Christian Love Pantry

One way to be involved is to volunteer. In 2018, members of the Christian Love Pantry, volunteers and members of the Pell City Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of the new food storage facility at the Christian Love Pantry in Pell City. Photo by Austin Nichols

I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions. Now, don’t be too quick to judge. Think about last year and the resolutions you made. How long did they last? So, no resolutions that make me a failure before January has passed. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to improve. I do. So, instead of making (soon to be abandoned) resolutions, I set goals in every area of my life. These are some of my goals for 2020.

To develop a healthier lifestyle. Some of the things that might help are a gym membership at one of the several gyms in our own Pell City. Pell City also offers walking trails and everything from yoga to 5K runs. For a list of local races, check out this website: If weight loss is one of your goals, we also have a local Weight Watchers group that meets on Mondays.

To develop a more creative lifestyle. We have several opportunities to encourage and excite your inner muse. If you’re interested in trying your hand in art, the Pell City Recreation Center and some local businesses have classes for both beginners and more advanced artists. Writers Anonymous, a local writing group, always welcomes visitors and new members. They meet the first Thursday of each month. For more information, go to

To develop a greater community spirit. Pell City offers a wealth of opportunities to give back. Whether it’s pitching in for the “Lake Clean-Up,” volunteering at the Christian Love Pantry, visiting a local nursing home or just picking up some trash on the side of the road, there are ways I can get involved.

To develop into a better neighbor. A man I know “adopted” one of his neighbors last summer when the neighbor’s husband had broken his foot. This man cut their grass the entire summer. We might not take on a huge task like that, but reaching out and touching someone’s life is within my reach. Whether it’s taking a casserole to someone who’s been sick or just sending a thoughtful card, I can be a better neighbor.

To develop a more spiritual outlook. A popular song suggests we “give faith a chance.” Pell City offers churches of every denomination. Not only do these churches offer spiritual “food,” but they also offer multiple opportunities for service and for fellowship.

To develop a better me. Get that haircut, do the facial, set a weight goal and achieve it. Recognize the things you can change and the things you can’t. If you’re dealing with addiction, get help. Alcoholics Anonymous has an open door. If you’re dealing with a loved one’s addiction, there’s help for you too with Alanon and other support groups.

To develop a more positive outlook. Focusing on the positive rather than dwelling on the negative will change your entire outlook on life. And I’ve found it’s impossible for me to be hateful and grateful at the same time.

Whatever goals you decide to set, I wish you every success and the happiest of New Years from Rita and Harry and the “Shack on the Lake.”

My Wish for You

We wish you faith and love and hope

and dreams come true beyond the scope

of your imagination.

We wish you sunshine, not much rain,

endless fields of golden grain,

and someone dear to share them.

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