Wild Women- Hannah Elliott's Life is a Wild Ride!
Sep 18, 2012 05:52AM
By Susan ThornHannah Elliott is all about fashion, culture, and luxury cars. The minute I hear the friendly voice on the phone I could tell this woman was all about fun. Get ready for a wild ride; this lifestyle writer for Forbes magazine lives the passion she writes about in what she does every day. Hannah has found her way into a world that proves to be a playful hunting ground for all things adventurous. This incredible spirit freely admits to trying anything once.
"I'm not necessarily risky, but I will try most anything once," she says. I can almost hear her exuberant smile right through the phone as she says it.
I ask her to share a typical day in the life of a Forbes lifestyle writer. Like most of us, she gets in the office and opens the routine emails, catching up on what’s in store for her day.
The day generally starts with breakfast meetings at Forbes alongside fellow reporters and editors, and takes up the majority of her morning. After grabbing lunch, she ventures out for new interests, interviews, and stories. She shares with me that just the other day she spent the afternoon driving a Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, the fastest production car ever built in the world.
"Yeah," she says. "A two million dollar car and they let me drive it!"
As we chatted, one of her most current interviews was up on my computer. It was the one with Tesla Motors Founder Elon Musk. I ask her how she got there, glad she couldn’t see my furrowed brow. She laughs. This west coast transplant has been in New York City for about six years, coming from a little town in Oregon, worlds as equally as far apart in terms of distance as they are lifestyle. Living a life of finding one's passion and a love of adventurous things, as I soon find out, was a way of life long before Hannah arrived at Forbes.
We briefly discuss growing up and first obsessions, little girls and horses, and aspirations of whom she wanted to be when she grew up.
"Did you always want to write?" I asked.
“Nope!” she said.
Hannah tells me that when she thought about what she wanted to be when she grew up, it was more along the lines of a secret agent or an astronaut. Why am I not surprised?
Next I want to know about workouts. At Hannah's 5-foot-10-inches athletic build, her workout of choice is running and, most recently, yoga. Every morning she runs along the river. We discuss how it mentally grounds and preps her for the day. I comment about the common theme in her love of horses, cars, and running. "Speed?" I asked. "Hmm,” she replied.
All of these sound so incredibly surreal to me in terms of a typical day.
Next, I ask her, "If you weren't in the office today, if the day was yours, where would you be?”
The answer came so easily to her that I was given the sense that had I not been granted the phone time with her, she would have already been out the door.
"If I did not have to be in the office today?" she questioned.
She told me that she recently had been loaned a 2012 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer for a week in New York City, and then for a few days in the Hamptons. She says she would go out for the day to ride, enjoy cafes, beaches, and lobster rolls at the Byron. As a fellow lover of all things Italian and motorcycles, I am totally envious!
“Food porn?" I asked her.
In an apologetic tone she replies, "Caviar."
I am curious now if I had the opportunity to ask her friends, what would they say is the wildest thing about Hannah. So I ask and we laugh; there is a pause as she thinks.
She spoke slowly with a nervous laugh and tells me, "Well I would be scared to know, but I think it would be that anything that happens after midnight, cannot be commented on."
Again, we laugh, and I fell in love her transparency, how easily she shares herself, and who she is without reserve. The real Hannah.
As we end the interview, I ask the confident being on the other end of the line, what her most favorite part about being a woman is. She says she really never thinks of herself in terms of male or female, but that she is proud to be an individual. Although she is proud to be a woman, she is prouder that she is happy as a person. She talks fondly about her dad when I ask about favorite quotes she quotes him.
She remembers him telling her, "It is never too late to do the right thing.”
She then quotes Gandhi, "Be the change you wish to see."
This incredibly complex woman with a lifestyle to die for has been the most fun of interviews. Her last words, and definitely words to live by, were "Do good work, do what you love, and be happy.”
And that is why Hannah Elliott is Fit Aphrodite’s Wild Woman of the Week!
I have since followed Hannah on Forbes and Twitter. She is the ultimate display of living out loud and to the fullest! Thank you, Hannah!
Hannah Elliott writes about fashion, culture and luxury cars as a staff writer for Forbes magazine. Her goal is to explore life from the inside, to figure out what success means to those who believe they have attained it (or are well on their way). If you have story ideas or tips, email her at [email protected] You can also follow her on Twitter: @HannahElliott, Facebook and Google+.