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Emily's list: Google's year in review

I was trying to brainstorm a great topic for the week when I started procrastinating and poking around on Facebook. I clicked on a video a friend posted and decided to share it with you (if you haven't already seen it).

Google put together a stunning short video that sums up 2012, and in less than three minutes, it brought me to tears. It's easy to reflect back on my year and think of it as pretty uneventful. Another year at work. Another two semesters down for my husband's law school. Some summer travel. But this video reminded me of my global citizenry in this crazy and beautiful world. It reminded me that it has been an eventful year and that I'm part of it. Tragic events, such as Hurricane Sandy and Syria's uprising, and joyous events, such as the Olympics and presidential election, drew us all together.

The video also shows what we all searched for online. Google reminds us to stay curious and connected. I love that attitude. Being closed off to the world and not interested in learning anything new will get you nowhere. Whether it means searching the Web for tips on how to get out of debt or researching how you can help people in a disaster, it's all part of being a aware global citizen.

Pull out a box of Kleenex and watch this gorgeous video of 2012 in review. Afterwards, I hope you'll explore my list of my 10 favorite personal finance blog posts from the past week!



1. My Alternative Life discusses her journey to budgeting and offers her tips for those getting started.

2. My Dollar Plan lists nine unusual and creative holiday gift ideas for someone who already has everything traditional.

3. Dough Roller proposes an unconventional gift for friends and family for the holidays: financial advice and tools.

4. Mr. & Mrs. Not Made of Money share suggestions for holiday traditions that are easy on the budget.

5. Budgeting in the Fun Stuff discusses how she and her husband keep their finances organized.

6. Enemy of Debt encourages readers to make a plan to get out of debt in 2013 if they weren't able to fulfill their goal in 2012.

7. Cash Money Life reveals the credit card habits of the average American and explains how you can use credit cards as tools rather than debt machines.

8. Ready for Zero implores us to create New Year's resolutions and outlines steps to take to reach your goal. 

9. Prairie Eco-Thrifter provides tips on how to throw a lovely holiday party on a very small budget.

10. When you rent a car, there are multiple options for handling insurance, including using credit card coverage. Money Smart Life explains your insurance options and whether you really need it. 

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