Accessories – Can They Save You Money?

Maybe you are using accessories to enhance your look, or maybe you are not –  either way – by watching the following video I recently made with Andrea Pflaumer you will certainly learn a few tricks.

I hope you enjoyed watching it and if you have any questions or have something to add we did not know, please leave a comment.

Never forget –A Smile Changes Everything!

Brigitte

Making Your Will?

Yes, I read AARP/Bulletin (sometimes) from cover to cover, as I did with the last issue and I found this and I cannot resist the urge to share it.

 

I hope it never comes to this but then one never knows how much Facebook is going to own us!

Never forget – A Smile Changes Everything!

Brigitte

Looking for a Place to Retire?

Why Is Stuttgart, Germany, the Least Stressful City in the World?

Stuttgart, Germany.
Stuttgart, Germany.

Photo: Alamy

Despite not appearing in any part of Eat, Pray, Love, Stuttgart, Germany—a small city sandwiched between Munich and Paris—is the least stressful metropolis on earth, according to a new study.How exactly did Stuttgart, which is home to not one, not two, but three luxury car companies, claim that top spot? Plenty of green spaces, good mental health, and strong family purchasing power (or, the amount of goods or services that money can buy. TL;Didn’t take Econ 101 in college—the economy is good.)However, we’d like to nominate one other factor that wasn’t included in the official chart: wine. Stuttgart’s smack dab in the middle of Germany’s wine district and even has a bunch of vineyards within city limits. That means wine, good wine, all the time.

Because, dear friends, guess what makes up for meh weather, Stuttgart’s worst-scoring category? Lots of wine to forget you’re in a cold, dark winter that’s like one of those medieval crusher things, but for your soul. And what’s the tradeoff for a place with mediocre-at-best public transportation (Stuttgart’s second worst?) More wine. But also, beer! Because turns out, they’ve got a lot of those too!

But there must be something else in the German water–or, erm, economic and social planning—because three German cities made the list: Hanover, Munich, and Hamburg (somehow, we think being the location of Prince George’s utterly adorable helicopter ride has something to do with it.

Germany’s got the strongest economy in Europe at the moment, so that no doubt boosts some of these towns up in the rankings. After all, when business is strong, there’s more money to buy wine with!

And Never Forget – A Smile Changes Everything!  – with or without wine

A New Purpose – Writing A Book?

 

We have all heard someone  say,  “Oh, you should write a book!” And maybe you have thought about writing your memoirs – but doubting if anybody would be interested holds you back. Your family would certainly be curious, because they don’t know ALL ABOUT you.

How to start is always the hardest part, but help is in sight.

If you are receiving the AARPBulletin (and who doesn’t?) there is an article Tell The STORY of your life (September 2017 issue)giving step by step instructions and information how to go about it.

If you decide to leave this legacy for your kids and grandchildren it won’t only benefit them, but it will give you a purpose for getting up every morning, for being counted, for not feeling isolated or left behind – and at the end of that road you will leave part of you for posterity in the heart of those who loved you.

So the first step is reading the article in AARPBulletin – starting on page 34 – I hope it will inspire you

And Never forget — A Smile Changes Everything

Brigitte

Growing Older, Getting Happier

This is a very positive take on growing older and I wanted to share it with you. Hope these facts make you Happier too.

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Growing Older, Getting Happier
By Nicholas Bakalar
August 24, 2016 4:00 pm August 24, 2016 4:00 pm 48

Older people tend to be happier than younger people, and their happiness increases with age, a study in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry reports.

Researchers contacted 1,546 people ages 21 to 99 via random telephone calls and found that older age was, not surprisingly, tied to declines in physical and cognitive function. But it was also associated with higher levels of overall satisfaction, happiness and well-being, and lower levels of anxiety, depression and stress. The older the person, the study found, the better his or her mental health tended to be.

The researchers used well-validated scales to assess mental health, although the study relied on self-reports and was a snapshot in time that did not follow an individual through a lifetime.  Other studies have found similar results linking advancing age and higher levels of happiness.

The reasons for the effect remain unclear, but the senior author, Dr. Dilip V. Jeste, a professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, had some suggestions.

“Brain studies show that the amygdala in older people responds less to stressful or negative images than in a younger person,” he said. “We become wise. Peer pressure loses its sting. Better decision-making, more control of emotions, doing things that are not just for yourself, knowing oneself better, being more studious and yet more decisive.

“This is good news for young people, too,” he added. “You have something to look forward to.”

And Never forget – A Smile Changes Everything!

Brigitte

 

Take a Taxi – Don’t Walk

Believing that even sad events can teach us something I want to share the upsetting news that hit me this week. Filled with sadness I realized that it was a kind of wake-up call. A wake-up call, not just for me, but it should be for every older person who has been told – and we hear this advice very often – be careful how much money you spend because you don’t want to outlive your money.

A scary thought for sure, but how can we be certain it is not our money that out lives us?

No, nobody knows how long we are here and what the future holds. And keeping this in mind we should be more generouss with ourselves! Don’t deprive yourself – buy that new dress – take that trip – go out for dinner with your friends – take a taxi if the bus doesn’t come – do whatever makes your daily life more enjoyable without feeling guilty. And saying this I know that most of us won’t go overboard, but we do deserve a few extra treats.

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When I got the sad news, and before I could accept the reality, I was sitting again with my friend Joan on her porch during the long weekend I had spent with her just a month ago. Her laughter, her joie de vivre was infectious. She was telling me how she looked forward to her trip to Turkey in September, and had some funny stories about her skiing trip to Whistler, B.C. with her grandson. and that she was going on a hiking trip to the  Adirondack next week. Kayaking was part of her like life too, boundless energy.  We had a busy, physically demanding weekend with parties, time on the beach, walks and debates about life. Her life looked like it had a long way to go; she was only in her early 70s. With her unshakeable optimism she told me that now, being partly retired, she was looking forward to ticking of items on her bucket list one by one.

It was not meant to be – Joan died last week.

 

 

….and all her dreams and hopes for the future are being buried with her today.

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Writing this and remembering the way she was always ready to help others I feel like she leaves us with a message which I want to pass on by telling you a little anecdote

A friend of mine asked her father on his deathbed if he had any regrets about his life and he answered: “Yes, I regret that I didn’t take more taxis!”

Don’t let the taxis in your life pass you by  — instead take the ride while you can.

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Joan – may the angels enjoy your laughter as much as I did.

Brigitte

 

 

 

Harper’s Bazaar On Line – An Eye Opener

 

Do you subscribe to Harper’s Bazaar? No! Are you missing out on seeing what the latest trends are, what people are buying, what people are wearing – not to worry.

Harper’s Bazaar has a website called  wwwShopBAZAAR.com where every week new items are shown – clothing, shoes, bags, accessories, jewelry – which you can buy on line – but if the prices shock you – they surprise me too – it will at least show you what people buy and what is out there – it will keep you in the loop. Have fun browsing.

And Never forget – A Smile Changes Everything!

Brigitte

 

http://www.ShopBAZAAR.com

 

Intermission Story (9) – A Special Woman — When Women Inspire

Originally posted on Pacific Paratrooper: Last December the world lost a very special person, Florence Ebersole Smith Finch, (101). Florence Ebersole Smith Finch, USCGR Coast Guard SPAR decorated for combat operations during World War II By William H. Thiesen, Ph.D. U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area Historian Of the thousands of women who have served with honor…

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