Five Faves 5/4/18

Five things I’ve been consuming or enjoying this week (5/4/18).

Garmin 620 Forerunner.  As I mentioned earlier this week, I’ve challenged myself to complete an IronMan in the month of May.  I’ve had this Garmin for about a year now, and it’s intuitive, reliable, and simple.  I bought a refurbished one and have had no issues with it.  [Amazon – refurbished] [REI]


Cole Haan Women’s Grand Tour Suede Oxford Sneaker. My mom gave me these as a birthday gift in October and they immediately became my favorite shoe.  It would be no lie to tell you that I have worn them at least 5/7 days a week for the last 6 months (and they are still in amazing condition).  They strike the perfect balance of “dressing up jeans” and “as comfortable as a tennis shoe.”  They are also water resistant (a must in Seattle).  I include them on my Five Faves this week because the pair I have are black…rather wintery.  I am considering purchasing a pair in this lighter color for the summer!  [Nordstrom Rack] [Amazon]

cole haan women's grand tour oxford


Matty Matheson’s Finger Lickin’ Butter Chicken.  One of my new favorite dishes.  Be warned — it’s a BIG batch.  On Wednesday, five people had two servings each and I still have 6 cups of it left!  It reheats well, just make new rice.

Enneagram.  The enneagram is a typology of nine interconnected personality types.  Each person has one overarching personality type that explains what motivates them, what guides their behavior, and what their fears are.  A friend and I were discussing how interesting it is that sometimes other people know us better than we know ourselves (e.g., I am confused as to why I have a stomachache and my friend says “That’s your stress indicator, what’s bothering you?”).  I wanted to know myself better and have been enjoying doing that through the Enneagram.  I am a 7 — an optimistic, busy, fun-loving enthusiast.  My downfalls include an inability to focus and restlessness (agree).

You can take the short version of the test here.  Even though it isn’t the complete test, I find most people wholeheartedly agree with the number this test assigns.  If you’re interested in learning more, The Enneagram Made Easy, by Elizabeth Wagele is a great place to start.  If you aren’t ready to commit to a book, read more about it online at the Enneagram Institute.

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond.  This is our current book club book.  It’s a tough read, shedding light on the true extent of the housing crisis in America.  Seattle rent prices are high, but I was still able to live comfortably in a 2-bedroom condo (with a roommate) on a graduate school stipend.  This book has me thinking…  [Amazon] [Audible]


That’s all for this week!  Have a great weekend!

See last week’s Fave Fives.


    • I am currently using it as a tool for personal growth and understanding. Specifically, sevens like variety while getting a PhD requires focused studies for long periods of time. Any suggested readings?

      • I was curious about your marketing studies. What are you planning to do with your PhD? And believe me, I intimately understand the challenges of Type 7. 😉 Probably the best thing for them is regular exercise (make good use of all that energy) and meditation (get grounded and centered).

      • I’m very good at regular exercise but could use more meditation I’m sure! I would love to be a professor and teach marketing and consumer behavior — I’m teaching a brand strategy class this year so I will learn a lot about teaching through that.

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