This month began in Indiana, where I visited my family for the first time in 8 months, ahem, then continued in Austin, where I visited Float Fest (see photo above), to then the MTV Fandom Awards in San Diego, and now it’s ending back here in Philz Coffee in Downtown Los Angeles. This month has been all over the place, much like my recent order history from Amazon that I’d like to share with you over the next few minutes. As of the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to “take care of myself more” – if you really know me, you know that that doesn’t really mean much, since I’m a pretty healthy person as it is, but I’ve been trying to take everything to the next level – my workouts, my business, my French. It’s been a month of improvements, and of self-help – which is what I hope you come to our blog to read about. Here are my favorites from July 2016 (we’ve got some good ones again this month):
Underwater iPod Shuffle
Total quarter-life-crisis purchase, but I’m 100% fine with it because this purchase has majorly proved that money can buy (temporary) happiness. I love swimming, and I love the workout it gives me, and by that I mean, flopping around like a drowning vegetable. The thing is though, I can’t get over not being able to pop, lock, and drop it because I don’t have music underwater. This, for me, was always a deal breaker.
A few months ago, I bought a cheapo underwater mp3 player with the “it’s all the same thing” mentality, but NO. Absolutely, NO. It sucked, and there is a huge difference. Two days ago, I was able to swim laps for 40 minutes all because I was listening to Kanye’s Workout Plan on repeat while underwater, and if that doesn’t give you a refreshing visual, then I don’t know what will.
SYNTHA-6 Protein Powder
The name sounds super-intimidating, I know, and when you get the 5-lbs container, you’ll laugh your a$$ off at how ridiculously large and intimidating it actually is. Jokes aside, I’ve used this protein powder for the past three months, and it’s really the best one I’ve tasted. Not only does it actually have a nice taste, but it seems to be the cheapest for the amount you get. But back to the taste: while most protein powders can taste a bit chemical and artificial, the Chocolate Milkshake and Vanilla Ice Cream flavors both taste like shakes from a fast food restaurant, but without all the fat and sugar. I drink these probably three times a day because they’re actually good, and because I want some extra protein in my diet after amping up my gym visits.
Alright, alright, so I still haven’t even made it passed Episode 2, but I can tell already that this is my next favorite series.
You know how most people who try convincing you to watch a series say something like, “Well, you just have to get past the first few episodes, and then you’ll be addicted!” – with this one, I’m addicted from the pilot (I’m just really tired when I put it on?). It’s a show set in the future in Los Angeles, where the city has been invaded by the people of another planet. If you liked Lost or anything dystopian or post-apocalyptic, you’ll like this.
UV Lens App
If you care even the slightest about your skin and the preservation of it, this app is pretty useful. I mean, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that when you’re outside, you should wear sunscreen, but when you live in a place like Los Angeles, where it’s bright and sunny every day, you really see the impact of a lifestyle under the sun. This app tells you if you’re being exposed to Extreme UV rays and how you should cover up your skin depending on your skin type that you take a test about when starting the app.
Moleskine Black Volant Series
I’m still confused if it’s pronounced “Mole-skin” or “Mole-skyne” or maybe even “Moless-kyne” but the point is: I’ve used these notebooks (the Volant series specifically) for the past three years and every-time I open one I feel like a writer from 1870s Paris. E-v-e-r-y-t-i-m-e. But for the skeptics, yes, I get it; our world is becoming increasingly digital and a lot of your workflow can get done quicker and more efficiently on your smartphone, but the key word here is “can” – for me, I always somehow end up on Twitter, writing an email, or googling something like “how to pronounce Moleskine.” I never end up doing what I got on my phone to do, and that’s why I still prefer to use a notebook to write to-do lists or jot down notes. Even half of this blog was written in my black Moleskine. Get one, you won’t regret it…or maybe you will, but at least you’ll know journals aren’t for you. Lol.
What were some things you discovered this month that I/We/Other Readers should look into?