Posts Tagged ‘2009’

Rest In Peace

December 31, 2008


Ladies and gentlemen of the GBD.  Today, the 31st day of December 2008, on the eve of the first day of the year 2009,…today is a sad, sad day indeed.  For it is the last New Year’s Eve celebration in our lifetimes that can make use of the famed “0-0” (“double zero”) glasses.  The next time these glasses will bless us with their presence won’t be for almost a THOUSAND years.

These glasses touched all of our hearts.  Their witty use of the double zeroes to serve NOT ONLY as the digits in the year, BUT ALSO as the actual glasses themselves – you know, to COVER THE EYES – a pure stroke of genius!  Such wit!  Such style!  Such sophistication!  Is there enough glitter on this good, green earth to adequately show the fullness of our joy?  A joy that sparkles and shines more brightly in the twilight than even the Twilight vampires in the sun?  I think not.

And so, though our hearts ache for those untold billions in the coming generations who will never get the chance to experience the magic, yes MAGIC, that happens when those double zeroes lovingly frame our eyes, let us take a moment now to bask in our own glory, our own destiny. For we are the chosen ones, the last of our kind to don these precious glasses before they fade into the shadows of time, never to return until the next millennium.

Let us bow our heads and reflect on the tremendous impact these glasses have had on our lives, and express our deepest gratitude for that little extra something special these glasses never failed to bring to the party over the years.  Let us look back on all the good times and wonderful memories the “0-0” glasses have given us over the past decade.

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Happy New Year everyone!!  Rock those 2009 glasses and wear ’em like you mean it! 😀


10 Activities to Help You Make a Change in 2009

December 29, 2008

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.
If you actually fall into the GBD demographics (13 years old to 19 years old), there are opportunities just for teens. (

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 (

Make memories and capture it on scrapbooks (

Make over yourself (

3. Get Healthy
Start or continue exercising (
Learn how to eat a well-balanced nutritious meal (
Learn how to relax and fight stress (

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 (

Have you always been afraid to brave the wilderness? Challenge yourself by going on an Outward Bound ( 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. (

Want a better relationship with your parents or caretaker? (

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 (

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. (

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! (

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