We are over a week in to the new year and even if you haven't told anyone, chances are you have made a few resolutions for the new year. I tend to keep mine to myself, that way, if I don't keep them, no-one knows. Ingenious right? Well probably not.

We are over a week in to the new year and even if you haven’t told anyone, chances are you have made a few resolutions for the new year. I tend to keep mine to myself, that way, if I don’t keep them, no-one knows. Ingenious right? Well probably not.

We all have the obligatory resolutions - quitting everything - eating, drinking, smoking and vowing to do all of the things we should be doing - drinking water, eating vegetables and exercising.

Now, let’s boil those resolutions down a bit. For me, quitting eating, means no more enchiladas, tacos or anything involving pasta or potatoes. I’m already in a bad mood.

Quitting smoking is self explanatory and I applaud all of those folks who have been successful (Judge Hilliard) and have not rubbed our noses in it. I know it is the hardest thing anyone can ever do - I’m trying, I’m trying.

Drinking more water has never been easy for me. I am from Odessa, where the water disintegrates the pipes before it comes out of the faucet. You do not EVER drink the water from the faucet there - so, many of us native Odessans never got into the habit of drinking water. It has always been tea for me - but I’m going to work on it.

Okay, eating vegetables it is doable, as long as no one wants me to become a vegan - that is for people who eat to live, not for those of us who live to eat. But, veggies are good and I plan to be a good girl and do that.

Exercising - not so much fun. But again, doable. I plan to seek out a Yoga regime of some kind - it appears to be a rejuvenator for all who try it.

But there are a lot of resolutions that have come on my radar that are a bit different.

There are a lot of folks who are stepping down their social media usage. This is definitely a good one. Social media has in many ways destroyed our social skills. How many times have you been sitting at a table with friends and everyone is looking at their phones? My new rule for 2018 will be no looking at phones at the table - any table. Because of work, I cannot totally disconnect, but I can take steps to become a socially acceptable friend and family member, and I plan on doing that.

Comedian and talk show host Craig Ferguson, said he tried to get rid of his cell phone all together and well, he couldn’t. So, the next best thing was to get a phone that was talk only. He was trying to get rid of his iPhone - but alas, he could not do without the texting. So that did not work for him. But again, like the resolution above, we can limit how much we use our phones and take time out for human interaction.

Here’s one, how about adopting a pet? If you read Mr. Elam’s column about a week ago, he talked about his dog named Bentley who was a rescue dog. He pointed out that there are many worthwhile charities, but “our canine friends are often without a friend.” And, he urged folks to adopt a rescue dog saying “it is the one life changing gift you are empowered to make” and the “love you receive in return is the best dividend a person can receive.” Try the shelters in Runnels County, there are pets with lots of love to give there.

I know we are all busy, but if you have family and/or kids at home or nearby, get together for a meal at least once a week. It’s a way to turn off and tune in - to each other.

Feeling a little blue because of all the cold overcast days? Some folks say sprucing up your habitat might be a mood lifter and a good resolution that will give you a sense of accomplishment.

Finally, I don’t have to tell the folks in Runnels County this, but, others might need a reminder. It’s always nice to be someone’s angel - I’ve seen unbelievable examples of this all over this community. Like Dolores Guevara who with a group made blankets and took them to the nursing home, or the kiddos in Winters who made blankets for the little kids or the Ballinger kids who raised money for hurricane victims - I could go on and on.

It’s the little things that make people smile, so lend a helping hand, pay it forward and get in the habit of performing random acts of kindness - you’ll be glad you did. Happy New Year!

Celinda Hawkins is the managing editor of the Runnels County Register. She can be reached at the office at 709 Hutchins in Ballinger or by calling 432-349-2736 or via email at chawkins@gatehousemedia.com.