Wednesday, December 30, 2015


Hey all! As we approach the start of a New Year, we here at VSA Texas want to share with you a few of our resolutions for the year ahead:

Eric Clow: Read more, listen more closely, release a new CD, and write (anything and everything from songs and stories to plays and letters)!

Lynn Johnson: My resolution not only for this day and 2016 but onward is to keep my spiritual spring filled so that I may offer a drink to someone who may have thirst.

Nicole Cortichiato: Attention everyone! Nicole here and I have news. I’m all about the fun in 2016. And if it’s not fun, somehow I’m going to make it so. Here are my New Years goals for 2016:
  • Smile at strangers more
  • Laugh more, at myself and others
  • See the desert
  • Go to Niagara Falls
  • Wear a clown wig or bunny ears while grocery shopping
  • Get published in a new magazine
  • Make a special hat for cleaning my apartment and wear it only when I clean
  • Put a book of my poetry together on iBooks Author
  • Learn to play ukulele
  • Buy a drum and play it at a drum circle
  • Take a cooking class
  • Take an African dance class
  • Buy someone I don’t know a coffee
  • Write 10 new stories
  • Pay off my credit card
  • Sing at an open mic
  • Start running again

April Sullivan: My New Year's Resolution for the past 30 years or so has been the exact same. Stop biting my nails! And I stop for about a month and then go right back to it. But surprisingly I stopped biting my nails in May of this year and I have not returned to my old habit. So now what? I am at a loss for a resolution. Making resolutions had become just as much of a habit as biting my nails. Maybe my resolution for 2016 should be to stop making resolutions and to do things in my own time frame. Not just because it is January 1st. That's a good idea! I will start that on February 22nd.

Celia Hughes: I generally don’t make resolutions for the calendar new year because it is just another way I can set myself up for disappointment, when on Jan 2, I break the first one. But this year may be different! I believe that my birthday is the more accurate marker of my new year, and as this birthday coming up is yet another milestone - if anyone counts milestones - maybe the end of 2015 is a good time to start some new traditions that can lead toward a healthier me.

I had been doing fairly well moving the arrow on the scales downward, but with the launch of Pie Day at the office and the arrival of a TV and a couch (!!) at my house, the arrow has steadily been moving back up. So, I will start to walk twice a week, with the goal of increasing to five days by my birthday. Some of these walks will just be around the neighborhood, but I would like to explore some of the paths and trails around Austin. However, I will need companions for many of these walks as I have never really regained my fearlessness of a long walk in the woods since that fateful day in February 1984.

And I will talk less and work harder. It’s going to be a stellar year in many ways for VSA Texas, and I need to be on my toes and ahead of the pack if we are going to have an insanely successful year in 2016. I guess that gets back to the walks too.

So, if you want to join me as I walk my way down a couple of dress sizes and ramp up VSA Texas to dazzling new heights, please come along. I promise you it will be your best year yet! (and mine).  

What are your resolutions for the New Year? Tell us in the comments!


  1. opening my heart and releasing the guard. He's been working too long protecting me, time for him to retire. Lowering the bridge of my mote

  2. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing, Renee!