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Volunteer, exercise, read more. Eat, argue, procrastinate less.

These are some typical things we vow to do as one year ends and a new one begins.

The tradition of New Year’s resolutions is said to have started with the Babylonians as they made promises to God each year in hopes of being blessed with health and wealth.

Random representatives of Redstone Arsenal were asked to share their resolutions for 2022.

Olivia Pierce, manager of the Financial Readiness Program, said her two resolutions are to increase her donations to the Thrift Savings Plan (the 401K plan for the armed forces and DOD civilians) and to “spend more quality time with my girls.”

“The year of 2021 has caused me to reevaluate my spending habits,” said Pierce, who recently read a book titled “Smart Couples Finish Rich,” which motivated her to take a closer look at where her money goes.

“I don’t want to become the person that is driven into a midlife crisis because I have all my heart could ever desire but miss out on what my heart really needs: family and connection,” Pierce said. “That’s the truly ‘good stuff,’ and it’s free. So in 2022, I am setting my sights on consuming less and spending more time (not money) on the stuff that really matters.”

Jake Roth, chief of master planning at the Directorate of Public Works, said he resolves to “read more books.”

“I used to read a lot and have not made it a priority over the last few years,” Roth said. “I’m going to try to make more time for that.”

Lori Ciranni, manager of Outdoor Recreation, has three goals for 2022: “Eat healthy, exercise more, and find somewhere to volunteer.”

Alicia Irmscher, public affairs specialist at FBI Redstone, who moved to Huntsville and started working at the Arsenal in the summer, said her goal for the new year “is to become more acclimated both professionally and personally within these new communities.”

“Whether it is representing the FBI in Redstone Arsenal events or personally becoming involved in charitable organizations or exploring the many different facets of living in Huntsville with my family, I intend on capitalizing and enjoying all of this in 2022,” Irmscher said.

Skip Vaughn, Garrison public affairs specialist and editor of the Redstone Rocket, also has resolutions for the new year.

“I want to do everything I can to keep providing for my family and their well-being,” Vaughn said. “I also want to stay happy and healthy. Life is good. We should all be thankful for what we have.”

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