My happy list – The best of 2010

Sesame-Street-I-Love-My-HairWhile it sometimes seems easier to remember the bad – the BP Oil Spill, the earthquake in Haiti, the Kardashians – a lot of great things happened in 2010.  From national stories to personal highs, here are just a handful of the things that made me happy in 2010…

1. My first girlfriend getaway – it was a short car ride away, but it made a world of difference and came just in time

2. Connecting with old friends on Facebook

3. NAVO church – a new, local church that’s opening my eyes to some really great things

4. A Sesame Street dad’s tribute to his daughter’s hair (Image: Still from I love my hair video)

5. As hard as some people fought against it, kids who have preexisting medical conditions can no longer be denied coverage.

6. Between Facebook fans, Twitter followers, email subscribers and visitors to the site, our little community of women and its supporters now number in the thousands.

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It is better to give than to receive…

00402539…especially when what you’re receiving is a last minute gift lifted from a big box store by a mediocre boyfriend. True story.

When I was younger and dumber I dated someone even younger and dumber than I was. He’d been dropping hints like crazy about what he wanted for Christmas – a boxed DVD set of his favorite action movie series. It wasn’t the most expensive gift I’ve ever given anyone, but it wasn’t what I’d call cheap either. His gift to me was. Cheap, that is.

Now I know all the adult concepts surrounding gift giving. It’s the thought that counts, better to give than to receive, yada yada yada. That Christmas, younger and dumber than me got me a CD. Not a CD player, a CD. It was a new release, so I guess I should have been more excited. I wasn’t.

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Five for Friday: The “5 things, 10 minutes Chris Brogan” Edition

00399931Chris Brogan is not a woman. And I’m not sure how old he is, but I’m guessing he isn’t 40 either. But he doesn’t have to be for us to learn from him. Brogan is a New York Times Bestselling author and social media guru and I first mentioned him last week in my I say tomato, you say frittata post.

In the same email I received the “frittata” message, I got this Five in the Morning list courtesy of Chris’ Human Business Works site and I’ve gotten permission from his people to use it as this week’s Five for Friday. It’s five things you can do in ten minutes and it’s a great way to begin rethinking the way you approach productivity in the new year.

1. Write down the three things you MUST move forward on today. Tape it to your monitor. Add it to a notepad file on your computer. Send a reminder to “noon@nudgemail.com” with the three things in the body of the email. (more about nudgemail – not a sponsor).

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Kalin’s Chronicles: The Gift of Travel

Starbucks ready brewAs the holidays approach, you’re probably still rushing around trying to buy gifts for family, friends, colleagues, and clients. Well if any of your receivers are travelers, I’ve got some suggestions for great travel gifts — all under $50.

If you want to give the gift of travel visit www.cheaptickets.com and check out their “Cheap of the Week” destinations, like the Sarah Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for only $25 per night (must travel during specific dates). And for comfort on the plane, give Brookstone’s Travel Flight Kit with a soft, inflatable pillow and eye mask for $30. Or give TravelSmith’s Nylon Pre-board Organizer for quick access to passport, boarding pass, etc. for $16.

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Women at Forty on dating, motherhood and what’s sexy

Friends working togetherEditor’s Note: One of my favorite past posts – your comments on dating, sexiness and motherhood…

We’ve rounded up a few of the comments from the website and Facebook, and here’s what women at forty are saying, and asking, about dating, sexiness and motherhood…

On dating:

OK, so is there a thin line between just friends and dating line at 40? Did it move from when we were in our 20s or 30s? There is this older guy who I enjoy spending time with – dinner, movies, chatting on the phone, etc. He insists that we’re not dating, but he won’t let 24 hours go by without “checking” in. Before you even ask, yes he’s the only guy that I’m spending time with (other guy friends don’t get 10% face time – mostly chat/email or cell buddies) and he says that he could never handle more than one female friend at a time. So back to what started this – just what crosses the line between just friends and dating?

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