Editor’s note: This post is a Care2 Favorite. It was originally published on January 3, 2013. Enjoy!
It’s that time of year when everyone starts to think of resolutions for a better and brighter new year. Well, for all you ladies out there here is a list of 10 resolutions every woman should make this year.
If you have any other great resolutions, please share in the comments!
1. No More Fat
While many people vow to lose weight for the new year and cut fat or carbohydrates, that’s not what I mean. Instead of cutting fat out of your diet, every woman should cut the word fat from their vocabulary.
“Does this make me look fat?” “I feel fat today!” Fat, fat, fat.
Too often we hear women criticizing their bodies which leads to a chain reaction of criticisms. Well, enough is enough.
Let’s vow not to use the word altogether.
2. Compliments Not Criticisms
After complaining about how I looked one day, a friend of mine scolded me and told me to give myself a compliment. I thought she was kidding, but she wasn’t and wouldn’t let it go until I said something positive about myself. It felt good to recognize something about myself that gave me pride.
Since then I have “paid it forward” and always take a minute to do the same for other women in my life. From now on if I hear a criticism, I make sure it is followed by a hearty compliment. Try it yourself this year.
3. Financial Makeover
Getting your finances in check is a good resolution for anyone, but especially for women because research has proven that women are not as financially literate as men. In fact, fewer women pay their credit cards back in full and are far less comfortable with the stock market.
Go Girl Finance is a great organization women can turn to for resources for how to deal with money from budgeting to saving, investing, getting out of debt and careers.
4. Be Active
This year, stand up for a cause you really care about. It’s empowering to make a difference in the world by donating your time or money to something you are passionate about.
Sick of the war on women? Why not volunteer to be an escort at your local abortion provider?
Love animals? Why not adopt a pet or donate to a shelter?
Are you concerned about the environment? Why not start recycling or start investing in green companies?
5. Live Healthy
Let’s stop making resolutions to lose weight and instead get healthy. Eat more fruits, vegetables and lean protein. Make healthy snacking choices and stay hydrated.
Part of being healthy is also being physically active, so make sure you exercise. Join the gym or try something new like yoga or rock climbing. You can also join a young professionals sports team with some friends through an organization like Zog Sports.
6. Shatter Gender Stereotypes
If you take a listen, gender stereotypes are all around us. Make a point this year to make sure you use female pronouns when speaking and integrate women into phrases that are typically male. For example, instead of saying “man up” tell someone to “woman up” or say “woman power” instead of “man power.”
And while we’re at it, why not flip gender stereotypes in the dating scene and be the one to ask a person out or pay for a first date?
7. Career Advancement
Today women continue to only earn on average about 78 cents to a man’s dollar. On top of that, research shows that men are four times more likely than women to ask for a raise at work.
This year, make sure you don’t sell yourself short at work and make sure you are being compensated competitively. Check out Women & Co for some resources in asking for a raise or promotion.
8. This Is What A Feminist Looks Like
For so many people, the word ‘feminist’ has so many negative connotations. People picture bra burning, man hating, aggressive women.
Well, turns out being a feminist means believing in equality. That’s it, so embrace the word and don’t be afraid to call yourself a feminist.
9. You First
Traditionally women learn to be nurturers and take care of everyone around them. Well this year, make sure to put yourself first. Take time every day (even if it’s just 5 minutes) for you – meditate, take a walk, listen to your favorite song, read a book, whatever makes you happy.
Help pave the way for a future full of fierce females by mentoring a woman or girl in your life. Take the new women at work under your wing or check out a youth organization like Big Brothers Big Sisters to find a girl to mentor.
What are your resolutions for 2015?
Photo Credit: Photo by Sally M used under a Creative Commons license.