’s already starting to pay off and i haven’t been this excited in a while. a long while.

here’s to never giving up, getting over life’s bumps and working for yourself.