December 29, 2013

This is the year...

The excitement of Christmas is over for most people and we face the new year with blank pages in our Book of Life. 

The desire to succeed and achieve at the start of a new year, secretly or otherwise, has been going on for years. New year resolutions come in many shapes and forms, are personal, and some, achievable.

A quick Google search reveals a list of most popular resolutions on From most popular to least the list includes: drink less alcohol; eat healthy food; get a better education; get a better job; get fit; lose weight; manage debt; manage stress; quit smoking; reduce/reuse/recycle; save money; take a trip; and volunteer to help others.

Another website,, reveals that 45 percent of Americans usually make new year’s resolutions but only 8 percent are successful in achieving them. Through research, they also found that 39 percent of people in their 20s achieve their resolutions but only 14 percent of people 50 and older reach their goals.

On there are a variety of reasons why we don’t achieve the new year resolutions we so heartily make. First on the list is “I have no time,” followed by “I can’t seem to stay motivated.” These two excuses, alone, seem to be motivators for the authors of self-help books.

A few North Country residents were asked if they made New Year’s resolutions. There seems to be a mix of resolutions and good intentions because some don’t make resolutions; they just act to make our world a better place.

Diane Lagree, 71, Town of Clinton historian and community outreach worker for JCEO in Churubusco, said as she gets older she hopes to be a better person.

“I find I get impatient with people and I am aware of that and want to change. Being historian for the town, I’d like to do a better job in 2014 than I did last year.”

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