Favorite Five Friday (129th Edition)

20 Nov

It’s Friday! And November is more than halfway through… what?! Am I the only one blown away by that? More to do before 2015 comes to an end! Here’s what I did this week…


1.  This quote has been making me laugh all week… I wrote about it in my last Speaks To Me Sunday post. I’m pretty sure it’s one of those things that’s really funny because it’s true. Mom always knows. She’s the best.


2.  Disney with some of our favorite folks! It’s always a good day at Disney. It’s an even better day when they give you free stuff because you have an annual pass!


3.  NBCUniversal’s 30th Annual Actors Showcase finally arrived! We all worked so hard for the last eight or so weeks, and it was about time we got to show our stuff. We had such a fabulous time! The cast was unbelievably talented. On top of that, the scenes were all written by a few members of the cast. All original works written for the performers. That’s pretty special. We had a fantastic turn out, and we all did our best. Fingers crossed the work starts coming our way – congratulations to all of my cast mates! So thrilled to have been a part of this experience.

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4.  Movie date night with the besties – really enjoyed The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. It’s hard to believe that series has finally come to a close. I feel like they created some really strong film versions of a fascinating book trilogy. It just made me want to go back and read the series again. Whenever I finish all the Outlander books, of course. (I’m on book 6 for anyone keeping track ;) Still a little obsessed.) Also, Jennifer Lawrence is awesome.

5.  My cats are vicious predators…


You best watch yourself, Mr. Fly.

Hey! Happy Friday to you! And Have a great Thanksgiving week!

Speaks To Me Sunday #29

15 Nov


Hilarious and true. So thankful I have a mom who listens when I share the ups and downs. More than that, she is invested. Thanks for being on my team, Mom! 
Who’s on your team?! 

As always, Twitter and Instagram: @JoannaHackman 

Speaks To Me Sunday #28

8 Nov


Excuses are painfully easy. 

I could come up with a million excuses for why I didn’t work out, sign up for that casting director workshop, clean the apartment, or make a healthy dinner. None of them are valid.

Excuses get in the way of the good stuff. I truly believe we make most excuses out of fear. If we have a reason not to do the things we are scared of then we don’t have to take a risk. Finding an excuse not to do it means we don’t have the opportunity to fail. And failing is scary. Especially if you are a recovering perfectionist/control freak like me. Better not to try at all, right? 

Wrong. So wrong! 

There are so many reasons to take the risk, but most importantly… Nothing is ever going to change (read: improve) if you don’t. I am ready to throw my excuses away because I am fearless. (#NoFear15 baby!) I don’t have time for excuses anymore. I want progress! I want results! It’s time to make the change.

What excuses are you throwing away? What results do you want to see? 

Let me hear it! Instagram and Twitter – @ JoannaHackman. 

Leave me a comment. 😊

Favorite Five Friday (128th Edition)

6 Nov

Another week gone by and it’s finally feeling like Fall in L.A. The cool weather is the breath of fresh air I needed. It’s been a refreshing week…


1.  Halloween! It’s my favorite. Dan and I took off work so we could go see The Nightmare Before Christmas – Danny Elfman live at The Hollywood Bowl. Dan loves the movie so I got tickets for his birthday, and we’ve been so excited to go. We decided to make a day of it. Neither of us could figure the last time we had a Saturday off. We went out for breakfast, wandered a farmers market, and went to a used book sale at the Burbank library. Is this what normal people do on the weekend?! Then we watched a scary movie and got ready for the concert! It was amazing. We had never been to the bowl, but we will definitely be back. Since it was Halloween they had trick or treat stations all over passing out candy, and tons of people were dressed up. Danny Elfman was phenomenal, and I just about died when Catherine O’Hara came out to sing Sally’s song. My favorite part was when the two of them came out with Paul Ruebens to reprise “Kidnap The Sandy Claws” – the original Lock, Shock, & Barrel. It was perfect. I’m so glad we went! It was an excellent Halloween.

 2.  The cool weather has been so welcome. I have been relishing opening our windows, sipping hot apple cider, lighting my favorite fall scented candles, and snuggling up under blankets. It makes everything feel new! I’m ready for sweater weather, y’all.

3.  Fall has always been my favorite season. I love Southern California and our endless summers, but I do miss the fall colors of Utah and Tennessee. There is something so special about those color changing leaves, the cool breeze that whips them through the air, the crunch of them under your feet. I am missing that desperately right now. I asked my friends on FB to post pictures of their Fall colors so I could see, and boy, did they come through! Friends, thank you for sharing your Fall with me.


Near my parents’ house in Salt Lake City

4.  NBCUniversal’s 30th Annual Actors Showcase is only a week away! I am so thrilled to be a part of this. I can’t wait to share the stage with some of Universal’s most talented so we can show this industry what we’ve got! We are ready. :)

5.  I have a new obsession. Ever since we got back from Europe I have been devouring Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. This is serious. These books are all around 1,000 pages and I’m on the 5th one. I think I might have a problem. Haha! But that’s okay. I am so fascinated by the history, characters, romance, and fantasy of it all. I mean, time travel and 18th century Scotland (among other places)… It’s kind of awesome. So, I’m declaring my obsession. I’ve got   Four more books to read and a TV season to watch. I am not ashamed. Also… Take me back to Europe!

That’s all I’ve got. Happy Friday! 

Speaks To Me Sunday #27

1 Nov

Normally I am sad to see October go, but this year I am choosing to focus on gratitude for the month of November. That means there is no time to waste being sad! 😉 

There is so much to be thankful for! I am a healthy woman with a wonderful family. I have never had to go without. I have food in my fridge and warm water for my shower. I have a job and money in my bank account. I have a dream that I have never felt like I had to give up. 

There are so many things – big and small – to feel gratitude for. It’s too easy to take it for granted. I hope focusing on gratitude brings on a multitude of miracles for you and for me! 

What are you grateful for?! 

Let’s talk about it. Comment. Twitter and Instagram – @JoannaHackman. ❤️

Favorite Five Friday (127th Edition)

30 Oct

Guess who’s back?! I hope you didn’t give up on me. Let’s see if I remember how this goes…


1.  Six years ago a very nervous young man told me “you’re it.” He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. The memory is so vivid in my mind – filled with excitement, tears, and joy. Looking back on the last six years, I would say yes all over again. Babe, thank you for being brave enough to ask.  

2.  I love October. Part of that is because it’s my birth month! I’m pretty sure the best people are born in October. ;) I had a fabulous birthday this year filled with all my favorite things. I spent the morning snuggling my cats and reading a great book. One of my besties met me for lunch and treated me to a beautiful manicure. Once I got home, Dan was there to take me for birthday donuts and to get delicious pumpkin scented candles. Then I opened some presents from him and my awesome family – they are too good to me. After, we were off to dinner at Summer Buffalo with our best buds. Post dinner, they surprised me with an evening of pumpkin carving, Hocus Pocus, and the yummiest homemade cake. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to be loved so well. 

3.  This week was the annual Tour Guide Halloween Party! I love getting to hang out with my awesome coworkers and seeing their creative costumes. This year Dan and I had planned to go as Wednesday Addams and Uncle Fester. Unfortunately, Dan wasn’t able to shave his face because of some filming he was doing (yay – showcase!) so we felt like we needed to nix the Fester plan. Well, I feel like we came up with something pretty great. Dan wore black and followed me around all night with just his hand on my shoulder… Making him the perfect Thing. It was a hit, and we had a great time! 

4.  Guys. It was National Cat Day. And we all know how I feel about my cats. So, I’m a little obsessed. But how cute are they?!

5.  Look at me! I posted a Favorite Five Friday. It took some time and effort, but I’m back. I hope you’ll still have me! :)

Happy Friday and Happy Halloween!

Speaks To Me Sunday #26

25 Oct

It feels appropriate that this is #26 since tomorrow is October 26th and my birthday. 😊

I have always loved my birthday. My family and friends have continuously made it such a special time for me, and I am so thankful. As I’ve gotten older, birthdays have become a little harder. Each year I feel like I’m losing time to do all that I want in this life. I look back proud at what I’ve done, but also yearning to have achieved more. It’s hard to feel excited about your birthday when you fear growing older. 

Well, I have no room for fear in my life anymore. I am blowing up the picture of what I thought my life should look like, and I am living the real thing. The life where I have a caring family, an awesome husband, fabulous friends, and adorable kitties. The life where I travel the world, work at an amazing job, and visit Disneyland at least once a month. The life where I get to audition, act, and play in the City of Angels. The life where I’m bravely reaching for my dreams.

I am living an amazing life. 

Thank you, God. 

It doesn’t matter how old you are. Your life is what you make it. How will you choose to live? 

Help me celebrate my birthday by talking with me! Twitter and Instagram @JoannaHackman


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