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Welcome to this week’s Friday Carousel! It is all of 14 degrees outside on this lovely Friday morning in Northern New Jersey. The forecast calls for snow tomorrow, perhaps it will take us to a white Christmas? I’ve got my fingers crossed.

I hope that you are warm & happy wherever you are, whether the Arctic or the Caribbean. Now on to this week’s lovely links…

1. The Top 10 Stories You Missed in 2009: Wow, I don’t know how so many of these really important news stories from around the U.S. & the globe slipped past my radar.

The media (at least where I live) tends to focus so much on celebrity gossip, that many people lose sight of the real news, the important stuff that is shaping history. It is definitely worth taking 10-15 minutes to read through these.

2. Facebook is Your New Best Friend: A thoughtful & entertaining post from Andrew at Leaders of the Free World. It confuses me when people complain that “Facebook changed its policy, now the world can see my private stuff!” I’d like to know why people are posting “private stuff” to the internet if they don’t want the internet to see it? Andrew’s points are spot-on & I agree with him, a little common sense will go a long way!

3. How to Be Mindful During the Holidays, in 350 words: Sound advice from Leo at ZenHabits.

Remember what’s important. During these holidays, think about what’s most important to you. That might be your loved ones, or a loved one, whether that’s a spouse or friends or kids or parents or whatever. It might be your work — what you create and are passionate about.

4. It’s Okay to Not Go Home for the Holidays:

…if you’d rather spend your Christmas Eve skiing in the Alps or trekking across the Sahara, I say go for it. There’s no need to lie, there’s no need to feel guilty.

5. Lifestyle Design for Normal People: Four Baby Steps Toward Absolute Freedom: If you have not yet begun to explore the world of Lifestyle Design, this post is a great place to start.

6. Social Networking: Stop Being Polite & Start Being Real: Social networking is huge right now. What I really liked about this post is that it wasn’t yet another redundant social media post; it actually gives some solid tips about how to use social networking to your benefit.

7. Why Making Meaning is More Important Than Making Money: Whether you are a budding entrepreneur or just an average Joe with a good idea, you must read this post.

…to stand out, you must make meaning in people’s lives.

8. Five Tips for Planning Effective New Year’s Resolutions: A few things that you can do to make sure that your New Year’s Resolutions last longer than the third week of January!

Ask: “What is a concrete action that would bring about change?”

9. Convention of Those Wounded in Love: If you’ve ever been hurt in a relationship or know someone who has this post will definitely give your heart strings a tug & then, hopefully, put a smile on your face.

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