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Erasing Personal Data From Your Computer: How-To Tips From Consumer Reports

Today we've got a great article from Nicholas De Leon of Consumer Reports. It's all about removing your personal data from a laptop before getting rid of it. Most importantly when you donate one it is very important. However even if you are throwing it away taking a few minutes to follow the steps below can protect against the next owner accessing photos, financial documents, and other private data once stored on the hard drive. How do you do this? Short of removing the drive altogether, the best solution is to perform what's known as a factory reset. Be Well,Anisa Why Can't I Just Clear Out My Downloads & Log Out of Accounts?… You might think if you do this you're protected but Matt Ham, owner of the service company Computer Repair Doctor, explains that manually purging files isn't enough. "You're likely to forget things like passwords saved in browsers and personal data in the deleted items folder. Or you can miss deleting some important files altogether," he says. "Reinstalling your system before sale is a much safer alternative." In most cases, wiping a computer with a factory reset will be sufficient to safeguard your personal data. So if you're...

Top Retirement Fears and How to Deal with Them

As I prepare for retirement I find myself a bit aprehensive and a little afraid.Turns out I'm not alone. Retirement can be scary for a number of reasons and everyone has different reactions and thoughts.Some people work longer to delay facing those fears, while others put their head in the sand, try not to think about the reasons retirement scares them.It is best to face your fears well before you retire. Doing this can make a huge difference in our golden years.I found this article by Ken Waltzer, M.D. and it tackles six of the most common retirement fears and offers some suggestions for dealing with them.Be Well,Anisa 1. Running Out of Money… This is the first retirement fear that most of my clients express. They worry they will outlive their money, or that high expenses or poor market returns will decimate their savings. For some, these fears are rational. They haven't saved enough and/or are spending above their means. However, even when the data indicate that such fears are unwarranted, they may nonetheless persist. The first step in dealing with this fear is to make a retirement plan. Ideally, one starts the plan well before retirement so that there's...

Ways to Honor a Sibling’s Death on Their Birthday

This Friday is the first time I will not be celebrating my sister's birthday with her. She passed away in September and I still miss her so much.If you subscribed to her Anything Goes newsletter you know all about her.I still find myself picking up the phone to want to call her. I was struggling with what should I do for her birthday and found this interesting article.My first instinct was to try and ignore it but in reading many grief experts say it can be an opportunity to help with grieving process.Psychologist Camille Wortman wrote Getting Through the Holidays: Advice from the Bereaved and she says coming up with ways to honor a deceased loved one can bring a positive focus to a person's grief.Below are some suggestions I culled from various articles.Be Well,Anisa Visit the Grave Site… Pay a visit to your deceased sibling's burial site to honor them on their birthday. The Sutter Health article, "Nurturing Memories/Healing Grief," suggests bringing along items with special meaning to place at the grave site. Prepare a handwritten birthday card to lay at the grave. Fill the card with birthday messages that you would express to they were still in your...

Hiking To Benefit Your Brain!

Hiking is something I have wanted to do. I do it so infrequently that I don't always enjoy it because of how out of shape I am.If I can follow the below advice I think it is a marvelous way to not only get some exercise but to enjoy our gorgeous landscapes! All Exercise Is Good For The Brain… Dementia and Alzheimer's are on the rise. "Several studies show the acute effects of exercise in terms of attention and concentration," explains Dr. Joyce Gomes-Osman, an assistant professor of physical therapy at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and rehabilitation neuroscientist who works with the MindCrowd project researching memory and the brain. The conclusion of many studies? Exercise clearly benefits the brain, even in adults who already experience mild cognitive impairment. "It's direct evidence that exercise can turn back the clock in the brain," she says. Regular exercise supports the health of your blood vessels. Roughly 15 to 20 percent of the blood pumped by your heart goes to your brain, even though your brain takes up only 2 to 3 percent of your body mass. Working out also prevents the loss of total brain volume that happens with...

4 Positive Affirmations to Improve Your Well-Being

Positive affirmations, which are simple statements that you repeat to yourself, can help you reframe the way you think and influence feelings and behavior.While they are not magic bullets, repeating these affirmations for a few minutes daily may help redirect negative thought patterns and boost motivation and self-confidence.Here are 4 positive affirmations to improve your well-being and deepen your connection with your body.Be Well,Anisa 1. I Am Healthy and Strong… Culture tells us that bodies should look a particular way, and so, we can lose ourselves trying to achieve the unattainable. But remember that the old adage holds true: Bodies come in all shapes and sizes. Instead of chasing an arbitrary ideal and a certain appearance, shift your thinking to focus on function. After all, the ideal body is your body at its healthiest state. This affirmation makes use of your brain's neuroplasticity, or its ability to change and adapt. In other words, by repeating this affirmation, your brain may begin to take it as fact. SummaryRepeating the affirmation "I am healthy and strong" may encourage your brain to see it as fact. This can improve your relationship with your body. 2. I Appreciate What My Body Can Do… Focusing...

Here’s How & Why You Should Take inventory Of Your Belongings

This actually came from my insurance agent and I have to admit I never thought of this. If I had thought of it I would've thought it was hard, but it's not!Think about it. Have you ever moved? During the packing stage, have you ever said to yourself, "Wow, I forgot we had that!"Now think about this. If something were to happen to your home and the belongings inside of it were destroyed, could you list every item you own? If you don't think you could do it on a regular day, you probably won't be able to do it under extreme stress after a natural disaster or fire strikes.That's why having a home inventory on file (or even saved in your email) is so important. And don't fret you can actually do it in less than 15 minutes!Be Well,Anisa First Thing…. I always thought I had to to list every item you own, accompanied by serial numbers, purchase costs, how much the item is worth today, pictures, and so on. You Don't! Taking inventory of your home can be so much easier than that because creating a video version of your belongings is more than acceptable! So, what should...

5 Simple Makeup Tips For Mature Women

While makeup will help enhance your natural beauty, it's never meant to cover up or alter the natural movement and expression of who you are.There's beauty and grace in every decade of our lives and there's nothing more beautiful than a woman who wears her age gracefully.Here are my 5 tips to embrace your natural beauty. A simple routine will help you fall in love with your skin again… even at 50, 60, 70 and beyond!Be Well,Anisa 1. Start with a Glowing Base… Cleansing and Moisturizing is an essential strategy for achieving a healthy complexion, especially as we age. Start with a clean face. Apply some hydrating, yet weightless moisturizer. It is important to know that heavy moisturizers can hamper the makeup you apply. You need a right balance between nourishing the skin, and not adding an extra layer that is oily or heavy. And don't forget about your neck! What goes on your face should also go on your neck. Recommended: NR8 Formula - AM/PM Skin Conditioner orAgeless Skin Renewal Serum 2. Cover Up Conservatively… Wrinkles are a part of life and we just can't hide them, so don't try. All you do is draw more attention to them....

Common House Cleaning Mistakes?

Cleaning the house has never been a fun thing for me. My sister loved to clean the house and boy she kept her house immaculate!But even the best of cleaners are probably making some mistakes when cleaning the house. Here are a list of things that many people overlook or don't do.Are you guilty of these? I admit I don't do half of these! It's a good lesson and I will begin to adapt my cleaning efforts to be more effective and safe.Be Well,Anisa Reusing Rags… Have multiple rags handy when you're cleaning your home and avoid reusing the same cloth to wipe down different surfaces. Using a fresh rag will help to contain bacteria and dirt and avoid the spread of germs. Choosing a Sunny Day for Washing the Windows… The warmth of the sunshine quickly evaporates window cleansers, and when the cleanser dries on the window, it can result in streaks. Save window duty for a dreary, overcast day. Plain and simple… you will NEVER use window cleaner againThe secret to streak free windows is easy with these magical cloths! Ignoring the Drains and Disposal… Remember to clean kitchen and bathroom sink drains regularly, and run and refresh...

7 Things Successful Retirees Do Differently

This past month I've worked remotely in Arizona surrounded by people aged 60 to 90. I'm testing the retirement waters!Everyone I spoke with are Snowbirds. They live here in Arizona just during the winter months.I was struck by how happy and healthy they are. Also to do this type of living they need to be financially secure.The question that came to my mind is, how do they do it? Here are habits, approaches and characteristics that can help put you on the track to success in retirement.Be Well,Anisa 1. They've Made End-Of-Life Plans… I learned this important lesson with my mother and when I was still in my early 50's did this. Did you know that only 32% of retirees have designated someone they trust as their medical power of attorney (or medical proxy) in case they can't make medical decisions for themselves? The rest of us are leaving our loved ones' hands tied when it comes to carrying out our wishes if we can't communicate. Likewise, just 30% of retirees have a living will (or advance directive) telling family and health care providers what end-of-life care they do and don't want. Fewer still — 28% — have assigned someone...

7 Things Organized People DON’T Do

Everyone wants to be more organized but most of the time we're just not sure what to do. It really isn't as hard or overwhelming as it seems. You just need a few minutes every day along with a few guiding principles to help you along.One of the things I learned many years ago was the word OHIO… yep like the state but what it means is Only, Handle, It, Once… makes you more efficient AND organized.Below are are some easy do's and don'ts for everyday organized living.Be Well,Anisa 1. Don't: Dump Your Mail… Don't dump your mail on the counter when you first walk in the door. It will continue to collect in piles and drive you nuts. Plus, keeping it unorganized also increases the odds that you'll miss something important. Instead: File and Review Mail by the DoorFind a helpful way to organize your important messages and keep track of things that need action. Try our handy organizer you can DIY to keep your mail from becoming a entryway eyesore. 2. Don't: Put Things Away Without a Plan… Try to avoid stuffing your drawers with random things like batteries, pencils, paper clips and other random bits. If you...