All posts by Hanssie


A Band-Aid Won’t Fix Your Problem

I decided the other morning that I didn’t need coffee for my 90-minute commute. I’m still a fairly new coffee drinker, having found this magical elixir only about six months ago. (I’m one of those late adopters). After three days of no alarms and total gluttony from a long weekend, I braved the LA traffic… Read More


When Life Feels Out Of Your Control

Recently, I was put in a situation that was completely out of my control. Being a control freak, Type-A, whatever you want to call it, any situation where I feel out of control sends me into a panic. I liken it to the feeling of the drop on a roller coaster where your stomach feels… Read More



What To Do When You Have A Vulnerability Hangover

I experienced my first major hangover in November 2011. It was also the night I got my “Freedom” tattoo, soon after I’d left my ex-husband when I found out he was having another affair. Ironically, neither event was actually about him; I’d wanted to try drinking and I also loved tattoos and realized I didn’t have… Read More


This Is My #MeToo

A sea of voices crying out. Story after story. Post after post. Women speaking up about being sexually harassed. Does adding one more to the mix even matter? I had an entire generic post practically written about shame. I began writing it the week the #MeToo movement became viral but the post got derailed when… Read More




On Death And Grieving During The Holidays

**This was written 12/25/16. A year has passed and as we head into another Christmas, the grief is present. The sharpness has smoothed out, but the sadness is an underlying emotion that permeates throughout. I was Christmas shopping the other night and felt an immense sadness in the men’s section of Target. In the last… Read More


How To Cultivate An Abundance Mindset

Many years ago, I was on a family vacation in Sequoia, a beautiful national park abundantly filled with massive trees and inviting lakes. One day, we were splashing about in one of the swimming holes and happened upon a small cliff that people were jumping from. Judging from the laughing and the revelry, everyone was having a… Read More