Resolutions vary for local residents ready for new year

With a new year come new resolutions. Whether you managed to hold yourself to last year’s resolutions or not, Jan. 1 marks a clean slate and new opportunities.

Some resolutions focus on personal, physical or mental improvements, some focus on the completion of projects and some look outward into the world. Regardless of the goal, resolutions can be found in all walks of life.

The CDT hit the streets Tuesday to find out what Centre County residents have planned for 2015.

Improving one’s physical fitness is a common New Year’s resolution, and several people were looking forward to a new fitness regimen.

Osuman Cande, 32, of State College, said he wants to focus on exercising, particularly playing basketball, to get fit. He hasn’t started practicing yet, he said, but is mentally preparing for the upcoming physical work.

As one turns to sports for his workout, another is looking to yoga. Carlyn Schumway, 50, of Bellefonte, said she’s tried doing yoga before but fell out of it. She’s already started checking out classes at TriYoga, of Bellefonte.

“I’m really going to learn it this time,” she said.

Getting your checkbook under control can be a challenge as well. Zack Butler, 30, of State College, is trying to save more money in this upcoming year.

“I’m really just trying to cut down on expenses,” he said, saying he’s started eating out less and using his credit card less.

Rachel Rasmussen, 21, a Penn State student, said she’s bad at calling people back. In the digital age, it’s easy to ignore a call and forget about it.

“I want to better communicate with my long-distance friends,” she said. With friends in Oklahoma, she has plenty of opportunity to work on it.

Sometimes a resolution is finding joy in the small things. Borough communications coordinator Courtney Hayden, 29, said she wants to find joy in completing tasks, following through on them and leaving nothing unfinished.

“It’s a very Buddhist mind-set,” she said. “You have to get rid of the negativity. Just take 20 seconds to revel in the joy of completing small tasks.”

Outdoor time with friends is important to Schlow Centre Region Library Director Cathi Alloway. She resolved to better carve out time for physical activities.

She let physical activity lapse this past year, she said, but now that she’ll be turning 60 in January, she wants to better utilize her time with others.

“I’m going to better schedule time to go biking and fly-fishing with my friends,” she said. “The return on keeping physical is just so great.”

Even the ultimate man on street has a New Years goal. Eugene Brown, the bronze, iPad-reading statue in front of Schlow, is looking for new Twitter followers, Alloway said.

Installed in early September, the representation of the 20th and 21st century was given his own Twitter handle, @DTEugeneBrown, prior to installation.

“He wants 500 followers this year,” Alloway said. “I think he can make it.”