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New Year's Resolutions from Real Women

Resolutions can feel daunting, unrealistic, or even cause us to feel like failures when they don't pan out. But we love these realistic and positive resolutions from real women around the country. Here's to a happy, healthy, and goal-crushing new year!

Devin, 23, Manalapan,NJ:

"Everyone who knows me knows that "I'm sorry" basically falls out of my mouth. I constantly am apologizing for everything that happens around me. 'I'm sorry you walked into me on the subway! I'm sorry I need to ask my manager for guidance and might be disturbing her!' When in reality, there's nothing to be sorry about. So this year, I'm going to stop apologizing for things I don't have to apologize for."

Laura, 24, Glastonbury, CT:

"The resolution I had last year that I'm trying to stick with this year is moderation. I find that some weeks I'll go to the gym every day and cook healthy meals, and others I'll not go at all and stuff my face with take out every night. I need to find a way to not live with such extremes. This also applies to my phone habits–it's getting unhealthy how often I rely on my cell phone! I'm going to try and unplug every once in a while."

Rayn, 26, Washington D.C.:

"I want to use my idle time more productively. Although it's so easy to zombie-out during the week, I have to remind myself that I'm happier when I'm hooked on a good book, up-to-speed on what's going on in the world, and in touch with people I love, instead of staying up until 2 a.m. half-watching a re-run or half-taking a personality quiz. That's not to say I won't make time for the occasional Netflix veg session, I just hope to make that the exception rather than the rule."

Lauren, 27, Atlanta, GA:

"I'm breaking my habit of negative self talk. Moments before I walk in the door and turn on my charm, there is a little voice inside my head that whispers 'you can't do it' or 'you'd look better if you lost 10 pounds.' That negative inner voice that plants seeds of self-doubt is what I'd like to leave in the past. It demotivates me, keeps me from enjoying the subsequent event, and wrecks my confidence at critical moments. I plan to put a more positive spin on my inner negativity. Ideally, I'll be able to turn those seeds of doubt into motivation, and I'll take those moments to encourage myself rather than tear myself down."

Sheri, 29, Arlington, VA:

"My resolution for this year is to feel less guilty. With a full-time job, relationship, and personal goals, it's very easy to find yourself in a position where saying 'no' to an event or to a request, or even putting yourself first, can ignite a sense of guilt. This year, however, I will commit to the things that I have the capacity for and the desire to do, and confidently say no, otherwise."

Kelly, 24, Washington D.C.:

"Next year, my goal is to live a more balanced life. I tend to focus on one thing at a time—either work, or relationships, or being healthy—and then when I feel like I'm doing well at one, I discover I'm falling behind in the others. I'm going to structure my calendar so I can still give my all at work, but also exercise a few times a week, and consistently make time for friends. In the process, I hope to spend less time being hard on myself and more time just being happy!"

Natalie, 25, Denver, CO:

"The habit I want to try to break this year is defaulting to being passive in social situations. I want to be more vocal about my needs and desires in my relationships instead of just going with the flow all the time because it's the easiest thing to do."

Rachel, 27, Fairhope, AL:

"I love to sleep, bottom line. But as I get older, time goes by faster, so sleeping in until 11 a.m. on Saturday and/or Sunday takes up so much precious time. I could be doing something to better myself or spend it with the ones I love. I used to get so mad when I was little when my Dad would wake us up and say 'Do something productive.' But now I'm starting to see where he was coming from. Although I will always love to sleep in (who doesn't), my goal is to not do it as often and enjoy my mornings."