How Hannah Hart Helped Me Find Myself

How Hannah Hart Helped Me Find Myself

Hannah Hart, the creator of My Drunk Kitchen on YouTube, has done so much for me and (probably) doesn’t even know it.

In the admittedly short amount of time that I’ve been (almost religiously) watching My Drunk Kitchen and Hannah Hart's other videos, Hannah has helped shape me as a person. It might sound silly, but I’ve come to love and accept myself so much more since the beginning of my YouTube experience with Hannah. While My Drunk Kitchen probably doesn’t exactly sound like an inspiring, emotional, encouraging or “deep” channel or series, it’s definitely so much more than one might expect!

At the risk of sounding silly for a second time, Hannah Hart was my very first girl crush. I think I had been subconsciously doubting my heterosexuality for quite a while, but I never actively acknowledged the fact that I might not be as straight as I thought. That all changed when I watched a My Drunk Kitchen video. As cheesy as it sounds, Hannah was basically the reason I started to question my sexuality, and she later became my inspiration to explore myself and who I really am.

Hannah is very open about her sexuality, and I think that’s part of what makes her such a beautiful person. (We all know Hannah is attractive, but that’s not exactly what made me question myself.) It’s so hard to put into words, but there’s something about the way Hannah holds herself and the way she cares so much for the well-being of others—not just the LGBT+ community—that made me want to learn more about myself so that I could hopefully become more comfortable and in love with who I am as a person and share and spread that love with others.

Essentially, after my realization that I’m not at all as straight as I thought, Hannah encouraged me to come out. Obviously she had no idea that she was encouraging me, but the love, acceptance and joy that Hannah radiates to others really showed me that there are people who will accept me for who I am. Sure, she’s a person on the Internet who I’ve never met, but that doesn’t mean she’s the only one of her kind. Of course I had encouragement from my family and friends, and they were the main reason I was able to gather the courage to come out, but Hannah sparked my bravery and courage enough to give me the push I needed to start my coming-out process.

In case Hannah’s effect on my life hasn’t been enough to show how much of an amazing human being she really is (How can you not think she’s the best?! She even wrote a book on being and loving yourself called "Buffering!"), take a look at some of the awesome things she’s said over the years:

Let’s face it. Hannah Hart is an amazing person. She gives me so much hope for humanity even when I feel like the entire world is falling apart. This probably sounds like some cheesy love letter (it’s not!), but I hope that you’ll see it as much more than that. I hope that everyone can find someone or something that provides hope, happiness, encouragement and inspiration. (It’s basically like finding a soulmate minus the actual relationship.) For me, that’s Hannah Hart.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.

Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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It's 2019, And I Can Confirm One Size Does Not Fit All, At All

I'll take feeling good over meeting your standards. Thank you.


We live in a society where being yourself and expressing who you truly are is something that is becoming more and more accepted and is actually trendy. Left and right, people are coming forward and declaring who they are and want to be in life and there is a crowd of people there to cheer them on.

There is also always that small percent sitting in the corner, ready to throw derogatory comments and taint the self-love, respect, and acceptance that's flowing.

Every single time this happens, the internet breaks and feuds form in the comment sections. How many times does this fight have to be had before people just mind their own business? How someone looks is frankly none of your concern. Whether you think the person is too fat, too skinny, too girly, too rough, too whatever, it's none of your business.

I'm a firm believer that one should focus on their own life instead of living to tear others down. You should be more concerned with feeling good in your own body than wasting your energy trying to make people ashamed of theirs. It's not your place to comment on someone's appearance.

We should work on building up confidence and feeling good in our skin. Exercising, working on your mental health, and surrounding yourself with good energy will improve your life exponentially. DO NOT do this to achieve an aesthetic or try to look like an Instagram model. Only do it to feel good about yourself internally. What you look like on the outside should only matter to you.

I would be lying if I said I didn't fall victim to countless beautiful women who post their swimsuit photos looking like they stepped out of Vogue magazine. I would be lying if I said I didn't struggle with my own body image and have to remind myself daily that it's okay to not fit their mold. I won't lie to you. We live in a world that feels the need to comment on every inch of our skin rather than focus on more important issues. Shut off the noise and ignore the words that are given in hate. You have better things to do than focus on their negativity.

Make your own mold.

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