So we asked you what your resolutions were as parents, but what about ones for yourself? I remember well those early years as a mother and how important it was to take time out for myself. I hardly ever did it although I kept saying I would. Then last year I vowed to do something I’ve always wanted to do. Become a professional volleyball player.

Okay, I’m not going pro…yet, but I did sign up for a volleyball class and finally proved my theory that I had untapped volleyball potential.

I had never played before (not in high school or college or even just for fun), but I knew instinctively this was my game. I could be great. Maybe even the greatest. So I registered for a class at the Montclair Adult School (the fact that my instructor was a fifty-year-old woman provided a measure of confidence), bought knee-pads and devoted myself to become the best never-before-played-volleyball volleyball player this world had ever known.

Setting aside that time for myself was a little tricky, and it made for a more hectic schedule. I had to stuff dinner down my throat and run out the door the moment my husband walked in from work. I grumbled about class every time Monday night rolled around, complaining I really didn’t have time for it and insisting I’d rather be laying on the couch in my pajamas. But when I got to class, all those thoughts disappeared. Everything disappeared. I wasn’t anyone’s mother or wife or short order cook or maid or personal assistant or chauffer. I was just me. And I was focused on and absorbed in the game. That was an experience I hadn’t had in a long time.

This year I’m not exactly sure what my resolution will be, but I did happen to find out our very own Georgette Gilmore had herself a little spa day getaway recently. To be fair, I think it was a birthday gift, but still I wondered, “Where’s my spa day getaway?”

My sister, a small business owner and mother of three, and I have been talking about going away for a girls’ weekend for over a year now. I think this year may be the year.

Is this the year for you? What do you resolve to do for yourself in 2011?

(Photo/Flickr: JMRosenfeld)