10 Ways To Celebrate Womanhood in 2016


New Year’s Eve. I always have this grandiose vision of what it should look like. The perfect, sparkly dress; a room filled with great friends and laughter; the man of my dreams suddenly appearing just before midnight; peacefully letting go of the past year; joyfully welcoming the new year; dancing in a sea of floating confetti; the sound of champagne corks popping . . . Um, okay, perhaps I could manage my expectations a bit.

What New Year’s Eve actually looks like: fighting through the crowds, overpriced tickets, not-so-great food, waiting (forever) for a cab, trying to navigate snow and ice in heels, and counting down the seconds until I’m back at home in my cozy pj’s. In recent years, I’ve been perfectly content celebrating with a handful of friends over a nice dinner and calling it a night.

On the other hand, I absolutely love New Year’s Day. We’re waking up to a whole new year! A fresh start, new chapter, blank slate. The possibilities are endless.

In setting goals for 2016, we often think about ways to improve personally. I started thinking about womanhood. Gender is so often overlooked yet such a fundamental part of us. God intentionally made us female – how can we better embrace and express that in the new year?

In 2015, we saw some big challenges to traditional womanhood. For example, the movie Fifty Shades of Grey was a blockbuster hit, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, and popular culture has wholeheartedly embraced the concept of gender identity.

Standing for true femininity while under this wave of liberalism can seem futile and overwhelming. Fighting the culture wars, however, doesn’t always have to be done on a grand scale. Change begins on an individual level. Intentionally embracing womanhood at home and in our circles can slowly turn the tide. And, more importantly, it really is something to be excited about!

Here are 10 ways to celebrate womanhood in 2016:

  1. Read and learn about womanhood and femininity. If you’ve never taken time to understand the roles of women or feminine traits, grab a book, make some hot chocolate, and curl up on the couch. It’s worth the investment of time. Check out my Resources tab here for suggestions. In addition, I recommend anything by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Mary Kassian, or John Piper.
  2. Welcome people to your home. Whether it’s for a quick cup of coffee or for a large party, make friends feel comfortable and loved through your hospitality.
  3. When choosing outfits, remember that you are worthy of getting attention for the right reasons.
  4. You don’t have to be superwoman. We can’t actually have it all, all at the same time. Nor are we supposed to.
  5. Let men take the lead. So often we get frustrated that men are not more assertive. However, sometimes we don’t give them the opportunity to lead. Especially if you’re Type A (like me), it can be easy to take the reins. This year, try to give the men in your life room and encouragement to be the leaders they’re meant to be.
  6. Embrace our feminine traits. Our culture so often encourages women to shed any softer characteristics, especially in the workplace. These are part of who we are!
  7. It really is the inside you that counts. Of course, it’s important to be healthy and to take care of our bodies. But we’re meant to have curves. And getting older is actually a privilege. Not everyone gets the chance.
  8. Encourage and affirm the men in your life. Our role as a helper is invaluable.
  9. Invest in female friendships. These sisterhood bonds are irreplaceable.
  10. Make your house a home. No matter your marital status or family situation. No one can make your home as special as you can.

Femininity can be expressed in a variety of ways. This is by no means an exclusive or exhaustive list. Rather, these are a few things to consider in the months ahead.

Ladies, let us not drop the ball on recognizing the honor of womanhood this year. Instead, as we count down to the new year, let’s embrace it, celebrate it, and let our femininity sparkle in 2016.

I wish each of you a healthy, safe, and blessed new year filled with peace and love!

What’s one of your New Year’s resolutions?

7 Comments

Valla
Reply December 31, 2015

Hi Stephanie! Great post. Have you ever read Wild at Heart by John Eldredge? I love this book and we have read it multiple times - especially as we raise our 2 boys. He has also written a book on women - Captivating - but honestly I didn't think it was as good as Wild at Heart. Just thought I would pass along! Hope you have a wonderful New Year!

    Stephanie
    Reply December 31, 2015

    Hi Valla! I literally have Captivating sitting on my coffee table but haven't read it yet! Thank you so much for the suggestion - I'll get Wild at Heart, too. Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year!

      Valla
      Reply January 11, 2016

      I'd love to hear what you think of both books!

Camille
Reply December 31, 2015

Great list, Steph-- happy New Year!

    Stephanie
    Reply December 31, 2015

    Thank you so much, Camille!! A Very Happy New Year to you, too!

Leanne Lucas
Reply January 11, 2016

As a woman past sixty, I was a young wife and mother in a much different world. It's hard not to get discouraged when I look at the direction our culture seems to be going. But then I read things like this and my hope is restored. God is still at work in young women like you and I'm grateful for that. Keep writing!

    Stephanie
    Reply January 12, 2016

    Thank you so very much, Leanne! My hope for this blog is that it will be a place where women can encourage each other and that God is ultimately glorified. We're certainly going against the tide, so thank you for being that encouragement to me today!

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