Here’s a round up of my favorite things from the first week of May! Check back every Friday for a new list of 7 things that have helped me get through the week. [Read something you loved, loved, loved this week? Share it with me in the comment section and i’ll give you a shout out  it in next week’s post!]

1. Wake up in the morning and do this. . .

I’ve started doing this thing every morning called “Morning Pages”. It’s easy. You just open up a notebook and write three pages – about anything you want. If you don’t know what to write – you can just write I don’t know until something comes to mind. It’s a peaceful way to clear your mind in the morning and an alternative to waking up and reaching for your cell phone.

2. In honor of Mother’s Day

Jimmy Kimmel asks moms to admit one thing their kids don’t know about them. Some pretty wild answers here!

3. My I couldn’t put it down book of the week is…

How to Talk to a Widower – By Jonathan Tropper. I checked this book out from the library on a Friday and stayed up until the sun practically rose to finish it. It’s beautifully constructed and is truly the kind of book that wraps its arms around you and jolts you with contagious energy and emotion. If i have to pick a favorite book by him – this one would take the prize.

4. Watching Rugrats in your 20’s…

May sound ridiculous but it’s surprisingly inspirational. Last week i was showing friends at work some old school cartoons and i stumbled upon this Rugrats episode where the babies talk about growing up. Check it out if you want a good laugh!

5. “Your home is whatever you love in this world more than you love yourself.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

— (@TThingsILearned)

I heard this quote while listening to Gilbert’s TED talk (she’s the wonderful author of Eat, Pray, Love)

6. Your go-to answer  for the question: What are you going to do after you graduate?

I talked about it on HuffPost Live this week! Watch it here.

7. Turn your volume up!

It’s Friday and here’s  a fun song to get you moving around in your desk chair.

Hi – I’m Jen Glantz! It’s really nice to e-meet you.

I wish we could high-five, even hug hello in person – and maybe someday soon we’ll have that chance. But until then, welcome to my website. It’s my most favorite place in the world (beside home, Forever21, and the library – of course). I hope you’ll click around a bit – and read something you like. And if you do, come back again! Or better yet, click the subscribe button – on the top right – and i’ll send you an email on Monday Mornings with tips and fun articles to help kick your butt out of bed.

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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