The New Year is a time when many folks take stock of the last year, and set goals for the current one, usually in the form of a New Year’s resolution. The problem is, almost 80 percent of people fail to keep their resolutions past Feb. 1. The most popular – losing weight, becoming more organized, exercising more – are the easiest ones at which to fail.

Remember, making a resolution is easy. Sticking to it is the hard part. However, what if instead of a resolution, people formulated plans for both their personal and professional lives, and took the appropriate steps to follow through on the items on their lists.

We asked a few of our friends to tell us about their goals for 2020.

“My personal hopes and plans are to run the Sky to Summit 25K in North Georgia, in November, and to ‘potentially’ start the process of adopting a child. My professional hopes are to start working on my gemology degree, and to start learning how to hand engrave.” – Matt Valentine, jeweler, Chadwick’s.

“I have a tendency to fill my days to the brim. I feel most content when I’m checking off all the boxes and scheduling myself to the nth degree. I think a lot of people probably feel this way too; our culture tends to carry business as a banner — like it’s something to be proud of. This year, I’d like to create space for things to come up organically. I want to say ‘yes’ to the things that matter and respectfully say ‘no’ to things that can wait. I want to show up and invest in people I love, serve others, breathe deeper, and live life a little fuller.” – Betsy DeMoss

“My hopes for 2020 are to continue to grow my business by working hard, balancing my priorities and continuously being grateful that I am able to do something I love each day. Cheers to the New Year!” – Brooke Ackerman

“My personal hope for 2020 is a healthy grand baby. Our first is due in January and we are very excited! My professional hopes are continued success with my design business, with the hope of bringing in new clients and that the renovations with Pierce and Parker Interiors will go safely and smoothly.” — Lori Harden

“In 2019, I’ve had the privilege of working on a number of unique and exciting projects while forming wonderful relationships with my clients and vendors. In 2020, my hope is to continue creating warm and inviting spaces that allow homeowners and business owners to enjoy a functional and beautiful environment that they can be proud of. I am thankful that I get the opportunity to serve the Golden Isles and I look forward to a wonderful 2020.” – Lindsay Spearman

“For 2020 I’d like to focus on others more than myself, and I’d like to do my part to help make our community better for all here. Through the writing I do, I hope to continue to promote local charities and continue to push for great quality of life here in the Golden Isles — for all our citizens. I’d like to see good jobs here for all who want to work. Real estate is my business ‘first love;’ I’d like to tweak my practice to do a better job for sellers and buyers. One of my dreams is to see our community grow in quality more so than quantity. I’m grateful to have opportunities here in our coastal paradise.” – Roland Daniel

“My personal goals for 2020 are to welcome my new grandbaby, Milani Jaymes “Milly” Melton, who will be here on Jan. 6, … to spend as much time with family this year and check some vacation spots off of my list. … I also plan to start construction on a new residential home on Saint Simons Island. My professional goal is to get moved into our new real estate office at 1204 Fountain Park Circle, at the corner of U.S. Highway 17 and Parkwood Drive. We will be taking the entire east side of the second floor. Construction is due to be complete by mid-January. My goal this year with my son Will Duckworth now being a sales agent is to get him fully equipped to function as a full time Realtor; … I also have several other young agents that have come on board with Duckworth Properties that I am currently mentoring with. I am looking forward to coaching and helping them find their way to success. May God bless you all.” – LeAnn Duckworth

“I’m excited about what our community is going to do in 2020. I see a year where downtown Brunswick is going to make strides towards redevelopment. I’m excited about our luxury properties team at Engel & Völkers. We will add development consulting and property management to a strong marketing and sales group. I’m excited about watching my boys at Glynn Academy and Glynn Middle schools. We are thankful for all of the teachers and coaches who are having such a great impact on the boys and our family. And I can’t wait to see how God is going to bless families and grow marriages through ministry in our wonderful and supportive church community.” – Page Aiken