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10 New Year’s Resolutions Every Woman Should Make

10 New Year’s Resolutions Every Woman Should Make

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.

10. Mentor

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 2013?

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4:14PM PDT on May 21, 2013

Thanks

6:00AM PDT on May 7, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

7:44AM PST on Jan 28, 2013

Don't like the "Should" in the title but there are some great points in the article.

1:38PM PST on Jan 8, 2013

Pardon me if you will, but the specificity of any woman's given choice of "New Years" Resolutions...That is strictly up to their desire and not a precursor to what (ALL WOMEN SHOULD DO).

11:27PM PST on Jan 7, 2013

???

9:08PM PST on Jan 7, 2013

Hmmmmmmmmmm.

A couple of things. As far as shattering stereotypes, this article is clearly intended for young women eg(eg means example given if you ever see it again in other writings): " rock climbing. You can also join a young professionals sports team"

I am an older professional woman and not afraid of the word feminist as I completely agree with the "equality" statement made. But there is absolutely no way in hades that I am going to take up rock climbing. I have severe arthritis.

Secondly to a far lesser extent of offense to me is the "me first" . Don't misunderstand me, I completely agree with this. My offense is that any intelligent woman already knows this. If I am not good for my self, how could I possibly be an attribute for anyone else? Any corporation, employer, partner, child or what/who ever? If I am not an attribute for myself, I know the only people I am attracting are people LOOKING for damaged women, more likely than not, to manipulate them into whatever.

I learned this in my teen/formative years.

8:11PM PST on Jan 7, 2013

Agreed

3:16PM PST on Jan 7, 2013

Thanks

2:22PM PST on Jan 7, 2013

ty

8:42AM PST on Jan 7, 2013

I like the one about complimenting; positivity can go a long way (and so can negativity...)

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