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Born a Crime and Meditating Outdoors

My Friday Five. Five things I've been implementing and exploring this week.

Health idea I've implemented: Oura Ring

Getting good sleep is imperative to having a great day. I have wanted some type of wearable technology that tracks my movements and my sleep for as long as the technology has been available. I've never bought one because I don't want to wear anything that is constantly sending signals to my phone. The Oura Ring can be turned to airplane mode and still record data for several days. It helped me see how drinking a glass of wine interferes with my sleep. It also demonstrated that I move around a lot more than I thought. I always thought I was a little bit lazy, but I have yet to get a reminder to get up and move every 60 minutes.

Product I'm discovering: Sundale Outdoor/Indoor Floor Chair

The Sundale Chair has five adjustable angles which feel very secure when I'm sitting and leaning back. It also lies flat and is super cushy and comfortable. I use it when I meditate and it's tough material makes it perfect for outside as well. I bought one for my Mom to use when she does puzzles on the coffee table. The only thing I think they could improve upon is adding a strap to easily carry it around.

Quote I'm meditating: They say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time. - Banksy

Book I'm reading: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

I started reading Born a Crime before seeing Trevor Noah on The Daily Show. I had heard controversial things about him and I had enjoyed watching Jon Stewart so much that I stopped watching the show after Jon left. After a few pages I started watching him on The Daily Show with new admiration. He was born from a black mother and a white father. It was a crime for his father or his mother to be seen with him because of their color. The pictures he has when he was a child show a woman with him who was his nanny and in the background you can see his mother walking behind them. His mother made him push the car in traffic to save gas money and he watched his mother get shot in front of their home. I read this book and then I listened to it. It's that good! It's another lesson in knowing that you don't know anything about what another person has been through.

Music I'm listening to: You and I by Lady Gaga

It's Lady Gaga so the video is weird and I try not to let it ruin how much I like dancing and singing to You and I.

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