2013: Resolving to Redefine, Relax, and Reacquaint

I've been a mom for nearly 18 years, a daughter, editor and a host of other titles; I think it's time to be me.


I know, I know....the vast majority of people who make New Year's resolutions break them by February. However, I like making them, even if they're a re-do from last year.

So, here's my pitch for 2013: to take care of myself first. In fact, it's something we should all do.

It wasn't until recently that I realized that most people identified me as either being an editor or a mom. So, as my daughter's departure for Arizona to attend school there after graduation looms, friends fretted over what would become of me.

That was a wake-up call to me to redefine my priorities. I'm generally the person to leave a social gathering first or ignore them altogether. Call it a misplaced sense of virtue, but I realized I'm not doing my near-adult child any favors by hovering at home, and after all it's OK to be self-centered, in a good way.

Truthfully, we all could use a little 'me' time and don't have to constantly be the slave to so many masters. I'd even go so far as to say no permanent harm will come to the universe if we all took it easy on ourselves and relaxed every one in a while. It may make us more congenial, even when we're talking politics.

Call it a commitment to say 'yes' to more opportunities, and not just to more commitments. I'm worth it.

So I raise a glass to you, toast to the new year, and hope you join me in saying 'Here's to me.'

Happy New Year!

james b leonard III January 01, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Good for you Denise,I've always believed that if you dont look after yourself and are not happy in your own skin your no-good to yourself or anyone around you that counts on you ,one way or another.So that certainly is'nt a selfish way to live or think,the only sensible way really.I wish you and your family a healthy,happy and relaxed new year!!!!!
Denise Konkol January 01, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Thanks James - I think we're all wired to take care of others, and we do, often overlooking the obvious. 2013 will be a landmark year and I look forward to the changes it's going to bring.
Gail @ Curves January 01, 2013 at 06:11 PM
No need to over think this. I'm just gg to adopt ur resolution, Denise. In fact , I'm practicing the relax right now next to the wave pool at Great Wolf Lodge. Life is good!


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