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Goodbye 2011. What I Will Change in 2012?

On this, the next to last day of 2011, I’m looking back as well as forward to see what I might do differently in 2012.I heard on the radio yesterday that losing weight is not in the top three for resolutions any more.Instead reading more, traveling more, and volunteering more are the new top resolutions.

Well, since I’m halfway through writing my own book and just got a Kindle for Christmas, I’d have to agree with the first one.I also love to travel and have visited nine other countries and gone around the world.I’d love to add more to that total.But I think I’d change the last resolution slightly. In 2011, I volunteered six hours a week for the American Cancer Society.I ran in charity 5Ks.I worked in a soup kitchen, sent items to soldiers and pajamas to orphans and donated to several charities. I helped lead an American Cancer Society Relay for Life team for my church and raised donations on my own.I gave food and money to food banks. I sponsored a child in Africa and sent Christmas …

Experience Will Tell

I’m fighting a cold today and definitely feeling under the weather so my blog will be shorter than usual.I read somewhere once that people enjoy and remember experiences more than gifts.It makes sense. I will have forgotten who gave me a scarf for Christmas three years ago, but I won’t forget when my husband and I went parasailing last summer.

So I’m about to share a great place you can buy one of a kind experiences.I couldn’t end the giving season of the year without mentioning CharityBuzz.Now, you can give an exciting experience to your loved one that cannot be found in any store.The great thing about it is that the money you spend on the experience will also go to a charity.

What kind of experiences are available? Meet and greets with celebrities and sports figures, trips of a lifetime, concerts, cooking classes and consultations with a professional life coach or famous designer are just a few of the items up for bid. It’s all done in an auction format.Items are also for sale such …

10 Last Minute Gifts That Don’t Require Shipping

Christmas is getting closer but it’s not too late to do something to make a difference this holiday.The unique items below can be given with the best intentions—to help others.You can also send the notice of the present by email or in many cases, you can print out your own card to hand to your friend or family member.

Sight for the Blind in Nepal from Alternative Gifts International- $110 pays for lens implant surgery for one person or $33 pays for equipment, training, or outreach for an eye care clinic.

Soccer Ball for Needy Children from Compassion International - $13 pays for soccer balls and sport camps for kids who wouldn’t otherwise be able to play. A llama from Heifer International – A share is $20 while a whole llama is $150.Heifer provides all kinds of animals from chicks to water buffalo to families that can use them to generate income and useful resources for the family.

Crickets from Mercy Corps International – for $33, they provide a meal for chickens and a small business fo…

Slaves In Our Midst

I’m reading a book called Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.It’s about women the world around being stolen, raped, trafficked and abused.It’s also about their successes getting free from their captors, getting an education and turning their situations around. It’s a very inspiring book.

The United Nations International Labour Organization reports that at least 12.3 million people around the world are slaves.Other nonprofit groups like Free the Slaves say that there are 27 million slaves in the world. Last Friday was the United Nations International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, marking the date in 1949 when the UN adopted a resolution for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others.

The UN explains the different types of slavery like this. “Forced labour takes different forms, including debt bondage, trafficking and other forms of modern slavery. The victims are the most vulnerable – women and girls forced into pr…

World AIDS Day

Because this blog comes out on Friday, I wasn’t able to write about World AIDS Day on the actual day, which was yesterday.But fighting AIDS isn’t a one day event.This is the 30th year since AIDS was discovered. According to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 34 million people worldwide are living with HIV/AIDS, two million of which are children. Some of the organizations that fight AIDS on a daily basis are:

Aids.org AIDS United
America Social Health Association
Avert
Bailey House
Elton John AIDS Foundation
Gay Men’s Health Crisis
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatrics AIDS Foundation
Keep A Child Alive
Project Hope

The theme for World AIDS Day this year is 'Getting to Zero.'That stands for zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. If you want to be a part of doing that, you can do something tangible by donating to the 2015 AIDS quilt.It includes more than 94,000 names of people who have donated and created a panel for the largest ongoing community art project i…