What aspect of your life will you renew this year?

“My career. I am a pediatric dentist. … I love what I do because I am not only a doctor, but I am a mother and a teacher to my patients. I would like to utilize my teaching skills to focus on community outreach this year, especially with the special needs population. I find that special needs children need a strong network of people, professionals and doctors to support them and their families in life. If I could help with that, then I feel I will have renewed one very important aspect of my career.”

– Jennifer Blair

DMD, Valley Pediatric Dentistry in Yorktown, White Plains resident

“I recently moved to the Heineken USA headquarters from Chicago, so I’m hoping to take some time to explore Fairfield and Westchester counties with my family.”

– Scott Blazek,

senior vice president, sales, Heineken USA, Fairfield resident

“I definitely would like to be more involved in the community by mentoring young women who want to be in the hospitality business.”

– Linda Ferone

director of catering, DoubleTree by Hilton Tarrytown, Yorktown resident

“The first thing I want to renew is my library card. I did get a Kindle for my last birthday, but for me there are few pleasures in life better than wandering through the stacks at my town library finding debut novels by new writers before sneaking off to pick up the next romance novel in the J. D. Robb series. Like Eve Dallas, the heroine chronicled by J. D. Robb, I want to wake up each morning in the new year with a renewed belief that people working together can make a difference in the world.”

– CarlLa Horton

executive director, Hope’s Door in Pleasantville, and board member, Westchester Women’s Agenda, West Milford, N.J. resident

“My commitment to social justice. As the CEO of the YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester, I am passionate about our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. However, the day-to-day operations often consume me and I lose sight that we are part of a movement. Every day there are boundless opportunities to build a better world and for optimism. On a personal level, I aim to spend more quality time with my family and friends – more romance, more laughter and less nagging.”

– Maria Imperial

CEO,  YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester, Yonkers resident

“My ability to sleep soundly and without interruption. This may require shooting the dog, but I hope not. It will require becoming less agitated by daily reminders that our political system may be broken, by that nagging feeling that there is a lot more to that ‘Occupy’ movement and what am I doing about all this? Hmm, maybe silencing the dog is easier…”

– Amy Kohn

CEO, Mental Health Association of Westchester County, Croton-on-Hudson resident

“My commitment to my family, clients and community by balancing time better.  I want to focus on devoting more time to mentoring young lawyers and handling pro bono work, which is always rewarding. I would also like to get more involved in causes that are meaningful to me, such as volunteering with my wife at a local animal shelter. While I’m at it, I would also like to renew my commitment to get in shape, take longer walks with my dog and finally be able to play a full song on my guitar.”

– James K. Landau

partner, Trokie Landau L.L.P., Stamford resident

“As a busy entrepreneur, wife and mother of two, I tend, like many people, to put my own needs last on my long to-do list. In 2012, I will carve out more time to properly exercise and focus on staying healthy, which includes making sure I get enough sleep in between all the excitement of life.  I think sometimes we all need to remind ourselves to slow down a bit and realize that not everything is as urgent as we sometimes act like it is.”

– Christina Rae

president, Buzz Creators Inc., Yorktown Heights resident

“My commitment to living in a state of gratitude and love. No matter what life throws at me, no matter what financial situation I find myself in, I’m going to do my best to keep things in perspective and not let my fears get the best of me. Being a very emotional and passionate person, I’ve never been short on love.  I just need to relax a bit and let things work themselves out.  Being grateful for what I have should keep me on the right path.”

– Roman Tytla

graphic artist, songwriter and president of bigbangprints.com, North Salem resident

“Generosity is the quality I will bring forth manifesting with a gentle smile to all that I encounter – in listening, thought and energies – in all places and at all times, for as long as I can. My patients in my holistic practice, my family and my friends deserve the generosity of my attention and knowledge. I also want to be generous with myself in terms of self-acknowledgement and forgiveness.”

– Michael B. Wald, MD

Integrated Medicine & Nutrition of Mount Kisco, Chappaqua resident

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