Speaks To Me Sunday #24

30 Aug


When I was little I loved going to the airport. There was so much going on! And it always meant that I was picking up someone I hadn’t seen for a long time (any time apart is a long time when you’re a kid) or I was going on an adventure. 

For as long as I can remember I have loved to travel. There is something so thrilling about being in a new place, meeting new people, and experiencing new things. It’s no wonder I chose to travel during my summers as a teenager and took a year off before college to do the same. Many favorite memories are from trips, vacations, and travel of some kind. 

I will forever be in love with places I haven’t seen and people I haven’t met. I have this deep desire to see it all. Well, over the next couple weeks one of my travel dreams will be coming true. I’m off on an adventure to London and Paris! I am tearing up just thinking about it. I have loved these cities from afar for so long. It’s about time I get to go experience them in person! I couldn’t be more excited. 

That said, this might be my last post until mid-September! I can’t wait to tell you all about Europe when I get home. 

What cities are you in love with – the ones you’ve been to and the ones you’ve only dreamed of? Where are you adventuring to next?! 

Give me a shout! Comment or join in on Twitter or Instagram. Find me so you can follow along when I post from London or Paris – @JoannaHackman


Favorite Five Friday (126th Edition)

28 Aug

Welcome back! It’s that time again…


1.  Dan is the best gift giver. He often surprises me with sweet little presents for no reason at all. Lately he’s brought home a few new editions to our growing “nerd collection.” Super appropriate as we get closer and closer to our trip to London and visiting Warner Brothers for their Harry Potter tour!

 2.  I’ve never spent a lot of time exploring downtown Los Angeles, but I have friends who are very familiar. This week I got to explore DTLA with the best guide around, Trevor! We tried a delicious new coffee spot straight from SanFran called Philz. That alone was worth the trip downtown. I highly recommend the ginger snap iced coffee. I want to go back and bring all my friends. We explored a bit of the flower market and I loved getting to recreate my wedding bouquet in my mind. Then we hit the Grand Central Market, and I don’t know when I’ve smelled anything so yummy. It took some time to decide which place would get our business for lunch, but we ended up with some awesome pizza from Olio. And finally we hit The Spheres at MacArthur Park. They are these lovely orbs being painted by people in the neighborhood. It was quite the adventure! Trevor, thank you for the fabulous date and for being one of my favorite friends.


3.  Audition turned Call Back is always a good thing! That was a highlight of my week. Here I was with my mind already in Europe and then I had to bring the focus back to my career. Not a bad reminder to live in the moment. I never want to wish time away – even if I’m excited about what’s to come!

4.  Girl’s Day is the best. My beautiful besties and I treated ourselves to lunch and a mani/pedi together. It was the most relaxing and refreshing afternoon. We got to enjoy each other’s company and make some great memories. I’m so lucky to have them in my life.

5.  Europe is just around the corner! We’ve had such an outpouring of love from friends and family. People excited about our trip, folks sharing their experiences, helping out with recommendations for food and fun. I just wanted to say thank you so much for reaching out! It is so appreciated. I can’t wait to share our trip with all of you… You know, after we get back. ;)


Also, cats… amiright?

Happy Friday, friends! 

Speaks To Me Sunday #23

23 Aug

Some days I feel like I know exactly who I am. Some days I feel like I have no idea. 

I’ve always been a little ashamed to admit this, but I’ve come to realize that most people feel this way at some time or another. 

We are constantly changing, shifting, growing. Every day new experiences, interactions, and moments affect us, move us. That is the beauty in being human. 

So, even on the days where I feel a little lost… I need to remember that I am me

Jesus Follower, people lover. Wife, daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, aunt, friend. Actor, writer, singer, occasional dancer. Adventurer, explorer, traveler. Cat mom, (hopefully) future baby mom. Creative, dreamer, do-er. Hard worker, lifetime learner, organizer. Book worm, music lover, art appreciater. Empathizer, encourager. Passionate, vulnerable, fierce, brave, kind, a little weird, extraordinary. Human. 

I know who I am. I will not be stopped. 

Who are you? 

Let’s talk about it! Comment, reach out on Instagram or Twitter. (@JoannaHackman
**Thanks to the Firework People for the photo and the inspiration! 

Favorite Five Friday (125th Edition) 

21 Aug

Oh yeah… It’s Friday! You ready for the weekend? But first…


1.  We love living next to downtown Burbank. It’s so fun being able to walk to so many great places (A few favorites: Granville, Wild Carvery, BJ’s, Pizza Rev, the movies, the mall!). It’s even better that we’ve got close friends we can walk to as well. This week we all took a walk and had dinner. Always a fun time when we’re together.

2.  It’s that time of year – more tour guides! We had the open call this week, and it’s one of my favorite things to be a part of. Seeing all of the hopeful, nervous faces walk through the door reminds me of how lucky I am to have this  job. I wish them all the best, and can’t wait to welcome them to the team.

3.  Europe is so close I can almost taste it!! (Literally, I bet Europe tastes so good. Is it weird that I’m super excited about the food?) We have been steadily crossing things off our list of to-do’s before we go. This week we got city passes for London and Paris so we can explore! There are so many sites I am looking forward to seeing in person. It’s finally starting to feel real.

4.  Auditions are still happening. I’ve been trying to really focus instead of checking out before we are actually gone. Having that weekly acting class has really helped to keep my in the right mindset. Plus with all the “back to school” stuff happening, it just makes me nostalgic for class, for school. I might just have to do something about making that a regular thing. Either way, I’m ready to really dive in when we get back from Europe. It’s time for some change and progress. I feel like something is coming. I am so ready for it!

5. I mean… The cutest…

Time to make every minute count as summer winds down!

Happy weekend and Happy Friday!

Speaks To Me Sunday #22

16 Aug

Patience is a virtue. A virtue that I have never had. I’ve always been anxious to complete each task, get where I’m going, and get what I want. 

Moving so fast is exhausting. It’s too easy to cut corners. You miss things when you don’t slow down. 

This has become very apparent to me lately so I am trying to change my impatient ways. 

The kicker came from the acting class I was in this week. My scene partner and I didn’t get to work until the very end. Class was supposed to be over, but they waited to watch our scene. I felt bad for making everyone stay… So I rushed. I didn’t lean into moments that could have been. I didn’t listen the way I wanted to. I didn’t take my time. My teacher could tell and brought it up at the end. He told me that it didn’t matter that class should have been over just like it wouldn’t matter if I was at an audition where they were running behind – I matter. I get to take my time. I learned so much in that moment and I’ve been thinking about it all week. 

I am so prone to hurrying that I forget to take my time. I’m trying to remember that great things take time. I want to do something great. 

Where do you need to take your time? What great things will come of it? 

Go ahead and leave a comment! Talk to me on Instagram and Twitter (@JoannaHackman). #SpeaksToMeSunday 

Favorite Five Friday (124th Edition)

14 Aug

Hello you! How ya been? Hoping your summer is packed with fun until the very end. Mine sure has been…


1.  More theatre and more talented friends. We went to see our buddy, Mark, in the world premiere of The Butterfly Who Became A Cocoon. He was the Butterfly and he rocked it! (Way to go, Marky!) The show is a children’s theatre musical unlike most I have seen.  That is not to say that I haven’t seen some good children’s theatre (shout out to Nashville Children’s Theatre!)… It was just something different. And wonderful. The music was fantastic and the cast was brilliant. I can’t wait to see where the show goes from here – only up I’m sure! What a fantastic night with friends supporting the arts.

2.  Little Lemon had her big surgery this week. All went well and she is recovering. We had some good laughs when she came home stumbling around and scaring Jack with the cone of shame. She is totally over wearing the cone at this point. Yesterday she wiggled her way out of it – too clever for her own good. When it’s on she causes trouble. She has been getting so annoyed that she’s started knocking her food and water all over the floor.  And afterward, true to her namesake, Liz Lemon fell asleep in the middle of her food.

3.  Pool day with the best! Universal is the busiest during the summer so it’s hard to get out there and do all the “normal” summer activities. Our pals decided to make the most of our time off this week by spending the day at the pool. We got to grill out, have drinks, swim, lounge around, and just have a great time together. It was exactly what I needed. Thankful for friends and for sweet summertime!


4.  We had our first meeting for the 30th Annual Tour Guide Showcase this week! It just got me pumped up to be a part of it. The cast is so talented and a whole lot of fun. I can’t wait to spend time with these awesome people. Bring it on, showcase!

5.  I am loving the acting class I’ve been taking through Universal. Jordan from Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop is one the most brilliant and intuitive teachers I’ve worked with. Clarity is the word that comes to mind. Last night I worked on a scene that I wish I could have a second shot at. I was frustrated with myself after because it wasn’t my best work. But it was more important than that… It became a real learning situation. As an actor (and probably a person) I need to work to become better at listening and reacting instead of playing “the idea” of what something should look like. Does that make sense? I hope so. I also need to remember that is okay to take my time and take my space. I am here and proud to be. Thank you, Jordan!

That’s all she wrote.

Happy Friday!

Speaks To Me Sunday #21

9 Aug


What would she do? Help her friends, use her brain, fight for what is right, stand up for the underdog, admit her weaknesses, believe in herself, have the right answer. 

Hermione Granger will always be one of my most favorite literary characters. J.K. Rowling created a girl that I could relate to – bossy, smart, book worm, loves school, a bit of a know-it-all, brave, loyal friend. You can’t help but love her. It made me feel so good to see pieces of myself in a character who was a vital part of this story. Sometimes I think that’s all girls (and probably boys) really want… To be a special and important part of a story. To know that they matter. To know that they are seen. 

Those are the kind of characters worth emulating. And never forget, you might be an important part of someone else’s story, but you are the hero of your own story. (I would totally read a series with Hermione as the hero, wouldn’t you?!)

 Harry and Ron never would have survived without Hermione. So do what they did. When you need the right answer, ask yourself “What Would Hermione Do?” 

Talk back to me. Hermione is my character of choice. Who is yours?! #SpeaksToMeSunday 


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