Posted by: devonellington | January 9, 2023

More Me

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More Me

One of the many annoyances around the turn of the year, that stuck in my craw more than usual, was the whole, “New Year, New Me” mantra.

I don’t want a “new” me.

I’ve done a lot of work in the past couple of years on the me that I am, and I’m getting to like that person most of the time (or at least, respect her).

Prior to the last move in the summer of 2021, I’d lost a lot of what I liked about myself, and I’ve worked hard to get those things back, while also evolving to be more of who I want to be.

In other words, “more me.”

While I am far from perfect, the whole “new me” concept suggests something was “wrong” with the “old me” and I think that can often derail positive growth. I don’t want to be a different person. I want to be more of the best parts of me, while working on the parts of me that need healing or improvement.

Also, as I age, “new me” sounds like I should be traded in for a younger, shinier version. You know what? I’ve earned my age, and while there are things I don’t like about aging, I’ve had a lot of great and transformational experiences I wouldn’t give up.They are part of what makes me “me.”

This year is not about being “new.” It’s about being “more.”

More in terms of creativity, health, compassion, and laughter, for starters. More in terms of boundaries and elements (physical and psychological) that make me feel secure and stable (while knowing those are often fleeting).

How do you plan to be “more” you this year?



  1. I want to be more for me also. I want more reading time, more writing time, more family time, and more fun time. With age you realize time is getting short so do more of what you enjoy.

  2. […] GDR post this week is about “More Me” rather than the mantra thrown at us every year about a “new […]

  3. Good for you!

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