Thursday, November 30, 2017

Spent $200 on a DNA test - 23andME

For most of my life I have been fascinated with the notion of finding out where I came from. By that I mean, my ancestry, my bloodline, my DNA. I knew that I was at least HALF Romanian, since that is where my Mom came from when she was 9. But I was less clear on what my Dad's side had. I was told, English/Irish, French/German, and in the more recent years a little bit Spanish-Mexican. 

This July, after much research for the best DNA kit, I caved and purchased the Health + Ancestry Kit from 23andMe, for $199 + Shipping... YIKES. I got the kit because reviews said it gave the customer a more in depth DNA reading when it came to Ancestry on the map, and much more details about Health/Wellness/Traits. 

***There is a sale right now for the Holidays 2017 www.23andme.com ***

The kit came relatively quickly, I spit in the tube 45 minutes after I got it in the mail, Registered my kit online, and shipped it back to the lab within an hour. The process was quick and painless. The only thing I had to do was then WAIT. I think that is the most "Painful" process of this whole thing. 

Late July- Early August, I was visiting Romania for the first time ever. It was the first time ever even leaving the United States! (Except that one time I went to Tijuana when I was 9 years old, but that in no way counts) My Mom hadn't been back since she left, so it was going to be a HUGE reunion, and an emotional one at that. One night on my trip I decided to check out the 23andMe website to see if my results had arrived. THEY DID! What I found out was pretty surprising, and some information not so surprising at all! 


THE BREAKDOWN:

Below is the breakdown percentage of the Ancestry Composition. I have highlighted the categories in DNA I knew, or was told I had from each parent, along with new information I found out all together.



So, I knew there was the English/Irish - French/German bloodline, I found out that Iberian was "Spanish" and that Native American could basically mean Mexican (Since that was where my Great Grandma on my Dad's side was from.) So it was pretty cut and dry with my Dad's side, and I was pretty much told the right information growing up. 

It gets interesting with my Mom's side though. 
Now, Romania is a HUGE melting pot of peoples from all over Europe. You have Greeks, Turks, Italians, Russians, Ukrainians, Hungarians, all mixed in one country, since it was a big crossing point from Here to There, throughout the countries of Europe. "Balkan" represents Romania, but you can see I am only 16.5% so it can only mean that my relatives from Romania weren't fully "Romanian" and that there was some Italian, Turkish mixin' going on.. I mean Love is Love right? Hey, I'm not judgin! But that has to account for the random East Asian percentage that I was NOT expecting at all! It turns out that Yakuts are Turkish people who live throughout Russia near Lake Baikal. And it looks like it happened eons ago since I am barely .1%. My Mom could even maybe potentially have some of the French/German bloodline too since those countries are in close proximity to Romania, and there are a lot of Germans who occupy it.

The cool thing about 23andMe is they also provide a speculated timeline for you. See below:


Im still waiting for my mom to take the 23andMe test. I am excited to see what I will  discover when she does. 

HEALTH AND TRAITS:

A super cool, and major selling point of the 23andMe kit, was the trait and wellness results. I found a lot of these results to be very fun and surprising! 


Interestingly enough I am predisposed to weigh more than average, and yet still have the muscle composition common in Elite Power Athletes (which I thought was SUPER cool) However, I weigh a lot less than the average woman my height, with my DNA background.  ME: 5'7" 129lbs - AVERAGE WOMAN: 5'7" 159lbs. 

Going to Romania was a great learning experience. I learned a lot about heritage and the people in general. A majority of the people do hard labor jobs, Farming, Building, etc. But a lot of them are very overweight. I think that accounts for the result of my genetic weight. However, my dietary restrictions and lifestyle, I think has a big part to play in why I am a lower weight than "average". I don't eat red meat, I eat healthy, rarely any fast food, etc. But if I only disciplined myself to workout 2 - 3+ times a week, I could have my ideal body. 

The elite power athlete aspect makes a lot of sense to me. My dad was extremely athletic in high school (he also got the same power athlete result on 23andMe, but is not predisposed to weigh more). I didn't workout much growing up, but I was very active. As I got older I didn't workout much or eat very healthy for that matter, but I still looked like I had a very athletic physique. Im getting older and I know that it wont last, so seeing this really motivates me to kick it into gear and get the abs I've always wanted. 


When you go the 23andMe Health + Ancestry route, your DNA can potentially hold variants that can effect your health in future. 

It turns out I had 2 variants of AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION. Which means I could potentially lose my eyesight the older I get. Its a scary thing to look up, but I am glad I know that I am at higher risk of getting it. There is no cure, but there are things you can try to do to slow it down. I will be bringing this result to my eye doctor to talk more about this. 

Overall, I am very happy with my results and experience with 23andMe. It is eye opening and educational. I learned more about myself and am happy for it. I told my dad about it and he took the test. I am going to grab a few for my family members, and even boyfriend this holiday to get them started, and to link them to my family tree. I love learning more and more about the people I love, and I think the more one person knows about themselves, the more empowering it is for them.

Check out the kits at 23andme.com - I believe there are some discounts for the Holidays so you don't have to pay as much as I did. 



Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Why Don't I Have Everything I Want?!



If you're like me you often times ask yourself "WHY DON'T I HAVE EVERYTHING I WANT?" and by everything I want, I mean:

  • A ridiculous amount of money
  • Not having to work
  • A passport full with traveling adventures
  • A nice house with a walk in closet, gourmet kitchen, and infinity pool.....
You get the picture.

When I get that deep in thought I really put myself into the process of having everything my heart desired. Then, I begin to get somewhat depressed. Not because I don't have all of those things, but because I realize that I would go crazy and end up being extremely unhappy if I had all of them.

Why You Ask? "How could you think that?" "Money would make me soooo happy!"

Well yea, the initial emotion I would have would be happiness. Extreme happiness!

I would travel the world! Try new things. Buy a few homes. Make sure my family was taken care of. Buy my dream closet, with all the clothes, shoes, and accessories I have dreamed about. Drive a baller car. I wouldn't have to work anymore. I wouldn't have to stress.

But when all is said and done, and you have visited every last place on earth. Purchased every last material thing you could possibly want. Then what?

Wouldn't life become boring? Wouldn't you run out of things to do?

You could potentially turn to drugs and alcohol making you happy.
You become unmotivated. Depressed.
Miserable to be around because you literally have nothing to complain about, so you start complaining about the colors of Starbucks cups during the holiday season...

See where I am getting at?

You don't need to be a millionaire to be happy. In fact according to FORBES the "Happiness Salary" is $75,000 a year! YES, that is still an extremely difficult salary to acquire. But it proves my point.

I'm not saying you're not allowed to want things. Hell, I still want those things on my list. But you don't NEED to have them to be happy.

Be thankful for what you have!!

Be thankful for:

  • Your relationships (significant other, family, friends, God)
  • Waking up in the country where you are free to do as you please (for the most part)
  • A VAST selection of food & restaurants to choose from on the daily basis
  • Your health
  • Your job (unless they're treating you like crap, in that case, leave that job)
  • Another day to start new
I hope this helps you if you're feeling low. There is so much to be happy about!




Wednesday, September 23, 2015

#OOTD - Nailed it!


What better way to show off these vintage staple Giorgio Armani pants, than with a giant nail sculpture?

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Don't Trust the Hype: Benefit "They're Real Push-Up Eyeliner"

This review is long over-due.

A few months ago Benefit came out with "THEY'RE REAL PUSH UP EYELINER", and everyone went bonkers over it and bought themselves one. I followed close suit, and purchased one myself. Being a frequent Cat-Eye "repper" I thought this product would make my life easier. 

 Behold!

Upon opening the packaging, I would say that the product looks very cute, and very sturdy. 
 I couldn't wait to try it out as soon as I yanked it out of the box!

 I read directions and started to turn the bottom to help the product come out of the top. It takes about 30 twists for stuff to come out! If you turn it too much, you have an excess amount of eyeliner slowly oozing out as well.. so that is CON #1

#2 Upon putting the product on my eyelid, it was very THICK. The product, along with the rubber angle "brush" would pull on my skin and would not apply smoothly. There were spots and streaks. And when you have blond lashes like me, this is not an acceptable option. I had to apply a different eyeliner to coverup the spottiness, because if you apply too much of this it turns into a cakey mess.


Pros:
LASTS ALL DAY

In Conclusion, if you wish to blow $25 dollars on a "precision" eyeliner, I would not recommend purchasing Benefit Push-Up Liner.

I would lean more towards KAT VON D Tattoo Liner. It is less expensive and very easy to apply. 

Thanks For Reading!!

XOXO