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Coming up with a New Year’s resolution is easy; keeping it's the hard part

As another new year approaches, many try to make themselves new with the help of a new year’s resolution. 

For some, this will be the first year they’ve made one, and for others, this may be the first year they stick to it. 

For Cheryl Watson of Halifax, making resolutions is a family affair as she, her husband and her daughter all take part in the “fun” of making resolutions. But, Watson said she never keeps hers. 

This year she hopes to change that by “volunteering to help people’s needs more” and “controlling her diabetes” adding how the holidays didn’t quite help with that one. 

Cathy Doss of South Boston had a similar approach to her resolution, as she also has wanted to help others while becoming a better person. 

 “This year I really want to work on being a better person and recognizing people’s problems,” said Doss. 

 “I really want to be able to look at those who look fine on an everyday basis and dig deeper to see what’s really going on in their lives to see if I can help them out.” 

Doss usually makes resolutions but “half-way” follows through with them. This year she hopes will be different. 

Robbie Bates of Vernon Hill usually doesn’t make New Year’s resolutions. 

However, this year he said he wanted to lose weight. 

Richard Conner of Providence said he usually does pretty good following through with his resolutions because he doesn’t make many. 

 “Well, I guess you could say the first of year I’m going to have to shave since I’ve been participating in no shave November,” said Conner jokingly as he stroked his full-grown beard. 

All joking aside, Conner said 2013 was a rough year and hopes to make this one better all around. 

Chermark White of Northern Virginia said he plans to keep three resolutions this year. Usually White makes one late in December, but unfortunately he usually has given up on it before the first week of January is over. 

 “My top two things to work on this year are being fit and being an all around nicer, kinder person to all as well as being a loving, attentive person,” said White. 

 “I also want to become more financially responsible in the next year.” 

Kristy LaFluer of South Boston usually doesn’t make New Year’s resolutions, but this year she had two things to say. 

 “I want to just make a better person of myself and live life to the fullest,” said LaFluer. 

When asking about New Year’s resolutions, Thomas Anderson said he doesn’t believe in them because people don’t stick to them. 

 “I just want to make it better than last year. That’s about all you can do,” Anderson said.

Ronnie Ferrell of Halifax has a resolution that affects not only him but also his family. 

 “This year I want to better myself for my family and hopefully, find a job,” said Ferrell who has been out of work for a year. 

Silver Ray Smith of Charlotte County also hopes to get a new job for the New Year. 

 “I also hope to get in contact with my family more as well as other people I should be talking to,” said Smith who typically doesn’t make resolutions. 

 “I usually just take life as it goes, but this is something that I really need to do,” Smith added. 

From Charleston, South Carolina, Laurie Kornahrens, who came to Halifax to spend time with her daughter for the holidays, said she usually doesn’t make resolutions either. 

 “This year though I want to exercise more and eat healthier,” said Kornahrens. 

Holt Carter of South Boston hopes to improve his new year by purchasing a new house. 

“I hope to get a new house this year with the good Lord’s help,” said Carter. 

Coming from Baltimore, Rodick Bright said New Year’s resolutions shouldn’t be saved for the start of the New Year but are things we should do all year around. 

“However, this year I would like to stop procrastinating and get back into school,” said Bright. 

Saying he’s never really done resolutions because he’s never really had any vices he felt he needed to quit, Paul Ginther of Halifax has a simple approach to his resolution. 

“Stay healthy, treat people nice and be nice,” said Ginther. 

Anne and Allan Hershey also do not make resolutions because they don’t really keep them.

 “It’s good to try to be a better person, but those are things you should do year round,” said Hershey.