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New Year, new town

New Years’ resolutions about more than self improvement
Jan 02, 2018

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News


As the clock struck midnight crossing over into 2018 Monday morning, it signified a new beginning for many who resolved to be better in some way or another in the New Year.

Some resolutions were realistic goals, such as reaching out to family more often. Other resolutions were all in jest.

Jim Miller jokingly suggested that his goal in 2018 is to win the lottery. As he stood behind the counter at his store Brown Bear’s Basket Antique Mall, Kent White sat in a chair chatting with him.

“You should stop smoking,” White suggested as a resolution.

“I’d have to start first,” Miller said with a boisterous laugh.

Miller’s real resolution for 2018 is to bring 10 more antique dealers to his store in an effort to bring more people to downtown Mt. Pleasant. “We’re at 28 dealers now,” Miller said. “We’re going to have it up to 38 and lots more junk — I mean antiques,” he corrected himself with a laugh.

As a member of Mt. Pleasant City Council, White resolves to help make Mt. Pleasant a better place to life. The key word here is “help,” something he is very adamant about.

When asked how he would go about helping, White said, “I don’t have to give away how I’m going to do it, I’m just going to help do it.”

While some goals revolve around improving a business or working to improve the town, Sam Riepe’s number one goal is to strengthen his marriage, starting by complimenting his wife more often. Riepe said his wife compliments him all the time and it is always an encouragement to him. It’s time he does the same.

Riepe said although he has made resolutions in the past, he has never taken them too seriously. This time is different. “I think about (complimenting my wife) an awful lot,” Riepe said. “I need to learn how to vocalize what I already think and feel.”

“You can overthink things,” he continued. “It almost feels insincere like when you miss wishing someone a happy birthday and you continue to put it off until it’s too late.”

Crystal Boulton has resolutions related to bettering her relationship with family as well. She said the main focus of life ought to be staying connected to family, so this year she resolves to make more phone calls and keep appointments with family members.

“There are so many days that go ‘schwoop’ right by and I think, ‘Do I have a New Years’ resolution?’ Nope,” Boulton said, which is how she came up with this idea.

Last year, Boulton purposefully didn’t make resolutions. She said it was kind of nice not to have resolutions to live up to, but at the end of the year, she realized she also didn’t make any improvements.

To keep this years’ resolution, she is going to set short-term goals along the way. For example, she may try to contact all the “A” names in her family in January. Or she will set a number of family members she wants to contact each month. Or she might set a goal of reaching out to family 100 times throughout the year and break that down.

“It seems to me if I have too many items in the fire, you try to be a jack of all trades and end up with nothing,” Boulton said, explaining why she believes with resolutions there also has to be small goals to achieve.

As the new year approached, there were a lot of people who hadn’t considered making resolutions or hadn’t yet had time to think about it. For Karl Schaefer, resolutions are more about trying to let go of things there is no control over. Other people, like Ellen Spence, decided outright not to consider a resolution in the first place.

“If I don’t make any, I don’t break them and I don’t feel bad about breaking them,” Spence said. “I finally got old enough to realize they don’t work.”

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