A Spartanburg Resolution

Written by Hunter Brown on December 31st 2019.

If you’re like me, this is the time of year for reflection and goal setting for next year. And if you’re also like me, January flies by and you look at your list and laugh because there’s no way you’ll reach half of it. It always sounds good to want to get in better shape or read more, but we have to take action or it’s wasted wishes. My recommendation to you is to not only make your goal list, but take 10 minutes and write out your action plan to accomplish them. I also have a very specific kind of resolution that I encourage you to make, but let me give you a little backstory first.

Over the holidays, I had family come visit from other states like AL, CA, VA, GA, and UT. We gathered at downtown’s Inn on Main where they were staying and went for a walk. They hadn’t seen Spartanburg in years and were blown away by how unique the city had become. They enjoyed the beauty of Morgan Square where they sat outside at Delaney’s and watched their kids ice skate. They commented on how amazing the FR8yard was and were impressed with the locally owned shops like The Local Hiker.

They had just one question. “What happened to Spartanburg?!”

I loved that question because I got to wax poetic about how it is local people making a difference in their hometown. Whether it was folks who moved away and came back with new ideas or young professionals working for and supporting all of these companies; the change has come. There’s a reason that Spartanburg is garnering the national attention that it is and that’s because of people like you and me who “love where we live”. As a community, we have been engaged and proactive, but we must continue these efforts in 2020.

So, as you’re sitting down to make that resolution list for next year, I’d like you to steal a bit from JFK.

“Ask not what Spartanburg can do for you, but what you can do for Spartanburg.”

Let’s all make a Spartanburg Resolution this year! Let's set a goal to make this place even better. I’ll tell you mine. My goal for next year is to be a kinder neighbor. That can mean anything from blowing off my neighbor’s driveway to donating some time to one of the many wonderful non-profits surrounding our city. When we all exhibit a little kindness, we accumulatively spread a lot of joy.

Have a Happy New Year!

I’m Hunter Brown.......and this is 2020.                          

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