By Dr. Colleen Morley, DNP, RN, CCM, CMAC, CMCN, ACM-RN, FCM

For my blog this month, I have compiled my favorite sayings/ affirmations/words of wisdom related to the turning of the calendar from the old to the new year.

Sometimes we all just need a little encouragement:

"The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot."
- Michael Altshuler

"Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go. They merely determine where you start."
- Nido Qubein

"The magic in new beginnings is truly the most powerful of them all."
- Josiyah Martin

"Packaged inside of every mistake there lays a great lesson. And while I don’t want to take the mistake into the New Year, I most certainly want to take the lesson that’s packaged inside of it."
- Craig D Lounsbrough

"To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often."
- Winston Churchill

"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day."
- Edith Lovejoy Pierce

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."
- C.S. Lewis

"What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year."
- Vern McLellan

"New year — a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours."
- Alex Morritt

"The most important thing to remember is this: To be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become."
- W.E.B. Du Bois

"And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been."
- Rainer Maria Rilke

"Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one."
- Brad Paisley

I hope they help inspire you to an incredible 2023!

Bio: Dr. Colleen Morley, DNP, RN, CCM, CMAC, CMCN, ACM-RN, FCM, is the Associate Chief Clinical Operations Officer, Care Continuum for University of Illinois Health System and the current President of the Case Management Society of America National Board of Directors.  She has held positions in acute care as Director of Case Management at several acute care facilities and managed care entities in Illinois, overseeing Utilization Review, Case Management and Social Services for over 14 years; piloting quality improvement initiatives focused on readmission reduction, care coordination through better communication and population health management.

Her current passion is in the area of improving health literacy. She is the recipient of the CMSA Foundation Practice Improvement Award (2020) and ANA Illinois Practice Improvement Award (2020) for her work in this area. Dr. Morley also received the AAMCN Managed Care Nurse Leader of the Year in 2010 and the CMSA Fellow of Case Management designation in 2022. Her 1st book, “A Practical Guide to Acute Care Case Management”, published by Blue Bayou Press was released in February 2022.

Dr. Morley has over 20 years of nursing experience. Her clinical specialties include Med/Surg, Oncology and Pediatric Nursing.  She received her ADN at South Suburban College in South Holland, IL; BSN at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, FL, MSN from Norwich University in Northfield, VT and her DNP at Chamberlain College of Nursing.

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