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Get Inspired: Inspirational Women of 2007

By tomorrow, the confetti will have been tossed, the ball will have dropped, and the champagne bottle will have been popped as we say good riddance to 2007 and welcome 2008 which open arms. A Get Inspired blog would not be complete without revisiting those women who made it happen’ in ’07, right? We’ll jog our memories of a few women, in different lifestyles from TV, to music, to film, to politics.

Get Empowered: Will Your Resolutions This Year Fly or Flop?

Will your resolutions this year fly or flop?

OMG of the Day: Jamie Lynn Adds More to the Scandal

I’m sure by now we’ve all heard about 16-year-old Jamie Lynn Spears, the younger sister of singer Britney Spears, and how she has announced that she is pregnant. It’s not so much that she’s a teen mother-to-be that is so scandalous, but that she is a popular role model for tweens and younger girls who

Get Empowered: Is fat the new thin?

I have always been the girl who could eat whatever she wanted – greasy McDonald’s French fries accompanied by a quarter-pounder with cheese, funnel cakes at the fair, triple-scoop ice cream cones. At a mere 4’10”, I count my lucky stars that my metabolism is lightning-fast. I do realize; however, that not everyone can consume

Get Inspired: The Idealist.org Guide to Nonprofit Careers

In today's market, more and more college grads are wanting a a career where they feel they can make a difference and are choosing to work for nonprofit organizations. Working for a nonprofit can be challenging, stressful, hectic, and usually pays considerably less than working in the corporate sector, but can also be extremely rewarding.

Get Inspired: The Truth About Change

In a few days, we'll drink champagne, watch the ball drop, and swear off carbs at midnight. The next day, there will be more debt management commercials, and Weight Watchers will offer some sort of no joining fee promotion. Gym memberships will flourish, and people will buy more cleaning supplies and less ice cream. It will be the start of a new year, an opportunity for a fresh slate, and for bulk amounts of change.

I'm not such a fan of change. I used to cry every time I got my haircut, because no matter how good it looked, I didn't look the same after it was cut. I have the same friends and I like the same traditions carried out the same way, year after year. Sometimes, I get restless for a change of scenery, but I always make sure it can be reversed, just in case.

The truth about change is that it happens on days other than January 1st. It comes in the form of haircuts, break-ups, weather, and weddings. It normally hits you when you least expect it and people like me don't really like it because change is often out of our control. The change itself isn't necessarily the enemy, it's your reaction to it. You can't change change, but you can change your attitude toward circumstances.

Sit down and make a list of changes you'd like to see in 2008. Then, separate the list by changes you can control (exercising, getting organized..etc) and changes that are out of your control (global warming, your parents' divorce, Jamie Lynn Spears..). Write down how you plan to change those things that are in your control and how you can improve your attitude towards things that you cannot change.

January 1st isn't a cure-all bad habit reverser, but it is a nice time to start over. If you're life is going fabulously, it won't be reversed in 2008. Me? I'm looking for some good changes, come 2008. As far as the rest of 2007 is concerned, I'll stick to changing my clothes, changing my mind and pocket change.

Health Nut: Food Labels Continue to Confuse Consumers

As I put the holiday Ritz crackers out to accompany the cheddar cheese this holiday season, I noticed something. The Ritz were really salty. Of course, these delectable crackers have never been low in sodium, but I was still shocked. Turns out, we got the multi-grain crackers. While the multi-grain crackers are made with a

Get Inspired: A little goes a long way…

Ah, it's Christmas morning...uh okay technically it's a Christmas afternoon but it's okay. We must've opened our presents by now - either by ripping the carefully packaged wrapping into shreds or buy pulling the tape apart slowly and deliberately. Either way, we've been blessed with so many things this Christmas. But what can inspire us to do the same for others?

Now I don't mean buying gifts for your nasty younger brother. What about a nice hand in the kitchen for your mom? Or even your neighbors - isn't it time that you've gotten to know them? What better way than over a batch of soft baked chocolate chip cookies. It's the holidays of course and nothing else can make you feel better than to see someone's face light up in happiness. Someone other than your family members and friends.

My family has been all gung-ho about tradition these days. My brother (the youngest in the family) is going off to college next year and so my mom is getting a bit sentimental about our younger days. I guess that's why I wasn't surprised when my mom suggested that we as a family go to Washington D.C. for Christmas Eve. She explained that when we were younger, we used to always go to this one Chinese restaurant in Chinatown, eat the same duck, noodle, and shrimp fried-rice dishes, and give some money to the homeless.

Giving money to the homeless? I remember the savory bites of the fried rice but never giving money to the homeless? My mom laughed and said that even I handed a five dollar bill over to a homeless person who was sleeping. Interesting! I wondered how it would go.

After eating a heaping portion of the Chinese food we haven't had in ages, we took a stroll down the street. We saw a homeless person sitting next to the corner of the building. My mom handed me my five dollar bill and I placed it next to the lady. She looked up at us with bright eyes and softly said "God bless you all." I was astounded. Having lived so close to the city all my life, I've always been told to be careful and avoid the homeless on the street corners. This was definitely the first time I've felt a connection between them. The eyes I saw last night after I presented her with the five dollar bill was the same eyes I saw this morning when I gave my parents their Christmas present.

I encourage you all to do something like this. Make your own little tradition! Next year, I plan to help the kitchens with Thanksgiving breakfast in the city. They may seem so different for you at first but maybe you'll be surprised on how similar people can be.

Oh yea, and a Happy Holidays to everyone!

Get Inspired: The Real Life Gossip Girl

Queen of All Media. Gossiper. Drag Queen. Wendy Williams has been called it all. And what does she do? The radio talk show veteran with the big, wispy blond hair, over sized breasts and perfectly-dramatic makeup, proudly labels herself the “Queen of All Media” title,laughs at the drag queen comments and keeps it going. For all the haters and “naysayers” out there, there’s just one thing stopping your judgment - her 20 year-old career.

OMG of the Day: Maury Episode Becomes Cult Favorite

This episode of the popular Maury talk show has people talking! Fifteen-year-old Victoria is set on getting pregnant, having unprotected sex with a multitude of guys over 300 times. It’s not the shock value that attracts so many viewers, but the realization that there are people like her out in the United States is perhaps