A new year brings resolutions for all

By Lesley Jenkins
star staff
ljenkins@starhq.com
The year 2004 has officially begun. The ball dropped. Confetti was scattered. Everyone went home. Now what?
Another year is here and ready to be broken in by people with resolutions.
Whether you want to admit it or not, you have a resolution or two for 2004.
Mine is to clean out my car. It used to seat four people comfortably, but now the pile of papers, files, clothes and fast food remains are about to force me out of the driver's seat and into the highway.
Approaching people about their resolutions is tough. Once that goal is printed in the paper, people feel obligated to live up to the written word.
Remember last year when you planned to exercise more, save more, laugh more?
Did you do it?
Hopefully, you followed through with those goals and now are healthy, wealthy and a little happier.
Elvie Suomanen said, "I can't think of any right now, except I hope to have a lot of money next year."
The new year has always been an opportunity to look back to the past year and to provide hope for the future.
Overall, the number one answer people gave was that they could never keep them so they didn't make them, or that they didn't have time to make them. A man and wife with three kids that appeared to be under the age of four said they didn't have time to make any resolutions.
Donald McCloud said, "I don't have one. I don't make any because I never keep them."
Terry and Lisa Pearce said, "I always break them, but this year it probably will be to have better health."
Some of the most popular answers deal with losing weight and earning more money, but some people are able to come up with some very unique answers.
Geneva Williams said, "I want to get along with others better."
Rocky Hughes said, "I told my insurance agent that I was going to simplify my life, especially my financial life as simple as possible."
John Hardin said, "I'm not going to make any, but I am going to try take my wife out more."