The Alpha Woman: Secrets of strong, successful women

Jan 1, 2014 at 3:00 a.m. ET

You are a ferocious lady tiger. Remember that as you enter 2014.

Drill Sergeant Lopez

They follow you everywhere you go. Those bright, boisterous January headlines telling you to lose weight, quit smoking, spend less, give more, eat kale, do yoga, save money, learn how to basket weave, etc. Enough. I have an idea. Let's start the year without boundaries. Let's feel strong, beautiful, independent, fearless and full of possibility. That's it. No juice cleanses. Here are some inspiring stories to get you started.

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