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New Year’s resolutions can be kept – with a little work and help

Jennifer L. Grubbs

As we get ready to put away our 2008 calendar, it’s only normal to think about what we want to do differently in 2009.

That’s where all of those New Year’s resolutions that people make come in.

The problem is that it’s easy to say we’re going to lose weight, stop spending as much and save more money, volunteer more, spend more time with family and friends, quit smoking or chewing tobacco, stop drinking so much, go to church more, get organized, become more environmentally conscious, follow national and world news more, get involved with a cause, reconnect with old friends, stop worrying and stressing so much, sleep more, become a better person and anything else we think we need to work on. After a few weeks, actually following through with our resolutions can seem downright impossible.

That’s the reason the Daily Press is offering some ideas and resources for keeping five popular resolutions:

• Volunteering more

• Achieving weight loss and/or better fitness

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• Saving more and spending less

• Quitting smoking

• Getting help for an addiction problem

We all know that the yearlong will to keep our resolutions does not appear magically with the drop of the ball at midnight on TV. It takes work throughout the coming year – and it takes the help of family, friends and community support systems.

But our resolutions can give us a guide for what we want to happen in 2009. Making a plan to achieve our goals with the resolutions is the first step.

And that’s how we can get going on the path to success: one step at a time.

Happy New Year, Craig and Moffat County.

Jennifer L. Grubbs

Editor, Craig Daily Press