10 Things to Love about 2012 ...

2012 **promises to be a banner year! We're only a few weeks in, and I'm loving it already β€” **2012 has already been such a marvelous year for me! There are so many things I'm loving already, and so many things to look forward to. At the risk of sounding like an irritatingly chipper cheerleader, 2012 is already shaping up to be the best year ever, and here's why. Here are 10 things to love about 2012. Ready?

1. The Whole End-of-the-World Thing

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Thank you, John Cusack, for letting us all know just how miserably the world will end in 2012... and thank you, Mayan calendar pundits, for NOT pointing out that in fact, the Mayan calendar says no much thing. As 2012 moves forward, I can't wait to see all the speculation... remember the Rapture debacle from last summer? Yeah.

2. The Opportunities for Improvement

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Each new year, including 2012, presents opportunities for self-improvement. What will you work on, and perfect, this year? I'm trying to be more patient... I'll let you know how that goes!

3. The Technology

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Sony Walkman made way for DVD players which made way for iPods which made way for iPads... what technological advances do you think are in store for 2012? A new hand-held device? A new electric car? A new way to use cell phones? I can't wait to find out!

4. The Travel

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Whether you want to stay in your home state and do sightseeing, or travel to some exotic locale most of us can't even find on a map, 2012 is set to be a big, big year for travel. Update your passport, grab a globe, and get to planning!

5. The Make-up

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Make-up and skin care have taken some interesting turns in the past few years, giving us glowing, healthy skin and bodies from head to toe. I wonder what innovations, trends, and β€œlooks” will be introduced this year... last year, shattered nail polish. This year... any guesses?

6. The Fashions

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I'm becoming more and more excited about fashion as it evolves, and I can't wait to see what trends become hotter, and which fall by the wayside, in 2012. My hope? That maxis stay in style and that I can finally snag a pair of red cigarette pants.

7. The Social Awareness

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In the past few years, we've all become much more socially aware, and it's about time. Social issues, such as bullying, the right to marriage, and even the environment have all pushed themselves to the forefront. For instance, look at how the word β€œoccupy” has made an impact, and changed in definition, in the past year alone!

8. The 2012 Election

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In November, we'll elect a new president, and whether you're rooting for Romney or feel obliged to vote for Obama, or even feel peppy about Paul, it's sure to be a knock-down, drag-out fight, the likes of which we haven't seen in, well, four years!

9. The Hunger Games Movie!

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In March 2012, the first installment of the Hunger Games movies hits theaters, and if there were a way to reserve tickets for a midnight showing now, today, I would do it. Are you a fan of the Hunger Games books? Are you as excited for the movie as I am?

10. The Personal Milestones

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In 2012, I will turn 40, and I will become a grandmother for the first time. What personal milestones will you mark in 2012?

See? There are so many things to love about 2012, and we're still only a week or so into it! Which of these things are you excited about? What makes 2012 an exciting year for you? Do tell -- I want to know all about what you'll be doing in 2012!

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