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I know a majority of people are in a financial bind due to the economy and might even feel that with the gift-giving season there’s no room to give a little more – especially to those already less fortunate.

Well, you’re wrong. Through the “Be a Voice for Darfur” campaign, you can help end the suffering, the genocide, violence and rape occurring in Darfur.

President-Elect Obama pledged an “unstinting resolve” to end the Darfur genocide.

My colleague Qui notes: “The campaign aims for no less than 1 million postcards to be sent to Obama’s attention within his first 100 days in office. Postcard signatures are due by Inauguration Day – January 20, 2009. The postcards will be printed and delivered to the Whitehouse later in the Spring, complete with a rally. An un-dissmissable reminder that this issue matters to Americans, and our President.”

All you have to do is sign the petition at or through Save Darfur’s Facebook Petition Page and spread the word via Twitter (use hashtag: #voice4darfur) or email your family and friends. I encourage you to get involved and help make a difference.

As a Gen X/Y-er, it is important to raise awareness for efforts such as saving Darfur. You saw how vital and pivotal our votes were for the Presidential campaign. Let’s show our country that we care.

We’ve already generated over 200,000 signatures for this campaign. Let’s show the world that America is a Voice for Darfur.

MaR_advice: The spirit of gift giving doesn’t necessarily mean spending money – help end the genocide and Save Darfur:



MaR_advice: Every four years we get an opportunity to express ourselves by helping select our future President and VP. Vote tomorrow! Every vote matters. Remember, you are helping shape the nation’s future for the next four years. Be part of this monumental decision and help your country – especially in this time of need. VOTE!

For more information on our Presidential candidates, please visit:

John McCain

Barack Obama

DSC02030 Disclaimer: I know yesterday’s post said I was going to start the editorial calendar on Monday, but I really wanted to weigh in my thoughts on this subject matter…so the editorial calendar starts today.

I went to NYC this summer to watch Rent on Broadway. I stayed at the New Yorker and found myself two blocks from a Gray’s Papaya and snapped this picture.

At that time, the economy was in ‘decent’ shape. Soon enough gas prices posed as Chicken Little and forewarned us about a recession rather than the sky falling. I presume for some people, the sky could fall and it wouldn’t help them with this current state of economy.

As a young professional, it’s hard not to worry. My boss prepped the team and even developed a plan months before America’s economic state was officially deemed a recession. His plan safeguarded the company from any obstacles this recession presented. For every plan A, there’s a plan B.

I’m not an expert, but this is my first time experiencing a recession and I’ve learned a few things from what I’ve examined, read and heard.

  1. Be positive. No one wants to be around a Debbie Downer. We all know what’s going on with the economy. Even the people who don’t read the news know what’s going on! We have to keep our head up high and not let this recession hinder us from being better at our jobs, personal lives and better in general.
  2. Ask questions. No question is a stupid question. You need to ask questions if you’re scared about what’s going on. Talk to someone who’s been through tough times like this (i.e. someone who experienced the dot com bust in the 90’s). Figure out what they did to rise above.
  3. For the jobless: keep searching. For people who are still looking for jobs, don’t lose hope. Be patient. You’ll know when a job is a good fit for you.
  4. For the employed: work even harder. Now is the time to show your boss, clients and customers what you’re made of. Take your work ethic to the next level and give 120% instead of 110%. Show your commitment to your job and your clients/customers. Remember, a little can go a long way.
  5. Give Back. You can’t help everyone who’s heavily effected by this recession, so go out there help those you can – especially the homeless and the needy. There are many soup kitchens, food drives and other volunteer services you can participate in. You can save the world, with one random act of kindness at a time.

We can get through this. We just need to keep our head in the game (BTW, High School Musical 3 comes out today!).

MaR_advice: One of my tips to help find a solution for this recession is to vote. People are scared and they need some type of reassurance that they’ll all get through this. No one knows what the future brings, but we all can make a difference. Gray’s Papaya might be giving away $1 recession specials, but if you don’t vote – you’re giving away one voice that will help shape the future this country and economy need. What tips do you offer to help people get through this economic state?

It’s been a huge obstacle for me to start actually writing in my blog. I’ve learned that dedication is key if you want to fully engage, contribute, and build relationships within the blogosphere.

The main reason for my procrastination was this simple question: where to begin? As I started formulating ideas in my head, I decided that the most appropriate post would be an ode to ‘firsts.’

Here are three of the ‘firsts’ I’ve experienced this year that I’m proud of:

  • Obtained a fulltime job – which I love. I have to say, I am blessed. After a rocky start on the job hunt it felt like I was never going find a job suitable for my needs: a place to learn, strengthen my skills, and a great working environment with awesome co-workers/bosses.
  • Took a flight – by myself. I’ve already flown twice this year own my own. I went to Miami for a bachelorette party (good times!) and Atlanta to visit the CNN studio, Georgia Aquarium and Coke-Cola Factory. Sitting next to strangers isn’t so bad; I’ll just refrain from wearing my “Bloggers Talk to Strangers” shirt next time…
  • Sponsor a child. Through the Christian Foundation of Children and Aging, I help a little girl in the Philippines receive proper education.

What are some of the ‘firsts’ you’ve experience this year that you’re proud of? Did you get your first real job, too? Start your first year in college? Buy/rent your own place?

MaR_advice: No matter what you’re proud of – whether it’s something big as getting your first real job or something little as flying on your own – you should always be happy to share it with your family and friends. Celebrate!