updated 02/05/2014 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 02/06/2014 AT 8:45 AM ET
It’s no surprise to hear that Amy Poehler is all about girl power.
The former Saturday Night Live star, who should be asked to host every awards show with her pal Tina Fey, reveals in the March Ladies’ Home Journal that she works hard to maintain her friendships with her girlfriends.
“Most of the women in your life will outlast the men in your life,” says Poehler, 42. “The SNL ladies – Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Tina – and I text pictures of our kids back and forth all the time. It keeps us connected. As my nanny used to say, the older you get, the more important it is to know people that knew you when.”
“[They] feel passionate about things,” she says. “They remind me that it’s okay to really care – and that cynicism and sarcasm are an easy choice.”
The Parks and Recreation star also reveals that like a lot of young girls, she was in a hurry to grow up. “I dressed like a professional businesswoman from Working Girl when I was in seventh grade,” she admits. “I wore shoulder pads and sneakers as if I was commuting to an office.”
But now that she is an adult, there are some things that she still finds difficult. “I think the hardest thing is to know what you want, ask for it and then stop talking,” she says.
The other thing that’s not easy? Finding the energy to workout. In Poehler’s dream of the perfect exercise class, “The teacher gives us all a hug and goes, ‘You did it! You showed up! Let’s lie down.’ We all lie down and she’s like, ‘How is everybody feeling?’ We’re like, ‘Great!’ And the teacher’s like, ‘Great!’ ” Amy says. “Then we all get to leave 20 minutes early.”