This year, as with every other new year, comes the oft-dreaded New Yearâ€™s resolution.
As humans, we are entrenched in making promises at the dawn of the new year â€“ and weâ€™ve been doing this a long, long time.
Going back at least to 153 B.C., when an early Roman king named Janus is credited with using the new year to both ask forgiveness and look ahead to new victories.
In modern times, we use the new year to try and change the things we donâ€™t like about ourselves.
From losing weight to getting in shape to drinking less to, well, you name it and thereâ€™s a resolution for it.
The Voice-Tribune set out on a mission to see what Louisvillians were resolving to change about themselves (or others) during 2012.
â€œMore cheesecake.â€ â€“ Chris Humphreys
â€œTo hire an assistant and take care of my first wealth: my health.â€ â€“ Zach Fry
â€œIâ€™ve never been one to make resolutions at New Yearâ€™s time. I think every day is a day you can start new.â€ â€“ Teresa Good
â€œTo be in the moment, not wishing for the past or worrying about the future. Also, write out a plan and stick to it.â€ â€“ Stephanie La Greca
â€œTo be more active in 2012. Walking everyday or exercising at least 30 minutes.â€ â€“Sherry Spanyer
â€œTo never compromise.â€ â€“ Rocko Jerome
â€œTo not wait so long to tell a girl that I like her.â€ â€“ Matt Anderson
â€œReturn my shopping cart to the shopping cart spaces in parking lots!â€ â€“ Mary Miller
â€œI resolve to be kinder to Cardinal fans in 2012. (Unless they say something first!) And I will pull for them to be runner up in the NCAA.â€ â€“ Lynn Anderson Reid
â€œAt 70, every year counts. And 2011 was a pretty good year. So letâ€™s hope for a repeat in 2012.â€ â€“ Les Whiteley
â€œDance more, work harder and smarter, learn to laugh at myself and volunteer more.â€ â€“ Laura Wallace
â€œTo become the big story for the growth of a local business: Small guy goes national!â€ â€“ Ken Weikel
â€œEncourage my friends to be more civically engaged (vote, support a candidate, etc.) or say my prayers every night before bed like I did when I was a kid.â€ â€“ Julia Bright
â€œMore sweat and less cheesecake.â€ â€“ Josh Keown
â€œI resolve to be more resolute.â€ â€“ Joee Conroy
“My dad has been fighting cancer for months, so I mostly just wish for his health to improve.” â€”Joanna Hite Shelton
â€œTo not make any resolutions.â€ â€“ Jeremy King
â€œTo get my financials in order and start a new charity.â€ â€“ Jason Jennings
â€œTo ignore the past and enjoy everything in the moment.â€ â€“ Jaime Brooke Miller
â€œTo read more books and take more pictures.â€ â€“ Franey Miller
â€œI resolve to get back to doing at least 15 minutes of yoga per day in 2012. Nothing works better for improving balance, circulation and flexibility and thatâ€™s what I want more of this year.â€ â€“ Earl Weikel
â€œTo be a good mother to my newborn son.â€ â€“ Dina Morris
â€œBe an active force in all consultations and follow through with commitments.â€ â€“ Chanelle Helm
â€œTo help people change their life and take control of their health â€˜21-daysâ€™ at a time.â€ â€“ Bryen Pinkard
â€œI resolve to have a resolution by 2013. This year I will be too busy changing everything.â€â€“ Bil Brown
â€œIâ€™m going to try to work-out more often, watch what I eat and try to take care of myself a bit more. I just found out that an uncle of mine was just diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma; that makes the fifth person in my family to be currently battling a form of cancer. So while I canâ€™t control what destiny has in store for me, I can try to help give myself a healthy edge.â€ â€“ Bella Portaro
â€œEach year, I strive to build on the success of the last year and learn from the lessons Iâ€™ve experienced throughout the year. I have a simple philosophy: go big or go home. And in 2012, I am definitely going big!â€ â€“ Ashley Anderson
â€œDonâ€™t waste time on what isnâ€™t, but do spend time on what is.â€ â€“ Angela Burton