At this time of the year, you read lots of articles about people being "secret santas" or paying off strangers' layway fees in the news.
While I was on my plane to Punta Cana, I was reading one of my many magazines and I came across a calendar of 31 ways to give back this holiday season.
As kids, my family would donate Christmas gifts at our local church and my brother and I would pick names from the tree for kids we would never meet and have even adopted families for the holiday season.
There were a few organizations that popped off the list of places to donate to like krochetkids.org to purchase crocheted hats or clothes to keep Ugandan women working and educated or faceaids.org to donate to an HIV positive pregnant woman in Rwanda to provide drugs or forthesilent.org to fight against child sex trafficking or giveanhour.org to buy a counseling session for a soldier returning from war.
Shame on me but I haven't given back enough. I am a very lucky girl and sometimes pinch myself for all the success I've had both personally and professionally. Sometimes I still can't believe I live downtown or even in this fab apartment. It's still so surreal to me.
I'm making notes on my list of things to do for 2012 and giving back is one of many things on my list. Whether that's contributing to friends who run for cancer or donating to a friend's child's school fundraiser or donating my time to a charity of my choice.
So, how are you giving back this season?