All posts by Hanssie

Finding Your Life’s Purpose Is Overrated

What is my life’s purpose? What’s your life’s purpose? After years of searching and coming up empty-handed, I’ve come to the conclusion that maybe “finding my life purpose” is highly overrated. I didn’t grow up knowing I wanted to be a doctor or an astronaut or actress or whatever kids want to be these days.… Read More



It’s Okay To Be A Quitter

Today, I quit. I had a 20-mile long run scheduled for my next race – the Surf City Marathon – and after the first mile,  I knew that there was no way I was going to be able to run for 19 more miles. Besides the fact that I didn’t want to (who really wants… Read More


#2016BestNine Books I Read This Year

My favorite day at school when I was in the 4th grade was Tuesday. I would look forward all week to 10:15 am Tuesday morning because that was when my teacher would line us all up and march us to the small portable set up at the edge of the school – the library. It… Read More



Hello? Is This Thing On?!

Do people even read blogs anymore? I’m pretty sure the answer is no, and I’ve been neglecting this blog for the last 3+ years, so the real question is: do people even read *this* blog anymore? I guess the answer really doesn’t matter, since when I converted this blog from photography to the place I… Read More



The One Who Wanted A Hug

I feel for men. I really do. I mean, you’re expected to make the first move. You’re expected to buy us a drink. You’re expected to ask us out on a date. You’re expected to pay for dinner. And on and on the list goes. Approaching people is intimidating. Approaching someone and having to hope… Read More


A Change Will Do You Good

Change is scary. Most of the time it involves you leaving a comfort zone and stepping into a situation may be new and unexpected. The uncharted territory causes doubts to surface and butterflies in the tummy. Many people will stay in the safe zone for too long, maybe forever, before leaving (or being shoved out)… Read More


5 Things Running 1000+ Miles Has Taught Me About Life

The wind on my face, sweat pouring down my brow, my legs carrying me mile after mile, the burning in my lungs, the constant mental struggle…running, I hate every part of it. As I write this, I just finished my third half marathon; everything hurts, and I’m strategically setting goals for my next race. How (and… Read More