Another year come and gone


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The months seem to zip by faster and faster with each passing year. I suppose that’s inevitable as we get bogged down with life — work deadlines, social commitments, running kids around town.

But 2013 sure got over in a hurry. Now that a new year is on the horizon, it’s a great time for reflection.

Of course, losing weight will undoubtedly top the New Year’s resolution list for a majority of folks — especially as the Christmas feast is still digesting. Dropping bad habits or kicking an addiction are always right up there, too.

While setting long-term goals for the year is great, I’m focusing more on day-to-day objectives. For me, setting and achieving daily goals works.

It started after I took over as editor of the Star. I had an inordinate amount of work week to week that could have buried me. I quickly set daily goals to help ease the workload.

Meeting daily objectives kept my time in the office much more manageable. It also felt good to achieve a goal each day — and staying positive is a benefit no matter what the situation is.

My plan is to continue this into my life outside of work. Even if it’s something as simple as walking the dogs a few miles or getting to the grocery store, setting and achieving daily goals lays the groundwork for accomplishing bigger feats in life.

 

Celebrate, but be safe

New Year’s Eve is always a time for celebration. As it should be. It gives people a chance to hit the reset button and begin a new year with a fresh perspective.

Waking up behind bars isn’t a good way to start 2014 off. If you choose to celebrate with cocktails, have a designated driver.

Here’s a few statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

• Last year, 10,322 people were killed in drunk driving crashes. Those deaths accounted for 31 percent of the total motor vehicle fatalities in the country.

• Deaths due to drunk driving increased last year by 4.6 percent from 2011.

• An average of one alcohol-related fatality occurred every 51 minutes last year.

• Of the 10,322 people who died in 2012 in drunk-driving crashes, 65 percent were drivers who had a blood alcohol content of .08 (the legal limit) or higher. Twenty-seven percent were occupants in the vehicle and eight percent were non-occupants.

 

Don’t become another statistic. Please plan for a safe way to get home if you’re drinking on New Year’s Eve.

 

From all of us at the Chugiak-Eagle River Star, we wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe new year. May you accomplish everything you set out to do in 2014.

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