Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year's resolutions for every woman to make now

Welcome to 2012!

To make resolutions or not to make resolutions, that's always the annual question.  Yet, January is a great time to set goals and take stock of our lives and goals.

Here's a handful of resolutions every woman should make right now.  They are guaranteed easy to keep and can make a tremendous difference in your life, and in the lives of others:
  1. Vote!  We waited far too long for the right to vote, so don't take it for granted.  Don't wait for the registration deadline -- October 9 here in Michigan -- and take a chance on missing it.   Make sure you are registered nowRock the Vote can help.  If your going to be out of town or away at school, make arrangements to get an absentee ballot ahead of time. 
  2.  Mentor a girl.  January is National Mentoring Month.  Local author Paula Dirkes has written a book titled "Mentor Me! The Complete Guide for Women Who Want to Mentor Girls."  She also has offers suggestions on her website.
  3. Read more.  It's one of the easiest ways to push your boundaries.  Try a different genre of fiction or a different point of view.
  4. Support other women.  We don't do it enough and it seriously holds us back.  It can be as simple as liking a post on Facebook, following a blog, joining a cause, making a phone call or writing a personal note.
  5. Wear red for heart health.  My personal mission is to make the read dress as recognizable as the pink ribbon.  Heart disease is the number one killer of women.  National Wear Red Day is February 3, but you don't have to wait to learn what you can do to protect yourself and the women you love. Check out this video from the Ministrelli Women's Hearth Health Center:
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