Promises, Promises -- New Year's Resolutions

New Year's Eve has always been a time when people look to the past and to the future. Our readers chimed in with their New Year's resolutions. Here are some of them:

My resolution is to not talk a lot. My daughter has told me repeatedly that I will talk to anyone and tell them things that they do not care to know.

--Rena White

Like everyone else, over the years I have resolved to eat right, exercise more, contribute more time to charitable events, and like everyone else I have not kept these resolutions as long as it took to make them. So finally this year, I resolve just to be thankful, which in turn will make me happy and maybe a better person.

--Dorothy Carey

To lose weight and to get into better shape. To budget my time and money more effectively. To take more time for myself. To reduce my stress level. To be a better person. I have had so much happen in the last 2 to 3 years that I have just lost myself. I would really like to better myself physically, mentally and spiritually. I try to be a good person and help others out, but in order to be able to help other people, I need to help myself first. Any suggestions!!

--Nola Denham

My New Year's resolution is to be debt-free, meet my soul mate, eat and exercise, and live a healthier life. Get closer to God, put him first in my life. Stay focused on getting my real estate license.

-- Evelyn Garrett

I only have one resolution this year. I have a 2-year-old daughter who is so outgoing and wants to see, touch and talk about anything and everything, so this year my resolution is to not hold her back so much and be more patient and take more time to enjoy her. And remember that there is more to life than money, bills and work.

--Jana Holmes

I evacuated to Montana after Katrina and my resolution is to save enough money to rent a truck and return to Biloxi, Miss. People here in Montana have graciously given me furniture, etc., and I need these things to start over in Miss. It might take me six months to save the money, but I will return!

-- Bev Atkinson

To stop saying, "I'll be right there," "just a minute," and "let me finish this first" to my children.

-- Christy

1. Visit a place I haven't visited. 2. Exercise 3. Do more social activities or join a volunteer group.

--Wanda Ortiz