The world has kissed the year 2012 goodbye, and South Walton residents say this year will be different.
One tradition many embrace during the crossing over from one year to the next is resolving to make positive changes in their lives during the year.
The Sun polled some South Waltoners to see what resolutions are being made this year and got some interesting answers — from the adventurous to the sublime.
On the adventurous end, Tricia Northcutt resolves to be fearless, live fully and laugh often this year.
Rosemary Beach's Linda Miller is resolving to have more fun and live every day to the fullest.
Artist Robin Wiesneth resolves to paint something (almost) every day, and she has a plan in mind of how to accomplish this. To start, she will spend less time on Facebook.
Sandestin resident Mary Damroth has two resolutions for the year. She resolves to continue to work on her second childhood. "If not now, when?" she asks. And to work with charities that are dear to her heart. She plans to keep the first resolution by doing things that give her joy, nurturing friendships that give her positive energy, and allowing herself to be as crazy as she wants. Her plan to keep the second one is by just listening to her heart.
Several folks are making resolutions to try to better themselves in various ways this year.
Chef Phil McDonald plans to drink more water.
Meg Warrington resolves to drink less wine ... and to make her bed every day.
Red Bar owner Oli Petit's new year's resolution is to be nicer to his friend when he plays soccer. "I have no idea how I am going to keep that resolution but I'm gonna try," he said.
Sandestin General Manager Mark Hodgdon has made three new year's resolutions: to give back to others and to the community; to love his family with all of his heart and enjoy every moment with them; and to commit to a few less pounds in 2013.
Sandestin resident Tony Lange resolves to try to be a better man; to live life to the fullest every day; to be more compassionate; to keep in better contact with his family and friends; to love his girlfriend better; and above all, to be happy that he is alive and healthy.
On the business end, human resources professional Lane Rees is resolving to be the best HR professional that he can be and to keep holding his team accountable in the new year.
Photographer Melanie Barrett is looking at making changes this year and as she phases out her photography business, she plans to return to her roots as a television reporter and grow her new business, 30a Films, focusing on event, business and wedding cinematography. She already has several films planned for 2013.
Susan Benton, owner of 30AEATS.com, said her usual New Year's resolution is not to make any resolutions. Still this year she vows to eat more fish, keep it super local, to dine and not just eat, and officially learn to YOLO.
Lynn Wesson said since she lost two aunts this year (the last of her parents' immediate family), her hope for the new year is to have more communication with her cousins. "They're all so accomplished and unique — I have a lot to learn from them," she said. "I also hope to be less frivolous with my money. I must reorganize my priorities. And I want to continue to improve my health through physical activity — it makes you happy! And, finally, I need a project; I'm getting bored!"
Susan Dobes follows her dad's lead and makes the same resolution every year: to never make a resolution. "That has been working for well over 20 years for me," she said.
Artist and hair dresser Peggy Jones doesn't make any resolutions either.
And Patchouli's owner Lynn Dugas plans to just recycle last year's resolutions — whatever they were.