South Waltoners share their resolutions for the new year

Published: Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 04:35 PM.

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, 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.

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