Happy Drawers, Happy Life

What better time to resurface than a lovely spring holiday weekend celebrating both Passover and Easter.  Two holidays bringing together family, slowing down the hectic pace of life, reminding you of what’s most important, and of course, concluded by a giant feast and if you’re lucky, hopefully stomachache- free.

And with that, what better time then to also do some spring cleaning, letting go of clutter in your home, as well as your life.  I, like many people, am reluctant to throw things out, with the hopes, or fears, that some day I might need that precious item I have buried deep beneath the top layer of clothes in each drawer.  

Well, let me tell you – that rule of thumb that if you haven’t worn it in the past year, it’s likely you will never wear it again is…true!  The photos I’ve included supports my enthusiasm of this endeavor, and I’ll say this, drawers that can close feels.so.good.

Now, once you’ve rid your drawers of your fashion fall-outs, and decided what to give friends and family, DONATE!  Bag up your items that are no longer of use to you, and give them to someone who’d be through the moon to gain your treasures, and to top it off, you get a tax write-off – WHAT!  They even have those nifty drive-thru donation sites which make it a no-brainer.

While you’re spring cleaning, why not make a party of it and clean up other areas of your life too by taking a good look at your relationships, friendships, work, and person you are and want to be.  It’s never too late to make a change, or even relish in and appreciate what just might already be an amazing life.  Let go, de-clutter, and take a breath.

Happy cleaning, and happy holidays everyone!

Love,

Jen the Jew

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Save the Children

I write about food trucks and cheap ways to live a lavish life – but what about those that face complete starvation and haven’t even had a chance to taste the things we’ve tasted?  Ever.  This doesn’t have to happen.

Save The Children has launched an emergency aid response in Africa.  Please watch this video, share with friends, family, colleagues, even acquaintances, and download Bob Marley & The Wailer’s single ‘High Tide or Low Tide.’  All download proceeds go to East Africa Fund’s food crisis appeal.

You can help now.  Be a friend.

 

Operation Summer Vacation

I, like many people, can not imagine summer, my favorite season, without a summer vacation.  I don’t think I’ve gone one summer without going at least somewhere, even if that somewhere was nearby.  Of course finances come into play and without necessary means, vacationary options are limited.

In all my years on this planet I have never considered going to Israel, even though it is my "homeland" and as a Jewish person, I have the opportunity to go for free-ish (courtesy of Taglit Birthright).  Europe, Australia, Mexico, Thailand…I wanted to go anywhere but Israel.  It is unclear why it never crossed my mind, however it dawned on me when considering travel plans for this summer, and the lack thereof.  Why not have someone else pay for my vacation and go to Israel?  Genius.   Aside from the trip only costing me a few sheckels, I figured what better way to continue my spiritual and personal growth and really solidify my connection to the religion I was born into and now gladly claim.

So began the application process.  No, I do not automatically get to go just because I am Jewish.  There are several things to fill out online, followed by a phone interview and then the verdict.  You’re either selected, wait-listed, or rejected – I mean encouraged to try again next time, of course.  There’s also that age bracket of 18-26 years old that you must fall between.  I happened to get selected for my trip.  It may have been due to my age or a series of emails letting them know I was already packed and needed to know my flight details.   Pushy, almost Israeli-like.  Hey, when in Rome…

And then off I went – by way of July 4th weekend in NYC with a brief stint in the Jersey Shore.  Point Pleasant people, not Seaside, and yes I did fist pump.  Even in Israel.  Israel127airport