New year’s resolutions vary among citizens

Published 11:59 pm Wednesday, December 31, 2008

From every indication, 2009 is going to be the year for improvements — from one’s life and health to home.

It is a long tradition to make New Year’s resolutions; however, many Covington County residents had to pause and think before declaring their upcoming goals.

Callie Hatchett of Andalusia said she was going to wait before committing herself to a specific goal.

“I’ve still got the whole day to decide,” she said. “I really haven’t studied hard about it, but I know I’m going to make one — just not sure what yet.”

Darlene Hogg stuck with the traditional “lose weight” resolution.

“Definitely I say I’m going to lose some weight and I think be more regular at church,” she said.

However, Shawn Smallwood of Andalusia said he “had lost enough weight in ’08” and instead, in 2009, was going to focus on his career.

“I work offshore in the oil industry,” he said. “I really want to advance and go as far as I can this year — that’s my goal.”

Husband and wife David and Katie Johnson, who celebrated their 14th wedding anniversary Wednesday, jokingly said their goal was to make it to 15 years without killing each other.

“No, really we want to take the time — we just bought a new house — to really do some work on it,” Katie said. “We want to work inside and out, maybe even get some landscaping done.”

Darien May said she had three goals for 2009.

“I want to spend less money; exercise more and spend more time with my family,” she said.

Monika Randon, who lives in Enterprise but works at Larry’s BBQ in Andalusia, said she wasn’t sure what she was going to do, but she knew there were three things that were for certain.

“I’m going to work some, eat some good food and live life to the fullest,” she said. “Who could want more?”