What is Your New Year’s Resolution?

December 23, 2013 /

2014 - Resolutions

By Daniel Jimenez for South Kern Sol

As the New Year approaches, many people start to think about a New Year’s resolution to improve their lives. Many see the New Year as a clean slate and therefore the time to make a positive change to their life.

I tend to look at my life and try to determine what I can do to make it run more smoothly.  I prepare for the New Year a few weeks before – Is there anything I need that will help me stick to my resolution? Will the excitement of a new pair of running shoes make me go to the gym? Can I read more to become better at something?

As a senior at CSUB who just landed a good job at Taft Union High School as a Peer Counselor, my New Year’s resolution is to be the best peer counselor I can be.  I will do this by preparing myself so that I can give the students I work with the best of me and motivate them to continue their education.

This year, South Kern Sol asked residents of this agricultural region: “What is your New Year’s Resolution?”


“My New Year’s resolution is to be a better mom.”

— Karla Condado, 18, Arvin.


“To be involved with the community, and enjoy every bit of life and always think positive.”

–Maneli Ortiz, 19, Lamont.


“To become a better person for others, for my community and for myself and to become more independent.”

–Nancy Negrete, Taft.

Francisco Velazquez

“My New Year’s resolution for 2014 breaks the trend of what a New Years resolution usually tends to be. Instead of promising to make an attempt to stop cursing or start going to the gym more often, this new year I promise myself to morally start becoming the man I want to be, today. Instead of waiting until I’m finished with my career or waiting until I become more established, I will make the commitment to embody the ideas I have planned for myself in a future tense, now.”

–Francisco Velazquez, Bakersfield


“To run a marathon for breast cancer awareness.”

–Donna Europa, 18, Lamont.


“To help more people, volunteer more and make at least one person’s life a better one.”

–Chris Romo, 17, Bakersfield.


“Do better in school, I mean, I’m not doing bad but a 4.0 would be nice, and not do things last minute.”

Natalie Marin, 18, Bakersfield (right)


“To get in better shape and focus on my health versus other things… focusing on what I eat, and kind of like how much I exercise.  I have been a little lazy the past year but I think that with some motivation and determination I can definitely achieve a better body and a better health.”

–Dylan McCown, 21, Bakersfield

Daniel Jimenez is a youth reporter for South Kern Sol, and a Senior at CSU, Bakersfield majoring in Communications.