10 Activities to Help You Make a Change in 2009

Hey Ladies,

As promised a few weeks ago, here is a post from Sparkle Soup enjoy!

2008 was a year of many changes for everyone. GBD co-founder Kristin went through much personal and professional growth as she transitioned from her show Smallville to becoming a businesswoman. She also cut her hair short (link to Kristin’s blog on cutting her hair), which was a very bold move for her, but beautiful. If you have long h air and you’ve never tried a short hairstyle, try it – it feels wonderful, and your hair does grow out. Co-founder Kendra went through physical, emotional, and hormonal changes as she discovered she was pregnant with the most adorable baby. She went from superwoman to superwoman mommy of Marcus. Websurfer Kathy was minding her own business surfing the internet, subscribing to RSS feeds, procrastinating, and watching television shows other than Smallville to taking over the GBD blog in a one-woman domination and enjoying the power. In her own words, “Mwahahaha!” 20 Answers

So, I’m contributing this little article for GBD, just to add a bit of a change to Kathy’s blogging and to fulfill my obligation as a contributor since it was announced through the GBD newsletter that I (sparklesoup) will be “contributing in the near future”, and yes – to hopefully get those of us still afraid to make a change to finally stand up and say, “Yes, I will make a change this year,” to do it.

Here are 10 Ways to Get You Started:

1. Volunteer – If you live in the US, here are some formal opportunities to give you an idea. http://www.volunteer.gov/gov/
If you actually fall into the GBD demographics (13 years old to 19 years old), there are opportunities just for teens. (http://www.networkforgood.org/volunteer/)

You can also find volunte er opportunities at your local organizations such as your hospital, animal shelter, active adult (senior) centers, library, church, or school.

2. Express Yourself – Get creative. Get expressive.
Make music (http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Song)

Make memories and capture it on scrapbooks (http://www.smilebox.com/scrapbooks/)

Make over yourself (http://www.dailymakeover.com/)

3. Get Healthy
Start or continue exercising (http://www.4girls.gov/fitness/)
Learn how to eat a well-balanced nutritious meal (http://www.4girls.gov/nutrition/).
Learn how to relax and fight stress (http://www.4girls.gov/emotions/)

4. Try Something New
Have you always been too shy to meet someone new? Go out there and say “Hi.” Here are some tips to get over shyness (http://www.wikihow.com/Overcome-Shyness)

Have you always been afraid to brave the wilderness? Challenge yourself by going on an Outward Bound (http://www.outwardbound.org/) expedition.

5. Learn Something New
If you always wanted to learn how to make a Crème Brulee, take a cooking class.
If you always was too afraid to go scuba diving, get certified.

6. Embrace Your Friends and Family

Want to know how to become a better friend? Click here. (http://www.4girls.gov/relationships/friendships/index.cfm)

Want a better relationship with your parents or caretaker? (http://www.4girls.gov/relationships/relparents/index.cfm)

Want a better relationship with your siblings?

7. Embrace Your Community

Like it or not, we all live in a community. Whether or not you want to be a part of it is up to you, but if you want to make a positive change for the world, it starts little at a time. It starts in your own backyard, your neighborhood, your community. Here are some suggestions on what you can do (http://www.4girls.gov/relationships/community/index.cfm)

8. Get Organized

Save time, save space, and save your sanity by getting organized! With a new year approaching, now is the time to look at what you have and decide whether to keep, donate, or sell. I’ve been a professional organizer so I know it does take some hard work to organize and to stay organize. There are also tons of emotions involve. It is harder than it looks for most people, so here are some words of advice to help get you started. ( http://www.wikihow.com/Be-Organized)

9. Get Happy!

10. Enter a Contest (If you fall within the age range and live in Los Angeles, CA, apply for the GBD Timeout Retreat). It sounds like a great workshop for girls, and the facilities where it takes place sounds inspiring. I may stop by (since I’m like o nly an hour or 2 away) just to say “hi” from Auntie Kailin or get a room just to finish writing some books I’m supposed to finish in 2009.

So GO ahead. Seize the Day!

Contributed by Kailin Gow

Author of The Gifted Girls Guide to 365 Days of the Year: Fun Things to do for Kids and Grown-ups That’ll Develop Creativity, Social Skills and Self-Confidence! (Sparklesoup.com)

Sparklesoup – Providing sparkle and nourishment to the mind, body, and soul with over 150 titles.


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14 Responses to “10 Activities to Help You Make a Change in 2009”

  1. taylor nikole Says:

    Sparklesoup – Providing sparkle and nourishment to the mind, body, and soul with over 150 titles.

    you have a tagline!

  2. Auntie Kailin Says:

    Well, actually, the tagline is from the website, http://www.sparklesoup.com.

    Thanks for noticing the tag!

  3. taylor nikole Says:

    haha oh dang
    yeah i neglect to click on links sometimes hahaha

  4. Auntie Kailin Says:

    No worries, TK, some of the links were off, anyways.

    But that will probably be corrected. If not, just bear with us still recovering from eggnogg (does anyone really drink eggnogg? I want to know, if you do, how does it taste?) or sleep-inducing Christmas feasting.

  5. Jennifer Says:

    I plan on making some big changes in 2009. Some of which are on that list.

  6. Kathy Says:

    Whoohoo Kailin!  Awesome post!  That 4girls.gov site has a lot of good resources.
    Please contribute more.  The GBD peepz are tolerant, but eventually they’re going to abandon ship if someone doesn’t do something to shut me up.  😉
    Also…what’s with all the Ks?  Kailin, Kathy, Kendra, Kristin.  Is that like some sort of recruiting requirement or something?

    Oh, and I’ll fix the links later today if someone else doesn’t beat me to it.

  7. MarilyneL Says:

    Great post! There are definitively a lot of things we should and can do to improve our lives.

  8. Kathy Says:

    Links have been fixed.

  9. Auntie Kailin Says:

    @ Jennifer – Yay Jennifer! Which changes are you planning on making?

    I have a lot on that list, but I’ll take it one at a time.

  10. Auntie Kailin Says:

    @ Kathy –

    Thanks for fixing the links! Yes, I did notice the two-syllable K names we share:

    Kathy, Kristin, Kendra, Kailin – hmmm.

  11. Ashley Says:

    Heck yes!! Let’s do it ladies!!
    Let’s empower ourselves
    for the better good!!

  12. Auntie Kailin Says:

    A lot of these changes are within your own control so they are doable, especially one step at a time.

  13. Auntie Kailin Says:


    Is it possible to add a feature in this blog section that allows you to send an article to a friend (email) so you can share articles?

    @ GBD members and everyone stopping by –

    Hope so. If not today, if you find this article helpful, please do send it to a friend. If you discuss what your goal is for 2009 with a friend such as “lose 5 lbs.” or “volunteer at the local animal shelter 2 hours a week” (you get it), your friend can help remind you of your 2009 resolutions. In other words, it helps to have friends involve in your 2009 resolutions support circle. We all can use support (and hugs) some time. 🙂

  14. taylor nikole Says:

    heheh now everyone calls me tk 😀

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