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  • Rogue Valley residents set goals for 2014

    Rogue Valley residents set challenges large and small for themselves in the new year
  • The slate is clean. The bad taste from all those things you meant to accomplish last year was replaced at midnight by the minty-fresh taste of New Year's possibility.
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  • The slate is clean. The bad taste from all those things you meant to accomplish last year was replaced at midnight by the minty-fresh taste of New Year's possibility.
    We asked a baker's dozen worth of people for their 2014 resolutions. Some were as simple as flossing more, some as ambitious as writing a book. What's your plan for the New Year?
    Work more and get my name out there more. I'm a general contractor within the valley. I've been in the field for over 12 years. I'm trying to get my name back out there. I took a leave of absence for a couple of years when the economy went down, and now I'm back in it. I do siding, windows, insulation and general remodels.
    Not to work so hard. I want to slow down a little bit and not take on so many jobs at once; I've been on a roll. I've been doing two-and-a-half jobs, construction clean-up, Pioneer Village and then dog-sitting.
    Stay healthy, make it day to day and get through my last year-and-a-half of teaching. The goal is to get through 2014 and get to 2015. I'll be 65 next year at this time. I teach at the county juvenile detention center over on 10th Street in Medford. I teach all of the high school expulsions. The challenge is to get them back on the right track, whether it's academically or with their choices outside of school and the classroom, hoping to have a positive impact and see if they can turn it around.
    2013 was a good year. If I could repeat 2013, I would be very happy. There was nothing really exceptional, it was just a good year overall. Nothing bad happened, it was good life, a good year health-wise and in every way.
    To be more fit and to get out more. It makes me feel better and it helps, with school being stressful. I go to Auburn University, and I want them to win (the BCS college football championship). I do photography, and I'm trying to do more with that, too. I do weddings, so I would like to advertise myself more.
    I just went to the dentist. I need to floss more. I didn't have any cavities, but I've got to floss.
    Just that we have a great year, for everybody. For everybody to get out of their cars and get out there and see the world. To see the things I see every day, the sky, the clouds and the fog. If you look around the neighborhood in Jacksonville, it's beautiful.
    We retired last year and didn't have a lot of time to put into ourselves. This year we're going to work on getting healthy, walking, eating better, learning to retire and relax. You do have to learn to be a retired person; I heard it takes about six months. Then we have to learn to live together again. We've been married almost 44 years, and we only had two or three weeks together, 24/7. Now it's 24/7 together again, there's definitely a learning curve.
    I don't make New Year's resolutions, because they always get broken. I forget about them. It's like saying I'm not going to eat cookies. Well, I'm going to eat cookies. I have no idea (when I came close to keeping one), it's been five years ago, and I don't remember what it was.
    To be kind-hearted. To treat others the way I would want to be treated. I want to improve at it, asking God to help me.
    I often make resolutions, but not around New Year's. I will finish my book, I promise. I began writing a couple of years ago. It's about women's bedroom success stories: "Treasure Between the Sheets, How Eight Women Radically Changed Their Sex Lives Without Changing Partners."
    I haven't made one this year. I usually do, but this year we have a new baby, so I haven't thought about it. If I had one, it would be about the baby. My husband I will decide on the things we want to get done with him during this new year and decide on the amount of discipline — the carrots versus the sticks, etc.
    To finish the move to Jacksonville from Las Vegas. We started the process two years ago. We just drove through on vacation, fell in love with the town and bought a house. Hopefully, this year we'll get to move in. We still own a house in Las Vegas and my husband is still working in Las Vegas. He's a family practice physician. It's (about) leaving the job and selling the house, but we're not underwater, and we'll be OK. But we've got to convince him he can actually quit and get a job here.
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