A new year, a new chance to do better. For as much flack as they get, New Year’s resolutions can not only inspire us to change–they can be an insightful window into a person’s character, revealing who they are by showing who they aim to be. Below, we asked five A&F employees to share their 2015 resolutions with us.
Donna is a cancer survivor who understands the importance of support and kindness—she experienced both from family and friends as she fought the disease. After coming through that battle, she committed herself to “not saving the world, but being kinder to it,” by volunteering and lending a helping hand whenever possible. She wants to do more than just donate to causes important to her; she wants to dedicate her time and energy to help them succeed. Others went above and beyond for Donna during her time of sickness, and she hopes to return the favor as much as she can—in 2015 and beyond.
Kevin’s lifelong interest in the arts has piqued his curiosity about Baltimore’s community arts groups. In 2015, he plans to combine the two by working with Baltimore-based non-profit community arts programs. The Baltimore native and former Fine Arts major has volunteered for the Creative Alliance and American Visionary Art Museum in the past, and the experiences underscored their need for help. The programs had insufficient resources, and were in need of social ambassadors and assistance with raising funds. Not only does Kevin enjoy the uniqueness and creativity of the people involved in the art scene, but he enjoys making a direct contribution to his community. This year will mark longer volunteering hours for Kevin, and he hopes others will do the same.
Rather than focusing on one specific goal, Marie’s 2015 resolution is more of a lifestyle change. In the coming year, she wants to live intentionally—practicing positivity and living with purpose. At work, she hopes to incorporate this goal by reminding herself everyday that the purpose of her job is to enrich the educational experience of TU’s students. Outside of TU, Marie plans to be positive influence in her role as a member of the Council of Baltimore Ravens Roost, a group that has raised and donated over $2,567,004 to charity since 2007.
There’s more to this resolution than what meets the eye. In 2015, Julie plans to save money so that she can pay off bills and have a safety net in case of emergency. But there’s a secret plan behind her savings: Julie wants to throw an elaborate, catered party for her partner’s 50th birthday. For Julie, a year of frugality will be rewarded with a fun surprise.
Carol has two New Year’s resolutions. In her personal life, she hopes to call and visit family more often. At work, she aims to encourage more A&F employees to read the 2014 Annual Report. As Carol says, “Many A&F employees know what’s going on within their departments, but they’re not aware of important divisional initiatives happening just outside their office doors.” Carol is, and she wants others—both inside and outside of the division—to be aware of these accomplishments too.
What are your goals or resolutions for 2015? Share them in the comments section below.
Written by Tyler New, photos by DeCarlo Brown