by YES! Staff


Eric Ginsburg, reporter

To an extent I offered my resolution on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur. Each year I make a list of the things I’d like to accomplish, which this time around entails taking more classes at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies, making friends that don’t plan to move away before the year ends and traveling to Spain. While they’re all aimed at improving myself or my life in some way, I’d also like to get out of my comfort zone more often, constantly consider how my privilege and perspective influence what stories I write about and how — or am even aware of — and strive to be less judgmental, more humble, talk less and listen more.

Katie Thompson, art director

My new year’s resolution is to save money! I am a money-spending machine and would like to end next year with at least something in my savings account. It will be difficult considering I love to shop and take vacations. I will be starting 2013 out without debt or children so there is no reason why it can’t be done. It’s only a year, how hard can it really be?

Kelsey Woolard, marketing executive

My new year’s resolution this year is to volunteer my time to help others by working with a nonprofit organization. I have always wanted to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, so this year I am going to try my best to make time to do that. Most years I make a selfish new year’s resolution, something that will only benefit myself, but this year I think it’s time I try and do something to help others.

Jordan Green, news editor

I resolve in the new year to instill more compassion in my reporting, whether celebrating positive contributions to our region or calling out official decision-making that is selfish, shortsighted or petty. I want to put more care into my relationships with sources so that my writing comes out of a deeper place of understanding. I want to embrace an ethic that recognizes the humanity of all people, whether they make good or bad decisions, so that readers hopefully take away the lesson that transformation is possible and no person is beyond redemption.

Travis Wageman, marketing executive

For 2013, my new years resolutions should be the standard “lose 20 lbs and quit smoking” but, this year I am going to be realistic and help right the ship, so to speak. These past few years, I have allowed certain people — namely, my ex-wife — to take advantage of me for their own benefit and in the process this has made my life a lot harder and less fulfilling. My resolution for 2013 is to focus on the things most important to me and my family and let these people know that they have mistakenly confused my kindness for weakness.

Brian Clarey, editor

Most of my goals for 2013 are professional: I want to do more stories about the things that affect the lives of people in the Triad. I want to go up in page count. I want to win an Altweekly Award. I want to help my staff do their best, and set an example by dong it myself. I’m working on being more organized, keeping a neater desk and remembering to eat lunch every day. On the home front, I declare that this is the year I have a lush, green lawn.

Charles Womack, publisher

Next year, I am planning on improving and upgrading our social media and web presence to work hand in hand with our print product. We are investing heavily in upgrading and expanding our web capabilities to include more video, music content as well as engaging our readers in more interactive options. Personally, I want to take better care of myself by actually using the gym membership I own, work on my guitar playing and being a better son, father and husband.

Laurie Powell, marketing executive

Let’s be real: I hate running, but I love the high when I beat my previous time and know that I snuck in an efficient blood pumping, endorphin flowing workout in less than 20 minutes. I ran tra rding to my run app) and I only go about 2.25 miles. Ha! So my resolution is to run further than the previous time I ran. Figured I’d keep it attainable vague, so as not to break it, right?

Alex Eldridge, designer

Although my New Years Resolution is typical, I want to be healthier. My clothes have shrunk and I’m not happy with my appearance. My boyfriend, roommate and I are going to start P90x at the first of the year. I also plan to quit smoking. I know the addiction is all in my head. I just have to set my mind to it. I know my body and pocketbook will feel better. I’ve already started eating at home. The biggest issue with dieting for me is going to be soda. I’m looking forward to getting skinny and healthy in 2013!

Alex Womack IV, advertising manager

Help Others: Helping another who is in need, while it can be inconvenient, has a few humble advantages: 1) Helping others makes you feel better about yourself; 2) it connects you with another person, maybe for a moment, or maybe for life; 3) it improves the life of another, even if it’s just a little bit; 4) it makes the world a better place, one small step at a time; and 5) if that kindness is passed on, it can become contagious.