Polk res­i­dents make their New Year’s res­o­lu­tions

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE - SJ Cor­re­spon­dent

The new year means new goals, chal­lenges, and hopes for lo­cals who have shared their var­i­ous res­o­lu­tions with 2018 just around the corner.

Whether it be get­ting fit, mas­ter­ing a video game, or putting an end to a bad habit, Polk cit­i­zens plan to start 2018 off with big changes.

Bran­don Graham, 18, is a videog­ra­pher who hopes to boost his pro­duc­tiv­ity, grow his busi­ness out, and be­come better at the video game Street Fighter V. Cur­rently em­ployed as Miura Man­u­fac­tur­ing’s videog­ra­pher, Graham hopes to earn ex­tra money by cre­at­ing videos for both him­self and clients dur­ing his free time.

“Lately, all I do is go to my friend’s house af­ter work, go home, and sleep,” Graham said. “I want to start be­ing more pro­duc­tive, get things mov­ing with my video busi­ness, and then get better at Street Fighter.” For video-re­lated busi­ness, Graham can be con­tacted at bran­don­films2016@ gmail.com.

Des­mond Lee, 23, is a long-time mu­si­cian who re­cently re­leased his al­bum, “Melan­choly Melodies.” Hop­ing to keep re­leas­ing mu­sic in the com­ing year, the mu­si­cian also hopes to im­prove his draw­ing in or­der to aid his al­bums with con­cept art. Melan­choly Melodies can be found at https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=okPg_4edxoc.

“I wanna be­come a better drawer,” Lee said. “As long as I keep mak­ing mu­sic, I want to have il­lus­tra­tions to go with it, and I want them to be good.”

Ezra Ja­cobs, 18, is a stu­dent at Jack­sonville South­ern Univer­sity that plans to ex­er­cise more, get fit, and be­come the great­est Su­per Smash Bros. player of all time. A mu­si­cian and long-time march­ing band mem­ber, Ja­cobs be­lieves get­ting fit will im­prove his per­for­mance on the field and in the game.

“I think I’ll get jacked, and then use my new mus­cles to be­come the great­est Smash player this world ever saw,” Ja­cobs said.

TJ Cusyck, 18, wishes only to put an end to his pro­cras­ti­na­tion habits. Cur­rently work­ing at Wal­mart’s gar­den cen­ter, Cusyck finds him­self rarely fin­ish­ing his per­sonal goals af­ter a hard day’s work.

“My New Year’s res­o­lu­tion is to not pro­cras­ti­nate as bad as I usu­ally do,” Cusyck said.

New Year’s res­o­lu­tions don’t al­ways work out, but with enough ded­i­ca­tion, Polk’s lo­cals might just reach the goals they set for them­selves and more.

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