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Wellness & Workout, Wine & Dine

I redeemed my free sampler pack of 5 Vrou water bottles from Wellcoin (see¬†post¬†on Wellcoin rewards). Vrou water claims to be packed with micro-nutrients, natural ingredients and contain no sugar nor calories. I started to do some digging about Vrou water, to see if it’s all it claims to be to HYDRATE (electrolytes), ENERGIZER (B vitamins), STRENGTHEN (magnesium, calcium, vitamins D + K), DEFEND (vitamins A + C + E).

(PS: I love regular water, especially boiled water cooled to room temperature! I owned one of those water fruit infusers, but the bottle really sucked and leaked.)

vrou water
so many flavors *—-*

I am not one to read a million labels and ingredient lists every time I shop, I just look at the nutrition facts to get a quick idea on the calories, fat content, and such. There’s that rule “if you can’t pronounce it, then it’s probably not good for you” so looking at the long ingredient list… I can’t pronounce a ton of stuff, haha. Just wanted to read more into this so this post has more flesh.

Pineapple pineapple + Mint mint: my first bottle. It tasted like water that had pineapples soaking in it for a while and nicely diluted with MORE water after. It wasn’t very sweet and didn’t have any mint flavor (thank goodness cause I don’t like mint flavored water). Overall, it left me feeling hydrated. I must have been really thirsty at my desk because I finished it in under an hour.

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Work & Career

Year of Yes - Shonda RhimesI finished reading Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes, which was a really good book, easy read, and had some humor. I thought the book was going to talk more about how the little yes’s changed her life instead of a few examples of the amazing events she said yes to. Here are my favorite parts of the book:

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“Happiness¬†comes from living as you¬†need to, as you want to. As your inner voice tells you to. Happiness comes from being who you actually are instead of who you think you are supposed to be.” (p 286)

Yazzzz 🙌 👏. I cannot agree more.¬†Sounds like my motto.

Do you wanna play?¬†Shonda’s toddler asks her to play. It only takes 15 minutes but her mindset changes. Spend 15 minutes to share your love with your children and yourself, whether it is a bubble bath, manicure, or anything other activity you really like.

She changed the bottom of her email signature to say:

Please Note: I will not engage in work emails after 7 pm or on weekends. IF I AM YOUR BOSS, MAY I SUGGEST: PUT DOWN YOUR PHONE. (p 128)

corporate dog checking emails off hours (during his dinner too). DON'T DO IT
corporate dog checking emails off hours (during his dinner too). DON’T DO IT

I think this is great because the strange mindset in the American work force is to keep keep working. You check an email here and there after hours because it’s “easy”, it’s “quick”, and you just “want to stay on top of things.” But in reality, it is perpetuating people working constantly, being always available. Not everyone is a doctor. Not everything needs fixing ASAP. Relax and take after work hours to do other things outside of work. Relax on vacation and turn that work phone and emails off. Truly disconnect.

Losing yourself does not happen all at once. Losing yourself happens one no at a time. No to going out tonight. Not to catching up with that old college roommate. No to attending that party. No to going on vacation. No to making a new friend. Losing yourself happens one pound at a time. (p 141)

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Wealth & Personal Finance

The Last Safe InvestmentI picked up “The Last Safe Investment”¬†¬†by Bryan Franklin, Michael Ellsberg¬†from the library, thinking it would provide some insight into growing wealth. I stopped reading on page 118 (I had to return the book). It sums up to this: spend systematically so it can provide other value to your life and work on your tribe/network/community because that’s how you accumulate a different type of wealth.

INTRODUCTION:
Consuming vs investing
* John taking friends out to action movie, buys soda and popcorn
* Jane takes coworkers out to business-related movie that someone mentioned, buys water
* They are both not expecting anything back from their group and just want to have a good time

The book explains (exaggerates for the point) that Jane didn’t just spend on Entertainment, she also contributed to a bunch of things that John didn’t. I can’t say I agree with this completely but here is the impact (p 17):
— health. Water is good for everyone vs (John) sugar makes people bounce off walls
— relationships. Respect what others care about vs (John) don’t see how he didn’t invest in this too since his friends like action movies as well
— career.¬† Contribution to get involved in matters related to work vs (John) doesn’t impact his career directly (unless you can count on his friends’ network for that future role, which I think is pretty likely too)
— purpose.¬† Enjoy contributing time to each other because it makes their lives more purposeful vs (John) I can see this applying as well… what if their purpose was to contribute to the laughter in his life??
— provide value. Discussion after the movie so everyone is sharing their ideas vs (John) now everyone is more in-the-know about pop culture

Investing = Spend value on other contexts of your life, outside the original context

True Wealth Discipline

  1. Spend systematically Рmake every expense count for something more
  2. Increase your value to others – see how you can help others with your skills or knowledge, so they will think of you in future when you need something
  3. Improve your happiness exchange rate (more below)

True Wealth Asset

  1. Adviser Equity – contributing your knowledge to others
  2. Tribe – your community and close friends
  3. Savings – “the money you risk (in the form of investing in yourself… should be in service of something that will improve you, further your purpose, as well as increase your income” Intro, p. 41

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Wine & Dine

I saw this yummy Facebook video post for Sushi Rice Dip¬†by Buzzfeed Tasty! I pinned it and made it last week during Blizzard¬†Jonas. We modified the recipe as noted below. It took about 10 minutes to make and longer to eat (which is a sure win since most things are eaten quicker)! ūüėĬ†😃

diggin’ in the rice dip and making a riceball / taco thing

Ingredients

1 cup uncooked jasmine rice
2 cups water (approx)
0.5 Tbsp white vinegar
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp oil
1 cup shiitake mushrooms
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp dark soy sauce
some diced onions (approx 1/8 cup)
1/2 avocado
a dash of sesame oil

Steps

1. Use a rice cooker to for the 1 cup jasmine rice. The water trick is to put your hand into the pot and the water should be covering half your hand. Pour in the 1 tsp of sugar and the 0.5 Tbsp of white vinegar.

If you do not own a rice cooker, cook over a pot for about 20 min over high heat until boil, then reduce to low heat.

2. Slice up your avocado in small cubes. Since this one was really big, we only used half.

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we didn’t know we were going to use just half, so we cut both sides up… so much leftover. smoothie?

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Wine & Dine

Coffee Kind is an online coffee shop to get speciality coffee from around the world. They also have a discovery subscription plan that mails you two bags of coffee (6 oz each) along with information on the beans.

I¬†ordered my first box for medium / dark¬†because they had an enticing holiday sale of “make a purchase and get random giftcard up to $50”. The first box is also 50% off¬†(aka $10) with the promo code FIRSTBOX50. Not knowing I missed the order deadline deadline (the 10th of each month), I wondered why my order took so long to arrive back in December. It arrived mid-January like this:

the packaging box is so cute and fits the coffee bags perfectly!
the packaging box is so cute and fits the 2 coffee bags perfectly!
PC: Coffee Kind

Thanks to Snowpocalypse, we had a ton of time indoors to brew coffee. The bags of coffee were very aromatic¬†😍. I was practically like an addict squeezing the bag and sniffing the air valve. It smelled like roasted chocolates and baking spice, exactly like the tasting notes they described!

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more coffee sniffing –¬†the medium body Iglesias (no milk or sugar), while catching up on some reading
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coffee just chilling with the bean crusher
coffee just chilling with the bean crusher

ABOUT THE BEANS

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stitchfix-logoStitch Fix is your personal stylist, who will mail you a box of fashion finds based on your style every month (or whatever frequency you like).

My first box arrived on Wednesday and with 3 days to return, I dropped it into a USPS box last night since this Snowpocalypse is making NYC a stay-at-time-and-Netflix kind of day (or a UWIB kick-off join.me meeting day). Here is a collage of the 5 pieces and some ways I decided to put it on:

my sister actually opened the box on Wed night while I was doing BBG WK 10 Abs. I was like, "THEY KNOW ME, OMG! SO CUTE" and then she told me the prices and I knew I had to return it ASAP (after taking pics, haha~)
my sister actually opened the box on Wed night while I was doing BBG WK 10 Abs. I was like, “THEY KNOW ME, OMG! SO CUTE” and then she told me the prices and I knew I had to return it ASAP (after taking pics, haha~)
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My experience with Stitch Fix went from:
😮¬†– oh, what is this?
😀¬†– hey, this survey is kinda fun, *pins some things*
😦¬†– eh, a styling fee?
😕¬†– what if I don’t like the stuff?
📧 – 5 months later, discount code email –>¬†😁¬†aw yeah
📦¬†– package arrives!
👚👖👗¬†– yazz¬†😍
😭‚ĚĄÔłŹ¬†– when returning at the start of Snowpocalypse

Can you tell I love emojis? More about my experience in words and larger pictures…

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Wellness & Workout

I saw this article floating on Facebook yesterday and wanted to plug it on my blog as well! Going to keep this as future reference when I am super sore.

http://makeyourlifehealthier.com/36-pictures-to-see-which-muscle-youre-stretching/

You should all know that you need to stretch, whether you are a chronic sitter, a weekend warrior, or a daily exerciser. Stretching helps your blood reach your muscles and your joints move through their full range of motion, but it also improves your posture and athletic performance and reduces the risk of injuries and pain.

How do you know which muscles you are actually stretching or if you are performing each stretch the right way while you do yoga or the flexibility routine?

Well, here is a little knowledge on the topic, and having this in your back pocket, you can opt for the best stretches that best fit your goals. In case you start feeling pain, and not the regular, good pain, but the stretchy one when you know that something does not feel right, you should pinpoint the muscle that gives you the trouble and change the technique you have been using in order to avoid getting injured.

These stretches should be felt in the belly of your muscle. However, you should not feel pressure or strain in your joints, and if you do, it means that you are pushing too far. During the stretching, concentrate on your breathing and make sure these movements are as natural as possible.

36 Pictures To See Which Muscle You’re Stretching

Stop thinking about the time you are holding the stretch, but instead, start concentrating on feeling your muscles relaxing and returning to their natural, resting length. This may take about five to thirty seconds. If a stretch does not feel like it is doing something for your body muscles, change it and try another one.

The beautiful illustrations we present you are made by Vicky Timon, a yoga expert and author of ‚ÄúEncyclopedia of Pilates Exercises‚ÄĚ, and James Kilgallon, CSCS, creator of Mazio‚Äôs Body Maintenance Program, contributed by giving the expert commentary.

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1. Camel Pose

Muscles emphasized: Rectus Abdominus and External Obliques. This stretch is though most appropriate for people who already have a good flexibility. Sitting on your heels, put your hands behind you, pushing your hips up and forward. Do not put too much pressure on your lumbar spine. Also, in case you have problems with your neck, do not drop your head back.

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Wealth & Personal Finance

mint_logoHi everyone! It’s been a while since my last post. Since 2015 has wrapped up, I wanted to share some ways you can either:

  1. Evaluate your spending in 2015
  2. Monitor your spending in 2016

I am a big user and supporter of Mint.com. They connect all your financial accounts (you need to log in with your credentials) so you can see almost ALL your transactions in one place.

Existing Users:

I suggest you¬†export all your 2015 transactions and evaluate how you were spending to see where you can spend less (or just be shocked at how much you spend in a certain category). Since Mint currently does not offer transaction exports with¬†Top Category (just subcategories), head over to my Mint support response thread here for the default list and how to pivot everything. From this I learned: I spend way too much on “Food & Dining > Restaurants” and “Misc > Family (my custom subcategory)”.

New Users:

Most people are afraid to link up financial accounts for fear of being hacked. I’m not a technology security expert, but in the four years I have been using Mint, there has been¬†zero problems with security.¬†Mint pulls the transaction info from each of your accounts and does¬†not display any login usernames or passwords.

I have connected all¬†my possible financial accounts so I can view everything in one place. I know my “net asset” balance at any given point.

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Wine & Dine
ox verte bowl
a bowl of delicious veggies, grains, and meat and a package of cookie

This Tuesday, I went to Ox Verte‘s tasting event to celebrate real food. One of the UWIB Board members went to an event that Ox Verte catered at, and loving the food, she asked the host where the food came from. Lo and behold, we sat together at a small table, trying the fall menu. When the seasons change, the Ox team likes to test different flavors. Fall was defined already.

It was hosted at someone’s residence lobby (which, by the way, the building looks fantastic in the small amount of space I walked through). I got there a bit early so I was just awkwardly trying to cool down (and finish Googling about WordPress and permalinks). The Ox team was just setting up so I did not want to disturb them. Most people rolled in a bit after 7 PM. I grabbed a glass of Riesling and enjoyed the chatter ūüôā

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ox verte menu – fall

While the price is on the higher end, the quality is definitely noticeable. (I’m actually not the best at tasting “freshness” but this was much less oily than a competitor, Dig Inn.) If your company orders catering, I would highly recommended you try this!

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Wine & Dine

In July, I bought a LivingSocial deal to a class at Back Label Wine Merchants. I’ve been trying to learn more about wine, so this was such a great deal. Because LS has the “refer 3, gets yours free” system, I shared on Facebook and got one person to buy it (what an influencer I am, ha).

My friend went to the California Wine & Cheese class in September. Since the voucher expires Oct 16, I was checking the events calendar obsessively for a cheese class. No luck.

We went to the Argentina Wines class to discover the various wines made there. I learned that a ton of Malbec comes from here to the US and that Argentina Wines are light wines and not as bold as the California Napa reds we are used to.

(So mad the WordPress app now. I typed everything up and there was an update error!!)

drink up!
drink up!

1. Mendel / 2013 Semillon
2. Familia Mayol / 2014 Garnacha Blanca
3. Zorzal / 2012 “Terror Unico” Pinot Noir
4. Colonia Las Liebres / 2013 Bonarda
5. Bodega Chacra / 2011 “Manique” Merlot

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