THOMASVILLE -- We all make them. Many of us end up break them.

With the new year comes the tradition of resolutions. Whether they be for good health, more time with family and friends or spiritual, the pledge to make the new year better nags at us to live life better.

A few Thomasville residents and visitors to the area enjoyed their last day of the year Wednesday as they shopped downtown amid great weather and the excitement of a new start. Though some were befuddled at first when questioned, new year's resolutions abounded. Day one starts today. Will they be fulfilled at this time next year?

Paula Barrett wants the best of both worlds, with work and family being the priorities of the new year.

"I just want to work hard and spend more time with my grandchildren," Barrett said.

The new year also brings new hope of financial security. With the area economy still slumping, more money is good money in the new year. Area resident Jeffrey Golden sees dollar bills signs in 2004.

"I want to get richer," Golden said.

God and the spiritual realm touch many of our lives. Some promise to be more devoted to the Scipture.

"Study the Bible more," Hudson Constance said of her new year's resolution. "I need to do a lot more of that."

You can never go wrong when health is the top priority for the year. John Kelly wants to take his improvements of 2003 into this new start.

"I just want a healthy life," Kelly said. "I stopped drinking. I was never an alcoholic or anything like that. But the older you get, the less you should drink."

Georgia Oorlog, who was shopping in downtown Thomasville, sees 2004 as a year to remember what is really important amid the hustle of day-to-day life. To appreciate life, she says, is most important in 2004.

"I want to appreciate daily my gifts I have," Oorlog said.

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