I am pleased to share my new page featuring some of my favorite things. My favorites will be updated monthly, weekly or sometimes daily, depending on what I’m reading, watching or experiencing near or far that strikes my fancy. It may be a new product, new book, fun article or helpful resource, or maybe even an inspirational quote that I think post 50 women will find of interest. If you have a favorite you would like to share, leave a comment and I’ll check it out.
A Way To Savor The Memories (May 2018)
Most of us pass our memories down to children and grandchildren through photos and word of mouth, but the real stories may eventually get lost – and along with them, family histories. Writing these stories down may seem daunting at first, but through digital tools, the process can be made simpler, and the final writing collection can be better organized and clearer to its future audience. Beth Carvin, after finding inspiration in stories of her great grandfather’s bar in Boston, founded a new online journaling site (also printable) called Jambios.
Best Summer Vacations in the USA (April 2018)
U.S. News & World Report released its new rankings of the Best Summer Vacations in the USA. The rankings highlight 20 destinations around the country that are ideal for a seasonal getaway. Boston takes the #1 spot on the list. One of my favorite cities, Portland, OR, came in at #5.
Travelers considering international destinations can consult the Best Summer Vacations rankings. I’m excited that the #1 destination is Paris, as I’m headed there this summer! and the #2 spot is Florence, one of my other favorite cities in Italy.
Move More Month Kicks Off In April (April 2018)
Hopefully, the weather will start getting warmer on the east coast so I can start walking outside. This week, Move More Month, an initiative of the American Heart Association (AHA), kicked off to encourage Americans to be more active. To keep up the momentum after Move More Month, the Monday Mile provides an easy opportunity for individuals, friends and families, to begin each week by joining together and walking for health and fun.
According to the AHA, walking a mile can make a difference to your health. The potential health benefits of walking at a moderate pace for at least 30 minutes a day are well established. AHA says that by walking you can improve your cholesterol profile (I better start walking), blood pressure and blood sugar; lower the risk of obesity; feel more energetic; fight stress; and reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and breast and colon cancer. The AHA says it takes the average adult roughly 30 minutes to walk a mile. The CDC recommends adults get 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week, which breaks down to 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
Move It Monday / Monday Mile is an initiative of the nonprofit organization The Monday Campaigns, associated with Johns Hopkins, Columbia and Syracuse universities, which provides free resources to start each week on a healthier track.
TripAdvisor Reveals Top Destinations Around The World (March 2018)
Did you know TripAdvisor®, the travel planning and booking site, just announced the winners of its Travelers’ Choice® awards for Destinations, recognizing travelers’ favorite places around the world? This year, Paris is the global winner and New York City ranks number one in the U.S. for the eighth consecutive year. Bonjour Paris, I’ll be visiting with my BFF L this summer! Read about all the winners and places you’ll want to travel to in 2018.
More About Meaning and Happiness in Old Age (March 2018)
I like to read Jane Brody’s Well column each Tuesday in the Science section of The New York Times. I especially enjoyed last week’s article on “Finding Meaning and Happiness in Old Age,” where she writes about two new books on aging, The End of Old Age by Dr. Marc E. Agronin and Happiness Is A Choice You Make by John Leland (who I’ve quoted before). These are two good books for retirement presents!
A Favorite Quote From The Late Physicist Stephen Hawking (March 2018)
After reading an obituary for the late physicist Stephen Hawking, I was struck by one of his quotes. It’s something I’m going to try to remember each day. What about you?
Stylish Underwear For Bladder Leakage (March 2018)
This is a topic I normally don’t want to write about, however I learned this week that 1 in 3 women suffer from bladder leaks. Plus, after having bladder cancer, I’m all for supporting women’s bladder health! Thankfully I don’t have this issue, but if I did I’d consider ICON, an underwear brand for women of all ages. Launched in 2015, this stylish, pee-proof underwear can hold up to 8 tsp. and includes built-in anti-odor and antimicrobial layers. The brand is also committed to helping sisters around the world, through a partnership with the Fistula Foundation, every pair of ICON sold helps fund life-changing surgeries for women in developing countries. Learn more at iconundies.com.
My Kind of Travel (March 2018)
If you read my blog you may know that one of my favorite cruise lines is Viking – both its Ocean Cruises and River Cruises. Last week, Viking announced that its fourth ocean ship, Viking Sun, was officially named during a spectacular celebration on The Bund, in the heart of Shanghai. The ship is currently sailing Viking’s sold-out 141-day World Cruise from Miami to London, and its stop in Shanghai marks the first time one of Viking’s ocean ships has called in China. Can you imagine traveling around the world on the Viking Sun? You can also join the ship for shorter trips. Check it out here.
Mantras To Calm The Mind and Elevate The Spirit (March 2018)
Being a yogi, I sometimes use mantras to quiet my mind. Mantras are words and phrases you recite and repeat silently when meditating. If you want to try mantra meditation, I recommend a new book called My Pocket Mantras – Powerful Words to Connect, Comfort, and Protect by Tanaaz Chubb. Tanaaz also wrote the book The Power of Positive Energy that I reviewed last year.
Tanaaz says: “Words are powerful and have the ability to shape our thoughts, change our perception, connect with others, and provide comfort in our daily lives.” Her new pocket-sized book provides more than 140 mantras designed to help you shift your mindset in a positive way, including mantras for self-love, healing, success, releasing stress and anxiety, and more.
Here’s one of Tanaaz’s stress-relief mantras:
“I GIVE MYSELF PERMISSION TO LET GO OF WHAT NO LONGER SERVES ME.”
Tanaaz says to: “Recite this mantra five times either out loud or quietly to yourself. For added benefits you can also write down a list of things that you need to release from your life.”