What’s in Store for 2-0-1-4?
by Cate Murway

It’s less than a week to opening day. 2013 is passing away.
First, remember always to be thankful.

“At this moment, we have much to be thankful for:
Foreign military actions are winding down, the economy is beginning to improve, and our leaders in Washington are concentrating on accomplishing goals for the common good.
And yet there are ominous clouds on the horizon:
A nuclear capable Iran, a fragile Iraq after we leave, a nuclear Pakistan that is continuing to play both sides, Egypt and Turkey that are spinning into and out of control, an improving economy whose benefits that have yet to rise the welfare of the bottom rungs of our society, a growing percentage of the workforce that is either under employed or has dim prospects of advancing at the pace of the prior generation and Washington that is still afoot with concentrating on differences rather than commonalities.
May this moment be the dawn of a better time rather than the eye of a hurricane.”
Frederic H. Baumgarten, President of The Grundy Commons, Bristol, PA

With the beginning of a new calendar year, it's New Year's goal time.
Funny thing…. when you shoot for the moon…you often get there. Your words have creative power.
So, say it. Believe it… and you’ll see it!
Leave no loopholes and you’ll nail it!

“My dream is to move to Florida...and we're doing it!” Lisa Porter, Bristol, PA

"Finish my graduate degree program in Education and Education Administration with a 4.0"
Nick Zlupko, Villa Joseph Marie AP Environmental Science teacher, Holland , PA

It’s time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) and get started on the right track.
Volunteerism and art can take many forms.

“We're hoping and expecting that Bristol, PA is well on its way to becoming the "Go To" place in Bucks County.  Keep working to "Raise the Bar".” Marty Shively, Artists of Bristol

"My prayer for 2014 is for myself and that is that my health improves enough to lead a more active life. Being in the home all the time is very depressing to someone who once was active and giving. I plan to find a way to go places since I shouldn't drive anymore that way maybe I can feel good about myself and be nicer to my family. A wish for male company would be nice. I have a good male friend and wish for more. Resolve to be a beautiful positive women like I used to be!"
Linda Hume Dunham, Bristol, PA

With over 66 percent of adult Americans being considered overweight or obese, countless people start thinking about their diet downfalls of this past year.

“In addition to the standard lose weight/live healthier, I plan to finally earn my 2nd degree black belt and purchase my first home on my own.” Beth Fisher, Bristol, PA

Given the hectic, stressful lifestyles of millions of Americans, it is no wonder that "enjoying life more" has become a popular resolution in recent years. Get out and try something new!

“I am starting off 2014 by knocking something off my bucket list. I have always wanted to go see the rose parade in Pasadena California. And I am going this year so look for me when you watch it on TV.”
Mary Frances Asta, Bristol, PA

Ride the energy of your own unique spirit. Whether you take a course or read a book, you'll find education to be one of the easiest, most motivating New Year's resolutions to keep. Live in possibility.

“Of the many priorities I have for 2014, here are two:
1) To secure a new job as I am currently unemployed.
2) To use my skills through volunteer work locally and in Bucks County so the organizations I work with can achieve their goals. 
Have a Happy Holiday and see you in 2014!” Robin Simmers-Butrey, Bristol, PA

“Run a 5K for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.”  Barbara Kampf, Bristol, PA

“Looking to buy a new home for my family.” Candace Lee Priest, Bristol, PA

Plan for and appreciate loved ones. Work shouldn’t always come first!

“Start a healthy diet and exercise program and wishing my wife, Donna, success with the doctor, surgery and recovery. Also, wishing continued success and confidence with my employer at Stein Your Florist”. 
Albert F DeCesare, Jr., NE Philadelphia

“Continue working with my family, investing energy to keep the customers happy!”
Daniela M. Gigante, co-proprietor of “Angelo’s Place”

“Life is more about people than things. I love what I do, keeping yesterday’s treasures at yesterday’s prices!”
Lynn [Coombs] Morris, proprietor of “Oh My Goodness” in Hulmeville, PA

The greatest gifts cannot be bought. Perchance peace shall prevail.

“Health. Happiness. Peace. I want my family to be happy.”
Mario Marozzi quoted his late mother, Isolina [Mazzanti] Marozzi, Bristol, PA

“Health and Peace of mind.”
Sheree Napoli, niece of the late Mayor John Maurice Rodgers and his widow, Elizabeth Jane “Betty” Rodgers, Bristol, PA

“Health, happiness, peace and friends!”  Lisa Lautz, Bristol, PA

“I would like things to be peaceful and calm this year.” 
Jayne McPherson-Young, proprietor of “Got Wine?”, Bristol, PA

“Peace, love and joy and good health!”
Phyllis [Debarik] Verdine, Bristol, PA

Family is where life begins and love never ends…..

“Family healthy, relationship solid and God continues to bless me.” 
Robyn Trunell, Bristol Borough Council

“I wish all the best for Ashley for her wedding.”  Linda Houck, Bristol, PA

“Health and peace. Enjoy every day and continue to assist the emerging artists in our store.” 
Carolyn Mignoni-Ferguson, proprietor of Mignoni Jewelry and Gifts

So, smile often. Dream big. Laugh a lot!
You may not have had a good start, but you can have a good finish, and then hit the ground running.
You decide what’s in store for 2-0-1-4!

P.S. 2014 is going to be better.

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