What is one thing you want to accomplish in 2014?

January 5, 2014 

"Probably for me, just to be physically fit and healthy. Maybe I'll join a gym or get fit by being busy with the kids."

Mary Sawyer, 32


stay-at-home mother of Alex, 6, and Ryan, 2 (photographed with Caleb Kania, 10)

"Travel. To Yellowstone. We are going to Ireland in October, maybe for a week. I am going to be 40 and it's on our bucket list."

Johnnie Barrett, 39

Scott Air Force Base, originally from Greeneville, Tenn.


"I hope to get to graduate school to study art. I am applying to SIUE. That's my goal. I'd like to teach."

Morgan Gillihan, 21


student at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., majoring in art. Her favorite medium is ceramics.

"To get a permanent job. There are no jobs anywhere. Unemployment is worse in Illinois than the nation. I'm an ex-truck driver. I can't drive a truck anymore. I broke my back four or five years ago. I don't believe I could sit in a seat for 10 to 12 hours a day. I even tried dishwashing. What I am doing today is going to the library to look again. My dream? To win the lottery and buy a house so my kids could come over all the time."

Steve Ellliott, 52



"I want to volunteeer more, maybe at a pet rescue or shelter."

Kayla Morgan, 30


labor and delivery nurse in Carbondale

"I want to read more books and spend more time with my family, especially my little baby niece Ruby who will be one (this month). Right now, I'm reading 'The First Phone Call from Heaven,' by Mitch Albom."

Rebecca Godard, 25


special ed teacher in Smithton

"We want to go to Disney World. Last summer, we moved into our house. We love it, it's awesome. The last vacation we went on was to Tennessee for Thanksgiving. Mom recently passed away. We spent time together, trying to celebrate her someplace else so it wouldn't be difficult. The last time we went to Disney World she was with us."

Nicole Peden, 37


home ec teacher at Edwardsville High School and mother of Rose, 8, and Lucas, 1

"My favorite ride (at Disney World)was Mount Everest, the roller coaster that goes forward and backward. I must have ridden it 20 times."

Rose Peden, 8

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