As you start this new year, what goals have you set for yourself? To help you get off on the right foot, we’ve designed a special issue to help make this your best year ever. We believe you have everything you need to achieve whatever your heart desires—but you just might need a push. Keep in mind that there are only four essential elements to living the life you deserve: good health, a positive attitude, faith and financial security.

For the ultimate mental and physical hookup, turn to “Your Best Health in Your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and Beyond” (page 65), then get your financial life in order with “The Smart Black Woman’s 2008 Money & Investing Guide” (page 100). For additional inspiration, read our annual ageless beauties feature (page 88) and discover the wellness secrets of sisters from 34 to 72—women who ski and run marathons, and have killer bodies to boot!

Need some help mapping out your own 2008 strategy? Grab a girlfriend, copy this page, and complete our Getting the Life I Deserve pledge. Then exchange copies and check in together throughout the year to cheer each other on and celebrate as you both make your dreams come true. E-mail me at to let us know the goals you and your friend have set. And remember, 2008 is your year to shine!




Credit: Carlo Dalla Chiesa

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