According to the U.S. government, popular resolutions nationwide are being more fit, consuming less food and drink, sharing more time with family, volunteering, learning a new skill, getting a better job, saving money and quitting smoking.
Whether attainable from Jan. 1 forward or part of a yearlong process, New Year’s resolutions are popular in Cobb County as well.
Local leaders shared their goals, ranging from the classic to the specific.
Acworth Mayor Tommy Allegood said civic matters and long-term goals are on his mind.
“As the mayor for Acworth and executive director for Cobb Community Foundation, I am always thinking about how to make a difference in the lives of people of the people in my life,” he said. “So in 2013, I am going to focus on making differences that make life better for my community, the foundation, my wife Carol and my children, and the next generation.”
Powder Springs Mayor Patricia Vaughn expressed a variety of changes to her routine and a deepened commitment to already positive activities.
“I resolve to take a 30-minute walk every day and smile while walking; to live with the three E’s, which are Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy; to read more books; to spend more time with family; and to spend more time with the elderly and youth,” she said. “I will practice healthful eating. I resolve to remember that I am in charge of my own happiness, to smile and laugh more, and always do the right thing.”
State Sen. Lindsey Tippins (R-west Cobb), the 2012 West Cobb Citizen of the Year, said he wants to continue an ongoing momentum.
“I don’t have any resolutions, but with each passing year, my loved ones and my friends are dearer to me, and I have an increased appreciation for them,” he said. “I’ll try to do what I’ve always done — try to work hard, try to play hard and be a good steward of all the opportunities the good Lord puts in my life in the coming year. That’s pretty much the game plan.”
Powder Springs City Manager Brad Hulsey said his plans for a fresh start have a familiar ring.
“I have too many. They’re the old standards. I need to take better care of myself. I want to do more with my family. I want to read my Bible more,” he said. “I resolve, really, to be the best person I can be in every way imaginable.”
Smyrna City Councilman Ron Fennel said time management is an important goal.
“I resolve to spend more quality time with my beautiful wife Cindy and our two young sons, Hunter, 6 and Walker, 5,” he said.
Marietta Councilman Johnny Sinclair echoed one of the perennial national favorites.
“My resolution is to completely cut sugar out of my diet, and I may need assistance from the general public,” he said. “If you see me with a candy bar, knock it out of my hand.”
Austell Mayor Joe Jerkins weighed in with one of the most popular vows.
“I resolve to do more exercise,” he said. “I used to do more. I need to start back.”