INSTEAD OF FILLING our final issue of the year with suggestions for resolutions and steps to take in the New Year to create a better version of you – as so many publications do – the Extol Magazine Team wanted to deliver a bit of year-end inspiration and tales of redemption.
Steve Kaufman’s feature about real estate guru Paul Kiger is the anchor in this issue and a must-read article that provides hope for anyone who has ever lost their way.
Dr. Ali Haider, an ophthalmologist with offices in Southern Indiana – including Madison – and Louisville, shares his vision for helping people in Third World countries regain their sight for a mere $20 to $25 in a story by writer Laura Ross. Dr. Haider is on a mission and also explains how our greater community can assist.
Not every inspiring story has to be weighty. Mariposa Consignments owner Michelle Wells offers positivity and far more to customers at her New Albany boutique. She’s a light in our community and a champion for others.
The Final Say columnist Zach McCrite returns in this issue, this time with a column about Indiana University freshman Romeo Langford that could pretty much make IU fans out of nearly everyone.
As always, thank you for taking the time to pick up Extol. I’ll see you in 2019.
Sure, New Year’s is over, but it’s never too late to look ahead and go after your goals. That’s why we sent our team in search of people willing to share what they’re looking forward to most and plan to achieve in 2018.
PHOTOS AND ANSWERS COMPILED BY JENNIFER MCNELLY AND JOSE APONTE
“This year, I’m really excited about being in school, so I’ve made a goal to really do well and get good grades. I also want to focus on my new band. We don’t have a name yet … but we will soon.”
“I’ve made a personal goal to not get so caught up in
the hustle and bustle of every day. For 2018. I want
to find pleasure in the small things, spend time with
people and just enjoy life.”
“Like many people do in the new year, I’ve resolved to really focus on my health and
get back into shape. However, the biggest challenge I’ve set for myself is to learn
how to relax. I’m really a Type A personality and take on a lot of projects at one time,
but I never really get to enjoy the process. I want to change that. I want to still have
projects but actually take the time to enjoy the tasks. I also definitely want to make
sure that I have more ‘Vic time’ thrown in there.”
“I have several resolutions for this year. The top of my list is to
push out the toxic influences out and smile more. I know I need to
say no more often. I know I can do anything I put my mind to, but
that does not mean I should. I hope to take the lessons I learned
in 2017 and apply them to 2018.”
“I look forward to a successful relationship with school, the church and the people I love.”
“I look forward to the 2018 election season.”
New Salisbury, Indiana
“My goals include traveling to Miami to represent Indiana University Southeast at a
conference and graduating in May.”
“I want to see the Indianapolis Colts become a good team again.”
“I’m personally looking forward to more snow. I have an old sled from the 1960s that I itch to get on every year. I also look forward to a little peace.”
“I look forward to the Cincinnati Reds being a good team again.”
“I am looking forward to
graduating college and beginning
my professional career.”
“This year I’m really focusing on setting myself up for the rest of my life
– my career, personal relationships, all of that. I’m trying to be the best
person I can possibly be. I want to be the best version of me.”
“In August 2017, I made a big change and moved
from Mexico to the United States and started
working on my master’s degree. I got here the day
before school started. I am hoping that this year I
can really improve my English language skills so
that I can succeed in the program.”
CRISTINA CORDOVA PAZ
“This year, I am looking forward to my last
year in college and graduating in December.
“I’m currently a student and I’ll be graduating later this year. I can definitely say that
I’m really looking forward to finishing school and getting started on my career.”
“I’m a member of the United States Air Force, so I’ve moved around a lot. I’m brand
new to the area. This year, I really want to get to know Louisville better and see what
the city has to offer.”
“For 2018, I’m really hoping to see women have a stronger presence in society.”
“I’ve decided that I really want to
put myself out there more, be bolder
and try new things.”
“My goal for 2018 includes traveling where
I’ve never been before and finding more
creative outlets to deal with busy schedules.”
“For me 2018 is the year of mental health.
Last year I was not motivated. This year will
be filled with yoga, therapy, and loved ones.
My number one priority is me.”
“I love puppies (specifically boxers). I’ve worked as a vet tech for four years in Louisville. This year, more than anything, I’m just looking forward to petting more puppies.”
“My goals for 2018 include using skills I learned in my B96.5 radio internship to better the Horizon Radio. I want to give listeners a radio show they are not used to having.”