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Speaks To Me Sunday #59

31 Jul


And Happy Birthday, Harry Potter! 

I just had to celebrate by making my Speaks To Me Sunday quote one from the Wizarding World. These might be the truest words ever spoken. There is something incredibly powerful about words. I am so incredibly grateful for the many wonderful words I’ve had the opportunity to devour over the years. Words that challenge me, bring tears to my eyes, incite me to laughter. Words I have to look up, words that stay with me long after I turn the page. It truly is magic. 

Some of my favorite words will always be those of J.K. Rowling, and I am super excited to be reading something new of hers now that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is out! Harry Potter meets theatre? Sounds perfect for this girl. 

What are your favorite words?!

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Speaks To Me Sunday #44

20 Mar

Lately it seems like there have been a lot of things to be stressed about. Dwelling on it makes me feel like im drowning in anxiety. And I am someone who is prone to worry as it is. 

The best salve I have found is gratitude. If I can stop and choose to look at all the things I’m grateful for, every person who helped when things got tough, every lesson learned from hardship… It makes every day that much brighter, that much easier. 

I have been overwhelmed by gratitude these last couple of days. And it truly has interrupted my anxiety. It’s amazing what a change of perspective can do. 

Give it a shot! What are you grateful for? 

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Speaks To Me Sunday #25

18 Oct

She’s back! 

I am ready to get back to my regular posts, but I am over the idea of “regular life.” I want something more. There are so many incredible things I want out of this life, but I’ve got to be brave to get them. Early on I made my theme for 2015 Fearless. The year might be coming to a close, but I’ve got a couple more months to throw my fears out the window. I am going to be brave and free. 

What will you do with your last few months of 2015? Be fearless! 

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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?! 

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Speaks To Me Sunday #2

22 Mar


Things have gotten SO busy the last couple of weeks! I have always considered myself someone who thrives off of a packed schedule. To some extent, this is true. It’s easier to prioritize if you have less time to procrastinate. However, I am beyond the point of wanting to be busy just for the sake of being busy. I don’t want to do things because I “have to.” I want to do the things that make me feel fufille. There is no such thing as free time. You are always spending it. Whether it’s on the couch binge watching Netflix or creating memories with your loved ones… Guard the finite time you have fiercely. (Not to say that binge watching shows like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt or The Office isn’t the right way to spend time occasionally 😉) It’s up to you how you will spend your time. Choose what makes you happy, do the things that you actually want, live fully in all the glorious little moments, and don’t be afraid to be a little selfish with your time. It is precious. 

It’s up to you. What will you spend your time doing? What means the most? I’d love to hear! Share in the comments or reach out to me on Instagram or Twitter (@JoannaHackman) using #SpeaksToMeSunday. 

Speaks To Me Sunday

15 Mar

If you follow me on any social media, you could probably guess that I am a fan of quotes. Words that inspire me, challenge me, make me laugh. I have always loved words – spoken, written, typed, whatever. Language is such a powerful thing, and I think it all comes down to communication. Something I believe we all crave. Sometimes words just speak to your heart… something said by a loved one that you lock away to think of whenever you need it most, a hilarious phrase that can put a smile on your face when the day isn’t going your way, comforting words that make you feel like someone understands you, an empowering mantra that convinces you to take on the world. That is a lot of power from something so seemingly simple. (Ah, alliteration. WORDS!) It is safe to say that I have had a lifelong love affair with words, and I don’t see that changing any time soon. So, I decided to share words that are currently inspiring me by doing something new!

Speaks To Me Sunday!

This is where I will share what words, quotes, phrases are speaking to me. To my heart, my soul, my mind, my funny bone. 😉 I want to share the power of words, and maybe you will be inspired too! (*Disclaimer: The quotes will (most likely) not be mine. I am not claiming to be the one who said these wonderful things. I will credit who did whenever possible! Same goes for any art work that comes attached.*)

And that brings me to my words for this week…


I have been learning this a lot the last several months. I made the decision to give up fear in 2015 (#NoFear15) and it has been quite the challenge, but oh-so-worth-it. Diving into scary situations, overcoming challenges, leaving doubts at the door… it has all be SO freeing. Well, yesterday I made the choice to do something that actually terrifies me. I signed up for Improv Class at The Upright Citizens Brigade. (I am trying not to hyperventilate.) I’ve always liked the thought of improv, and been able to act on those impulses when forced to for auditions or when live theatre takes a turn because someone missed a cue. However, when I was first introduced to the idea of improv, it was the thing that funny people did. You had to be funny to do improv, and I had been told that I was not. I let that control me, hover over me for a long time. Being told that I was the girl for the dramatic scenes was great… being told that I couldn’t do comedy was crippling. I branched out in college and was able to tackle comedy, but there is always this voice in the back of my head saying that I am not funny.

Well, I turned to my friend Amanda (Improv Goddess) who told me that it’s a good thing that I don’t think I’m funny. WHAT?! She thinks I will have a better chance at succeeding in improv if I am not worrying about finding the funny thing to say, but rather the honest thing. Well, that certainly flipped all my ideas around. I don’t have to be funny. But maybe I will be. 🙂

So, I decided to face my fears head on and jump into class. I am definitely nervous, but I am trying to let go of control. I feel like this might just set me free.

I would love for you all to join in! Comment here. Or reach out to me on Twitter or Instagram (@JoannaHackman) – share your quotes, thoughts, words. Use #SpeaksToMeSunday and get in the conversation.