Ah, the New Year. The turning of the calendar never fails to offer promise of a new chapter, the promise of change, an improved you.

Most of us know better, right? Be honest. How many times have you tried a resolution only to find it flop after a few days, at best a few weeks? Those sincere pledges to go to the gym more frequently, be more organized, stop biting your nails start out strong with the twinkling of the New Year’s lights but fizzle by Groundhog Day.

Not to worry, people. I propose a resolution that is easy to accomplish and enriches the soul. That resolution: nominate a McKnight’s Woman of Distinction. This year marks the sixth anniversary of the prestigious Women of Distinction awards, a program that continues to ignite enthusiasm and joy among all participants.

The highlight is an in-person celebration of the honorees on Tuesday, May 14, in Chicago where we will also recognize the achievements of inductees from previous years.

Eligible for recognition are women serving as direct care providers, managers, executives, corporate executives and owners in home care, home health, hospice and palliative care, as well as those working in those capacities in independent living, assisted living, memory care and life plan communities, and skilled nursing facilities. Women who serve the fields indirectly — for instance as association staff members, academicians or thought leaders — also are eligible for recognition. 

The nomination categories include Hall of Honor, Veteran VIP, Rising Star and Spirit Award. Learn more at mcknightswomenofdistinction.com.

The best part of the resolution? You only have to keep it until Tuesday, Jan. 9, the final deadline to submit nominations. I actually suggest breaking it by Friday, Jan. 5, when the price is only $89.

So what are you waiting for? Take a moment to nominate a McKnight’s Woman of Distinction. Finally, a resolution you can keep!

Liza Berger is editor of McKnight’s Home Care. Email her at [email protected].