Cel­e­brat­ing a new year with­out res­o­lu­tions

The Taos News - - VECINOS - By Kathy Cór­dova

Are New Year’s res­o­lu­tions meant to be bro­ken? The ad­vent of a new year causes in­di­vid­u­als to pon­der about their re­cent past and any nec­es­sary changes in their lives.

An un­of­fi­cial oral sur­vey of sev­eral Taoseños re­veals three dif­fer­ent at­ti­tudes re­gard­ing New Year’s res­o­lu­tions. Some res­i­dents re­main ea­ger to seal their in­tent for a bet­ter new year by declar­ing a New Year’s res­o­lu­tion.

Oth­ers make res­o­lu­tions while keep­ing their fin­gers crossed be­hind their back in hopes they’ll stick with it. Other lo­cal Taoseños don’t make a res­o­lu­tion, say­ing, “I won’t keep it any­way, so why make a res­o­lu­tion?”

Yolanda Vigil counts her­self in the lat­ter group. “I don’t keep them, so I don’t make a res­o­lu­tion,” said Vigil dur­ing a re­cent in­ter­view. “Some­times, peo­ple re­solve to lose weight, to be­come health­ier or go to the gym. Their ac­tions start off strong and then dwin­dle off. The res­o­lu­tions they made be­fore, go away. Peo­ple for­get about it.”

Re­gard­ing ush­er­ing in the new year, Vigil’s fa­vorite ac­tiv­ity in­cludes at­tend­ing a venue where Dwayne Ortega and his band play for the evening. “I don’t know if he’s booked yet, but I’ll find out soon,” said Vigil.

At work: When Vigil isn’t plan­ning her Happy New Year’s ac­tiv­i­ties, she spends time at work. At first, she worked for Amos and Suzette Cohn for eight years. Her pri­mary du­ties in­cluded work­ing as a sales as­so­ciate at True Value Hard­ware. Later, her work ex­panded to of­fice tasks for the Cohn En­ter­prises at The Wa­ter Store and the tow­ing com­pany. “I wanted to try some­thing dif­fer­ent, so I switched to in­sur­ance work,” said Vigil.

She worked at Famers In­sur­ance and earned li­cen­sure cre­den­tials for prop­erty and ca­su­alty poli­cies. Vigil also worked at In­sur­ance Ex­change. Ten years ago, in March, Vigil ac­cepted a po­si­tion at Brown and Brown In­sur­ance Agency.

Cur­rently, she serves as an of­fice op­er­a­tions leader for the Taos of­fice. “Many peo­ple think that Brown and Brown is a lo­cal busi­ness. It’s ac­tu­ally very large. In New Mex­ico. There are three lo­ca­tions: Taos, Santa Fe and Al­bu­querque. My du­ties in­clude daily of­fice op­er­a­tions and HR (hu­man re­sources). I also spe­cial­ize in com­mer­cial in­sur­ance. I’ve been in­volved in in­sur­ance for the past 16 years,” Vigil said.

On oc­ca­sion, Yolanda Vigil trav­els. Her trips to Florida re­main work-re­lated in na­ture. In late Septem­ber and early Oc­to­ber, she trav­eled to St. Martin, which she de­scribed, “not su­per-hot, be­cause of the time of year, and very re­lax­ing.” From time to time, Vigil vis­its her brother in Mas­sachusetts, and dur­ing one of those vis­its, he took her to New York. She has also vis­ited Nashville and Cal­i­for­nia.

Spare time: On a per­sonal level, the self-pro­claimed “home­body” en­joys spe­cial time with her chil­dren. She walks her “very spoiled” golden Labrador Madge and cares for 22-year-old cock­atiel Se­lena. On tele­vi­sion, she likes “The Walk­ing Dead” and sci­ence fic­tion.

Fa­vorite foods: Vigil likes all foods ex­cept green chile. “Peo­ple tease me be­cause I don’t like green chile, and they add, ‘Look where you live.’ When the food stores in Taos roast the chile, I try to avoid the area be­cause I can’t stand the smell,” con­fessed Vigil.

Other than her aver­sion to green chile, Vigil likes all foods, es­pe­cially ham­burg­ers. She en­joys the Taos restau­rants and misses her mother’s white cheese, which Yolanda also learned to pre­pare.

Fam­ily life: Vigil grew up in the Ar­royo Seco area un­der the guid­ance of her late par­ents, Frank and Mary Madrid. The sec­ond of four chil­dren, her sib­lings in­clude: Eve­lyn Rael of Santa Fe, Pam Tor­res from Rio Ran­cho and Frankie Madrid, who re­sides in Mas­sachusetts. Vigil spends as much time as pos­si­ble with her fam­ily mem­bers. Her daugh­ter Vanessa Kim and son-in-law Philip raise their son, Noah, who at­tends high school. Steven Vigil, Yolanda’s youngest, works at Taos Ski Val­ley.

“A new year usu­ally means a new be­gin­ning. We look for­ward to a new time, one for change. That change should be one that would im­prove peo­ple’s lives. Whether some­one makes a res­o­lu­tion or not is en­tirely up to ev­ery in­di­vid­ual. Even if I don’t make one, I still plan to im­prove some things. The tran­si­tion from one year to an­other marks the pas­sage of time,” said Vigil. “We all have the obli­ga­tion to make our lives bet­ter, re­gard­less of how or when the im­prove­ments or changes oc­cur.”

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