Making a fresh start

With a new year arriving, Clovis and Portales residents are preparing to rid themselves of bad habits or committing themselves to projects, ideas or people.

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Local musician Will Banister is one of many area residents making new year's resolutions for 2013. Banister said as far as music is concerned, his resolution is to be more disciplined with his song writing and make his songs more about his personal life and experiences.

Local celebrities, such as musician Will Banister, are no exception to the new year's resolution rule.

Banister said his main resolutions pertain to his brand new home he just bought with his wife, Tessa.

"I want to build a wooden porch on my house," Banister said. "Somewhere I can go out in the mornings and drink my coffee, maybe put a swing on it and some railing. I haven't really gotten that far in the planning. Just something with a nice kind of wood and stained real nice. It's something I've always wanted to do."

Banister said other home improvements he wants to work towards are to build a fence around his yard, to stucco his house, and to add wooden base boards inside his house.

"As far as music goes, I want to get a little more disciplined on music writing," Banister said of other resolutions. "Maybe just get better about being a little more personal about it and write and sing about true things that have happened to me. I'd like to figure out how to put that into words."

The following are resolutions local Clovis and Portales residents are making regarding their own bad habits, commitments and more:

l Marcos Romero, 19, a University of New Mexico archeology student who works at Papa Murphy's when he is home in Portales between semesters, said one of his new year's resolutions is to take more risks, such as traveling more and going skydiving.

"Being a student in Albuquerque, I've seen a lot more," Romero said. "I figure if there's that much more in Albuquerque, there's that much more in the rest of the state I can see. And skydiving is because I like the adrenaline rush."

Romero said he also wants to get in better shape and eat healthier.

"If I'm able to live longer then I'm able to live life to it's fullest," he said.

l Mara Justus, 28, the front house manager at the Roosevelt Brewing Company and Public House in Portales, said she wants to quit smoking and eat healthier.

"My grandfather passed away from lung cancer a couple of years ago and my grandmother just passed away from dementia, so it's all health focus for me now."

Justus said she plans to quit real cigarettes "cold turkey" and wean herself off of the electronic cigarettes.

She said she also resolves to do well in nursing school when she begins in January.

"School is my primary focus," she said. "I've got to get focused for that and do well."

l Keyundae Jackson, a Marshall Middle School seventh-grader, said he wants to help people who don't have as much as him.

"While some people are having a happy New Year's (celebration), other people are on the streets," Jackson said.

"I might as well help out because it's the right thing to do. It will make me feel good about myself."

Jackson said he moved from Albuquerque to Clovis about six years ago. He said he used to help his father build shelters for the homeless and stray animals in Albuquerque.

l Donald Goings, 27, a sales associate at North Plains Mall, wants to quit nicotine by 2014.

Goings said he smoked cigarettes since December 2004 and switched to electronic cigarettes last October.

"Nicotine is a stimulant and it's highly addicting. I don't want to be on it anymore," Goings said.

"I'm trying to rid my body of all chemicals found in cigarettes and be as healthy as possible."

— PNT staff writer Benna Sayyed contributed

to this report.

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