Valdosta Daily Times

December 30, 2012

Let’s hope 2013 is a happy new year!

Kay Harris
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — As we celebrate the beginning of a new year this week, let’s all hope that 2013 is a happy new year for everyone!

Personally, 2012 wasn’t that wonderful, full of family illness and personal trials, so there is a lot of anticipation on my part that 2013 will be a much healthier, happier and calmer time. And I intend to do all I can to make it so.

One thing I rarely do though is make resolutions. Everyone makes the same ones, year after year, and most are broken within weeks, if not days. Setting unrealistic goals for ourselves that are nearly impossible to meet is part of the problem, but the expectation that we can reinvent ourselves in a short time is also part of the issue. If you are overweight, are a smoker, are too stressed out, etc., these are lifelong battles for most people, not just little problems that can be solved in a few trips to the gym, or by taking a handful of yoga classes, or cutting back on cigarettes for a few days. Unless you are ready to make tackling these issues a daily part of your routine, you set yourself up for failure.

So I guess then if I were to resolve to do anything this year, it’s to try and incorporate better habits into my life, all the time and not just in January, and take better care of myself. I’m not a smoker, but I could stand to lose a few pounds (no woman is ever 100 percent happy with her weight), and I’m definitely too stressed.

Maybe by this time next year, I will have accomplished what I set out to do and will be a more relaxed and healthier person. All I can do is try!

Happy New Year and here’s hoping that 2013 brings you many blessings and much happiness.

Business Roundup

There are two building permits for new construction this week that are exciting - for the Chicken Salad Chick and Small Cakes, both located on N. Oak Street Extension.

There is a really cool new store in Lakeland that recently opened called GO, which stands for Grits & Olive. Located on W. Thigpen Ave., the shop is an addition to the Georgia Olive Company and Gayla's Grits and sells products from the two companies in addition to t-shirts and other accessories.

Now that the Drury Inn is officially open by Exit 18, work on the side connecting street is back underway in earnest and after the traffic this week at Starbucks and Olive Garden, it will be a very welcome improvement. Workers were also working on a back entrance to the development, which will also come in handy as more restaurants and retail is expected to come there in 2013.

On Patterson St., noticed this week that Lee’s Bookstore is now Dork Bookstore. Interesting change.

And on Hill Ave. near Exit 16, a sign says that Georgia Auto Pawn is moving into one of those vacant business areas.

Construction continues on the Egg and I, SGMC, the new doctor’s building on N. Oak, Publix etc. and here’s hoping that 2013 brings a lot more new construction, new business, new jobs and prosperity to our community.

That’s it for this week, but if there’s something I missed, please let me know.