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How to keep a New Year's resolution Teen raises funds
for the homeless
n the heat of the New
Year’s Eve count-
down, fueled by
enthusiasm and possibly
a few glasses of cham-
pagne, resolutions may
roll off of the tongue. But
come the morning of Jan-
uary 1, such resolutions
may not hold the same
Between 40 and 45
percent of the American
population will make a
New Year’s Resolution,
according to polling by
researchers at the Univer-
sity of Scranton. Research
suggests that only about
8 percent of people stick
with those resolutions
and achieve their goals.
The outlook is similar for
Canadians, 31 percent
of whom set New Year’s
resolutions. Among those
that do, three-quarters will
break them, according
to a poll from Ipsos. A
survey of online shoppers
who visited the website
revealed that the average
length of time a person
can expect to pursue their
New Year’s resolution is
around three and a half
weeks, or 24 days.
Maintaining resolutions
can be a resolution in and
of itself. For those who
want to push through the
fail point this year — and
stay strong in the face
of tempting desserts and
the craving to light up a
cigarette — these sugges-
tions may help resolutions
• Start small when
picking resolu-
tions. Rather than
resolving to lose 50
pounds, start with
a more manageable
goal, such as losing
10 pounds. When
you reach the goal,
you will feel more
confi dent and then
you can up the
• Set a reasonable
time frame. Be re-
alistic when deter-
mining how long it
will take to achieve
your goal. Achiev-
ing a diffi cult goal can
take time, so don’t expect
overnight success.
• Practice self-control in
all aspects of life. Some
researchers believe that
the self-control necessary
to help people maintain
their resolutions is like a
muscle that needs to be
exercised. When self-con-
trol is revved up across
many different activities,
it’s easy to realize one
particular resolution. For
example, in an experi-
ment at the University of
Albany, researchers asked
122 smokers who were
trying to quit to practice
extra self-control for two
weeks, either by avoiding
sweets or by squeezing
on a grip strengthener
for as long as they could
twice a day. Twenty-seven
percent of those who were
diligent about practicing
their self-control exer-
cise successfully kicked
their cigarette habit in the
following month, com-
pared with just 12 percent
of volunteers who didn’t
maximize self-control.
• Get support or talk it
out. Speaking about what
you are going through and
getting reassurance from
other people can work
wonders to strengthen re-
silience. When the desire
to quit sneaks up, you can
consult with a friend or
consider a support group.
For example, taking a
group class at the gym
may be a more effective
motivational tool than
working out solo.
• Set up an accountability
system. Institute a rewards
system for your success.
You might even use a
monetary system as a
double-bonus. When you
stick to a resolution over a
predetermined period, put
a dollar in a jar. If you fall
off course, take a dollar
away. Find the incentive
that works for you.
Resolutions are made and
broken every year. Make
this the year you realize
your resolution.
By Caitlyn May
It all started when Destiny Duerst recieved a life-sized
Christmas stocking from her best friend.
"I didn't know where to put it or what to do with it,"
she said. "My fi rst thought was, really, that we should
fi ll it with clothes and stuff for the homeless."
Duerst, 19 and a Cottage Grove native, started a Face-
book page to solicit donations for her project, "Help
the homeless stay warm," and has so far collected nine
bags of clothes, blankets and gloves as well as $120 in
donations to purchase additional items.
According to the yearly point in time count conducted
by Oregon Housing and Community Services as part
of a nationwide effort to count homeless populations
around the country, homeless stats are up six percent
from 2015. In Lane County, 1,529 were identifi ed
as homeless; 164 were marked as veterans--the sec-
ond-highest homeless veteran population in the state
behind Multnomah—which includes Portland.
According to the data provided in the county, a larger
percentage of the homeless population suffers from
mental illness (14 percent) than addiction (12 percent).
Of those with a mental illness or addiction, 68 percent
were unsheltered, rather than considered sheltered
homeless meaning they sought lodging in places HUD
defi nes as not traditional living quarters. Individuals
living in cars, on the street, in parks and abandoned
buildings are considered to be unsheltered. To be con-
sidered sheltered, individuals must be seeking lodging
in emergency shelters, transitional shelters or otherwise
being housed in lodgings meant for people to live in.
By mid-January, Duerst says she's going to walk the
streets of Cottage Grove, allowing homeless individu-
als to choose their clothing.
An online fundraising effort with a goal of $500 has
raised $80 as of Friday, Dec. 28 and Duerst plans to
increase fundraising efforts in January.
"We're having a spaghetti feed," she said. "It's at the
Elk's Lodge on Jan. 13 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. It's a $5
donation and anyone under fi ve-years-old will be $2."
All the funds raised will go towards purchasing more
blankets and coats as temperatures continue to drop.
Local Beds for Freezing Nights continues to be activat-
ed when the temperature drops below freezing but for
nights that it hovers in the high 30s, Duerst hopes to
provide warmth for those left outside.
Top stories of 2017
Honorable Mentions
A waterline break in the fall damaged several res-
idents homes in the area of 14th St. The city later
said it wasn't at fault and therefore not fi nancially
Governor Kate Brown visited Cottage Grove High
School as part of a tour promoting Oregon's spot
as one of the states that succeeded in lowering
tobacco use. The student leadership presented
Brown with gifts while Brown, in turn, gifted
trees to the students to be planted on campus.
South Lane Mental Health Director Tom Wheeler
announced at the start of the year that he would be
stepping down from his position after more than
two decades as the organization's top seat.
Rosie the Riveters celebrated "Ringing with Ros-
ie" by ringing a church bell in time with Rosies
around the world.
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