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No Plan Jan

Hannah Hart Beat

Hi Hart Beat. Happy end of the holiday season! For those of you working in e-commerce, bravo, for those working in hospitality, congrats, for those of us just looking to survive the parties, friends, family, travel, and events that onslaught us all this time of year WE DID IT. WE REALLY, REALLY DID IT.

I don’t know about you, Hart Beat, but between traveling, working, and seeing people I got about zero actual good work done this month. I tried to sit down and write a few days but what came out was pretty much gobbledygook and needs a major rework in the second draft I’m starting next month. So, what to do about it? Well since we can’t go back in time I decided to try something new, something I’m calling “No Plan Jan.”

What’s No Plan Jan, you may be asking? That’s so catchy, is that something real? I mean, it is now. No Plan Jan comes from me and pretty much is exactly what the name implies—all of January is plan free. For me, that means that I’m not doing one social thing the entire month. No after work drinks, no coffees, no parties, no traveling, nada. I am going to be turning promptly into a hermit at zero o’clock on January 1st until midnight on January 31st. The point is so that I can go heads down and dive into finishing the first draft of my book and get the lions share of the second draft done before February 1st. I want to have not one thing in my way of writing.

But honestly, Hart Beat, No Plan Jan can mean whatever you want. The most important part is to just take the month for yourself. I know you told everyone and their mother you’d “catch up after the holidays” but honestly, no one will mind if you push that further back into February. Next thing we know spring will be here and with it summer so take this month, hermit yourself away, finish that project you started, that scarf you were knitting, that book your reading, and we’ll all be better off when we regroup in February, I promise.

Here’s what No Plan Jan means for me,

Things that are okay:

  • Work at the café two days a week (girls gotta make some cash)
  • Yoga classes at my yoga studio
  • Meetings with my writing coach (don’t fret Virginia!!)
  • Anything I’ve previously agreed to (Weddings, baby showers, Grandmother’s eightieth birthday party, etc.)

Red hot not okays:

  • After work drinks, coffee, parties, parties, seances, whatever
  • Catch up lunches that I planned in November 🙄
  • Leaving the Berkshires
  • Having fun of any kind (jkjk, it’s fun to sit in a room all alone and write, right?)
  • Book readings, poetry readings, basically, any event of any kind

What my goal is, and yours if you choose to accept it, is to do every day the same way, getting yourself (myself) into a routine to create. If you’re not a creative, TBD if No Plan Jan will work for you but try it out! Tell me! Maybe we have something good here.

I promise at least one more post before the end of the year. I’m not sure where I land on the blog and if it should be allowed for No Plan Jan. Part of me says yes since it does involve me sitting down at my laptop and writing. Ho-hum we will see. Happy New Year, Hart Beat.

Hannah Hart Beat

Both photos via one of my favorite Instagram accounts, @aygabrielle. Follow her!

2017 Resolutions

How and why is it already 2017?? I thought I would be excited for the year but tbh it’s off to a rough start. The weather is bad, a misogynistic crazy and sickening reality TV celebrity is our incoming president, and everyone I know is sick. It could be better.

But, I’m channeling Baddie Winkle and going to try some resolutions anyway. The biggest takeaway I have on resolutions every year is to pick very small, very concrete goals instead of huge grandiose statements. The bigger the goal the more you’re setting yourself up to fail and aren’t giving yourself anyways to actually succeed. It’s a lot easier to plan and accomplish the second than it is the first. For example here are my resolutions in impossible terms,

  1. See my friends more.
  2. Stop being late.
  3. Cook more often.

Impossible, right? Here are my goals translated into actually attainable things.

  1. Text my friends back right away.
  2. Leave 15 minutes earlier than I think I have to.
  3. Cook from one new recipe once a week.

Much easier, right? I’ve started already. Right now I’m making my famous pasta with meat sauce. Not new but, a girl’s gotta try.

Photo I took in northern Spain.

Hannah Hart Beat

New Year, New Me

Hannah Hart Beat

Hey Hart Beat. Hopefully you’re not appalled that this image is coming way after New Years actually happened. I feel like 2016 was off to a great start and maybe all of us (yours truly included) need a little fire under our bellies reminder.

I love this list written by Woody Guthrie in 1942. Most of them still apply which I love. “Don’t get lonesome.” and “Stay glad.” are two of my favorites. The list is below in case you’re having trouble reading Mr. Guthrie’s handwriting. Cheers to you, Hart Beat, this wintery Wednesday.

1. Work more and better
2. Work by a schedule
3. Wash teeth if any
4. Shave
5. Take bath
6. Eat good — fruit — vegetables — milk
7. Drink very scant if any
8. Write a song a day
9. Wear clean clothes — look good
10. Shine shoes
11. Change socks
12. Change bed cloths often
13. Read lots good books
14. Listen to radio a lot
15. Learn people better
16. Keep rancho clean
17. Dont get lonesome
18. Stay glad
19. Keep hoping machine running
20. Dream good
21. Bank all extra money
22. Save dough
23. Have company but dont waste time
24. Send Mary and kids money
25. Play and sing good
26. Dance better
27. Help win war — beat fascism
28. Love mama
29. Love papa
30. Love Pete
31. Love everybody
32. Make up your mind
33. Wake up and fight

Image via Open Culture.

New Year Resolutions


Hi Hart Beat. We did it. We made it to 2016 happy, healthy, and slightly better rested than last year. Today is my first day back at the office but I thought it might be a good idea to talk about this hole “New Years Resolutions” thing too.

So, do you have any, Hart Beat? Last year mine was so theoretical, “do something intentional everyday” that this year I thought to come up with a few concrete ideas. Another thing I thought about while compiling my few resolutions was to keep the list positive. Instead of thinking of things that I did poorly in good old ’15, I thought about some things that I love and that I didn’t get to do enough of during the year. That way maybe they will be incorporated into my life a little more this year.. So without further ado, my 2016 New Years Resolutions.

  1. Dance more. I realized that I need this resolution when one day, I was talking to a friend and I said “My number one favorite thing to do is dance” and Pedro retorted with “No, your number one favorite thing to do is sleep.”… Whoops Hart Beat, he might be right. I’m not sure what happened in 2015 and even though I was going to the gym and biking a lot more, I kind of forgot to do my “number one favorite thing” and that one is totally on me. Since I don’t know the best places to go dancing in the city AND I am turning into an old lady who likes to go to bed early on Friday nights, I decided to formalize this one a little more by signing up for a dance class at Mark Morris… starting this Wednesday… in modern dance… WISH ME ALL THE LUCK.
  2. Speak more Spanish. Since leaving Bates in 2012, the frequency of my Spanish speaking has declined slash disappeared. I’m not proud of this fact and think this year might be my last chance to not lose everything I learned back in the day. Any suggestions from you, Hart Beat? Have any spanish friends in NYC who want to language exchange?
  3. Read more. I don’t know about you, Hart Beat but PODCASTS RULED MY WORD IN 2015. While this is a great thing and I have learned so many things, all of the free time that I used to use to read (before bed, commuting on the train, hanging out on Saturday mornings) I know spend binging on as many podcasts as I possible can. I feel like even when I remove one from my feed, a new one sneaks it’s way in. So I’ve struck a deal with myself. In the morning commute I listen to the radio or the day’s new podcast, and in the commute home I take the local train and just sit and read. I’ll let you know how that goes today while I finish this cray book.

So there they are, Hart Beat. Pretty good right? I would honestly love to hear yours. Comment or tweet at a girl, okay?


Madonna in “Hung Up” at the bottom (duh) and top photo from this tumblr.