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My Senior Year at UCLA, Apartment Room Tour

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I wanted to share a mini room tour while I was still living in LA! Crazy to think I won't be an LA resident in just a short time. My cozy little apartment treated me well. It's an old build with tons of character; a big fireplace, converted sun porch, and wainscoting on the walls. My dream space! I love a place with character. I've been in 4 girl rooms in my sorority house prior to this year, so having my own room to decorate made me so excited to create our own space when Kyle and I move in together. So much fun ahead! 

I also gave a full room tour on my IG story-- if you check out my highlights, you can find it titled "APT"

Hannah, A to Z




Hannah, A to Z
It's been a while since I formally introduced myself around here and I thought there was no better way than by going through the letters of the alphabet! I thought it could be a good opportunity to get creative and maybe to share some facts you might not have know about me. So, here goes nothing! 

A: Acting
my first love and how I spent most of my childhood
B: Ben 
my brother! He is three years younger than me and my best friend
C: Corepower Yoga
my saving grace throughout college and one of my favorite ways to workout (read my post here!)
D: Disneyland
the happiest place on earth and where Kyle and I spend many date days since we got annual passes! (read my post here!)
E: English
my major at UCLA
F: France
probably my favorite county I've ever traveled to (read my post here!)
G: Grace
my middle name and also one of my favorite words to live by...giving yourself and others grace is so important
H: How I Met Your Mother
the first TV role I ever landed was on HIMYM's Christmas special when I was 10
I: India
the most transformative place I have ever traveled (read my post here!)
J: Jesus
who I put my trust and faith in
K: Kyle
my soon to be husband and favorite human! (read our story here!)
L: Legally Blonde
my favorite childhood movie
M: Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
hands down my favorite ice cream flavor and dessert in general  
N: Northern California
where I'm from. I was born and raised there, and its my favorite place on earth
O: Oregon
where my brother goes to college and where one of my favorite gals, Natalie, lives!
P: Payne and Poppinga
the two most important last names in my life
Q: Queen
aka my mother. She is my BFF and my inspiration...and when we were little, she wore a crown around the house to remind us to treat her like the queen she is!
R: Reasons
as in 13 Reasons Why, which I had a role in season one!
S: Singing
apparently I started singing before I learned how to talk
T: Travel 
one of my favorite things to do EVER! I could live my whole life out of a suitcase!
U: UCLA
where I earned my undergraduate degree
V: VW
my car! A Volkswagen Tiguan if you’re wondering and that car is my best friend
W: Wow!
which I saw way too much... its kind of my go to expression
X: Excited
for this next season of life... graduation, marriage, career, new home! (there aren't very many "X" words, so we're going with the sound)
Y: You! 
this community of readers and followers that I love so dang much
Z: Zoom
how this life is seriously zooming by! I feel like yesterday I hit publish on my first blog post, and now, I'm almost five years into this journey!

How to (Actually) Be Successful


Maybe it's my college graduation that's making me especially reminiscent and sentimental. Maybe it's the fact that I really want to write a book one day, and this creative flow actually helped put pen to paper. Maybe it's a combination of both. Regardless, I was thinking about the idea of success and what that word actually means...it holds so much weight, yet to most, seems intimidating and unattainable. By giving this modern definition of success so much power, we tend to view it in such a confining and limiting sense. We stop ourselves from actually pursing and achieving because we are so terrified of the word. Instead of seeing the freedom and fluidity in pursuing our dreams, sometime's we get caught running after someone else's and then constantly judging ourselves for failing to reach that impossible achievement.

My mom. Reese Witherspoon. Michelle Obama. Ellen Degeneres.

These are just some of the women who's work ethic I look up to. Their achievements aren't the same. But guess what, their goals aren't the same! They've honed in on their unique talents and skills, utilized their time, and ran hard toward their goals. I have news for you, every single one of us has the exact same amount of hours in a day. We all have at least that common thread. It's what we do with those hours that really count. We all the power and the capability. 

I promise you that these women don't binge watch Netflix... It's plain and simple math. If you spend lazy day after lazy day devouring season after season of Greys Anatomy, you will not be reach your goals. Whatever your definition of success may be, the math simply doesn't add up if you spend all time in bed watching other people's stories you will not create your own stories and develop your own skills.


Just a thought: work is underrated. We constantly strive for time off, avoiding responsibility and structure. But I've got news for you, human beings crave structure. We thrive with a certain amount of structure. And this was a difficult lesson for me to learn. When structure exists, it makes those unstructured moments of creativity and fun even better. I had to learn to press into structure instead of avoiding it at all costs.

These women I look up to don't try to do it all... I think a lot of people approach this topic of success with the mindset that you can't possibility have the time or energy to "do it all" and somehow "successful" people have figured out the secret that we don't have. I promise that's not true. It's okay to say no to people. It's okay to not care about the small stuff so you can focus on your big goals. It's okay to take time discovering your goals. When you truly know yourself; your passions, your talents, your goals, you can hone on solely on that. The saying is true: it's much better to be great at one thing than okay at a lot of things. This one comes from knowing yourself.