About Me

Hello friends!

I’m Hilarie, the creator of Positively Panicked, and I’m so thrilled to have you visit and read about my daily adventures. My very first adventures began in my backyard as a little girl in small-town Texas. In college, I ventured to Disney World in Orlando where I met the love of my own Prince Charming. The two of us have since traveled the world (18 countries and counting!) and lived in Albania for a year where I began my very first blog, Adventures of a Teacher.  Life then took us to New York for a couple of years, where Positively Panicked was born and we now call our country home in middle Tennessee “home”.

I taught little ones for 6 awesome years, but I now stay home to work as a full-time Mom to our first baby, Luna, who was born in January of 2014.  (Although, I’m keeping my options open.) We have a tiny dog who barks too much that we adore and consider our “first pancake” and recently rescued an abused kitten named Duckie. Our new adventure as parents and homeowners have proved to be more frightening and enlightening than perhaps any other wild trip to a new country, and we are loving it.

I also happened to have a panic-attack-anxiety-driven disorder which I like to think of as Excitedly Overwhelmed. So, sometimes I’ll share my excited outbursts with you and share how I deal and learn to accept it as a part of my life. I strive to find a little adventure and a positive outlook each day and hope to inspire you to do the same. I share the daily ups and downs, tips on how to travel and enjoy it, reviews of my favorite events and products and my honest opinions of it all.

I love to have daily adventures, I love coffee, writing honestly (with poor grammar), spending my money at Sephora, tacos, DANCING, working out, ridiculously hot baths and Gilmore Girls.  I try really hard to be positive, even while panicking, or maybe especially while panicking…which brings me to this blog…Positively Panicked sums me up perfectly!

23 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. I love your positivity. I’ve always wanted to go to NYC but often wonder if I can go through with it because of my tendency to get overwhelmed by a lot going on at once.
    I like to think it is excitement, but my body seems to take a totally different route.
    You’re inspiring. Gives me hope for the future 🙂

    1. Sooo I had a moment when nominating and forgot about the ‘food stories’ part of the award name and have probably confused you with such a nomination. I do love your blog and your storytelling but I guess your posts aren’t specifically ‘food’ related. My bad… But it is definitely a compliment that I enjoy your blog so much that I want to nominate it for any award category!

      Please don’t feel you have to ‘approve’ these comments. Haha!

      1. Just re-read my last comment and to clarify, I’ve still nominated you, I was just worried you would think it was weird!

        Have fun with your nominations! =)

  2. hey there! I was given some advice and thought I’d pass it along… when we panic or get that anxious-driven feeling it’s usually caused by worrying about something in the past or something in the future and we must stay in the present to get out of it–basically in a panic stay focused on the present and the ‘now’ and not what was or what will be— hope that helps!! I too have had moments of anxiety/excitement!

    1. Thank you for the advice. I need all I can. You are right about worrying about things in the past or future…I know that’s where my anxiety stems from! The toughest thing for me is focusing on the present. Thank you for reminding me just how important it is to stay in the “now”!

  3. “excitedly-overwhelmed” sounds exactly like my life. I’m so excited and optimistic and eager to do everything… until something weird triggers my anxiety and I want to curl up in a ball and vomit.

    that’s gross, but um… can’t wait to read your blog! yay!

    (ugh, I’m the worst blog commenter.)

  4. Stumbled across your blog and immediately fell in love with the title! I can relate..there’s probably not a moment that I’m not somewhat panicked..most of the time I make it work it my favor! Can’t wait to keep up with your blog!

    1. Thank you so much! It’s always good to know I’m not alone in this crazy world of anxiety. It helps a lot to try to look at it through a positive light, and of course writing about it is super helpful!

  5. Hey Hilarie! I hope this finds you well. I’m writing to let you know that I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award, which is an award conferred by bloggers on other bloggers. I am enjoying reading your blog and look forward to more posts by you. As a nominee, I have named you on my blog, which you can find at http://hfareensspace.com/. I have also linked to your page from mine. In order to ACCEPT the “nomination” by me (which is really acceptance of the award), you need to follow do a few things according to the Liebster Award rules:

    1. Post a page on your blog in which you acknowledge the award and thank the blog that nominated you (which is The Mommy Blog).
    2. Post the Liebster Award image on your blog. You can find the image by Googling The Liebster Award, which is what I did.
    3. Answer 11 questions about yourself. It’s probably easiest if you answer the same questions I did. if you look on my blog under the post entitled “Loving My Liebster Award,” you can see the questions that were asked of me. You would simply answer these questions on the page you post on your own blog.
    4. List 11 random facts about yourself on that same page that you post.
    5. Nominate one or more other blogs that you feel are worthwhile. The blog you nominate must be a “new” blog with less than 1000 followers.
    6. Notify the blogs you’ve nominated that you have nominated them and give them the same instructions I’ve just listed here for you.

    Based on what I’ve read, the Liebster Awards were created in order to help new blogs build gain recognition and build an audience, which are two of the hardest things to do as a new blogger. I hope you will accept the award and that you’ll keep writing. I’ll certainly be reading. Best of luck to you! Best, Haajra

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