How many times do you or your girlfriends talk about the rules you wish you could live by? How often do you discuss the fact that you know something to be true yet you simply cannot get on board with it because you are too busy not following the first rule of being a woman; that the rules for how you should live are right in front of your face? Read on for 15 rules women should all live by.
Men Are Great…But
They are not the key to your happiness. You won’t ever be truly happy with a man unless you are truly happy for yourself. Stop looking for your happiness in a man and start looking for someone you enjoy.
Never Be Ashamed
Are you young, fabulous and doing well for yourself? There is not a darn thing wrong with being proud of your success and your wealth. Don’t worry about showing it off by purchasing a flashy car or wearing expensive shoes. If you worked hard to earn it, you get to use it however you like.
It’s Okay Not to Know
Not everyone knows they want to be a doctor or a teacher when they’re 7. It’s okay to be 21 or even 41 and not yet know what you really want to do with your life.
It’s Your Life
So what if your mom thinks you’re ridiculous for spending $800 on a pair of Choos? As long as you’re not in debt and you can afford it, you spend it how you like. Don’t let people make you feel guilty for being different from them.
You’re Never Too Young (or Old)
Don’t let your married or coupled up friends make you feel bad about being single. There’s nothing wrong with being single. I remember when I was 21 and getting married to my husband and my friends were giving me a hard time about getting married early. Now we’re 30 and I’m still happily married and more than half of the, “You’re too young, you need to wait,” friends waited, got married and are already divorced. You’re never too old or too young to do what you know in your heart to be right.
You Can Do Anything
Just because you want to do something that isn’t someone else’s idea of “normal” doesn’t mean you can’t do it. If you want to leave your job and start a writing career while working from home with your kids, you can do it. And you can be successful.
It’s Okay to Eat the Ice Cream
You can indulge in moderation and don’t allow anyone to make you feel guilty. It’s your life. If you’re happy skipping the gym once in a while, skip the gym.
People Will Talk
It’s important to live by the rule that someone will always criticize something you’re doing, so you might as well do what you feel good about and let them talk. Even better – give them something really good to talk about.
Learning Never Gets Old
Sure, seven classes a day for 18 years is a lot, but it’s never too late to start learning and it’s important to keep learning. Education and intelligence are always in style.
Have No Regrets
My friends, regrets are a waste of time. If you have one, it means that you’re not happy where you are in life and it’s time to make some changes. If you are happy with your life, you shouldn’t have any regrets because everything you said and did brought you where you are right now.
Even if you aren’t sure who you are or who you want to be, always remain elegant. This means being a lady, not speaking ill of others, not subjecting yourself to gossip and always standing up for what you believe. There is nothing classier than elegance.
It’s Okay to Let Go
Just because someone has been a close friend for 20 years doesn’t mean you have to keep them close when you realize you’ve grown apart. It’s okay to let go of what no longer works for you.
Keep Good Company
You don’t want friends who constantly make you feel you’re in competition. You want friends who make you feel like you’re with family. Crazy, but loved.
Overdoing It is Okay…On Occasion
There will be times you have a little bit too much fun, and that’s okay. Don’t make a habit of involving yourself in unhealthy situations or habits, but every once in a while you can over do it. Stay up late, buy the expensive shoes and make those memories.
Mistakes are Okay
There’s nothing wrong with making a few mistakes in life. In fact, mistakes are awesome because they teach you a valuable lesson. Of course, you won’t feel or seem good when you make them, but eventually you’ll look back on those mistakes and say, “Wow. What a valuable lesson that taught me!”