I Resolve: Mason Community Shares Goals for the New Year

Posted: January 13, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Thanks to the Mason community members who responded to the Gazette’s call for New Year’s Resolutions.

It’s Important to Try

I believe in making resolutions. It’s a good idea to reflect, take stock, consider ways to improve or alter one’s behavior and set goals.

My continuing resolution is to consistently exercise and eat healthy. I am impacted by the current economy and resolve to pay off bills. Another resolution is to be less materialistic. One doesn’t need five pairs of black shoes, so my plan is to reduce all unnecessary spending, especially on clothes and shoes. What better time of year to take stock of one’s self to improve, make changes, or seek to change…. succeed or fail, it is important to try!

—Linda O’Connor, legal assistant, Office of University Counsel

Don’t Aim Too High

Here’s an idea. Choose as a resolution an objective that you stand a reasonable chance of achieving. For example, my resolution for 2004 was not to use the word eponymous in any e-mails. And I kept that resolution! Now you may think I just blew it [by using the word] — but that was my resolution for 2004, not for 2009.

—Ian Fairclough, catalog/metadata librarian, University Libraries

Resolutions with a Purpose

I resolve to walk 10,000 steps each day and to put away (including recycling) all uncached items before bedtime.

Purpose A: manage weight and lung capacity

Purpose B: maintain a clean, organized, energy-saving environment

—Carol June Hooker, MS, RN, graduate student in the Computational Sciences and Informatics program

Give to Others

This Christmas will be a tough one for me and my family. Two weeks ago, I lost my grandmother to cancer. And going into the New Year without her saddens us greatly.

During my grandmother’s battle with cancer, I was able to take six weeks of leave to help care for her. This was the most rewarding thing I could’ve ever done for her. And I realize this even more so now that she’s gone.

So for my New Year’s resolution, I will make it a point to give to others before myself. I will seek out those who are ill and unable to care for themselves and offer my assistance; for two weekends out of the month. And also sign up for the ’09 mission trip to the Dominican Republic with my church.

2009 is my year to give to others!

—Rachel Harrison, administrative and maintenance coordinator, Student Centers

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