FROM THE SECOND WEEK OF MAY

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1. The gym is intimidating…

I’ve only been finding myself going to it this week because it’s been raining outside. I tried to figure out how to use some of the weight contraptions and i felt like i was playing a game of stand-up Twister with a large metal machine. I found a real beginners guide to gym equipment that might help those of you who hardly go to the gym – and when you do, find yourself having staring contests with these machines.

2. Reader question of the week:

I want to travel more – but i don’t know where to go! Reply in the comment section below – or send me a tweet – with the one destination you desperately want to travel to.

3. Poem of the week is about who NYC really belongs to…

4. HAIM (The Band)

I went to see them live last weekend and it was the best concert i’ve seen in a while. These girls can really ROCK. Check out their full concert on YouTube.

5. Edible Instagram pictures?

Meet Boomf: a company that takes your Instagram pictures and puts them on marshmallows! It’s a real thing because i ordered a box of them for someone special. Except when i ordered them, i put the wrong address – so the company mailed 9 Instagram pictures on marshmallows to one very lucky – and confused – stranger in this world. When i admitted my mistake – they said no problem and shipped a brand new box (at no cost) to the right person. That’s customer service anyone can appreciate.

6. “Get in, get out. Don’t linger. Go on.”
― Raymond Carver

7. I have the entire NY Public Library in my apartment…

That’s a little bit of an exaggeration – but i have 22 checked out books and they have covered every inch of my tiny bedroom. I’m currently reading ‘Love in the Time of Cholera‘.

Ps.  My book ‘All My Friends are Engaged‘ is becoming an Audio Book very soon! I had the chance to chat on the phone with the lady who will be narrating it and it was really strange – yet at the same time kind of cool to hear her perspective on the stories.

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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