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By Marc Patterson on January 13, 2017 in Company News

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"Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right."

- Oprah Winfrey

New Year, New You!

It is a sad time of year for 2016 calendars. Three hundred, sixty five days of attention and love only to be discarded and replaced. “What does that 2017 calendar have that I don’t?” is a common question from these mistreated sheets of paper. Opportunity, that’s what! Oh, and relevance.

Yeah, we get that 2016 was “the best year ever” for some, but even those lucky souls should view 2017 with optimism. The new year brings all of us the chance for new beginnings. With that in mind, we asked the Spinutech team to tell us about a resolution they actually followed through with (or just an interesting resolution that they fell short on). As usual, the feedback was not what we expected. 

Marc Patterson

Marc Patterson

Digital Strategist


Q. What's a New Year's resolution that you actually followed through with? (Or just a crazy/fun resolution that you fell short on?)
A. I don’t recall any memorable resolutions in the past but this post inspired me to make 2017 the year of positivity by avoiding negative feelings and thoughts.

Q. What year did you make the resolution?
A. 2017

Q. What was the inspiration?
A. Life is too short to waste time focusing on anything other than your blessings.

Q. What was the closest you came to breaking down? (Or if you fell short, how and when did it happen?)
A. The evening of January 2nd. Overcome with grief from the conclusion of the holidays plus the Hawkeye meltdown I had to really focus to shut down the negativity.

Q. If you followed through, are you still?
A. I am only one week in but things are going great. I highly recommend the tactics of controlled breathing and self-talk.

Q. Are you making a resolution this year?
A. This one!

Shane Klein

Shane Klein

Project Manager


Q. What's a New Year's resolution that you actually followed through with? (Or just a crazy/fun resolution that you fell short on?)
A. To buy an RV.

Q. What year did you make the resolution?
A. 2014

Q. What was the inspiration?
A. To be able to travel and camp with my family.

Q. What was the closest you came to breaking down? (Or if you fell short, how and when did it happen?)
A. We looked at several that were in our budget that were not very nice and we nearly gave up thinking we couldn't afford what we wanted.

Q. If you followed through, are you still?
A. Still have her. She's parked in the shed waiting for some action this spring.

Q. Are you making a resolution this year?
A. I've made several personal and career goals.

Josh Crain

Josh Crain

Website Designer


Q. What's a New Year's resolution that you actually followed through with? (Or just a crazy/fun resolution that you fell short on?)
A. To stop smoking.

Q. What year did you make the resolution?
A. 2002

Q. What was the inspiration?
A. Smoking is bad for you.

Q. What was the closest you came to breaking down? (Or if you fell short, how and when did it happen?)
A. Never.

Q. If you followed through, are you still?
A. Yes, I've never smoked. Stopping was easy.

Q. Are you making a resolution this year?
A. Not to gain any height.

Christine Sedlacek

Christine Sedlacek

Project Manager / Business Analyst


Q. What's a New Year's resolution that you actually followed through with? (Or just a crazy/fun resolution that you fell short on?)
A. To run 1000km in 2016. Started Jan 1st 2016 and hit the milestone on Oct 17th.

Q. What year did you make the resolution?
A. 2016

Q. What was the inspiration?
A. I had just trained for and completed my first half-marathon, so wanted something to keep me going...

Q. What was the closest you came to breaking down? (Or if you fell short, how and when did it happen?)
A. Summer heat! The comment on my Jul 25th run was "I surrender!! This weather is kicking my @$$! Ready for Fall!" – after which I took a 2 1/2 week break...but I laced up again in mid-August to start training for my next race.

Q. If you followed through, are you still?
A. I had intended to keep running even after hitting my goal in October, but quickly lost motivation.  My running shoes were tucked away after our local Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot until...yesterday!

Q. Are you making a resolution this year?
A. Hope to do it again in 2017. My goal is to run 1017 km this year and drink more water (less beer) and eat more vegetables (less chocolate) and all that other healthy stuff.

Cody See

Cody See

Digital Strategist


Q. What's a New Year's resolution that you actually followed through with? (Or just a crazy/fun resolution that you fell short on?)
A. To give up on New Year's resolutions entirely - yeah, seriously.

Q. What year did you make the resolution?
A. 2014?

Q. What was the inspiration?
A. This Scott Adam's article on why goals are for losers. Don't get me wrong. If setting goals is working for you by all means continue doing so, but it's never worked for me. For every goal I've set one of two things have happened:

1.  I failed and felt bad / beat myself up about it.
2.  I succeeded and set a new, higher goal.

To me, neither option is appealing. The former tells me that any progress I've made, no matter how significant, shouldn't be celebrated unless the goal is achieved. The latter keeps me believing that success is a destination, which is a dangerous way to think. Instead, I follow systems. They allow me to feel fulfilled right where I am and still continue to strive for better.

Q. What was the closest you came to breaking down? (Or if you fell short, how and when did it happen?)
A. Sometimes I read those, "86 THINGS YOU NEED TO DO IF YOU WANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL" articles and think I should set some goals, then I remember that whoever wrote the article is a random person on the internet and could be living in their mom's basement. So I check myself and realize I'm doing plenty well without their advice, and resolve to stick with my systems.

Q. If you followed through, are you still?
A. Yessir!

Q. Are you making a resolution this year?
A. Nope!

James Berry

James Berry

Web Developer


Q. What's a New Year's resolution that you actually followed through with? (Or just a crazy/fun resolution that you fell short on?)
A. Stop eating microwave popcorn.

Q. What year did you make the resolution?
A. 2015

Q. What was the inspiration?
A. Health.

Q. What was the closest you came to breaking down? (Or if you fell short, how and when did it happen?)
A. Have eaten a little bit here and there but no longer make it at home.

Q. If you followed through, are you still?
A. Yes.

Q. Are you making a resolution this year?
A. Be more patient.

Do you have a New Year's Resolution for 2017? Tell us about it in the comments section below. Good luck on those goals this year!

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