Jane is a yoga-doin' vegan-eatin' baby-sittin' freelance writer living in Brooklyn with the rest of the kids. Southwest suburbs of Philadelphia, born and raised.

I Tried "8 Minute Abs" For 2 Weeks

My stomach and I aren’t always on the best terms. Over the years, we’ve bickered a lot. Sometimes she’s like, “Dude, why do you keep putting jelly beans inside of me? I can’t do anything with this sh*t.” Me: “Bwahaha!” [keeps eating jelly beans].…
By Jane Brendlinger

What Happens When You Do Power Poses Every Day

Confidence: a slippery fish, a flaky, fair-weather friend, and as soon as things get a little rough it’s, “Sayonara, I didn’t sign up for all of these stupid problems,” and Confidence is out the door. Confidence most recently slipped through my…
By Jane Brendlinger

7 Lessons I Learned From Living Alone In A Cabin

One night in August, something small was pricking at my ankles. I reached down to scratch, and found that constellations of small raised bumps had surfaced overnight. Another quick sting, and a fleck of black pepper jumped from my ankle into the…
By Jane Brendlinger

9 Signs You Might Be Ready To Leave Your City

When I first moved to New York City, I was fascinated by the intersecting subway lines, the striking difference between the percussive rhythm of Chinatown, and the calm in the middle of a field of Prospect Park. I loved the fact that nothing ever…
By Jane Brendlinger

I Tried Napping In 8 Public Places In NYC

Editor's Note: This napping experiment was done in good fun, but what's not funny is that some people really don't have a private place to sleep — and that's no joke to us. Do your part to fight homelessness in New York City or in your town. Because…
By Jane Brendlinger

I Tried Dry January, And Here's What I Learned

January 2015 was 31 days, and I know because I was been counting them down, one by one. Two weeks left, then one, then none. Finally, after a dark and hopeless 4.43 weeks, I hold a drink in my hand. Yes, that's right: I tried Dry January. Before…
By Jane Brendlinger

Exactly How Accurate My Astrology Predictions Were

I'm not a religious person, but sometimes I wish I were. Just to have that feeling of being watched over, of knowing that some forces other than reigning chaos and Google analytics are determining my life's course. Isn't there something else I can…
By Jane Brendlinger

What Kind Of Tattoo Should You Get?

Last fall, a dear friend of mine approached me to ask for an unusual favor. “I’m looking to get a new tattoo,” she said, “and I want you to design it.” I was both flattered and confused. You see, I’m not a professional artist, and not even an…
By Jane Brendlinger

9 Ways College A Cappella Changes You Forever

For decades, throughout the halls of American colleges everywhere, men and women have been joining forces in the name of one absurd and futile pursuit: to create facsimiles of popular songs by pretending to be instruments. The word “a cappella” did…
By Jane Brendlinger

I Tried Oil Pulling So You Don't Have To

This journey begins with an embarrassing confession: at the mature age 23, I got a cavity. Because of my carefree adult lifestyle, I hadn’t been to the dentist in over two years. Maybe it was the distance between dental appointments, maybe it was…
By Jane Brendlinger

14 Free and Funny Last-Minute Gift Ideas

It’s Christmas. Sh*t. Where on earth has this year gone? I’ve done a great job of buying presents for myself, some important investment pieces like an espresso machine and a new bra. But the true meaning of Christmas lies in spending money on other…
By Jane Brendlinger

The 9 Types of People You Meet in a Hot Yoga Class

It takes a special kind of person to go to a hot yoga class. First and foremost, you have to like heat, obviously. Specifically, the kind of heat that feels like you’re breathing steamed milk into your lungs. You have to like sweat — the taste of…
By Jane Brendlinger

10 New Year's Resolutions Not About Losing Weight

I’ve always been big on New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps I’ve bought into the American narrative of self-reinvention, but there’s something in the blank slate of an untouched year that says to me, “Let’s not repeat last year, cool?” I went hog wild…
By Jane Brendlinger

7 Benefits of Being Friends with your Adult Sibs

When I was seven, I went on the Jack the Ripper tour with my family in London. I think my parents thought I wouldn’t pay attention, but I’d say I was pretty rapt the whole time, touring those dingy London streets while hearing about the gruesome…
By Jane Brendlinger

3 Problems You Face When You're The Third Wheel

Great news. Your best friend just got a boyfriend! Good for her, really. It’s so hard to meet people these days. I mean, good people. They met on OkCupid — love in the modern age, am I right? This is all playing out like an updated version of You’ve…
By Jane Brendlinger

I Tried a Juice Cleanse and Learned ... Something

One morning in October, I woke up to find chocolate in my navel, melted. I could tell it was the stoneground kind because it still had its grainy texture. It was this time last year that I moved to New York, with some vague hopes and dreams that…
By Jane Brendlinger