FROM PORTLAND: CREATURES OF HABIT

PORTLAND: CREATURES OF HABIT
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I’ve noticed that after a day or two of being in a new city, you form new habits. You crave that same salad place you stumbled upon and now go to everyday at noon.

You wake up at the same time, put on the same jacket, and walk to the same coffee shop, because you know it will be open and you know they have just what you want to drink.

You walk down the same streets you’ve walked down before because they breathe familiarity and you want to walk like you know where you’re going and you know what you’re doing, even though you’re more lost than you’ll ever truly admit.

We are all creatures of habit, of comfort, of certainty, no matter how far we move away from our old lives, our old zip codes, and of course, our old and broken ways.

I’m Jen Glantz. I’ve been a published writer for over 13 years, spilling my words into magazines (ranging from style to scuba diving), newspapers, websites and even this one time, a speech, for someone who didn’t speak a word of English. What drives my words, my site, my writing, is the power of relating to people. I find that many people, especially young girls, feel so alone and quite often they feel embarrassed. I want to shatter those feelings! I want them to read what I write and understand that it’s okay to be a little outside of the box, but most importantly, that it is okay to just be who they are.

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