Teachers Make Their Own New Year's Resolutions

Alex Boggs, Staff Writer

Way back in the day, some four thousand years ago, the ancient Babylonians held massive celebrations to welcome the new year, to crown a new king, and to make year long promises to their gods. This celebration was the beginning of New Year Resolutions. The Romans followed this thought by making offerings to their gods to be better over the course of the years.

In the 1740’s Christians began somewhat celebrating the New Year. John Wesley, an english clergyman, began the Covenant Renewal Service, where his congregation would get together New Year’s Eve for a night service of singing and scripture reading. It was common for members to make resolutions for the new year during this service.

Fast Forward to today, New Year Resolutions are still going strong. It seems like the teachers at CCS however have changed resolutions a bit this year. Instead of resolving to do something specific, they are focusing on a word to center their year around. Here are their words.


Mrs. Stokes: She doesn’t believe in resolutions, but rather a phrase to dwell on for the year. Last year her phrase was, “effortless discipline.” She used this phrase to make some positive lifestyle choices, including waking up earlier and working out. This year she is keeping last year’s phrase and adding “simplify.” She has used this phrase to get rid of items that she no longer needs, such as her lidless tupperware. She is also using this phrase to find joy in the little things: “the sun on my back, hugs, and coffee in my favorite mug.”

Mrs. Stimart: She also doesn’t do resolutions. Instead, she picks a word to focus on, similar to Mrs. Stokes, but Mrs. Stimart ups the ante. She changes her word numerous times throughout the year. At this moment her word is “joy,” and she is focusing on choosing joy.


Ms. Delamater: She believes in resolutions but already has enough change in her life at the moment without one. This year she is doing a lot of thinking about Pentimento, which is Italian for repentance. She says that “Pentimento is changing, correcting, and improving.” She wants to model her life and her art after this idea.


Mrs. Smoak: Following in a similar trend, Mrs. Smoak chose to focus on a word rather than making a resolution. Her word is “determined.” She is choosing this word because she is determined to listen to God for what he wants from her in her life, with her family, with her health, with her job, and how to spend her time.