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Locals share New Year's resolutions
James Jett, 69, exercises Saturday morning on a bike at USA Gym. Asked about his New Year's resolution, Jett said, "about 20 more pounds. I've lost 75 already."

The New Year begins this week (hello, 2020!) and there’s no better time to set goals than the beginning of a new decade. So, we asked those in our community to share their plans and resolutions for 2020.

For starters, a New Year’s resolution is a promise a person makes with some goal to improve life in the coming year. Resolutions can come in many forms. Some people make a promise to change a bad habit, such as quitting smoking or spending less money.

Check out the list below for encouragement and inspiration, especially if you’ve yet to form your own resolutions. Their new year, new-me attitude of self-improvement is actually quite contagious.

For Vanessa Dyer, she is getting serious about her goals for 2020, especially when it comes to building her business.

“My word for 2020 is actually two – level up,” said Dyer. “I plan on cutting my work schedule down to four days a week and travel every quarter whether for continued education or personal fun. So work less, make more and play more.”

With the New Year approaching, many people tend to add fitness goals to the top of their to-do-lists, including Dennis Keener.

“I’m definitely planning on eating less to get rid of my gut,” said Keener. “I also want to complete my van rebuild, which is the dopest wheelchair van in town, by lowering it and making some upgrades.”

Others expressed their intentions on making spiritual gains by committing to resolutions such as reading the Bible more, getting involved in ministry at church and striving to be more Christ-like.

 “I want to be more calm and spiritual like the Buddha and if possible not have the same BMI as the Buddha,” said School Board member Teddy Jones jokingly. “I do want to give yoga a try for calming and we are starting an in-depth study soon of the book of Isaiah at the Bluff.”

Added Tony Lawrence, “My New Year’s resolution is to be more aware of how I answer people who have Bible questions. ‘Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one’ – Col. 4:6.”

“My resolution is be happy, healthy and helpful to others,” said Kim Cantrell. “I plan on relaxing more and making plans with friends to do one good deed a month as a group to really impact the lives of others.”

For some, the pursuit of knowledge is worth a greater commitment.

“My New Year’s resolution is to ask more questions,” said Katie Kemezis. “I tend to turn to books for answers and don’t give the time I should to learning from the people around me and strangers I meet. I hope by adopting the mantra of ask more questions, I’ll remind myself to slow down and take more time learning from others and appreciating the knowledge they hold.”

At the McMinnville Fire Department, public safety and fire prevention are always top resolutions, according to Marty White.

“Our main New Year’s resolution is continued public safety,” said White. “We go into daycares and schools along with other places to give fire prevention classes and speeches.”