The Blog

Thoughts and ideas from Andrea Hanson…

Good Days and Bad Days

Good Days and Bad Days

.. When I was first diagnosed with MS, a friend of mine bought me a journal to help me process everything. One side of the journal had a happy baby face with the title “Good Days,” and the other side had a crying baby face with the title “Bad Days.” I loved my kind,...

When Someone Makes You Question Everything- And What to Do About it

  Don't worry, you'll be in pain soon." That’s how she replied when I said I didn’t feel any pain from my MS. What?!  I had just led a workshop at the MS Society about how to lower stress and effectively use positive thinking. Everyone was very open and honest...

A Letter to My Past Self, on the Day of My MS Diagnosis

A Letter to My Past Self, on the Day of My MS Diagnosis

Hey girl, I know you’re scared. I know you feel pushed around by everyone telling you that your life has to change immediately. You’re angry at them for telling you everything you thought was ok yesterday is no longer ok today. As if suddenly they know you better than...

Life: Under New Management

Life: Under New Management

I needed a mindset upgrade before I could reach the next level.  My husband and I had the best waitress the other night. She was exactly what you want in a server - accommodating, generous, and personable. I said, “I bet the new management at this hotel is awesome –...

How Gratitude Can Hold You Back

It took me a while to realize the true nature of gratitude. Gratitude is great – don’t get me wrong. I would love everyone to live in gratitude every day. The world would be a better place. But don’t be fooled - gratitude can also hold you back in sneaky ways. It’s...

Is Your Inner Critic Working Overtime?

Is Your Inner Critic Working Overtime?

My inner critic is working overtime right now. I should pay her time and a half. She’s showing up to work early and not taking any breaks – not even for a smoke. (I imagine my inner critic to be an acerbic smoker with bad hair who heckles me with a raspy voice and has...

Why We Feel Triggered By Certain People – and How To Stop

Why We Feel Triggered By Certain People – and How To Stop

I need to start this post with a disclaimer: I love my family. I’m very close to them and they’ve always had my back. Having said that – often when I’m home, I feel about 50 lbs heavier and 20 years younger. And I know I’m not alone. Plenty of us feel “triggered” by...

Read This When You Don’t Feel Normal

Read This When You Don’t Feel Normal In my early 20’s I was figuring out what my life was and what it could be. I was questioning my education going forward, my career and the death of someone very close to me. I was also still figuring out who I was as a person. But...