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New Year's resolutions shared by notable Canberrans

Canberra Times article by Megan Doherty.

Whether they are just a bit of fun or a true commitment to self-improvement, New Year's resolutions are again upon us.

Notable Canberrans shared their New Year's resolutions with us. Some hilarious; some moving. Whatever the case, here is to a happy and healthy 2018 for all.

2018 ACT Australian of the Year Dion Devow:

ACT Australian of The Year Dion Devow is using the New Year as a time of reflection. Photo: Rohan Thomson

"I'd really like to reflect on what I have done over my life to this point and focus on the things that are important and why we work so hard, and that is family, my three beautiful children and my wife. I'm really trying to put it all in perspective and have a more balanced lifestyle. We work so hard but often lose sight of why we work so hard, which is to create a better life and opportunities for our families."

ACT Liberal Senator Zed Seselja: "To take Ros out on more dates and to spend more one-on-one time with my kids".

Publicist extraordinaire Coralie Wood:

Coralie Wood wants to make sure local actors get their due acknowledgement in 2018. Photo: Karleen Minney

"To make sure that every young (and older) actor and actress receives the accolades they deserve for the joy they give to others. Oh and, by the way, just for grow taller and thinner overnight!".

Nobel Prize winner and Australian National University vice-chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt:

ANU vice-chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt wants to think big in 2018. Photo: Jay Cronan

"To think big – and to help Australia (via its National University) confront the opportunities that 2018 brings. Also, exercise more and lose weight".

Canberra singer Amber Nichols: "To spend less time immersed in technology and more time looking up and connecting with the world and those around me".

Member for Fenner Dr Andrew Leigh: "To live with a greater sense of gratitude".

ABC-TV newsreader Craig Allen: I'm pretty hopeless at New Year's resolutions. But I guess I'd like to work at getting fit to do another trek in Nepal. That didn't work this year, so I may as well give it another crack in 2018!"

Online sensation Tanya Hennessy:

Tanya Hennessy reckons her New Year's resolutions will be very achievable. Photo: Supplied

"I like to keep mine realistic, 'cause I always say I'm going to lose weight and I never do, so end up disappointed...So my realistic NY resolutions are: eat more pizza, sit down more and watch more TV. That way I'll definitely achieve them".

Canberra Raiders captain Jarrod Croker:

What does Canberra Raiders captain Jarrod Croker want in 2018? A premiership, of course. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

"Not looking to give anything up but would love to win a premiership ring".

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr: "Professional: grow the economy, support more job creation, open a new rehabilitation hospital, encourage more tourists to visit Canberra, improve public transport

"Personal: take 10,000 steps a day, eat mindfully, take up some new hobbies, celebrate many long overdue marriages with friends".

Cataldo's hair impresario Angelo Cataldo:

Angelo Cataldo wants to travel more in 2018. Photo: Karleen Minney

"To spend more time with family and friends. To take more time out travelling. Love travelling. It gives you an appreciation of the world we live in. Try to keep fit so I can do all the things I want to do. To keep on giving back to the team, supporting them, so they can be the best they can be".

Channel Nine personality Erin Molan who is expecting her first child in 2018:

Erin Molan wants to enjoy the huge changes that are on the way for her. Photo: Christopher Pearce

"Not too big on New Year's resolutions - normally would be to 'drink less' haha but that's clearly not an issue at the moment. If anything , I guess to try and enjoy the huge changes that are coming rather than being so anxious about trying to figure out how I will be able to get the balance right between work and family when bubba comes."

Author Jackie French: "For 2018: to accept, not desire; to rejoice, not regret; to delight, not plan; to twine my roots into the rock, to stand firm when good things are threatened; to fill each second with an hour's life; to hug, laugh, and write, lots; to get a little closer to the glimpse of what my books may be."

Canberra United women's coach Heather Garriock:

Canberra United coach Heather Garriock at home with her daughters, Noa, 3, and Kaizen, 5, plans to enjoy the Canberra lifestyle in 2018. Photo: Rohan Thomson

"The big thing for us, moving from Sydney to Canberra, is slowing down as a family and meditating more often".

National Arboretum Canberra chair John Mackay: "To find a way of getting more public art for the National Arboretum".

Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann: "This year I lost one of my closest friends to cervical cancer and one of my oldest friends very suddenly to spinal cancer. Three good friends of ours have also had serious health scares. So, one of my resolutions is to spend more time with friends and family - and planning early so it happens. We all get so caught up in our busy lives and too often overlook the important downtime with people we have known and loved for decades.I've already organised a weekend away with two friends from university days and I'm in the process of organising another with three high school friends. Plus I'm locking in the date for my annual get together with my sisters in country Victoria. Saying goodbye to friends who have just weeks to live really makes you appreciate each and every day and the people you love".

Australia's Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year, Canberra pharmacist Elise Apolloni:

Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year Elise Apolloni hopes to slow down a little in 2018. Photo: Supplied

"Create more 'me' time and get out into my little garden at least once a day to appreciate it more".

Brumbies CEO Michael Thomson: "To do more exercise".

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