Johnson City Press staff share their resolutions for the New Year

Johnson City Press • Dec 31, 2018 at 12:08 PM

It’s the time of year again. Gym memberships skyrocket and consumers stock up on in exercise clothes and vow to lose 20 pounds. 

However, staff writer Brandon Paykamian reported earlier this week that, according to a University of Scranton study, 90 percent of fitness resolutions end in failure. 

Thankfully, none of the New Year’s resolutions submitted to Mountain Mischief from the Johnson City Press staff have anything to do with fitness. 

“My New Year's resolution is to pay someone an honest compliment each day. It should come naturally and from the heart.” — Robert Houk, senior reporter

”To travel somewhere I've never been, but have wanted to go. There are several places across America I want to see. I'm leaning toward Boston or Los Angeles, but I might end up somewhere totally different.” — Jeff Birchfield, sports writer

“I didn't do resolutions for a long time, mostly because I knew I would never keep them. A couple of years after my last failed attempt at ‘eating better,’ or ‘going to the gym more,’ I decided a resolution should add something to my life rather than take something away. This year, I decided that my goal is to fill my life with more experiences, so I'm resolving myself to go to two live music shows per month (preferably of artists I've never listened to before). The goal isn't necessarily to find music that I like – it's more to support artists and the local venues hosting those artists. 

I gave myself a bonus round of one live theater show per month, but I'll be happy just to make a habit of exploring more live music.” — Jessica Fuller, entertainment writer

"Usually, I try to keep my New Year’s resolutions simple and manageable. But for 2019, I want to try something big. I want to spend more time writing for myself outside of my work as a journalist once again. It’s been years since I attempted any fiction, so starting this year, I’d like to try to write my own novel again. This time, I’ll remember to keep it on a backup drive. Not doing this in college caused me to lose an entire story I had almost finished when someone stole my laptop." – Brandon Paykamian, staff writer

“I have been thinking about it for a few years now, but I am committed to becoming better with a video camera this year. That goes both for new stories and also with posting hiking stories on YouTube. Now if I can just find the time to edit!” — John Thompson, staff writer

Share your New Year’s resolutions with us by emailing them to tempo@johnsoncitypress.com

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