An Insider’s Guide New Year’s Resolutions

2020 has been a roller coaster of a year for many of us. We asked three Milwaukeeans what they hope to do differently in 2021.

Violinist Frank Almond wants to safely attend concerts in person again:

“The COVID crisis has not only devastated performing arts organizations worldwide but has essentially stopped all live arts events. … Humans need art, one of the most profound forms of connection and communication.”

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Stylist and social media pro Jordan Dechambre wants to become more mindful:

“I think if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that we need to find pleasure in life anywhere we can. I want to savor every bite of my meal, hear the sounds of nature when I’m walking, indulge in the feeling of fresh sheets on Sunday night, gaze at Lake Michigan on a still day, and close my eyes and breathe in the scent of my favorite perfume. It’s all so simple, so important – and so easily overlooked.”

Historian John Gurda wants to bridge the divide between red and blue America:

“The 2020 election exposed fault lines so deep that they threaten the future of our democracy. As difficult as it might be, the only way to close the gap is for each side to acknowledge the common humanity and the underlying good intentions of the other.”


This story is part of Milwaukee Magazine‘s January issue.

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Allie is an Editorial Intern at Milwaukee Magazine. She is a senior at UW-Milwaukee studying Creative Writing and Journalism. You can follow her on Instagram at @alliehabck