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5 things I’ve learned since turning 25: Good for you, not for me.

Hi Hart Beat. And a happy end of the week to those of you who are lucky enough to have tomorrow off! Before I sign off for the long weekend, here is the final tidbit I’m going to share in the “5 Things I’ve Learned Since Turning 25” series. I hope you’ve enjoyed it!

5. Good for you, not for me.


This is one of my favorite sayings, Hart Beat. The original idea behind the saying comes from the book Yes Please by the brilliant unicorn of a woman Amy Poehler. The actual quote from Amy’s book is “‘Good for her! Not for me.’ That is the motto women should constantly repeat over and over again. Good for her! Not for me.” and the context of the quote is actually during Amy’s discussion of motherhood. Now Hart Beat, you and I both know that I am indeed, not a mother, but when I read this quote I sat up and yelled WORLD, TAKE NOTE! Not really but I wanted to..

In today’s world there are so many negative people. “Oh you do it that way? I do it this way and it’s sooooo much better.” Or, “you don’t like this? What is wroooong with you.” It gets to be a little rediculous and I can’t say that sometimes I fall int the same trap. “Good for you, not for me.” works in so many ways. Different things work for different people. You just gotta do you, Hart Beat.


P.S. Second best piece of advice from Amy’s book? “You have to have sex with your husband occasionally even though you are exhausted. Sorry.” OH AMY YOU GET US LADIES SO GOOD.

P.P.S. Both Marilyn and Sophia know what’s up. That’s why their photos are here.

5 things I’ve learned since turning 25: Rubik’s cubes

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Here we go Hart Beat, on to the fourth thing that I’ve learned since turning twenty-five. I would like to say that this one came directly from me but, I have to give credit where credit is due. This lovely little sentence actually comes via by brilliant boyfriend, Pedro. Apparently he doesn’t remember saying it but, what can I say, he did.

4. A woman’s body is like a rubik’s cube.

Introduction disclaimer: I don’t talk about of body stuff her on the blog. One, because this is not a food or health blog and two, because I think that body stuff is such a sensitive topic with so many woman that I never want to impose on anyones inner thoughts. My general opinion about women’s bodies and our feelings around them is this: Women of the world! We have bodies! They are amazing and they take us to work everyday, allow us to laugh, and are the perfect structures to put all of our clothes on!

Aside from that I really hate it when women talk about their bodies (in a negative or positive light). As long as your body is working (see criteria above) then whatever comes after is a moot point. I’ve had a lot of female roommates in my life, and for each and every one, including all that commons eating in college, I’ve made a conscious effort to not talk about what food we’re eating or not eating. I don’t care that you had three hamburgers for dinner last night, I don’t care if you gave up gluten because it makes you fit into your party dress. Good for you! Now let’s move on to better and more important topics.

All this being said, when Pedro said “A woman’s body is like a rubik’s cube” it made me stop. Why? Because our bodies are like rubik’s cubes. Everybody’s different, every body is different, and it takes trying different combinations to look and feel your best. Even more so, once you do figure out what works for your body then there you go! Rubrik’s cube solved.

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Both photos via @naninstudio.

5 things I’ve learned since turning 25: Retirement, man

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Hi Hart Beat! Here is installment number three in the “5 things I’ve learned since turning 25” series that’s been going on on Hart Beat this week and last. If you haven’t make sure to check out number 1 (face protection is important) and number 2 (high heels are the death of comfort).

3. Retirement savings are like, kind of important now.

A few weeks ago, Food52 did right by their employees and brought in a guest speaker to give us all a talk in personal finances. When I first heard this was going to happen my brain immediately was all RUN AWAY TO THE OTHER ROCKS THAT ARE STILL LEFT TO LIVE UNDER. But then, I remembered that I am now twenty-five and telling myself that I’m investing by buying a sequence vintage dress isn’t going to fly much longer. I wish I had debt management help when I was growing up, as I feel like I would be a lot more financially stable. But it is never to late to make a change, especially when it comes to managing your money.

The talk that was given to us at work was amazing and long and to be honest I couldn’t summarize everything I learned here if I tried. However, the most important piece of information was pretty easy to take away and it has to do with what I’m sure is not a singular fear, where do I invest my money? If not in that sparkly vintage dress that will most definitely appreciate then where?

Do I buy stocks? And if so, which ones? Do I start an IRA? And if so, what is an IRA? Should I get in on the real estate game? And, you guessed it, if so, who wants to buy me a hunk of land in Alaska? The answer that the speaker gave to us in this talk was this: it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter where you save your money. All that matters is that you are saving any amount of money that you can. It’s good to make savings for retirement as early as you can. Retirement is something that people really need to start thinking of and preparing for as soon as they can. Sure, you might think that you still have years left before you need to worry about things like that. However, it’s important to make sure that you do have a plan for things like how you are going to finance your retirement. You might be interested in this variety of options to release equity as a way to help you finance your retirement, however, the decision is up to you.

I know this seems really obvious but I don’t think it is, Hart Beat. It’s easy to get sucked up into the whole mentality of spending now and saving later. What I learned (and what I guess is pretty intuitive) is you’ll always be okay if you just spend less than you make. Once you start doing that then the money compounds (I know crazy word) over time. Added to that is that idea that the earlier you start saving the better you are. If you start saving in your 20’s you are much, much, much better than if you start saving in your 30’s.

For someone who doesn’t have an unlimited income (shucks) what I’ve found to be somewhat helpful is a spreadsheet that my bff Samantha helped me pull together. As she so wisely told me, organization will set you free. I’m trying my best to save money, I’m 25 after all…

P.S. When I do retire this is my dream.

Photo by @_alionnamedpedro.

5 things I’ve learned since turning 25: Small torture devices

Welcome back, Hart Beat! On Thursday I shared the first of five things that I’ve learned since turning twenty-five this winter. On Friday I got a little excited with the AMAZING NEWS that hit our country so I didn’t keep my promise… Anyway, today you can find the second thing I’ve learned since turning twenty-five.

2. Shoes with heels are small torture devices.

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I’m not sure if this realization came about from turning twenty-five or if it was from the influence of my brilliant, sneaker collector boyfriend (hi Pedro) but it’s an important one. Before my twenty-fifth birthday I swore that I would go to my grave wearing shoes with some kind of a heel. Even my sandals had a kitty heel!

I now would like to retract that statement. Either it’s because Birkenstocks are here to stay and Pedro bought me the best pair of nike airs for my birthday I’m officially revoking my previous statement. Sure heels make your legs look extra toned, give you the height akin to a goddess called Carolyn and make any outfit look pulled together but, ladies, flats don’t make your feet swell. Sneakers don’t give you blisters, loafers don’t twist your ankles and flat boots don’t make it impossible to walk fast past all those slow tourists.

All in all since turning twenty-five I noticed myself each and every morning reaching for the pancake flat shoes in the closet. Zero regrets, Hart Beat! In the words of Chris Rock for Kanye West, I thank you.

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Top photo via @jcrew and bottom photo via @cambria_grace.

5 things I’ve learned since turning 25: Self preservation


Since turned twenty-five I feel like I’ve learned a few things. (Emphasis on the few.) I’ve been loving lists here on the blog and in that spirit here is a mini series in which I will try to pass along these small learnings with the greater internet world. So, here we go Hart Beat, learning numero uno…

1. Now is the time to start taking care of that face of yours.

Back in college I remember being slightly freaked out that a good friend of mine (who shall remain nameless here) would wake up in the morning and slather on SPF 100 all over her face in the depths of Maine winter. At the time I was like, hey girl, don’t worry about those wrinkles! Sun is fun and a tan is what brings all the boys to the yard. Oh young Hannah, my future laugh lines shiver in naiveté that young face. I know that twenty-five is no where near old but once I hit the two five I decided it might be time to start repelling what I once ran after (THE SUN). Now every morning this twenty-five year old gets up and applies some good old SPF. Doing this for you, future Hannah. You better appreciate this. Also, because french girls.

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My favorite sunscreen slash the only daily sunscreen that I’ll wear is by La Roche Posay, a french brand that makes the best lotions and face creams. When I first found the brand I was traveling through France and bought some after sun lotion that I swear turned my burns to tans instantaneously. I thought the magical serum was gone forever until I came to the wonderful city of New York and discovered that every Duane Reade on the corner carries the brand. I use Anthelios SX every day on my face and I’m in love.

Anyway, that’s thing number one on the list. Come back tomorrow and check out the second one. And no, this isn’t Mystery Show, I will not give you a hint.

Top photo by Samantha and bottom photo via @Madewell1937.