Monthly Archives: December 2010

A Note from a Midwest Winter Wonderland

Hi from the snow-covered, picture-postcard-perfect winter wonderland of the midwest! I’m here snuggled up in my parents’ warm house, spending lots of time with my folks and youngest brother (my oldest brother arrives on Friday). I’ve already had family reunions, seen dear friends, taken my dad out on Starbucks outings (his favorite), and spent time with mom shopping for 5 gorgeous children that she “adopted” for the holidays. United Way has a special program to support families in need during the holidays — so as usual, we’re making sure to give this family a Christmas to remember! (I think dad […]

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5 Favorite Ways to Make a Difference

Here are my Top Five Foundations and How You Can Play a Part… 1. CHARITY: WATER Charity: Water is a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. We use 100% of public donations to directly fund sustainable water solutions in areas of greatest need. Just $20 can give one person clean water for 20 years. Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of diseases and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren’t strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other […]

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Whole for the Holidays: 9 Steps to Staying Sane this Season

Holiday Success Strategies for Greater Love, Health and Wealth Are you suffering from “Holiday Haze”? I don’t mean to be the bearer of bad news, but let’s face it:  We all tend to lose our minds a little bit this time of year.  And you guessed it: the three biggest holiday stressors are are linked to relationships, money and health. (If you don’t agree, you likely are reading this on another planet). While everything in nature says “hunker down, cuddle up and relax in reflection”, our brains say otherwise.  With endless to-do lists, holiday obligations, festive celebrations and grand gift-giving, […]

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