Most of us still resolve

pseligson@newsobserver.comDecember 30, 2013 

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    “Just stay motivated,” she said. “Whatever you put your mind to, you can do.”

The New Year resolution is a tradition, but many of us find it hard to keep that promise throughout the year.

Still, we try, and this year will be no exception.

“My New Year’s resolutions is to be less critical more often,” said Aaron Stevenson, 37, of Smithfield. “It will give people the chance to focus on what they’re doing right, I suppose, and to feel more accepted. That’s a good thing.”

Stevenson wasn’t sure how he’d stick to his resolution. “I’ll figure it out as I go along,” he said.

Stevenson’s advice for others was sound. “Write it down and put it some place visible,” he said. “Get the support of family and friends. And, of course, offer to support other people in their resolutions. Make it a network, make it a group plan, you know?”

Miracle Taylor and Dawn Thomas are engaged and recently moved to Johnston County from the D.C. area.

Taylor’s New Year’s resolution is to quit smoking. “I have children that have asthma, and I want to try not to add that to their environment,” he said.

Taylor said he plans to find the reasons why he smokes and direct that energy toward another outlet.

His tip on how to keep a resolution? “Keep your word,” he said.

Thomas plans to lose some weight. Since moving here, she has gained 20 pounds, she said.

“Pretty much everything else I said I was going to do, I’ve done,” Thomas said, noting that moving away from Maryland was a goal this past year. “That’s the only one left I guess I have to add since I didn’t plan on gaining the weight when I moved down here.”

Her advice? “Just stay motivated,” she said. “Whatever you put your mind to, you can do.”

Thomas plans to lose the weight by exercising, including walking, and getting her boys to keep her active.

Amiee Chard, a sixth-grader at Archer Lodge Middle School, wants to act like herself more often. “Sometimes when other people are around, I act different,” she said. That’s especially true when she’s around her family, she said.

Last year Aimee had a New Year’s resolution she didn’t keep. “It was to be more nice with my sisters and not fight with them,” she said. “At the beginning of the year, I was being really nice to them, but then we got in arguments like how families get in arguments, but they always work it through.”

Her sister, Sara Chard, a seventh-grader at Archer Lodge Middle, wants to be more courageous this year. “Like, stand up for myself and stand up for other people,” she said. “Because I get really scared, and people, they put me down, so yeah, be more courageous.”

Her advice? “To just go through it, and remind yourself every day that you can do it, and keep yourself going, and have faith in yourself,” she said.

Their mother, Anissa Chard, wants to be on social media less this year. “It just takes up too much of my time,” she said. “It makes me forget the people around me.”

Chard plans to make it a habit to spend less time on Facebook and Twitter and to spend that time with her family instead.

Her husband, Tony Chard, doesn’t have a new New Year’s resolution; he’s continuing a goal he started in June. So far, Tony has lost 35 pounds. He’s currently at 285 and is trying to get down to 200.

“I don’t normally do New Year’s resolutions,” he said. “I don’t think we need a start date to start something new.”

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