A year has passed. One year since that last New Year's resolution. But it's that time again when individuals across the country will declare that this year they will change one aspect of their life.
So what is your New Year's resolution?
Several Lawrence residents decided to share what they would or would not vow to change in the next 365 days.
Perhaps one of the more common types of resolutions among Lawrence residents involved changing bad habits.
This year, Philip Rothmann vowed that he would try and turn to books instead of the television.
"I want to watch less television and read more," Rothmann said.
Changing eating habits was the topic of concern for another Lawrence man.
Eric Matthews, who works at the Lawrence Public Library, said that this year he would "quit eating so much junk food."
Some residents geared their resolutions toward future goals.
A few resolved to find jobs, and others vowed to finish college.
"I just graduated so I'd like to find a permanant career," said Whitney Black, also an employee at the Lawrence Public Library.
One Lawrence woman pledged to continue her education.
"My New Year's resolution is to get into the best Ph.D. program that I can," said Julia Portenier.
A few Lawrence residents decided that this year they would pay more attention to their loved ones.
"To be sweeter to my wife. To fawn over her every move," Rick Frydman, attorney, said regarding his resolution for 1999.
Sandra Zender, homemaker, also resolved to pay more attention to loved ones. She said that her resolution for the New Year was to see her friends more often.
Resolutions are essentially a way to think about the future. Jeff Southard, lawyer, devised a resolution that would help him out for next year's holiday season.
"I'm going to save some money every month and save for next Christmas," he said.
Southard said that this way of saving would make the final result come easier.
"It's easier to save $10 every week than $1,000," Southard said.
Establishing a resolution for the New Year is easy, but actually keeping the resolution may be a different story. But some say that it can be done.
"You have got to put your mind to it, set goals. That's all it takes...a little willpower," said Chuck Jacobs, GIS technician.
So what is the point of resolutions and why do people feel compelled to make them every year?
Perhaps it is the need for change.
"It's the start of the new year...changes...people feel like they have to do something different," said Justin Erickson, restaurant manager, whose resolution was to pay all of his bills.
Although many residents resolved that they would try to become better in some way, a few individuals said that they thought New Year's resolutions were pointless.
"I don't do those things. You never keep them," said Lynette Hosek, substitute teacher.
Ricky Lawner, graduate student, said simply that he felt that resolutions were not the solution for lifesyle changes.
"I think that if you really want to get something done you probably shouldn't make a resolution," Lawner said.
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