What are your New Year’s resolutions and traditions and possible cures for a hangover?


Colin Ruel has an intriguing New Year's resolution that involves his new wife, Nettie Kent.
"I have a notebook strictly for resolutions, and every year I make ten (10).  At the end of the year I check the list to see how I’ve been able to follow them. The biggest resolution I made last year was to have more confidence in myself, and believe in my personal power. The change that came from that resolution was that I made the big decision to leave my family and all my friends in Romania, to come to America and start a new life, to follow my passion in photography. For this next year, I want to focus on not pleasing everyone else all the time, and follow my own heart … this quote comes to mind: Do I dare disturb the universe? We will see."  --Netti

"I once made a resolution to give up sugar — that lasted for less than a week."
— Samantha Church, West Tisbury

"Actually go into one of these theaters, sit still for two hours, to watch one of our movies."
Bob LaSala, Edgartown, general manager of Edgartown Cinema

"The best resolution I’ve made is to not set resolutions but to set intentions. This year: growth and rejuvenation in the warmer seasons to come, to be happy, healthy, and to be of service to others." — Jane Norton, Chilmark, Yoga Instructor, Yoga Barn, Yoga Collective

Sophie Nelson in last year's New Years Eve pajama tradition
Sophie Nelson in last year’s New Years Eve pajama tradition

"Every New Year’s Eve, my parents give us all a new pair of matching Land’s End pajamas. We call them PJ dresses because so many times they are those funny long flannel gowns, but every year it changes. It’s quite a scene to see the seven of us in matching PJs."
 Noelle and Sophie Nelson, Vineyard Haven, Students

"I try never to make resolutions, because I never seem to keep them. One more dose of guilt that can be avoided." — Alice Early, Chilmark, Consultant

"My sister-in-law and I don’t love all the craziness, and I have always disliked being on the road on New Year’s Eve … and we have young kids, so the two of us have been the early birds at Alchemy for years now … spoiling ourselves with fabulous food and a glass of champagne and then heading home to our kids asleep and a relaxing, early evening at home, quiet!"

"I think I will resolve to simply be the best me I can be … happy, healthy … and to enjoy every minute with my kids because they are at a truly fun stage [3 and 5]!”— Nell Coogan

"My New Year’s Eve tradition is to have unreasonable expectations about how fun my evening is going to be, become mildly disappointed, leave discreetly, and watch something mediocre on Netflix while nodding off on the couch."

"Maybe make a baby?" Colin Ruel, Chilmark, Artist

"Best resolution I ever made was to figure out how to become an art teacher. It took some time, but it changed my life in many ways for the betterShortest resolution was to stop swearing, and it didn’t f***ing last longThis year’s rez is to paint more and finish at least one of my own children’s books." Ken Vincent, West Tisbury, Artist and Art Teacher

"Listen more deeply. Love more completely."Sharon Strimling, Oak Bluffs