What are your new year’s resolutions?

Published 4:04 pm Friday, December 31, 2010

Staff Writer

Do you make new year’s resolutions? If so, do you keep them?
“No,” said a smiling Pat Lewis, co-owner of South Market Antiques, which opened Nov. 6 on Market Street in Washington.
On second thought, Lewis joked, she did have one resolution in mind: “To be consistent with my exercise.”
And with her business doing fairly well, Lewis isn’t excessively anxious to see the back of 2010, though she said, “I’m ready for a new year.”
Floribel Esparza, owner of La Esperanza Panaderi’a y Pasteleri’a said, “My hopes are to serve my clients better in 2011, to be better connected with the local community and for all people to remember the good in life.”
Joey Toler, executive director of the Beaufort County Arts Council, normally doesn’t make a resolution as the year turns from old to new.
“I haven’t really made one,” Toler said. “I’ve kind of been toying with one.”
He added his good wishes for the year to come.
“It has been a good year, a very good year,” Toler observed. “I’m looking forward to 2011 being even better.”
Joyce Carawan, a volunteer at the N.C. Estuarium on the Washington waterfront, initially said her resolution was to “sit in front of the TV … and, when the ball drops, I’ll say, ‘Happy new year, Joyce.’”
On reflection, she declared her hopes for, “Health and happiness, love and peace for all the people in the world.”
Jennifer Watkins, volunteer coordinator of the Estuarium, said she hadn’t thought about resolving to do things differently in the new year.
Yet Watkins, who is six-and-a-half months pregnant with her second child, indicated she was looking forward to what promises to be an exciting winter and spring.
“Just to get through all that,” she said her resolution would be, if she made one.
Local videographer and small businessman Randy Walker said his ambition was, “Maybe to survive another year.”
Making it through the year is always at the top of Walker’s priority list, he said with a laugh at his business, G.W. Walker &Sons on Main Street in Washington.
“Being that I am here today, and hopefully will be tomorrow, I have been successful,” Walker concluded. “So maybe I need to raise the bar.”
Daily News staffer Cecilia Prokos contributed to this story.