New Year’s Resolutions – Start Small for Big Results!

Making New Year's Resolutions that Count
Making New Year's Resolutions that Count

Hey everyone! I’m super excited about the new year, and I really think 2010 is going to good. On New Year’s Eve, we hear everyone making resolutions. After always making them and never following through, I decided to listen to some friends’ and adults’ resolutions, and see if they ever follow through with them.

I heard a lot of my friends make resolutions like getting a new item (like some kind of electronic) or saving enough to buy something. I heard a lot of adults make resolutions to lose weight, be more active, or change their lives. So far, almost everyone I talked to told me that they never really follow through with their resolutions. After all, it’s really hard to achieve something for an entire year. So, I was wondering: what is the secret to making and completing a New Year’s resolution?

Don’t fear, GirlMoguls, I have found the answer! The key to making a good New Year’s resolution is starting small! I know, it sounds weird right? But, I found out from my mom and her friends that the most successful resolutions were the ones that were easy to do every day, and consistently. For instance, my mom made the resolution to start a savings fund, but did it by putting away one dollar every single day in the morning. And, guess what? She did it! It was a small task that she could incorporate into her every day routine, making it a resolution she could achieve. So, remember GirlMoguls, when you are thinking of that kind of resolution to make this year, try and think of something small that you can incorporate into your everyday life. My resolution is going to be what my mom did, I think it’s a great and easy way to save up for the future. What’s your resolution for 2010?

GirlMogul Lily
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Quote of the Day – Anne Frank

“Parents can only give good advice or put them [children] on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”
– Anne Frank

Anne Frank And Her Family
Anne Frank And Her Family

Anne Frank is best renowned for her book which was published after her death, The Diary of a Young Girl. The book tells the story of her experiences in hiding out during the World War II. She was a very strong, determined and intelligent young girl. This quotation comes from her book and speaks of how all individuals ultimately decide and shape their lives and personas. Our parents try their best to discipline us and advise us on what is good or bad so we can stay on the right track. They are always there to make sure we are doing the right thing and that we learn from our mistakes. Sometimes we get upset and we don’t quite understand why we are being yelled at or disciplined, and sometimes it even hurts our parents to yell at us. But, I like to think they do it for our own good, so that we turnout out to be good individuals. Ultimately, parents and the adults that surround us want us to become well rounded, and thus lead us to that path as Anne Frank states. The idea is that these kinds of tools are given to us, but we must use them to become the people we want to be.

They try their best while we are young to teach us good from bad and right from wrong but when we become young adults we start to make our own choices in life. I’m sure you can think of when you were little your parents would tell you not do something “because they said so.” I never liked those responses, but now I can appreciate that my parents were just trying to give me the tools to become a better person in society. We come at a point in our lives when we are old enough to decide for ourselves on what we want and what we should do. In this quotation, I believe Anne Frank is saying that there is only so much our parents can do for us. They advise us based on their experiences and beliefs, but in the end, we all make our own decisions and it’s in our discretion how we turn out. We decide ourselves who we become, and keep their thoughts in mind.

Read more about her here…

GirlMogul Rose
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GirlMogul of the Day: Anne Frank

anne-frank
anne-frank

We all hear of the girl Anne Frank in school, and maybe we’ve read her most famous diary. But, it’s also important to learn about someone’s background and history. That can help us understand her words and meaning, such as in the quotation I picked to highlight this week. So, I did some digging!

I found out that Anne Frank was born on June 12, 1929, in the city of Frankfurt am Main in Weimar, Germany. In 1933, she moved with her family to Amsterdam. After the Nazis came into power in Netherlands, the Jews were being victimized and a lot of them went into hiding. Anne and her family were among the many Jewish families that had to hideout to avoid persecution. They hid inside of a hidden room in her father’s office building. Unfortunately, after 2 years of hiding they were caught and sent to the concentration camps. Anne Frank had passed away due to typhus after spending a few months inside the concentration camps. Her father was the sole survivor from his family in World War II, and survived the long suffering in the camp. After the war had ended, he returned to Amsterdam and found a diary of Anne which documented all of her experiences during the war. He went on to publish the diary in 1947 for the world to read her stories. The diary chronicles her experiences in the war from June 12, 1942, to August 1, 1944.

The diary is internationally acclaimed as one of the most widely read books in the world. It is read in classrooms and her stories are taught to kids in school all over the world. Anytime there are stories told of Holocaust, Anne Frank’s name is usually mentioned because of her commitment to documenting her experiences, and the exposure her words give to us today. Her tragic story and experience during the war has given a lot of the readers a closer look at what people faced during those troubled times. Although she was a young girl at the time, she was very determined to become more than just a mother and a wife. She wanted more from life and she had big dreams; she wanted to become a journalist, or a writer. She started to document her stories in her diary which was given to her for her birthday not knowing if anyone would ever read them or if they would ever mean anything to anyone. Now those stories have inspired thousands and have touched so many people and she is a part of our history. Anne Frank will live on through her story forever. Have you read the diary of Anne Frank? If so, let me know what you thought of it!

GirlMogul Rose
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Nefertiti – lost to history?

The famous bust of Nefertit gets a CT Scan
The famous bust of Nefertit gets a CT Scan

Hi GirlMoguls – it’s Rose, and I hope you’re close to wrapping up Sphinx’s Princess – we’ll be posting some more about the actual book but I wanted to follow up on the Truth or Fiction part of Nefertiti’s life…In my last post I gave you some deets on what historians think they really know about her life – how her father was probably Ay (who later became a Pharaoh himself) and her sister really was Bit-Bit…and how she married the Pharaoh Akhenaten and changed Ancient Egypt’s religious practices.    Nefertiti was a powerful queen – she is often shown in paintings in poses usually reserved for pictures of a Pharaoh.  Historians and scholars think this means she was revered as one powerful lady, perhaps even considered a co-regent (or ruler) along with her husband.

But then something happened….After the 14th year of Pharaoh Akhenaten’s reign, all historical references to Nefertiti disappear – like she was totally forgotten.  At first, a lot of historians thought that she fell into disgrace (nobody knew why) and all references to her were erased by later Pharaoh’s – pretty harsh if you ask me.  Now, though, most scholars think that it was different wife of Akhenaten (Pharaoh’s usually had one main wife and many “minor” ones, though regular Egyptian men seemed to stick with just one wife at a time…)

Anyhoo…now people believed that Akhenaten probably died and that Nefertiti changed her name to Ankhkheperure Neferneferuaten and then to Ankhkheperure Smenkhkare  (no one is sure why…)  and ruled on her own, while getting her daughter and her daughters husband Tutankhamun (yep, that King Tut) ready to become the Pharaoh.  And as it turns out, Tut was her stepson too – apparently the ancient Egyptians didn’t have a problem with princesses and princes marrying close family members…

Well, even with her being the stepmother of King Tut, possibly the most famous mummy in Egyptian history, no one knows for sure what happened to Nefertiti – some scientists think they have identified a mummy found in tomb known as KV35 (in the Valley of the Kinfgs) as Nefertiti.  Others aren’t so sure – claiming that mummy is really a man.   It doesn’t look like this mystery will be solved any time soon, as there isn’t enough DNA from a mummy of say a known daughter of Neferititi with any of these unknown mummies – thereby proving that one of them could indeed be the Queen…Did you know they could do DNA testing on mummies – pretty cool if you ask me….

So that’s what happened to Nefertiti – sort of – in other words, we might never know for sure all the little details about Nefertiti, but I think we can pretty much conclude from what we do know that she was one powerful lady.  So next time you’re looking for a girl power hero, you can go back, way back in time.

Stay tuned for some more fun posts about Sphinx’s Princess…

GirlMogul Rose
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