Two Cents Worth – New Years Resolutions from the O’Fallon Weekly family

I don’t know about the rest of you, but 2016 seemed to fly by so quickly for me. Lots of highs and some lows, but overall, another good year in the books.

Looking back, a lot has changed from where we started the year versus where we end it. The O’Fallon Weekly went from being produced in my house to our office at the historic Operahouse building on East State Street. We moved towards a subscription model (and we thank each and every one of our subscribers for supporting our efforts). Advertising continues to grow, which helps make this paper possible. And we have added new friends on staff.

Personally, the highlight of my year, and all the rest to come, will be the arrival of my son, Maxwell. In only seven short months, I’ve watched him grow and develop and learn. It’s the most incredible, fascinating, and awe inspiring thing I’ve ever encountered. And it helps so much that he’s such a good baby!

So much like last year, I asked the members of the Weekly family to share their New Years Resolutions. They grumbled and complained, but they managed to pull through and get them submitted on time.

kim-color-resizedKimberly Bennett
Social Media & Web Manager

As 2017 begins, I hope to become a more generous person, wanting to find ways to pay it forward and give back to the community. I would also like to find some sort of balance in my life where I can establish and maintain a healthy social, physical and emotional equilibrium so that I can be a happier, more pleasant person around my family. Last but not least, I would like to start writing for my own personal endeavors again, hoping – one day in the most likely distant future – you would see my name scribbled as a byline of multiple books yet to exist.

jeff-resizedJeff Egbert
Advertising Director

I resolve to be a better father, son, friend, and human being in 2017. Often in my life I have become so obsessed with my destination, I failed to enjoy the journey that got me there. I think Benjamin Franklin said it best: “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”


jon-resizedJonathan McLean
Weekly Publisher

My New Year’s resolution for 2017 is to read (or listen to) a book each month. A few books on my list include “The Wright Brothers”, “The Everything Store”, “The Power of Broke,” and “Disrupted”.

Also, I’d like to fly my plane more.

sam-resizedSam Scinta
Weekly Reporter

When Nick told us we were doing New Years Resolutions, the adult in me thought “Spend less money” or “Complain less”. The nine-year-old in me, however, thought “Eat more doughnuts” or “Try to resurrect a long-dead baseball career”.

So I suppose this brings me to my real resolution: to bring the adult me and the nine-year-old me a little closer together.

In 2017, I resolve to let the nine-year-old in me go and to start listening to an older inner voice.

Ten-year-old Sam, I hope you have some good ideas. Happy New Years, everybody

angela-resizedAngela Simmons
Weekly Reporter

I’m hoping 2017 will be a great year. My resolutions aren’t set, but much like last year, I have a small list going, because I like options.

I want to have more family game nights, do more sewing projects, read one book per week, make and stick to a weekly cleaning schedule, and exercise more. I know everyone says that, but I really want to be more active. I also want to keep striving to be the best possible wife and mom.

Happy 10th Birthday to our New Year’s Eve baby, and from my family to yours, Happy New Year!

colten-resizedColten Steele
Weekly Reporter

My New Year’s resolution? Well, instead of having to throw my clothes in the dryer on “Wrinkle Prevent” every morning. I would rather just fold my clothes and put them away after they come out of the dryer. It seems as if every time I do laundry, I tend to just throw the clothes on my bed and move on to the next thing. It is a process that is non-stop, putting the clothes back in the dryer, letting them sit, and then putting them back in the dryer. Is it really that hard to fold clothes and hang them up after taking them out of the dryer? Heck no! Out of all things to choose from, yes, this is my New Year’s resolution.

nick-resizedAnd that just leaves me…

Last year I think I resolved to tone down my natural handsomeness because it intimidated other men around me. Unfortunately, I failed and will be moving on from that idea. I have to accept what I can’t fix.

In all seriousness, I’d like to think 2017 can be a growth year, both personally and for the paper. I’m not oblivious and realize I need to get back into the gym (but everyone says that). Much like Jon, I’d like to read more. I’ve got a shelf full of books I’ve bought over the years I haven’t even cracked open once. I’d also like to be more organized. I’m not as bad as I could be, but if you’ve seen my desk, you know I’m not good either.

For the paper, we hope to continue our growth. Subscriptions keep rolling in regularly and more and more people discover us for the first time each week. We plan on continuing to provide the best product we can and find ways to make it even better. There are lots of things I’d love to be doing, but, right now, there don’t seem to be enough hours in the day, dollars in the bank, and hands to help carry the load.

Oh, and we’re still looking for another advertising sales representative if your resolution for 2017 is to add a bit of money to your pocket.

While resolutions are nice, the new year is a time to take inventory of your life, and determine a course moving forward. Hopefully you find your life full of blessings and great people and have very few changes you need to make in 2017. From the O’Fallon Weekly to all of you, Have a happy and safe New Year’s.