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New Year, new you

Posted: January 19, 2017 5:29 p.m.
Updated: January 20, 2017 1:00 a.m.

The stylists at Divine Design weighed in on why people make goals, and the importance of encouragement.

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On  the first day of the New Year many people, as they do at New Year’s every year, resolved to lose weight, or learn something new, or make some other life change or changes.

If anyone has looked at a calendar recently, January is over, and here is motivation to get on the bandwagon, avoid it or remain on it.


Individuals tend to want to lose body weight, increase muscle mass or either stay fit on a daily basis, but at the New Year, there is an increase for those desires. According to those interviewed, people wait until the New Year to make goals because that is the time to let go of the past and get ready for something new. Therefore, it makes individuals want a new them. 

Chris Brockington, owner of King Haigler Athletic Club located on Gordon Street in Camden talked about fitness and the New Year.

“January is a time of rebirth,” Brockington said. “You’re past all the holidays, but before summer. Because you make it past the holidays, and the kids are no longer home for break, you get back in the swing of things in January.” 

Even though there have been only three weeks into this new year, Brockington said she has seen a lot of new faces and ambition already. 

“You see people who don’t make a lot of excuses when they come in, you see the ones who are consistent with their workouts,” Brockington said. 

She explained that people do not realize how much of a stress reliever exercise is. 

“The only bad workout is the one that didn’t happen,” Brockington said. 

As far as why males or females work out, Brockington said some men go to gain muscle mass while other men go to lose fat. 

“Women go because they want to be skinny,” Brockington said. “Sadly, they believe the hype the media portrays and it is BS.”

Her gym is a dual-gym: one part of the gym is open 24 hours, while the other is opened during the day. 


Financial stability is often a resolution for many people. 

Linda D. Robinson, the director/owner/instructor of The Kershaw Click, offers teaching programs for life skills training, job readiness training, positive parenting techniques and much more. She says job readiness and financial literacy are among her most common items taught. 

Robinson said financial literacy is preparation for getting into job readiness with learning tools for investments, financing and consumer behaviors. 

She has a month-long course that is organized into two weeks of financial literacy and two weeks of job readiness. Financial literacy classes are first. Students learn finance and budgeting, how to open checking and saving accounts, how to seek a credit counselor (build up and fix your credit) and home buying, whether it be through Habitat for Humanity or tax sales. They then go into job readiness where they learn interpersonal relationships, participate in mock-employment scenarios, business etiquette, critical thinking, exploring careers and job search. She takes them on a field trip for the job search. 

The different organizations in Camden that reach out to her to speak to individuals about financial literacy include the Department of Juvenile Justice, United Way and Wateree Community Actions. 

The one month course does have a cost but there are payment options. Individuals can contact her at Trinity Apartments Resource Center or 803-549-6519.


Barbershops and hair salons can contribute to a new you, say those who work in the field. 

Barbers Marcus “Champ” Champion and Kenneth G. Jones talked about a barbershop’s role in creating a new you.

“The barbershop can help with a career change, cleaner shaven or a lower haircut for the job, or a spiritual change for the guys who have dreadlocks,” Champion said. 

Jones talked more about the community aspect of the barbershop. 

 “At a barbershop, you don’t meet a stranger, it’s a family,” Jones said. “It brings the community together and that can help change you for the better.”

 Both agreed it is a place to talk to somebody. 

Kimberly Streett, master of hair care at Travis’ Salon spoke about creating a new you.

“Hair and identity is one unit in the human psyche,” Streett said. “You can express yourself through your hair.” 

At Travis’ Salon, jewelry and artwork is for sale, and of course it is a place for hair and nail care, too. Streett believes these are all things that can help individuals create themselves.  

Streett went on to say that in order to grow as a person, individuals have the opportunity to reinvent themselves with goals. 

“This is a place to talk to somebody,” Streett said. “If there is something we can’t offer, we can provide a different avenue for them, especially if we can keep it in the community.”

The hairstylists and customers at the hair salon, Divine Designs, added on to what Streett said.  

“When a person comes into the salon, they’re looking for a new look or encouragement,” Stylist Celestine Rutherford said. “You make them feel comfortable, keep them away from the mirror because it makes them feel anxious and when they finally see the mirror, they see themselves.” 

Rutherford and others at the salon said everyone waits until the New Year to make goals because a new year equates to rejuvenation. 

“A salon is a place to talk to somebody,” they said.

The Youth 

At Lugoff-Elgin High School, the members of the Junior ROTC are taught about goals. 

According to Lieutenant Colonel Ray McDowell, an instructor of JROTC, they teach the students about SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relative and time bound) goals.

“We set goals for physical fitness with the Cadet Challenge,” McDowell said. “We assess them the first week of school, and then midway through the semester they do the challenge again to see progress.”

McDowell said they do not do this to be fitness gurus; they do it so students can understand improvement. 

On top of that, he does about a three week unit on financial stability. The students are taught how to create a budget. They also learn about insurance, what it means to invest in stock and how to build credit. 

Senior Pedro Sharp talked about the importance of goals. 

“In the real world, nothing gets done without setting goals,” Sharp said. “In the military, a commander will give a checkpoint or goal. Leaders like presidents set goals and checkpoints to achieve a much bigger role.” 

Senior Carson Gilbet chimed in. 

“Goals can help you achieve what you want,” Gilbet said.

Both of their short term goals are to graduate high school, but they also have midterm and long-term goals that include finishing college and having a stable life afterwards. 

As far as finance, Gilbet just got a job and is ready to use her financial lessons for saving. Sharp says he lives by financial stability because he believes just because you have large amounts of money in your account does not mean you should want to or have to show it off. 

Ultimately, the common denominator in successfully creating a “new you” appears to be support from others.  Everyone interviewed talked about the importance of encouragement and talking to somebody about your goals. 


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