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If you couldn’t tell from my writing about Christmas in Novemeber, I can sometimes get a little ahead of myself.

So it makes sense that I’m already thinking of New Years resolutions.

Last year, I made a list of resolutions and goals that I carried in my wallet up until a couple days ago. I forgot I had it, but I pulled it out last weekend and was pleasantly surprised by how much I had accomplished.

Not everything on the list got a check mark (Work out for a half hour every day? I must have been kidding myself when I wrote that one).

But the important ones — like start donating to causes I support, make early payments on my student loans and get a job with my degree — have all been accomplished.

Maybe it’s a problem that my physical health didn’t fall under “the important ones.”

Now that I’m out of college, I almost don’t know what to do with myself. For my whole life, my long-term goals were to graduate with a degree and start my career. Well, I’ve done that, so now what? How do I improve from here?

There are a few skills and hobbies I’d like to pick up, like being able to knit something other than a scarf or trying my hand at pottery, but I need to think bigger than that. I’m sure I’ll come up with something. Good thing I’m thinking about it almost a month in advance.

Some people think New Years resolutions are silly. If you want to change or improve, just do it now, they’ll say. There’s truth to that, but New Years has always been a symbolic time of renewal for me. It’s that extra push I need to really try my best to become better.

And if I can’t bring myself to take my multivitamins every day, well, there’s always next year.


Carbondale’s First Friday is getting festive this time around with Light Up Carbondale. Santa will make appearances at The Launchpad from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and again from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities’ holiday show, Deck the Walls, will be open for shopping. Dance performances will happen at The Launchpad will take place at 4 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. If that’s not enough art for you, the Carbondale Clay Center is hosting its annual Cup Auction from 6 to 9 p.m. at 201 Main St. With more than 200 cups donated by local and national artists, you’re sure to find one perfect for you. Bidding ends at 8 p.m., so make sure you arrive early. You can also stop by the Clay Center to shop its holiday sale. For more information on Light Up Carbondale, visit carbondalearts.com.


This is your last chance to shop the Whimsical Women of the West annual holiday show. Choose from a wide variety of fiber art, holiday decor, jewelry, clothing, vintage collectibles, fine art, photography, folk art, pottery and food. A percentage of sales will benefit the Advocate Safehouse Project. Shop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Third Street Center in Carbondale. The show is also open from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday.


For many in the valley, the holiday season doesn’t start until they’ve seen the Aspen Choral Society perform Handel’s “Messiah.” The performance at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Glenwood features a 75-voice choir with soloists and orchestra. Tickets are $20 at the door, and children 12 and younger are free. This is the Choral Society’s last performance of “Messiah” for the season.

Jessica Cabe might actually start working out next year, but probably not. She can be reached at jcabe@postindependent.com.

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