Year in Google Search: What was Trending in 2017

Year in Google Search:  What was Trending in 2017

This is GENIUS. So revealing about the world and what we’re most intrigued, worried and entertained by. On many levels, 2017 was a TOUGH YEAR.

  • Based on this list, people sought out survival information e.g. on hurricanes (how to board up windows) as well as other natural disasters (e.g. how do wildfires start).
  • Besides floods and fires, we googled shootings, refugees, North Korea, nuclear war, building the wall.
  • We are also insatiably curious about sex scandals with top searches for Matt Lauer, Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey.
  • Political awareness is through the roof as is involvement in elections (e.g. how do you make protest signs).
  • “How” is the way the majority of searches start. Highly recommend scrolling down to watch the video below – 2 minutes well spent.

One item on the list totally caught me off guard:

  •  SLIME. Who would have thought How to Make Slime would come in as a #1 search item?
  • In researching further, I found the internet’s obsession with slime has nothing to do with Nickelodeon (as I had thought) but instead with slime as a Thai stress relief product.

Per High Snobiety:

  • There are 6 million Instagram posts tagged #slime as well hundreds of YouTube tutorials – some with over 18 million views teaching you how to make your own goo.
  • Teenage girls almost exclusively run the slime market. They serve both as trendsetters and businesswomen when it comes to slinging their goo mixtures for roughly $7-10 per tub.
  • Check out Prim Pattanaporn’s Instagram account SparklyGoo. At 23, she’s a grande dame of slime, with other creators being as young as 11. Videos on SparklyGoo give you a good look at the product and why it’s so fascinating for people.

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Health Trends for 2018: Never Too Old To Get Healthy. Merry Xmas!!

Health Trends for 2018: Never Too Old To Get Healthy. Merry Xmas!!

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Because good health is the BEST gift you can give yourself. It’s better than anything you might find boxed up under a tree. And although sickness strikes randomly there is also a lot we can do for ourselves to increase our chances of leading healthier, longer, better lives.



Fascinating study from the University of Michigan exploring what distinguishes the healthiest people over-65 vs. those not so healthy.

  • A graduate degree was the biggest differentiator between those in excellent health vs. those in poor health.
  • Other major differentiators were wealth and race.

What I found so intriguing about this new study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, is how they flipped the script.

  •  In the past, when measuring changes in health over time, researchers would always focus on the sick and disabled.
  • With this study, however, they focused on older Americans who have managed to stay in excellent health.
  •  It isn’t necessarily more comprehensive, but it does provide new perspective and unique insights into how Americans manage to stay healthy.

Lead author Matthew Davis, assistant professor in the University of Michigan School of Nursing explained:

  • “Prior to our work, little was known about healthy older adults. Our argument is that using poor health as a measure of population health is analogous to making conclusions about the economy based only on the poverty rate.”

If this subject is of interest, read more here.



Walking just 30 minutes a day will go a long way toward making you healthier, extend your lifespan and potentially save you from heart disease.

People in the 7-year study who met the physical activity guidelines:

  • Were 30% less likely to die during the time of the study
  • 20% less likely to develop heart disease
  • You don’t even have to go to the gym. Walking or biking to work or taking the stairs all count towards the physical activity guidelines.
  • Link for more from Live Science here.


Read on below for an update on arthritis (my personal nemesis) including info on Kittie Weston-Knauer, the 69 year old female BMXer who just had both her hips and both her knees replaced in a 12 month span and is right back on her bike. Impressive!!

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Want to Hang With the Ultra-Wealthy? Here are Their Top Spots Per Wealth-X

Want to Hang With the Ultra-Wealthy? Here are Their Top Spots Per Wealth-X


Most interesting discovery  – Wealth-X  – a company that tracks where the ultra-wealthy have homes, whether it’s their primary residence or a second or third home.

The report cites the cities where you’re most likely to rub shoulders with the ultra wealthy. Number #1 on the list is Monaco where the density of the rich is at its peak.

The report also looks at the places where the wealthy buy the most real estate. Topping that list is my city, New York.

While most of us find it a pleasant pastime to fantasize about such a lifestyle, tracking and pitching the ultra-rich is a serious business for the sellers of luxury goods as well as for fundraisers and portfolio managers.

Per Fortune Magazine, Wealth-X (and its competitors) are used by most large global banks, most Ivy League schools, every yacht manufacturer, many high-end retailers and an increasing number of casinos.

Read on below for Wealth-X’s synopsis of their own findings. If this is of interest, I highly recommend you also read Real Deal’s take on it. Fascinating to explore the tribal movements of the ultra-wealthy around the globe.

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GET INSPIRED: What to Read, Eat, See and Experience in 2018

GET INSPIRED: What to Read, Eat, See and Experience in 2018


JP Morgan’s #NextList2018 inspired me to develop my own recommendations of outstanding books, restaurants, and travel destinations.

Today’s post celebrates the best of the traveling, learning and exploring I’ve done this year. Here’s to the most unforgettable restaurants, art installations, books, and global destinations!!

In putting together the list, one key theme kept emerging: NORDIC!! But more on that later.

I want to start with my most important re-discovery: READING

  •  Even as a child, I was an avid reader. Over the last several years it had dropped off my radar until my friend, Nick Belperio got me back on track.
  • Also, EVERY single business leader or entrepreneur I admire has been a voracious reader: Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett, Mark Cuban, Elon Musk, Oprah Winfrey.
  • And it’s not just any kind of reading. They read to learn and for self-improvement. Few read purely for entertainment.

As the Harvard Business Review notes: For those who want to lead, read!!


My #1 book of the year is Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss.

Look forward to tearing into this book each evening to learn more about each of the 137 people interviewed. Each mentor was asked the same 11 questions but these three are the most revelatory:

  • How has a failure set you up for a later success?
  • What advice would you give to a college student about to enter the “real world”? What advice should they ignore?
  • What books have greatly influenced your life?

This last question is building up my reading list for 2018. The book I am now most curious to read is Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (Yuval Noah Harari)


Read on below for my top restaurant, art and travel finds for 2018.

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Health Update: 9 Weeks in with MBT, Down 8 lbs, Feeling Fantastic!

Health Update: 9 Weeks in with MBT, Down 8 lbs, Feeling Fantastic!


My last post on my weight loss journey was on November 5th and I had lost 4 lbs in 20 days.

  •  Now, after 9 weeks (including Thanksgiving and numerous holiday parties), I’m down 8 lbs.
  • I have another 4 lbs to go (or potentially 9) depending on how far I want to take this.

The only reason I’m not giving MBT  my full 100% endorsement YET is that I want to have a lengthier experience with it. I want to make sure it’s a sustainable weight loss before I recommend it to one and all.

That said, I love the program so far and am fairly confident that my brain is being re-wired to reflect this new way of thinking about food. The experience reminds me of how my gym habit gradually developed – from never wanting to go, to now when I can’t imagine living without my early morning workout.

Read on below for more on MBT and what works for me. Also, changes I’ve made to my approach to food. And finally, stumbling blocks I have yet to fully overcome.

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#TravelTuesday: Top Travel Trends for 2018

#TravelTuesday: Top Travel Trends for 2018

#TravelTuesday: Petra, Nat Geo Around The World Trip


Two major trends I’m tapping into this week:

Trend 1.  #TravelTuesday, a top twitter hashtag, I will be using for the next couple of weeks and will report back on how it is impacting engagement.

Trend 2.  Travel is a top priority per the excellent new study from Synchrony Financial and the Atlantic (especially for the 50+ crowd and millennials).

Here are 3 highlights from the study:

1. Americans want to DO something, not just see something.

  • Travel for those in their 50s and 60s is all about doing and learning.
  • Millennials are traveling for longer periods of time—and trying to learn something from each trip
  • People are looking for experiences that are authentic and meaningful.

2. Our purchase patterns reflect the types of trips we’re taking.

  •  Traditional luggage sales are down —even as travel has grown—but backpack sales are way up.
  • Tour companies report a spike in sales of experience packages, such as Italian cooking courses. Conversely, sales of traditional multi-city European jaunts are dropping.

3. We’re traveling further, more often and to more remote places

  • The number of international flights booked by Americans increased by more than 4000% between 1950 and 2015.
  • We’re spending more time in places that are less similar to home
  • Over the past two decades, travel from the United States to Europe has increased by 47% but travel to most other regions has seen larger gains. Travel to the Middle East, for example, has risen by 406%.

Read on below for more travel trends for 2018 including info on transformative and isolation travel, hotel design trends and 5 top hospitality trends.

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NORDIC POLE WALKING: Expect to See More of This!

NORDIC POLE WALKING: Expect to See More of This!


Over the last couple of months I’ve seen small groups of people (Europeans?) strutting down the Bowery with their Nordic poles.

Didn’t give it much thought until this week, when I saw not only more Nordic pole walkers but, in another first, a very fit young couple on SpikeBoards (like longboard skateboards but instead of kicking off with their feet, they were each using a gigantic Nordic pole that looked almost like a golf club).

Of course, I had to investigate. This is what my research turned up:

Nordic pole walking is, according to some experts, the fastest growing fitness activity in the world.

  • Over 10 million enthusiasts regularly take part in what was originally used by cross country skiers in Finland as a way to stay fit during the summer.
  • It is highly popular in countries such as Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, the U.K., Germany and Canada.
  • According to recent statistics, 2 million Germans and 1.5 million Finns are regular Nordic walkers.
  • It is especially popular with women.

It is still in its infancy in North America. I did, however, find the American Nordic Walking Association (cool website, here).

  •  Nordic pole walking is highly recommended for people 55-plus who have joint problems but still want to be fit and active and get a great workout.
  • Using poles offloads weight from hips, knees and lower spine, and into the upper body, making it ideal for those with arthritis or lower back pain, or those easing back into activity after surgery.
  • It burns 20% more calories, and engages over 50% more muscles, than regular walking.
  • It is recommended by both the Arthritis and Parkinson’s Foundations as well as by physical therapists and sports medicine experts .

Read on below for more on the relatively new sport of SpikeBoarding. Invented in 2010 by Enrique Cubillo, it is being watched by many who believe it has the potential to become the next big sport.

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Top Causes of Death Worldwide: Obesity, Conflict and Mental Illness

Top Causes of Death Worldwide: Obesity, Conflict and Mental Illness



A bit morbid for a Sunday topic? Perhaps. But I am curious to see what is in the Global Burden of Disease study.

The report examines the state of the world’s health by estimating average life expectancy as well as the number of deaths, illnesses and injuries from more than 300 causes.

Patterns of global health are changing but a “triad of trouble” including obesity, conflict/terrorism and mental illness is holding back progress around the world.

Read on below for the 9 stats that caught my attention as well as for the link to the full Live Science article.

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