Selection of Southerner’s New Year’s Resolutions as told to Jess Graves of The Love List

Jan 2 2016

by Cheri Leavy

Jess Graves shared New Year’s resolutions from your favorite Southern chefs, musicians, artists, entrepreneurs, creatives and tastemakers on The Love List.

Enjoy a few of our faves from The Southern Coterie and her entire list here.


My resolutions for the 2016 are…

1.      Slow down and enjoy life and not take it for granted!

2.      Recognize the needs around me and take action!

3.      Eat healthy and exercise more!

Marti Tolleson , Owner of Two Friends on St. Simons Island, GA

marti Two Friends


This year, I’m resolving to carve out time every Monday to identify my goals for the present week and reflect on the lessons I learned from the previous week.

I think writing it down will hold me accountable for the things I can improve, as well as help me consciously acknowledge and appreciate the beautiful and unexpected things that happen each week.

I bought a stunning notebook from one of my artists to use. It’s just another reminder of how lucky I am to work with so many talented people in this business I love.

Breckyn Alexander, Principal and Interior Designer of BMA at Home in Athens, GA
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Photo credit Hillary Maloney, photographer for Trouve Magazine

I am not good at resolutions … I keep it simple and repetitive with the basics.

Most importantly….


and my personal motto for attacking the year ahead is….


Holly Phillips, Principal and Interior Designer of The English Room in Charlotte, NC






Cheri Leavy View More Blog Posts from this Author

Cheri Leavy is a connector, cheerleader and marketing consultant for fellow entrepreneurs.
Building rapport and strengthening a sense of community:
• A community of female entrepreneurs through the The Southern Coterie and The Southern C Summit
• The faces and places of Athens that make our city so vibrant through guide2athens
• A community of devoted football fans through Bulldawg Illustrated
- Contributing editor to Coastal Illustrated, Executive Board Member of the UGA Alumni Association

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