Five Things Friday #156

Happy Friday!

I’m currently writing this from my getaway in the woods, which so far has been incredible. I’m planning on writing it all up for you guys, but right now I want to make sure to get this up for you and back to writing. Wednesday I knocked out 15 pages which I was pretty impressed with.

I’m headed back to the city today and Neil’s parents are actually coming to visit from Maryland for a couple days, so it’s jumping right back into life for me. I can’t wait to share this experience with you, but for now here are some of the things I’ve been loving this week.

1. Pumpkin Pie Perfect Bar

Perfect Bar released a limited edition pumpkin pie flavor last weekend that was only available online. I was able to try them after they sent me a box, and with it they included a super easy recipe for cheesecake bites where the bar was used as the crust. They sold out before Sunday, but hopefully they’ll release them as an actual flavor that you can buy in stores because they were delicious.

2. Waykana Chai Guayusa Tea

Well that’s a mouthful.

This was one of the teas in my monthly Sips By box and I took some with me on my trip. I first heard of guayusa when I was visiting my in-laws in L.A. and there was an entire store dedicated to it in Venice Beach (go figure). The leaves of the guayusa tree are dried and can be brewed as tea for a non-stimulating caffeine effect.

I don’t really notice a difference one way or another which means that it’s probably a good choice for me given my sensitivity to caffeine. This particular one is chai-flavored which makes me like it even more.

3. MyHeritage DNA

I was sent a MyHeritage DNA kit to try out awhile ago, and I just recently got my results. The process is super simple — just swab the inside of your cheek and send the samples back for testing.

I love knowing more about my heritage, so I anxiously awaited the results. From what I know of my background, my heritage consists of German, Irish, Hungarian, and Dutch — all of which are represented here. The only surprise was the west Asian category which is the lighter purple area spanning Turkey and Iran.

This is the first one of these I’ve done, so I’m not sure if other tests get more specific than this in terms of countries, but I liked seeing what my results were. If you’ve had any experience with other tests, I’d love to know about it!

4. Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown

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If you know me, you know that I swear by any book by Brene Brown. When I found out about this one, I preordered it immediately and it came right before I left to come on this trip. Coincidence?

Her newest book tackles what it means to truly belong, which means standing true to yourself and who you are among a sea of sometimes conflicting opinions. It’s not about pretending, trying to fit in, or giving in to the will of others. If you’ve never read a book by Brene, you need to change that.

5. This trip

I mean, duh.

It took me about a day and a half to disconnect and realize I was here, but this trip has been something I’ve needed. I can’t point to a single thing wrong with it and I’d even stay longer if I could. I thought that five days might be too long, but I realize that I’d be fine here for another five.

I’m hoping that I can bring some of this mindset home with me and keep up momentum with this book. This is truly a magical place and I highly recommend doing something like this if you feel it calling to you.

That’s it for this week friends! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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6 Comments

  1. Mudita
    September 22, 2017 / 8:51 am

    So glad you enjoyed your trip, and that it was just what you needed. xoxo

  2. September 22, 2017 / 2:33 pm

    I drooled the first time I saw those pumpkin Perfect Bars, and I really hope they release them in storefronts! And I’m happy you’ve been enjoying your trip! I’m sure it brought amount a great sense of peace and fulfillment and purpose. Getting back to the hustle and bustle of life has the potential to overwhelm you, but staying mindful in your intentions and what you learned in the great outdoors is key to keeping the momentum and eye on the prize (your finished book). Good luck!
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  3. September 24, 2017 / 10:07 am

    So glad you’ve had such a great stay in the wilderness 😉 I actually just added that book to my cart a couple days ago because it feels SO UP MY ALLEY. That DNA kit is super intriguing; I actually would love to try it because after WWII, my family lost a lot of records so we really don’t know much.
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