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2020 Staff New Year’s Resolutions

by Anna BirchPosted Dec 30, 2019

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When you read “New Year’s resolutions,” do you get excited thinking about the potential or start feeling guilty remembering last year’s not-so-great attempt? We all know resolutions might be forgotten around mid-February, but they can be a great way to kick-start your year, set goals, and create prayers for the upcoming months! 

We asked some of our full-time staff to tell us what their New Year’s resolutions are going to be for 2020 and why they chose them. Some are fun and some are more serious—all are a reminder that self-discipline and dependance on God go hand-in-hand. Reading these might even help inspire you to come up with your own plan for growth in the new decade! 

EJ “Pops” Hibbler: “Run 1,000 miles. I want to get the most out of these legs before they need an operation.” 

Jan “Sugar Pop” Robertson: “Let the peace of Christ rule in my heart. This is how the Lord wants us to live.” 

Trent “UGA” McClure: “Cook more at home!” 

Caleb “Wheelin and Dealin” Carter: “Be more of a man of action. I can think myself to death sometimes and miss opportunities to produce tangible fruit.”

Sam “Bus” Peters: “Eat more pizza and ice cream because they are good gifts from God.”

Tatum “Hullabaloo” Roan: “Be a better listener. I struggle to just sit and hear people. I am such a fixer that, while people talk, I am often thinking about what to say or how to offer my help or advice. I’m realizing that’s not always what people need. Sometimes, they just need someone to hear them.” 

Trevor “Bonko” Mullikin: “Complete a Spartan Trifecta because physical challenges develop the inner man!”

Jeff “Backfire” Lay: “No sodas in 2020.” 

Alaine “Four Eyes” Buchanan: “Learn how to bake bread.” 

Joey “Brozone” Smith: “Create quality and lasting memories with my family.” 

Garret “Busta Move” Ward: “My hope is for the first word and the last word of the day to be Scripture of some sort. Starting and ending my day that way will help orient my heart more for the Lord.” 

Brooke “Berlin Ball” O’Bryant: “Sticking to a Bible reading plan. Doing it for more discipline and focused reading. Also, reading a biography of every US President. I have read 14 and have 30 left to go!”  

Katlyn “Captain Obvious” Messick: “Create routine… it takes a lot of effort to think a month ahead. I’m not a big planner girl, but I’m hoping to continue sitting down every Sunday and looking forward to the next week/month and have things scheduled in! Sounds simple, but for the not-detailed person (like myself) this is huge and incredibly freeing.” 


The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” – Proverbs 16:9


Anna Birch

Inside the Cove Coordinator

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