E-mail Update - 2007-01-01

Ideas for New Years Resolutions

Hey Everyone,

After getting an email about new year's resolutions from my English friend Cally I started thinking about my new year's resolutions. As I did that I thought about things I have done in years past or along the way. Some of these things are close to my heart & I thought I would pass these along to all of you. If you want to totally ignore these feel free to do so, but if you were not sure what to do yourself, I think these are things that can do good the world, others & even yourself, with minimal effort. If you haven't figured it out, one of my news year's resolution is to try to make the world a better place instead of just complaining about it :)

#1: How you can do good for the world:
Simply put the world's fish supplies are under great strain & a world without many types of fish is GOING to happen if we don't change. We all know it would not be the first time humans have made something go extinct. In the long run maybe even a world without fish is possible, because when certain types of fish disappear others will follow, nature is interlinked. If you have ever been underwater in an ocean & imagine it all being gone, you would realize how deeply I care about this issue. Due to this I have gradually gave up all fish. What I ask you to do is not as drastic. I would only ask that you don't eat the fish that are in real danger now & eat fish that are more plentiful. The Monterey Bay produces pocket guides which tell you which fish to avoid (in red), which ones are a little better (yellow) & which choices are the best (in green). The come out with an updated version every 6 months. Here are the links to the Seafood Watch program:

General Information: http://www.mbayaq.org/cr/seafoodwatch.asp
Link to download the guide for your area: http://www.mbayaq.org/cr/cr_seafoodwatch/download.asp

#2: How to do good for others:
This is really easy one & painless to you. For all of those who use Yahoo to search instead of going to www.yahoo.com go to www.goodsearch.com. Good search uses the same exact search engine yahoo does (yep the same results too!), but for every search you do a penny goes to whatever charity you choose. I use it myself now & it has worked fine, although sometimes I still use Google as well. If you have a preferred charitable cause that is great, if you don't please consider choosing the CCFA (Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America). The diseases they are helping to treat are important to me, my family & several friends.

#3: How to help yourself:
A typical new year's resolution people make is to be better financially. If you want the best free financial advice you will ever get go to www.fool.com. The company that runs this is called the Motley Fool. You can sign up for paid services as well, but I have never had to & it has always answered my financial questions.

I think this is being said more all the time, for most people credit cards are the reason they don't have more money. For people from the US (sorry everyone else) the Motley Fool offers a credit card (either Visa or MasterCard) which has no annual fee, & a 9.9% annual percentage rate if you must carry a balance (the first 6 months is 0%). But it gives you 1% cash back on every purchase, this may not seem like much, but I will have received a check well over $100 for 2 years in a row & not paid them a cent of finance charges. Most cards charge more for interest & give you nothing back or only small rewards. Here is the link for the credit card - https://wwwa.applyonlinenow.com/us/tmf5/

Well I hope you all enjoy 2007. If you have any other easy ways to help the world, your common man/women or ourselves feel free to let me know, I am always looking for ways to make myself better :)

Also I have posted all my past email updates on my web site & did a small redesign. There are ever 2 email updates from Bali & Peru that I wrote but never sent since they were never finished. These are all under the updates & thoughts section. I am working on content from trip #1 & pictures from trip #2 to put online in the coming weeks. I will email when I have more of this online.

Peace & Love

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