“I’m entering the new year with a new career, so I’m going to try to nail it. Nail this job.” — Kenai Firefighter Jesse Tauriainen, 31, of Nikiski

What’s your New Year’s Resolution?

In celebration of the New Year, the Clarion staff asked community members what their New Year’s resolutions are or what they hope 2018 has in store for them. This is a collection of the responses they received.

“Be more mindful — making decisions with intention and being mindful.” — Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center President Johna Beech, 40, of Kenai

“Maximize the quality of the time I have with my family. Not just having more time, but really making that time count.” — Kenai Wildlife Refuge Park Ranger Leah Eskelin, 38, of Kenai

“Being new to Alaska, I want to enjoy everything that Alaska’s got to offer.” — Patrol Officer Ryan Coleman, 36, of Kenai

“I would like to try and slow down and live in the moment more.” — Filigree & Hues Hair Design hair dresser Tamera Mapes, 50, of Nikiski

This year I’d very much like to set aside money to get my eyes fixed. I’ve been putting it off a long time. I have insurance, but it will take quite of my own money, too. — Kenai Librarian Amy Haunold, 65, Kenai.

I want my daughter to have a good year. She’s four years old, going to daycare, loves to play. She can read, count in Spanish and in sign language — she’s too smart for her own good, and she knows it. This year she wants to do soccer and ballet. — Veronica’s Cafe barrista Kierstyn Mathews, 21, Soldotna.

Same thing everything one else is hoping for — for the price of oil to come back up. As a retailer in Kenai, I really want the dividend to return to what it was. — Copy Cats print shop and Old Town Music owner Dustin Aaronson, 53, Kenai

“I want to read all the cat books in the library.” — Avery Atwood, 10

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