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Editor's Letter

Hello, Spring!

Yeah, we’ll have a few cold snaps. It might even snow. But Spring is peeking around the corner. Yesterday my spirits were lifted by the rows of daffodils at Crescent Bend House and Gardens.

I’ve never been one to make New Year’s Resolutions. January is not a season of hope for me. It’s Spring that makes me come to life and resolve to have a better year.

Here are three things I’m going to work on. Take time to read for pleasure. I’ve had my nose in a book since I unlocked the magic of the alphabet, but recently I’ve not made time for what I consider one of life’s most enjoyable activities. I’ve only gotten a few chapters into “Educated” by Tara Westover, which was a Christmas gift. In the years before I got “too busy,”

I’d have finished that book before New Year’s Eve. I’ve made even less progress with “Grits: A Cultural and Culinary Journey through the South” by Erin Byers Murray. Walk away from the computer more. I have a standing desk, but I spend way too much time staring at a screen. I need to take more breaks. Go for a walk with a friend. Get back into yoga practice now that my broken arm has healed. Get over to the Y (a half block away!) and treat myself to a podcast while I work out on the rowing machine. Pick back up my old habit of dancing to rock and roll for 30 minutes a day.

Work on a better life/work balance. An acquaintance, catching me between back-to-back meetings a week or so ago, asked me,”Do you ever have fun?” Well, of course, I have fun. But I’m driven to perform and to exceed expectations. I have perfectionist tendencies and trouble letting go of a project until it is completed. This tenacity makes me an excellent editor, but it doesn’t necessarily make for a healthy life or good relationships with the people I love.

Today is deadline day for the March issue of VIP Knoxville, but as soon as we get finished, I think I’ll read a chapter of “Educated” and then dance around the kitchen for a while.


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