The new year is upon us. A time that’s coated with a fresh sheen of optimism and wrapped up with good cheer. The slate has been wiped clean and we can start anew–but are you setting yourself up for failure with your New Year’s resolutions?

I get it! You’ve got goals and are fired up to make 2019 your best year yet, but your laundry list of resolutions will start to overwhelm you, and before you know it, you’ll be back to square one. Simplifying your resolutions may be the secret to being able to keep them. To get started, you could even go as far as foregoing a new list of resolutions and simply finishing a task that’s been on your to-do list for far longer than you’d care to admit.

Tackling the things you’ve been avoiding will do wonders for your brain. Science says so! Completing a task triggers your brain to release dopamine (which we all know makes you feel good), and also motivates you to tackle the next thing on your list. Thanks, Mother Nature! To make this even easier for yourself, break down tasks into “micro-tasks” to give yourself an extra boost to get that one thing done you’ve been avoiding, and to maintain the momentum you need to accomplish your seemingly impossible goal.

Speaking of accomplishing seemingly impossible goals, this month, 82801 Life is thrilled to put the spotlight on Sheridan teen, Luke Knudson, owner of The Old General Store Antiques. TJ sits down with Sheridan’s youngest entrepreneur to talk shop and pick the brain of the super savvy Sheridan High student.

If you went a little overboard with your holiday spending this season and are dealing with the dreaded holiday spending hangover, be sure to check out “Resolutions That Pay Off,” where I offer up some tips on how to make a plan to get your bank account back into shape.

As always, we dive into the culture and community happenings of 82801–this month by exploring the history of “Big Horn City,” home to many of Sheridan’s famous historical buildings such as Ernest Hemingway’s favorite bar, The Last Chance Saloon. Then, Kevin provides an inside look at the upcoming transition facing the county commissioners as they prepare to swear in two new commissioner-elects.

My hope for this issue is that as the busyness of the season fades, you’re able to find some time to get cozy with a cuppa in your favorite chair, and enjoy the content our team delights in creating for you each month.

Best wishes and Happy New Year from all of us at 82801!

By: Candice E. Schlautmann for 82801

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