New Year’s can be a time of reflection of the previous year, as well as a chance to hit the “reset” button and make some necessary or desired changes as you head into the brand new year. About 41% of Americans make resolutions for the New Year, but only 8% of us actually carry them out for the entirety of the year. We asked the DuBose team to come up with a few resolutions they would personally like to strive for in the new year. Not sure what to aim for in 2018? Maybe you’ll snag a few ideas from our team!
Emily Collins: I rarely make new year’s resolutions, and if I do, I don’t stick to them all year long. However, I have thought about some very general goals I would like to shoot for in the new year. 1) Drink more water! This sounds so simple, but I am so bad at drinking water. I know water contributes greatly to your overall health, so I’d like to *try* to put down the sweet-tea and fill my cup with H2O. 2) Wake up earlier! I have the worst habit of snoozing my alarm until the very last minute in the mornings, which I always regret. I’d love to get in the habit of waking up at least an hour earlier than normal in order to start my day in a much more productive way, rather than scrambling around like a chicken with my head cut off. 3) Slow down! So often we get caught up in the business of life, that we miss the things right in front of us. (Sounds cliche’, I know!) I want to say “no” more often, so I can say “yes” to the people and things that really matter most to me. My goal for 2018 is to slow down, take it all in, and simply enjoy being totally present.
Lauren Veres: I will be getting married in 2018 (WOAH) and weddings are not cheap, who knew! With the holidays and everything for the wedding our wallets and budget are pretty much done for. In 2018 I would like both Eli and I to stick to our budget and really track our money this year! I have previously had a budget but rarely stuck to it so this year I want to commit and just do it so that we can save more money for our future, that includes possibly a new house and kids! Eating out and Amazon are my weak points. (I mean, who doesn't love not having to cook or receiving an Amazon box on your front porch?) It’s a bad habit and I know I can do it with the help of modern budget apps and my good ole trusty excel document. Emily Collins from right here at DuBose will be the person I will try to take after, she does so good at sticking to her budget and I admire it! Here’s to saving money and being better off in the next year!
Margo Simmons: I don’t really do yearly resolutions, never have. My goals are always directed toward my relationships with others...inside and outside of my family and my comfort zone. I want my eyes to be open to people around me and to help me see them as God sees them. I pray for the opportunity and ability to come alongside them in tangible ways so they would see the love of Christ and not me. I trust that my friends and family and perhaps new friends will hold me accountable for this - every day.
Julie Goguen: I guess my goals are really just characteristics I try to focus on throughout the year… being kind to others, thinking before I speak, thinking before I react, being a better listener, praying more, and using less potty words. Another thing is each year I just want to be a better person than I was the year before. I have two young children so another thing I strive to do is embrace each moment because they go so fast.
Amanda Goforth: It’s hard for me to make plans even past late afternoon of the current day, but I will try to work on becoming a better artist (both digitally and traditionally), growing my front-end development skills, and getting a little healthier next year.
Kathryn Trier: 2018 is going to be a big year for me. I will be graduating from Columbia College with my bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and entering the Real World™. 2018 is going to be about establishing myself as a grown woman, so my focus going into 2018 is to stay on track for graduation, get myself into a full-time job, look into getting my first apartment, and with any luck, traveling. I would love to visit Palestine/Israel, particularly Jerusalem, and walk the path of Christ.
Andy McCormick: My resolution for 2018 is to continue some great stuff that’s been happening here at the end of 2017. I’ve learned that the typical “In 2018 I’ll start doing [insert something you’ll only do for 20 days before stopping]” type of resolution doesn’t work. If I’ve got something I need to do or a lifestyle change I need to make, then I need to make that change today. Everything we do is either moving us closer to our goals or not, so once I recognize a goal why would I not want to immediately start moving toward it?
With that being said, I’ve been implementing a strong mentality of Ship, Shipmate, Self. As Operations, my job is to support the team and make sure they have everything they need to be successful. I don’t take this lightly. I truly believe that if team members feel organized, know where we are going as a team and can trust each other, then that will naturally flow over to their personal lives with their families. I want our team members to focus on their family and loved ones when they are home, not on the project that is running behind, or anything else work-related.
This starts with putting the Ship first. Anytime I see a problem that needs to be fixed or someone brings to my attention, I first look at how does this affect our company as a whole. That goes for the solution as well. While a solution may fix the issue one team member is having, it can’t put a hole in the haul of the ship causing the entire ship to start sinking. So first and foremost I’ve stopped trying to rush responses and implementing solutions. I step back, evaluate the issue as a whole. 90% of the time, the issue is actually being caused by something else that’s happening in another part of the company. I would have never seen that if I rushed to just fix something for this one teammate.
Once I identify what I feel needs to be done for the company, I must look at how it affects my shipmates. If operationally it seems great to have something set up a certain way, but it’ll be miserable for my team, I can’t allow that. People over-process. Likewise, I have to constantly check on the health of our team. If operationally, we are making money, project are on time, but people aren’t happy or feel like they are treated unfairly, then things have to change.
Finally, I have to look after myself. Am I reaching out for help when needed? Am I making sure I’m not overworking myself? Am I taking time for professional development or to reflect on how my own day to day life is looking? It sounds great to overwork myself to support the team, but in the end, if I burn out then who’s going to take care of the team? I will begin to fail at my job. I won’t have the clarity I need. Then I run the risk of work affecting our team’s families.
It’s all a big circle, Ship – Shipmate – Self. As all this works together I feel our ship is heading in the right direction. We are full steam ahead with some new business ideas and new team organization. We’ve gone through some pretty rough seas over the last couple years, and I must say that 2018 is looking to be a very very good year.
Our team at DuBose is in a great place to kick off the new year. We have an excellent team here that are ready and willing to help foster relationships with our community and the organizations that are making a difference. We hope that 2018 brings you and your family health, growth, and happiness, and that you are able to fulfill all your New Year’s resolutions!
And if you’re looking for a way to celebrate the New Year, check out Famously Hot New Year, a free event right here in downtown Columbia! Check out the event here.