The Best New Year Resolutions for Women

Oh my! Where has the time gone?

We have less than two weeks left in 2017 and I couldn’t be more excited for the new year. Lately, I’ve been unable to sleep through the night. Whenever that happens I always think it’s for a reason. I decided to go through my notes and check on my progress for my 2017 goals because you know I’m a girl with serious plans.

This year has been both challenging and triumphant but with laser-like determination, I was about to achieve my goals. Some things were one-offs—like I wasn’t able to save $10,000 but I will end 2017 with $7,000 saved and $0 credit card debt (ironically I have about $3,000 in credit card debt).

Here’s what I wanted to get out of 2017 and how I fared.

Now with 2018 on the horizon, it’s time for you to start thinking about your goals but this year I want you to do something different.

I want you to get specific!

Think about your personal priorities, your life’s strategic plan and the prayer that Ciara prayed for Russel Wilson. they all have one thing in common and that’s being specific.

It’s not enough to say “I want to be happy.” Spend some time thinking about what happiness means to you. Is it traveling? Is it more time spent with friends and family? Is it reading more? Is it taking a break from people that kill your spirit? It’s up to you to define but without that definition, you’ll be in constant search of “happy” and honestly, you’ll never attain it.

But in the meantime here are a few new endeavors to consider as you embark on 2018. I think these are the best New Year resolutions for women. Keep these things in your mind because later we’re going to create the vision for them.

Self-investment ✍🏾

  • Go back to school or take a new course.

  • Find a mentor or coach.

  • Invest in professional development opportunities like conferences.

  • Focus on your fitness and health.

Philanthropy🔑

  • Volunteer your time with a cause that aligns with your life’s mission.

  • Share your talent with youngsters by being a mentor.

  • Donate money to organizations that are doing good works in the community.

  • Find out if your company will match your donation.

Travel💺

  • Find a travel companion who’s ready to jet-set.

  • Save some money for your trip.

  • Just go! Enough with the excuses.

Fix your Finances💸

  • Know your credit score and aim to bring it up at least 25 points.

  • Pay off all old debts. If you can’t pay them in full make arrangements. Don’t ignore them.

  • Save some money because emergencies love to happen when you least expect them.

Work on Relationships👫

  • People are hard to crack but by design, we need each other in order to thrive.

  • Fall in love with you first; then others will follow suit.

  • Cherish your friends because good friends are hard to find.

  • Forgive your family. They’re not perfect and neither are you so stop holding grudges.

  • Learn from heartbreak. It hurts but it’s part of life and in every lesson, there’s a blessing. BUT lessons that are unlearned are often repeated.

Am I missing something? What other items could we start thinking about before 2018?

-Ar'Sheill Monsanto