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FROM THE PUBLISHER’S DESK: A new year doesn’t mean new luck

Posted on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 2:02 pm

It’s that time again. A new year. A clean slate. A time when so many become delusional, assuming that if 2017 was a bad year, then as of January 1, all of that bad is over because bad vibes simply can’t follow you past midnight of Dec. 31. I think it’s written somewhere in the constitution.

Perhaps that is a little too aggressive of an opening paragraph. Since one of my resolutions is to be a nicer person, let me try again: Welcome to 2018, it will certainly be better than 2017 – if you try.

By Josh Peterson, publisher

How’s that? At least if not nice I’ll be honest.

Look, I get it. The appeal that we can start over or do better in a new year than our previous ones is a powerful force. But, unfortunately, good things won’t start happening to any of us because the clock struck midnight one more time. In the words of Billy Zane from “Titanic,” — “A real man makes his own luck.” Despite being the villain in the movie, his words are right.

Your health will not change without the lifestyle change that is necessary. Want to lose weight – stop eating donuts every morning. Your financial well-being will not change without a different approach to spending and investing. Those books won’t read themselves. You get the point. As simple as it sounds, change requires, well, change.

With that little motivational piece out of the way, I thought I would share some of my hopes for 2018.

Slow down time. Yes, this is an actual resolution of mine. I plan to actually slow down time. Not literally. But I do plan to enjoy the seconds more. Stay off my phone and live in the moment, especially when it comes to family and the kids. They are only little once, you know.

Improve my finances. Ah, yes. This is on everyone’s list, right? I hope to be aggressive and motivated enough to take on side projects that will be beneficial to my family’s long term financial health. This will undoubtedly be the hardest resolution. But as much as I enjoy this job, I don’t plan to work here until I die and I do not plan to wait until my 60s to retire, either. The Caribbean is calling.

Keep on running. I run about 15-18 miles per week just to maintain a healthy heart and hopefully a manageable weight. But I’d like to try something a little more challenging – so perhaps a half marathon is in my future for 2018?

Now my resolutions are in writing and I plan to hold myself to them for a prosperous 2018. Good luck to you this year.

–Josh Peterson is the publisher of the Manchester Times. He is a Tennessee Press Association award-winning writer and photographer. His column, “From the publisher’s desk” won TPA first-place honors for best personal humor column and best personal column. The National Newspaper Association named him “Top 30 Under 30” of newspaper professionals in 2016. He can be reached by email or by telephone at 931-728-7577 ext. 105. Follow him on Twitter @joshpeterson29