Why Hanna Hermanson Launched the Hanna Podcast
Do you ever feel like people just don’t get you? You find yourself turning inside and out striving for the next thing. Looking for success just trying to get people to understand you? Going up in a small town in Wisconsin I thought I did all the right things. Even in middle school I was elected class president and all through high school I did well in my classes. I was a leader. I dated the high school jock. I never got in trouble and I even gave our high school commencement speech. So of course I got into my dream college and while there I took leadership rolls and I got on the Dean’s list. And even after college I landed most of the job that I interviewed for. I took one of those jobs and I started saving for retirement. I got a cubicle and I got to do what I thought was dream work. I was an academic advisor at the University of Wisconsin which is amazing because I got to stay in college, contribute to education and help other young people set goals and create a trajectory for their life that would lead them to success.
Yet early in my career I found that I couldn’t be content just working as an academic advisor. And you know I have to admit that all throughout my journey to get to this dream job I had a sense that I was a little out of place. I felt that from a very young age I was meant to change the world. Yet I didn’t know how.
I saw people around me doing amazing things in school. And my mom is a school social worker, my dad works for the city and my family is invested in contributing to their communities. That was one example.
I had a few friends that you know traveled or did other things. I just didn’t find what my thing was. How was I going to change the world?
So I follow the route that I felt like was comfortable and would lead me to success. So here I was as an academic advisor on the outside looking like I had figured it out, I was living my dream life. And I was very uncomfortable.
And so I yearn for a lot of things. I tried to start a network marketing business. I became a yoga teacher. I also wrapped myself up in an eating disorder. I was arrested. I disappointed my parents. Actually, I was let go from a dream job. I went broke. And here I am speaking to you on the Hanna podcast. That’s because those failures, that history, are not where my stories end.
That’s right I’m Hannah Hermanson. Today I work with young minded spirited people to move away from the stories and the trials and the tribulations and help other people find their groove.
So how did I get here? How did I get from messing up to being fired to spiraling down to a lifestyle that I definitely knew was not going to be successful?
Well, I distinctly remember when I was in my therapist chair and I was listening to her tell me about all the things I needed to just remember in order to solve my eating disorder. She said Hanna, and this was for like the fifth month in a row, she’s telling me to just slow down. You do enough. It’s OK just accept yourself.
I was already hangry because I wasn’t eating much at the time and I was also frustrated because I have felt like so many people kept telling me to slow down. To just be OK, to just settle. And so, I rebutted that day and I said why does everyone want to stunt my go-getter-ness?
Why can’t people just be proud of that I do a lot? And I exercise and I set goals and I’m always chasing new things? Why can’t that be just an OK part of my personality? She looked at me and she said Hannah do you want to be remembered for counting calories and running?
And that was a pivotal moment in my life. A defining question that helped me realize that my legacy – the reason that I’m here is not just to do a lot of things. Or to work all day. Or follow the path that others believe is good and right.
Through my process of working through an eating disorder, overcoming some anxiety and stepping outside of that discomfort. I wasn’t comfortable in their place I was in my life although it looked save and the status quo.
I embarked on maybe a quarter-life crisis where I again tried to cumulate lots of experiences in order to find my group. So, I became a yoga teacher. I mention I started a network marketing business. I travel to places like Kenya, Thailand, Cambodia, the Dominican Republic and Nepal. I taught English in these foreign countries. Right? I’m still seeking this thing that’s going to allow me to change the world in some prescribed places – teaching English, becoming a yoga teacher, working for someone else in a network marketing business.
And when I came back from all of those – quest, I guess you could say -really, they were journeys of discoveries. And when I came back realizing Is that I didn’t get myself.
Throughout my life feeling like nobody gives me, I don’t fit in here, I’m not doing enough was because I didn’t get myself. I also realize that my unique skills and experiences and areas of expertise could allow me to be a life coach. And help other people navigate that foggy path to find their dream life! Right, once we step outside of convention I realized I had a lot of these tools. Again, through experience and through failure that would allow me to hand to other people a helping hand through strategy. And help other people leave a legacy that wasn’t just counting calories, paying bills, doing the right thing.
I started a coaching business which we’ll keep this story short. I’m sure throughout the podcast you will hear other people’s entrepreneurial journey. Mine ultimately led me to San Francisco, outside of my small town in Wisconsin. I came to the big city, the sunshine state and I founded Hanna Hermanson.
The company mission and the work that I do has quickly evolved into not just life coaching. Because what I realized as I started out as a life coach is that there are these foundational pieces in each of our lives that must be taken care of so that we can pursue our purpose. So that we can find that space to find our group. And one of the big pieces of our finances.
I quickly transition my life coaching into business coaching because I found that my clients had a lot of the insight, a lot of the self, willingness to go within themselves. Yet when your working full time, when you’re under the stress of debt, when you’re living paycheck to paycheck it’s difficult to incorporate higher level thinking. You know if you think about chakras as a yoga teacher, that sacral chakra of income – money needs to be secure so that we can build upon it and get into that third eye, the wisdom into our shrim.
Now I’m working with entrepreneurs or people with an entrepreneurial insight helping them build abundant businesses so that they have the income that will allow them to energize other areas of their life. Some of my clients are doing things like starting non-profits, launching vegan cookbooks, and doing things that are so in line with their purpose and don’t need to be monetized or their full-time job and can be part of their bigger life mission.
So that’s what I do for work and just like my clients I also have a lot of layers to my mission. So other things you hear me talking about it on the podcast include the dreamlife explorers which is a travel and mindfulness blog that my partner Mac, you’ll hear his name a few times I’m sure, and I have created because we are on a worldwide journey to keep seeking what’s possible.
We have left our full-time jobs, he is a former seventh-grade teacher. And we are out in the world again just seeing what’s possible when we allow ourselves to step into your dream life. We both love to travel. We love reading, we love writing, exploring new cultures and so you’re going to be welcome to join that journey on our blog Dreamlifeexplorers.com.
Within that journey, there’s another aspect of the work we do, and I mentioned Mac was a seventh-grade teacher and we’re building a curriculum for middle schoolers to tap into their dream life – before they step on this path. Not to run myself out of the day job or the work that I do, but what if we do not wait until a quarter life crisis or midlife crisis or wake up one day wondering how did I get here?
What if in seventh grade someone walked you through a curriculum that helped you understand that there are many ways of creating success? And it can be found it on the values, the identity, the dreams that you have.
My vision for the world is people not following what they think is right or what they should do. But people following their passion and their purpose. And navigating later how to monetize that. Instead of what we’re doing now which is, you know, monetize your passion so that you can live a full life and have abundance.
So those are some of the things that were working on, some of the things that I’m passionate about and all of which I want to include with you in.
The purpose of this podcast is to help grow our networks – for listeners to be engaged in interviews with other real people who are navigating their own journey into their best life. Because there’s something about personal connection that can educate and inspire people, us, to take a leap of faith. And I think so often that that leap of faith is there, it’s just deciding that we want to take it.
And for me I had challenges. I had failures. I had lows. And it was a necessity because I didn’t have a job and I was not in a good place in life. It was a necessity for me to make it changed and I decided this was not going to be my story. And so, my leap of faith with climbing out of a hole perhaps but many of you listening may be in a different place in your life where it’s comfortable and it’s OK. You can rationalize that being here is fine.
Yet there someone, maybe it’s that 8-year-old self that wants to change the world like it was for me, that might want to do something more, something different.
And so perhaps this podcast will give you permission to do something more, something different? Or perhaps this podcast will give you inspiration and make you feel great that there are people in the world chasing their dreams and making it real. Or maybe you’re just someone who is curious about how people live.
There so many stories that we’re going to be sharing on this podcast in many different walks of life from educators to entrepreneurs to moms. There are so many ways that dream life can be embodied. And I want to help showcase as many stories and strategies as possible to have more of you get into your dream life.
And I hope that you will hear also on this podcast at your highest self, your dream life, is not far away. And so, you will be hearing on every episode of ways that you can take steps to get closer and closer.
We will have new episodes every single week which means you have opportunities to connect with new real people living the dream. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with them after each episode and you will also be encouraged to take action after each episode. And I promise you that if you take action on the strategies prescribed or given to you in this podcast, you will be in a radically different place in a few months.
The reason why I’m launching this podcast it’s because I can only work with so many clients one on one. Most seventh graders are not taping into personal development or podcast. And if you are welcome, I adore you. The podcast is really so that these principles, these strategies, these real-life lessons can reach more people.
And so, I hope that you take that to heart and share this with anyone who might need a little more inspiration or support. Because I get you. Just like I felt that nobody got me. I get you now.