This Bar Saves Lives

First things first.

No, this bar will not give you super powers of super healing abilities. In the heat of an emergency, ThisBar will remain a mere snack food.

On the bright side, having one of these during a snack emergency would be a pleasant experience.

The name of this food refers to the company’s goal of making a charitable donation per purchase.

I picked up both of these at my safe spot – 7-Eleven.

They both looked really good, honesty. Kinda healthy, kinda conscious of the world around us. And the flavors are my favorites – Blueberry/pistachio and cherry/dark chocolate.

The flavors did not disappoint me. Actually, it exceeded my expectations.

First, let’s go over the cherry and dark chocolate flavor.

It was yummy but sweeter than expected. Actually, I’d almost say it was too sweet for me.

I guess I expected the dark chocolate to give it some characteristic bitterness but it was none of that. It was like milk chocolate.

What you can’t see in the picture is that the bar has a coating of chocolate along the bottom of it. That’s good too!

It was pleasantly juicy too. There were real cherries in it and I liked it!

As good as it was, I think I prefer the Blueberry Pistachio flavor.

The whole thing tasted like it was sweetened with blueberry juice! I loved it so much.

When it comes down to it, I did like the Blueberry over the cherry.

The only complaint I have about the Blueberry bar is that it didn’t stay together that well. It was crunchy but still loosely textured.

Bottom line is that these bars are good and worth buying. Their save the world goal also adds to the appeal. Although, honestly, I’d still buy even if they were as selfish as every other company. Lol.

Moving Forward Gracefully

Okay I have a confession to make: lots of this article was written days ago. But it didn’t feel complete.

Maybe it wasnt complete until I had a personal story to share. An example of my own gracefulness.

And I do! This picture:

On this perfect day, I was hanging out, laying in the grass, and talking with 2 of the most amazing people that I know. What a privilege!

And then, it was time to go in. So I stand up and I’m like, “you guys, want to take a selfie?” I open the camera phone.

Neither of these special people want to take a selfie with me! Tf?

So here’s where I had some grace.

If I were insecure I think I’d say nevermind, close the phone, and feel slighted.

BUT. I had grace!

I said, okay I’ll take it by myself. A true self-ie.

I set the 3 second timer, dropped the phone into the grass, and took an amazing picture!

I still love both of those people but I’m actually really glad they didn’t want to take a pic with me because there is no way it would have been as amazing as my solo picture is ๐Ÿ™‚


Moving on –

A graceful presence is often felt before it is recognized. That’s because this positive energy is expressed in a variety of ways.

Treating yourself gracefully is an ultimate form of self-love, kindness, and care. Don’t underestimate the power of grace!

Often times, grace is related to religion. Thanks, in part, to the song Amazing Grace. That’s ironic as that particular song has first person lyrics that don’t resonate with self-respect.

The grace I’m referring to has nothing to do with religious vibrations. Nothing at all. If you’re holding on to that, let it go, ok?

If anything, I guess this is about grace as a behavior.

Grace presents itself in many different forms :

  • It’s a form of kindness
  • Grace is an action
  • Grace is understanding
  • Solid Grace can be extended to others.

In the face of unfortunate situations, Grace will allow you to:

  • Save face
  • Calm others
  • Rise into leadership (when applicable)

Handling Ourselves With Grace

The best way to treat ourselves is with TLC – Tender Loving Care.

Grace is a gift you give yourself when you love yourself.

Generating gracefully energy produces the gift of good energy that comes back to you.

Love is a guitar of energy in our lives. Along with kindness, joy, and laughter – grace is a string that can create a beautiful melody.

The difference with a love guitar is that a sour note can never be played – every combination is harmonious.

Primal Strips Vegan Jerky

So here we go. As a lifelong plant-based gal, I’ve never had meat jerky before. Nope. Not even a Slim Jim.

When I get the “I want something meaty” craving, I’ll probably eat something like a veggie burger straight with no bread or whatever. Vegan jerky definitely has its appeals.

I was at a vegan festival and received this vegan jerky as a free sample. At first the man behind the table was only going to give me one to try but when I told him I do reviews on my website, he loosened up and gave me both!

And I’m so glad he did. Because these 2 Primal Strips gave me 2 vastly different experiences.

One – the Hickory Smoked flavor- was made with soy protein as the number one ingredient.

The other flavor – Mesquite Lime – was made with vital wheat gluten as (in the form of seitan) as the main ingredient.

I have to say, soy is the best protein for this type of product.

The Hickory Smoked Primal Strip had a pleasantly chewy mouth feel. It was meaty and satisfying. The flavor, too, was really pleasant. It was sweet and smoky. I really enjoyed this.

The only thing that would prevent me from buying this one again would be the three different types of soy used to produce this.

Now moving onto the Mesquite Lime flavor, I have to say that I don’t really like it.

The flavor does have a slight tang. It could be okay.
But, it’s not the flavor that’s so unpleasant, it’s more the texture.

Actually, it’s all about the texture.

I don’t use the word “cardboard-y” very often but that’s the first that came to my mind when I attempted to chew this.

It’s fibrous and chewy. It’s like, the more you chew it, the more it stays the same. It does not disintegrate. It’s like Mesquite flavored gum almost!

In conclusion: soy jerky is good. Seitan jerky is not good.

Greatness is a Privilege

Of course we all have greatness inside of us.

We have moments that we feel like we’re winning.

Ever feel like you’re on top of the world? Standing on the globe as if everything heavy is beneath you – nothing but space and air on top of and around you.

Feel the lightness of space.

We stand, or sit, or lie, on top of the world every day of our lives.

How many don’t think about or realize it?

It’s a lot going on in life and sometimes there’s just no time to bask in, or even consider, how great you are.

Getting the opportunity to do what makes you feel great is truly an honor. I, personally, do appreciate it.

What is greatness, tho? It’s way more than confidence. Greatness is:

  • How much consistency and effort was put in and,
  • How your great contribution is received.

A lot of great people don’t know they’re great because they disregard their small victories.

Getting a child ready for school every morning is a super great action, especially when there’s more than one child and they have have to go to school 5 out of every 7 days.

There are millions of everyday examples that could be an Easy Light Source for anyone who needed it – if only you recognized what was going on.

When we stand on the Earth, our vantage points let us see around us.

Get lighter and you can go higher – and see more.

Look down & you’ll understand what life is about. And if you look up you can see places that many people don’t get to be.

If you want to get there, the answer is generating enough charge to propel yourself to where you’d like to be.

A personal note? I find that to be the ultimate hope for… Everything.