How a Data Engineer by Day, Jiujiteiro by Night Spent $1,000 on Wellness

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What if you had $1,000 to spend on your health?

Welcome to Wellness Diaries. In this series, we send readers $1,000 to splurge on any product, service, or experience—as long as it’s something that can enhance health. Any leftover cash is donated to a charity of the diarist’s choice.

This time, we’ve got Talib K., a data engineer, snowboarder, and avid jiu-jitsu practitioner in the Bay Area who deals with insomnia. He spent his $1,000 on Purple sheets, an Arcteryx jacket, and magnesium supplements. 

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Meet Talib!

In addition to data-engineering, boarding, and jiu-jitsu, he’s a fan of his cat and traveling to scenic locations.

Talib’s charity of choice: Leftover funds were donated to Fuzzy Butt Rescue.

Talib K.’s Diary

$450 Arc’teryx Shell

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Arc’teryx Beta LT Jacket (Black Sapphire)

“As a snowboarder, I love to hit the slopes and spend time on the mountain. The drawback is that being in the snow all day with improper gear can cause your clothes to slowly become soaked. This GORE-TEX shell jacket will make sure I stay dry on the mountain and not freeze before I’m ready to pack up for the day!”

$170 Bedsheets

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Purple SoftStretch Sheet Set (True White)

Sleep is incredibly important for me as I struggle with insomnia and struggle to stay at a good temperature and not overheat at night. Having a comfortable set of sheets that can keep me cool at night and are soft enough to help me fall asleep is paramount.”

$50.95 L-Theanine and Magnesium Supplements

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Sports Research L-Theanine and Magnesium L-Threonate

“L-theanine and magnesium are two extremely helpful daily supplements that vastly improve my day-to-day life. Not only does L-theanine help me keep my anxiety at bay, it also helps me relax during a stressful workday.”

$80 Rash Guard

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RVCA VA Sport Long Sleeve Compression Top

“When it isn’t snowboarding season, you can find me doing jiu-jitsu at my local Gracie gym. One of the best pieces of equipment is a good rash guard that can keep my skin from getting pinched.”

$161 Purple Pillow

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Purple Harmony Pillow

“As someone who does jiu-jitsu regularly, I spend a lot of time getting choked and having my neck thrashed around. Coupled with my insomnia, having support for my neck during the night is probably one of the most important things to make sure I get a good night of sleep. This pillow has a gel grid that can give ideal support for my head and neck.”

Total: $911.95

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