4 books that got me through 2017

 Why haven't I blogged? What have I been doing all this time? 

Travelling. Reading. Spending time with Myself, Friends and Family


Today I want to share 4 of the many books I read in 2017.
 Since I've finally figured out how to balance work and lifestyle, am excited to get back into my hobby of reading.

Maybe I should join a book club in 2018? 
But then again, as much as I like accountability, I don't like to be "forced" to do things. I like to move at my own pace. That's why I shy away from reading challenges or book clubs.
On the flip side, you get exposed to books you may not have picked up? other reader's opinions? I mean am still shocked I didn't pick on the domestic abuse theme in Big Little Lies ( which  has now been adapted into a tv series)  until I attended a book club discussion about it.

Here are 4 books that had my mind churning in 2017
At first I was annoyed at the simplicity of the Alchemist. Was this the same book that everyone raved about? Then I realized the irony of my feeling was in sync with the ending of the story and the big take away moral of the story. Oh we humans , we do like to complicate things lol

This year I've matured in my spiritual journey and have been seeking for "more" outside of Sunday service.
I mean life goes on in the other 6 days of the week right?
I've read a lot of faith related material throughout the year but the 2 above resonated with me on a deeper level because of their practicality.

This book was a gentle reminder that celebrities are people too. People who also get the unbiased luxury of life's colorful experiences despite their fame. It also made me consider that when we envy other people's lives as am sure most women envy Gabriel Union's relationship with her NBA husband, we also have to want her painful past and all its drama .

So ask yourself, will you be willing to be a rape victim or someone who has multiple miscarriages if you knew that some time down the line in your future you'll be married to an NBA player?

This year I read a lot of different materials from fictional novels to science, religion and biographies.
Books, articles, blogs, journals, magazines and everything in between.

Half way through the year my verb of the year 
( I always assign a word to guide my decisions for the year ) 
kind of morphed from whatever it was to one that required me to be in the moment.
I recognized that I was more engrossed with recording pictures and videos to post on my multiple social media platforms instead of being present in the moments.

So I quit most of them including Facebook. 
Also my computer crashed and I didn't bother to get a new one. 
I felt like the universe was in agreement with my spirit that I needed a  social media purge and a break .

Now I only have this blog and my Instagram account. This has been a great break and I hope to keep a more regular blog schedule next year. 

So with that said, check out my book recommendations above and have a 

Bike Blender

What IS the purpose of a bike blender?

Is it practical?

Without knowing anything about the history of the "invention" of this product and its practical use, it's safe to assume that this will be a good device for those living in regions that have limited electricity.

For me I envision its use in a village setting in my home country of cameroon. But I don't understand the practical "fitness" part of biking beyond the physics of it serving as a "motor" system for the blender. Allowing one to blend up not just smoothies but spices for cooking.

Beyond that, the average villager's lifestyle is pretty active because they do a lot of manual labour and walk many kilometers due to the lack of  affordable public transportation. 
So is this just a first world fad gadget?
Who buys this product?
And how do they put it to use?
Is the objective to be able to achieve some level of fitness goal with this?
or is it a just for the fun of it, gadget?

New England Fall - Maine Edition

New England is so beautiful in the fall.
It's one of those things that is difficult to explain and no picture can do it justice better than you taking it in with your own eyes.

From Vermont to Maine, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut, I've had the opportunity to visit all of these states.

During a short work trip to Kingfield, Maine, I decided to check out IRA mountain overlook, not far away from my "hotel", the Herbert Grand Hotel.

I also went further down to the Sugarloaf Resort in Carrabassett Valley , where I purchased a day pass so I could use the fitness center, pool and jacuzzi since my hotel which seemed more like a B&B from the 1950s was lacking in all those amenities.

It was nice to explore what little I could of Kingfield, Maine. I ate at the longfellow's restaurant, which is basically right across the street from the Herbert Grand Hotel. I decided to be touristy and had the Longfellow burger which was pretty delicious.
I can't wait to drive down to vermont and see all the foliage in full bloom.

Happy Fall Season and Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Trend Alert : My 3 Charcoal Infused Skin and Hair Care Products

By now we should all be aware of the cyclic nature of our consumerism.

 Every other year there's a recycled trend whether it's a fashion piece, a fad diet, a new* weight loss exercise program/equipment or in this case, the next big item that must be an included ingredient in your meal, skin care or hair products.

As we fade out our obsession with coconut oil & Quinoa, I noticed that Charcoal seems to be the next come back king.

Charcoal infused products are hitting the counters and even restaurants!

A 2015 new york time article titles : Charcoal Juice is Now a thing

A 2015 article by Into the Gloss : Will you like charcoal with that Juice

Keep in mind, as per with temporal trends, it's not that these are "new ideas" or products. Devotees of organic ingredients and the natural lifestyle movements have been fans of charcoal long before its current status as the "IT" ingredient.

Here are 3 charcoal infused skin and hair care products that I am currently using.

Love and Hope
I love this bath salt because it smells exactly how it is titled. Charcoal and peppermint. Keeping in mind that mint already has a cool refreshing effect on your skin or palate (minty drinks), this bath salts helps relax my tight muscles after a soccer game. The coolness of the mint leaves me refreshed after a warm bath.

Charcoal Wash Off Mask 
I have almost ran out of this mask and plan on buying a bigger version of it because that is how much I love it.
Every time I just get a feeling that my face needs some TLC, this is the product I reach for. This mask leaves my face very fresh and I always get compliments that am glowing sans makeup after using this product. It is not harsh or drying on the skin nor does it strip your face of its oil.

African Water Mint & Ginger and Detox & Refresh Scalp Elixir
Even though the description in the back says to wash it off after about 20 mins , I found myself using it as a leave in because of how refreshing it made my hair and scalp feel. I have been looking for a leave in conditioner or product that does the same thing.

Summer 2017 Photo Diary

How is everyone's summer going?

I've been trying to soak up all my summer experiences and be in the moment instead of obsessing over cataloging everything to instantly share on social media. 

Now that I've had a moment to decompress, here's a brief photo diary of what I've been up to this summer.

I also took a 10 days missions trip to Ecuador, but that requires a complete post of its own about my experience which by the way, am still decompressing from.

Don't forget to follow me on instagram at @mpn_wellness


Thrifty Thursday: Salvation Army Trip

Having recently completed a winter cleaning session, I decided to stop at my local salvation army to donate some clothes and browse around too. It's been a while since I've been out thrifting on account of I was on a tight budget and trying to be a minimalist. And also to be quiet frank, I didn't NEED anything in particular throughout the cold winter months. 

But now that the weather is warmer, its wedding season, graduation season, barbecue parties, pool parties and etc. 

Here are 3 amazing NEW! finds I got on my latest trip to the Salvation Army. Everything was 50% off the price tag so I paid around $3 for each pair of shoes and they were all brand new!

1. Just Fab Prima Thigh High boots
The irony of this find is, I have been looking every where for affordable thigh high boots that can accommodate my muscular calves. I had even gotten to the point of saving and investing $$$$$ for a luxury brand pair. This was definitely my best find from this trip.

2. W Worthington Flats
Perfect for adding colour to my spring and summer wardrobe

3. Target Mossimo Nude Pearce Pumps
Perfect  comfortable heels for work and I love the nude tone because you can pair it with anything.
So the lesson here is, you never know what gem you'll find in a thrift store but you definitely need to take your time to sort through everything and inspect it carefully so you don't end up with a damaged product.

Happy thrifting!

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