I’m not really sure how to start this post— because there are so many different topics I want to talk to you guys about. I know I’ve mentioned there were some issues going on over here, on this side of the screen— that’s unfortunately still relevant. I’m not sure whats going on, there’s been multiple tests, scans, exams, x-rays, so many things done in the past few weeks. Sometimes I’m calm or hopeful, sometimes I’m nervous, and sometimes, honestly, I’m sad. But again, like I said before, the good new is, I’m being proactive. The running joke around here has been now that I’m 30, I’m falling apart. It kind of does feel that way, haha. It’s not a surprise to anyone that our bodies are more delicate (I need a more appropriate word) as we age. I mean, even with the body weirdness going on, I’m actually healthier than I’ve been for most of my life. I took a lot of really positive steps for myself in my 20’s. Diet really changed so much for me. I really do think paying closer attention to what I ate made a huge difference in my depression and helped improved a lot of my anxiety too. And I know I touch on it all too often, but it’s so important to just take the little steps to work on yourself (ahem, myself) all the time. Some things are easy to work on and track, and some are easy to let slide by.I told myself this year would be the year of travel—you guys know this. But I also told myself that this year would be the year that I slow down to breathe more– the cookbook took a lot out of me last year! I mean, don’t get me wrong, I am SO grateful to have done it and so pleased to have it coming out soon(!!) but it was definitely a heavy workload on top of my every day life. So this year, on top of travel, I really just want to put more action into focusing on myself and what I can do to improve my overall self, mood, mind, body. If not now, at thirty years old then when? You know? It’s not as dramatic as it sounds, but I’m only getting older, everyday.  We all are. And if I don’t stop to take care of myself, then who will? It’s gotta be me, now.

The fine folks of Zensorium sent over a Tinke for me to try. Well, let me start, they emailed me, I checked out their site and the conversation went something like this:
“OMG, I need the Being, NOW.”
And they were like, “well, no Drea, you need to work on your patience because thats not out yet*, how about you try the Tinke in your life?”
and I embarrassingly wrote back telling them, “well the shooting pains in my arm made me question if I was having a heart attack yesterday, so learning about my heart rate might be positive step in my life”
*they didn’t actually say this.

So I tried the Tinke. And it’s pretty cool.

So whats a Tinke? Well, it’s an adorable little machine that sort of reminds me of an adult version of a tamagotchi— you know, one of those digital pets we all played with that you need to feed and water for it to survive? Except that I get to use it as an adult— and it helps me make positive actions in my life. It checks my heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood oxygen rate while I try to get myself to survive, haha. But in all seriousness, it’s pretty cool to be able to carry a tiny little machine around to check your levels at any time in the day. For me, honestly, it’s been sort of meditative. In the moments of anxiety, I get to just tune into a little device and breath. Literally, just hold and breathe.

The Tinke works a few ways, to measure your vita (fitness) and your zen (stress). You put in your body information once. And then each day, a few times a day, you check your levels. The Tinke then stores and tracks your information so you can learn about your own patterns and cycles. Busy and stressful weeks? Need more zen? Or maybe more activity? The Tinke is an easy way to guide you through that. And for me, someone who does need to actively work on taking a moment to just breathe, it’s really useful.

So this, really old (sarcasm) thirty year old, is doing every step I can to enhance my life. I don’t want to just be alive everyday— I want to live, fully. Diet: check. Sunshine: check. Positive environment: check. Self awareness: mostly. Self care: I tinke I can. (I’m so funny, I know).

Oh and it comes in pink and grey too, but blue is supposed to be calming, right? 😉 Let me know if you try one out, we can buddy up! 🙂 Have a wonderful and healthy monday, friends!


  1. So sorry that you're still having problems with your wrist, I do hope it starts to heal soon. I know how scary injuries can be, especially when there are so many questions. But the human body has an amazing capacity to heal itself, and you are very healthy, so everything is on your side. The gizmo is intriguing, I dread to think what it would tell me at certain times of the day. I need to work on eliminating stress and anxiety a bit I think! CJ xx

  2. The Tinke looks really need for keeping track of health, I could really use that. I truly hope that you start feeling better after all of these doctors appointments and such – no one deserves to go through that. Feel better 🙂

    Brooke | brookewrote

  3. What a neat little device! I've only seen the polar watch, which sounds like a similar idea, but this is pretty cool too!!
    ~ Samantha