297: You Are More Than A Number With Hana Brannigan

Hana Brannigan is a college student, writer and a food blogger.  She is currently studying communications, and hopes to You Are More Than A Number With Hana Branniganwork for a health magazine or some business where she can write for and change the world! Hana is passionate about fashion and makeup, but only live vicariously through people who actually know how to do it. She runs a successful food blog on Instagram by the name of hungrygirl325.  A fun fact about Hana is that she was a synchronized swimmer from middle school through high school.

Hana thought she needed to always be perfect.  She set such ridiculously high standards for herself that it led her to having an eating disorder at a young age.  When she learned that she is more than just a number, she started a journey of healing herself and now helps others with what she has been through on her food blog.  Tune in to listen to her story.


Hana Brannigan is a college student, writer and a food blogger.

Cultural Background

Hana is of Vietnamese and Irish descent.

Favorite Self Confidence Quote

You are more than a number.

You are more than a number.

Definition of Self Confidence

Feeling comfortable in your own skin. Accepting yourself for who you are, and the body you were born with. Nothing screams confident more than emitting the self-love you have for yourself. And no, that doesn’t mean you’re selfish!

Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence

Hana was insecure of herself and always needed to be perfect in everything.  She set ridiculously high standards for herself which led to her anorexia.

The “AHA” Moment

When Hana’a therapist told her that she doesn’t view her friends the way she views herself, then why doesn’t she apply the same views to herself.  She was very judgemental of herself.

Also she focused on her accomplishments rather than dwelling on negative experiences in her life. Positive affirmations helped her a lot.

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Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence

Hana admits that she still deals with perfectionism but she deals with it alot better.  She is more lenient on herself and knows that she is human.  As long as she does her best, she is proud of herself, success or fail.  She also has learned to give herself a break to avoid burnout and practices self forgiveness.

The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener

Learn to love yourself and your body. You were born with this incredible machine and you need to take care of it. Do simple nonobjective exercises like saying, “thank you, legs, for carrying me around throughout the day.” It might seem silly, but it makes you look at your body in a different way. Realize everyone was born different, and that brings the personality and diversity to the world.

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