New year brings new resolutions — for some

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer

New year’s resolutions — some people make them, some don’t. Some embrace them, and some fear them.

According to a report published in the Miami Herald, six months after Jan. 1, only 46 percent of those who make New Year’s resolutions have fulfilled them.

With Portales schools nearing the start of the winter semester, principal Melvin Nusser revealed a resolution he’ll take with him when school starts again.

“I guess if I was going to make one, it would be that our faculty and staff stay healthy and all our kids are safe, and that we continue to achieve good things,” Nusser said.

But does he make any resolutions for himself?

“No, I don’t do that,” Nusser said. “I don’t have enough self-discipline to make one and then keep it past tomorrow.”

Dora athletic director and basketball coach Ty Thatcher said he didn’t make any either, but he understands why people commit to them.

“I never really have (made them),” Thatcher said. “I think they’re good to test people’s ability to stick with stuff. It’s good for people who are trying to test their courage and try to lose weight, or whatever they want to make better in their lives.”

Portales city manager Debi Lee and her family seems to be the exception when it comes to making New Year’s resolutions. They made five of them, and they are typically the same every year.

The Lee’s resolutions ranged from doing kind things for others to spending more time with family.

“We sat down with our family New Year’s morning and made them,” Lee said.
Lee also said that making family resolutions has brought their clan closer together over the years.

“We’ve been doing this since (our kids) were little guys,” Lee says. “When it’s a family set of goals, everybody is held accountable. It helps to teach the kids to set goals and work toward them.”

And according to Lee, Portales city employees will be making some professional resolutions soon.

“I have the department heads do (resolutions), too,” Lee said. “They’ll do it at our staff meeting on (next) Tuesday.”

Top 10 New Year’s resolutions, according to About.com:
Pittsburgh:
1. Spend more time with family
2. Fit in fitness
3. Tame the bulge
4. Quit smoking
5. Enjoy life more
6. Quit drinking
7. Get out of debt
8. Learn something new
9. Help others
10. Get organized