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If Time magazine had picked a different person of the year (say, Miley Cyrus or Syrian President Bashar al-Assad), today's talks about that person's legacy would look very different. But instead, the annual crowning went to Pope Francis, the first Latin American Catholic leader, who rose to the papacy in March of this year.
In just a short time, Pope Francis has been credited with changing the church's image from one that's out of touch to one that's humble and all about serving others. It's as if every week, he's making headlines for impacting the world in a positive way. Ahead, check out three pope-inspired lessons we can all learn from those headlines and incorporate into our daily lives.
Always Stand Up For Your Beliefs
The Catholic church doesn't typically speak out favorably about the role of gays and women in society — except for Pope Francis. In July, he made headlines when he said, "Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord? You can't marginalize these people." While that comment doesn't promise a sweeping change in terms of the Vatican's attitudes toward homosexuality, no previous pope ever made such remarks. It was certainly a defining moment for the church and a sign of where it's headed in terms of acceptance.
Let us not forget the November document in which Pope Francis outlined his plans for reshaping the Catholic Church; he called for "broader opportunities for a more incisive female presence in the Church." He got plenty of heat for it, sure, but that doesn't seem to be stopping him from speaking his mind on what he thinks is right, no matter how far it strays from tradition. In fact, it's what makes people love him even more.
It's Important to Remember Your Roots
Did you know? Pope Francis has a very modest background, having previously worked as a janitor sweeping floors. He also joined the Jesuit order of priests, known for their incredibly humble habits. And even in the grand Vatican, his lifestyle is not much different. Instead of the papal palace where other popes have lived, he makes his home in a spare hostel. Instead of a papal Mercedes, he uses an old Ford Focus. And you won't find him wearing those red leather shoes — nope, he prefers less-flashy black ones.
And in news that made everyone's hearts melt, reports recently came out that he was sneaking out at night to help Rome's poor. According to Huffington Post, "Swiss guards confirmed that the pope has ventured out at night, dressed as a regular priest, to meet with homeless men and women." It's something he did as a priest and wanted to continue doing as pope, because why not?
No matter what your background, there's something to be said (and learned) from someone who doesn't just talk about his down-to-earth persona but actually acts upon it.
Treat Everyone With Respect
You may have heard about the time the pope blessed and kissed a man with severe facial deformities. Or the time he washed the feet of Muslim women. Or even sent money to an elderly woman who was mugged on her way to visit her husband in the hospital.
There's a reason his actions often go viral — they resonate with us whether we're part of the Catholic Church or not. They teach acceptance of and kindness toward others, even when you're one of the most powerful people on the planet.
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Don't settle for store-bought gifts when you can give your loved ones these one-of-a-kind DIY presents. Making your presents yourself really reflects how special the receiver is to you because of the time, effort, and love spent on these gifts. Read on to see over 100 different types of DIY presents for every person in your life!
How crucial is good food to the holiday season? Let us count the ways. The revered green bean casserole you bring to Mom's every year. The convenient stockpot meal you can count on after a long day at the mall. The emergency cheese-and-cracker stash you keep for last-minute visitors. And the cookies . . . oh, the cookies . . .
We're not joking when we say that even more important than your wish list for Santa is a well-thought-out grocery list, one that ensures your kitchen can rise to any occasion the season brings. Tell us which essentials you can't live without from Thanksgiving through New Year's — you could win $1,500 courtesy of Del Monte, so you can stock your pantry to the max!
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And don't forget to click on the hashtag to check out your fellow entrants' pins. See how your pantry essentials stack up to others, discover new recipes, and find plenty of delicious inspiration to get through the season.
It's the time of year to look back and reflect on accomplishments — and the stuff that didn't really go so well. We're focusing on the positive side of things by counting down our top 18 posts shared on Pinterest. From helpful tips to easy DIYs, we're so happy you enjoyed the top-pinned content this year. And don't forget to follow us on Pinterest for more awesome posts in 2014!
18. Eco-Clean Your Sheet Pans
With just over 2K pins, this eco-friendly cleaner tackles baked-on pots and pans without abrasives or chemicals. Simply mix together, coat pans, and wipe clean.
17. Easy Sharpie Mugs
We love how this easy DIY is also a fun way to decorate mugs. Follow the easy directions for creating your own personalized coffee cup that is dishwasher safe — and will have you smiling every morning.
16. Tub and Tile Rock Star
This eco-friendly cleaner makes your bathroom sparkle — and basically costs nothing to make. You can't beat that.
15. Sparkling Bling
We totally get why this post has racked up so many pins! Make for your bridesmaids, your best friend's birthday, or just for yourself. Check out the simple directions for this easy bracelet bangle.
14. Coffee-Filter Soap
Don't toss your coffee grounds! Use them to make this invigorating soap that makes a great gift for any coffee-lover.
13. Lotion Bars
Once you make these lotion bars, you'll want to make another batch for your best friend, another batch for your mom, and then another batch for your work mate.
12. Sweet Dreams
We totally get why this post has over 3K pins! Who doesn't dream of a good night's sleep? This sleep salve helps calm the body, easing you into a blissful slumber.
11. Keep Things Clean
With over 3K pins, these helpful eco-friendly cleaning wipes do a great job of wiping away messes while looking so chic on your kitchen counter.
When it comes to finances, there is always a chance of experiencing a setback. LearnVest shares three stories of people who bounced back from negative financial situations and found ways to make it work.
Ever worry you’ll experience a financial setback so bad that it could leave you homeless?
New Yorker Jessica Jaye*, 43, believed the only thing between having an apartment and living on the streets was her ability to manage her five-figure credit card debt by using one card to pay down another. It certainly wasn’t the life she had planned for, or envisioned, years earlier.
In 2000, the music industry worker quit her job so she could focus on being a songwriter while taking on part-time receptionist work. But after 9/11 part-time work dried up, and she turned to her credit card to make ends meet. With every $10 swipe of her credit card, she told herself she would turn things around … eventually. But, of course, “eventually” never came.
Five years later, she was $80,000 in debt.
Even as she swiped away, Jaye didn’t foresee racking up a debt load nearly twice her current salary. “I was making very little money, living in New York City, and too proud to ask my parents for help, so I started living off my credit cards,” she recalls. “I always had to use my credit card for something, either to pay my rent [with credit card checks], to buy groceries, to pay for gas and electric. I have nothing to show for that money except not becoming homeless and emaciated.”
In 2005, she got a full-time job as a legal assistant and secretary for two entertainment lawyers, put her plans to “make it” as a songwriter on hold, declared bankruptcy and started the painful road of working her way back to financial solvency.
Jaye’s story—plus those from two others who have seen their pocketbooks emptied in tough times—is a testament to one fact: Making a financial comeback is entirely possible. But it requires a lot of work.
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