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Newton, Rockdale residents set New Year's resolutions

45-year-old Lynn Poisson wants to continue to focus on her fitness and weight loss goals for her 2014 New Year’s resolution. (Staff photo: Jessicah Peters)

45-year-old Lynn Poisson wants to continue to focus on her fitness and weight loss goals for her 2014 New Year’s resolution. (Staff photo: Jessicah Peters)

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Jim Taylor said his New Year’s resolution is to, “be wiser.” (Staff photo: Jessicah Peters)

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60-year-old Clara Redmond of Conyers states that her New Year’s resolution is to be more active in 2014. (Staff photo: Ryan McKenzie)

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Mike Busby, 55, of Covington says that his goal for 2014 is to “live better for the Lord.” (Staff photo: Ryan McKenzie)

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Relentless Aaron of Conyers would like to see the residents of Rockdale County work together in 2014. (Staff photo: Ryan McKenzie)

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Conyers resident Jennifer Sowden, 34, plans to continue her work reaching out to the public on issues like domestic violence and teen pregnancy in the new year. (Staff photo: Ryan McKenzie)

CONYERS — As 2013 comes to an end, it’s time to reflect on the past year and set sights on what can be improved or accomplished in 2014.

We at the Citizen newspaper wanted to learn more from our readers who set goals and what resolutions will be kept for the upcoming year.

The question was easy: What is your New Year’s resolution?

While some decided not to set any, others are committed to kick off the year with achievable goals.

One Covington woman is already putting her resolution in motion. Wearing her neon green tennis shoes, Lynn Poisson, 45, said she’d just left the gym.

“I want to continue to focus on my fitness and weight loss goals,” Poisson said.

Jim Taylor of Porterdale put his goal simply.

“Be wiser,” Taylor said.

Other locals had more specific resolutions set for 2014. Jennifer Sowden, 34, of Conyers stated that she plans to continue her work with public speaking, covering controversial issues such as domestic violence and teen pregnancy.

“I’m available for churches, schools, all that, to speak about domestic violence and things that people need to talk about but aren’t really wanting to talk about,” said Sowden.

Some feel that 2014 has a higher calling for them. When asked what his New Year’s resolution is, Covington resident Mike Busby stated that his is to “live better for the Lord.”

In 2014, author Relentless Aaron would like to see Rockdale residents join forces to make the county a better place.

“The people of Rockdale work more closely together,” said Aaron when asked what he would like to happen in the new year.

Along with Poisson, there are other residents who plan to make the ever-popular resolution to exercise more often.

“I need to be a lot more active. That’s my resolution,” said Clara Redmond, 60, of Conyers.

To share your 2014 resolutions or to tell us why you don’t set New Year goals, go to www.rockdalecitizen.com and www.newtoncitizen.com or comment on the Newton Citizen or Rockdale Citizen Facebook page.

On the web

To see a video of the readers’ resolutions, go to rockdalecitizen.com or newtoncitizen.com.