Community members are hopeful 2019 will be a year of positive change and wish to strengthen relationships with family and friends. Others have decided the new year is a time to start focusing on self improvement and devoting time to their faith.
One member of the community says she hopes the job she landed in 2018 will be a catalyst for better things to come in 2019.
“Me and my family were struggling for a long time until I got this job, financially and emotionally, but since the finances have fallen into place all the emotions have fallen into place and everything is a lot better right now and I just want to continue that to be a better mother and a better finance,” said Amanda Jones.
Similarly, Margaret Simpson also wishes to commit to self improvement and has determined this is the year she will commit to losing weight.
“We are going on a cruise in May and I would like to be able to get in my bathing suit. It never works out but now I have a goal and now I have a reason to be ready by May,” said Simpson.
Other people looking to improve themselves in 2019 are Heather Clayton and Caleb Thompson.
Clayton and Thompson are determined to get their driver’s licenses and have had to postpone that goal due to different circumstances.
Regardless of their situation Clayton and Thompson say this is their year.
“This is the year I want to get my drivers license and I am 41 years old and I have never had a driver’s license. Ever since my boyfriend got diagnosed with cancer and has been having to drive himself to chemo – and they really don’t recommend you doing that – it is kind of a goal of mine now,” said Clayton.
Thompson has to overcome some hurdles at school to get his license, but he’s focused on making those improvements.
“I took the (drivers education) class last year and I sill don’t have my permit yet because of my grades,” said Thompson.
Other people believe a touch of faith will help empower not only themselves but peace in both the community and worldwide.
Roderick Shepard is dedicating his year to serving God and hopes others will also do the same.
“My new year’s resolution is to forget about all the foolishness in the world (and) dedicate my 2019 serving Yah which we call God,” said Shepard.
Similar to his devotion to the Lord is Alice Wilborn who says she is resolved to share her love for Christ with everyone around her in the upcoming year.
“(I want) to live more like Christ and let others see Jesus in me,” Wilborn said.
Many people’s new year’s resolutions center around helping over people.
Tavarus Young wants to help boost the economy through his business.
“My new year’s resolution is to serve the community with more tax returns than last year. For me I get to give out $50 for everyone that I serve so I boost the economy,” said Young.
Others are simply searching for peace in the world and believe they can be the stepping stone in helping people find peace within one another.
“My resolution is to help people be more kind to each other. I think the world needs a lot more of that and to continue to pray for our country so that we can become very stable,” said Anita Tarasavage.
Maggie Long shares Tarasavage’s view.
“I want peace in the world because of all this fighting going on,” said Long.
According to Chris Morris he hopes to strengthen his relationship with his significant other because he believes relationships can only get better.
“To be even better for my girl and to never give up. To never give up on our relationship and to keep going and keep getting stronger for Emily (Chadester),” said Morris.
Another relationship that is set to improve this year is the one between Clay and Isaac Albert.
According to Clay he is used to teasing his younger brother because it is fun, but he knows his brother doesn’t enjoy it and it needs to come to an end so he is determined to work on it.
“I want to be a better brother by not bullying him as much. I do it because it is fun and he is little but it is a bad thing to do,” said Albert.
Emotions stand in the way of improvement and that’s why friends Nitara Ragland and Jalen Bailey have decided to push feelings aside to work on themselves and let go of negative aspects in life.
“My new year’s resolution is to let go of negative people that stop me making my check and make me feel depressed,” said Ragland.
Bailey wants to uplift himself everyday and let go of all the negativity and start a good new year.
“(I want) to work on my emotions, work on uplifting myself and having positive things and people around me everyday,” Bailey said.