New Canaan Residents Resolve To Do Better In 2013

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Ashley Feldman, left, and Stephanie Lynn, who both work at Merle Norman on South Avenue in New Canaan, each have resolutions for the new year. Feldman wants to be more organized, while Lynn plans to give up sugar.
Ashley Feldman, left, and Stephanie Lynn, who both work at Merle Norman on South Avenue in New Canaan, each have resolutions for the new year. Feldman wants to be more organized, while Lynn plans to give up sugar. Photo Credit: Melvin Mason
Alex Salcido of New Canaan does not plan to make any resolutions for 2013, preferring to have smaller, more reachable goals.
Alex Salcido of New Canaan does not plan to make any resolutions for 2013, preferring to have smaller, more reachable goals. Photo Credit: Melvin Mason

NEW CANAAN, Conn. - Ashley Feldman of New Canaan no longer wants to be frustrated with overlapping meetings and discussions.

“I really can’t say no to people,” said Feldman, a beautician at Merle Norman Cosmetics & Accessories Boutique on South Avenue. “I’ll have something at 3 o’clock and then I’ll have something at 3:15.”

So Feldman intends on organizing her time better, one of her New Year’s resolutions for  2013. “It’s an effort to make things less stressful. I have to do it.”

Many New Canaan residents and their neighbors will make plans to improve their lives or make things better for others in the new year, promising to be diligent and turn over something of a new leaf.

Merle Norman stylist Stephanie Lynn has a resolution that surely will test her will. She plans to give up sugar, a challenge complicated by her love of sweets, particularly Munchkins from Dunkin’ Donuts.

“It’s going to be a test… but I’m going to do it,” she said, laughing that she might only last for a week.

Martha Sugrue of New Canaan, shopping on a Friday evening at Merle Norman, plans to practice random acts of kindness, whether it’s putting a few quarters into another driver’s meter or paying the bill for someone she doesn't know at a restaurant. Sugrue says she was inspired by NBC television personality Ann Curry, who plans to do kind things for people in light of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

Alex Salcido, who was out taking her Pomeranian for a walk, won’t have any resolutions. She says people should focus on small, achievable goals throughout the year instead of making one big change.

“You set yourself up for failure,” Salcido said.

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