Association Insights

We Asked, You Answered: How Members Plan to Make 2022 Awesome

How is it already the holiday season?! Let’s put 2021 behind us and start planning how we are going to make 2022 the best year yet! We asked some of your colleagues and friends for their New Year resolutions. Check out what is on their list for 2022.

“My resolution personally is to cook more… professionally- to continue to grow in my role as a Portfolio Manager.”  -Michelle Baquero, CMCA, AMS, National Realty Partners 

“Make a difference.” -Victoria Garner, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, Cardinal Management

“Hopefully not to have to wear a mask.”  -Luis Siguere, CMCA, AMS, FirstService Residential 

“Stay alive and don’t die in 2022.”  -Morgan Gaines, Marketing Communications Manager & Editor, WMCCAI

“I am resolving to only say YES to things that matter and not because if I don’t do it no one else will.” -Crishana Loritsch, CMCA, AMS, PCAM

“1. Drop my Covid 30 (less takeout!) 2. My goal in 2022 is to expand our hybrid offerings. As things are opening up, many are still reluctant to attend in-person events and meetings, and I think we’re all tired of having 10+ zoom calls a day! We’ll be working to find additional ways of keeping in touch and providing value added services to our clients and community.”  – Adrianne Gracias, Tri State Restorations LLC

“New Year’s Resolution…. Shoot I don’t even know what I’m doing tomorrow let alone next year.” – Dave Foreman, Greenscape Land Design, Inc.

“I don’t make resolutions (then I never fail to keep them) but I am thinking about next year. I plan/want to do/look forward to the following in 2022: 1) Attend the WMCCAI Expo and have a booth for my new business.  2) Hire additional staff to respond to clients’ needs and a growing workload. 3) Take a cruise to somewhere warm and tropical – I am tired of travel restrictions. 4) Welcome my fourth grandchild (all four will be under 26 months) – could be a circus as well. 5) Install a pool in my backyard – we can all dream big. 6) Attend in-person professional technical organization dinner meetings – webinars are great but it’s nice to see people in person” -Chris Carlson, P.E. SECB, Carlson Structural Engineering

“Continue to stay positive in the ever-changing world of community management by educating Owners and Board members the true benefits of a Home Owners Association. Assisting them to ensure their Reserves are sufficient for the communities current and long-term needs.” Tracy Plazyk, CMCA, AMS, Legum & Norman

“For 2022, I have a couple of resolutions.  One is to become better at cooking. We have a new house with a gourmet kitchen, and I want to improve my cooking skills so that I can enjoy the kitchen fully. My husband bought me Julia Child’s cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking as a gift for the new house and I haven’t attempted a single recipe in there yet. My other resolution is to fully plant out our vegetable garden. I dabbled in tomatoes and peppers this past year, but I want to really give the garden some thought and love, which will hopefully help give me fresh produce to assist in accomplishing my other resolution. I find both gardening and cooking a little intimidating and I am focused on changing that in 2022. ” – Ursula Burgess, Esq., Rees Broome, P.C.

“Since this year’s resolutions didn’t work. I’m going try different ones in 2022.” -David Lewis, Turner, Leins & Gold, LLC

“I resolve to provide great work/life balance for our community association managers” – Dave Ciccarelli, Sentry Management

“One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2022 will be to be more mindful.  I would like to set aside 10-20 minutes every day for meditation and mental quiet.  In a world (and an industry) full of so much noise, it’s easy to get caught up in it and I would like to be more deliberate in my search for at least a few minutes of daily peace.” – Hilary Lape, AMS, PCAM, Legum & Norman

“More travel, more money, more quality time with family.”  -Noel Arevalo, CMCA, AMS, FirstService Residential 

“Dude, I haven’t made it to this Friday.”  – Dave Moody, PSI

“Spend more time with family and less time on social media.”  – Christie Loveless, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, FirstService Residential


“Decades ago, when I wanted to quit smoking – a habit I loved very much to the tune of 2 packs a day and 3 if I went to the bar at night – I went to a hypnosis session with 2 other co-workers who also wanted to quit. We went in November and the other smokers in the office poo pooed the idea because “you can’t quit smoking before the holidays” was their reasoning. We went ahead with our plans and over the holidays 2 of the 3 of us failed. Each one at a time. I succeeded. The hypnotic suggestion was that when we felt compelled to smoke, to instead, eat an orange.  The peeling process used your hands, and I was able to switch my mindset off smoking. So, I succeeded. I went everywhere with my oranges. I didn’t care what anyone thought and when I explained what I was doing I was 100% supported. I measured each singular day as a success. And this approach has bolstered my resolve each day as life presented more challenges. I’ve lived through repeated instances where the measure of a single day has been a saving grace. For me, It’s about small accomplishments every single day. Live this day. Do your best this day. You may not have 365 days to do better – you have this day.” – Kim Myles, CMCA, EBP, WINTRUST Community Advantage

“Start making more time for selfcare at least once a month!  Spend time with girlfriends or just by myself.”  -Shelby Butler, C&C Complete Services

“Sparkle, Shine and Show love and Compassion to Everyone!” – Patricia Chilcote, CMCA, AMS, Community Management Corporation

“I need to continue to work on a better work-life balance and learn to switch off more. I’m good at taking vacations but I’m seldom fully off the proverbial clock.” – Kwame Yiadom, CPM, PCAM, LEED GA, Abaris Realty

“I want to start a ladies bunco group!” -Bethany Morales, CMCA, AMS, Cardinal Management

“My resolutions for 2022 are to travel to several new places and taste beers from those places (Reno, Vancouver and Alaska are on the list so far) and I want to increase the distance I walk in 2022. In 2021 I’ve already walked over 1200 miles (trying for 2021).” – Donna Aker, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, Community Management Corporation

“To foster an improved work life balance for my team.” -Jennifer Gromada, CMCA, AMS, Gates Hudson Community Management

“I think a resolution for 2022 for me will be to intentionally seek joy in situations. The pandemic has been hard on so many people for a variety of reasons, so it is easy to become bogged down with those sad, helpless, or fearful feelings. I want to be more intentional in looking for the small moments of happiness, joy or contentment that exist in between all of the other less happy, more stressful things we all have going on in our lives.”– Lauren Ritter, Esq., Chadwick, Washington, Moriarty, Elmore & Bunn

“I would say my resolution is to help children in foster care. My wife and I have been foster parents for over 10 years having had over 15 children come through our house (in addition to our 3) and even when we couldn’t take children in due to covid concerns, there was still so much that was needed. School supplies, diapers, food delivery gift cards for teens going to community college, Target gift cards, even a random set of tickets to a sporting event all help give these displaced children some sense of normalcy and safety.” – Scott Burka, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, EJF Real Estate

“Analyze and engage my excuses by examining the true root causes of my own procrastination and defeat them” – Todd El-Taher, EBP, Hann & Hann Construction Services

For fun we are including previous New Year resolutions and advice from people we wish we were friends with:

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” –Nelson Mandela

“Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.”  – Helen Keller

“You’ll never get bored when you try something new. There’s really no limit to what you can do.” – Dr. Seuss

“I’m taking today (and all of January) to think of all the new promises I want to make to myself. All the new projects I want to put into the world. I hope all of you can spend some time writing down your dreams for yourself.”– Reese Witherspoon

“The best is yet to come.” – Frank Sinatra

“I usually make ones that are like I want to gain a lot of abdominal weight. That way I’m not disappointed.” –Conan O’Brien

“I’m challenging myself in this new year to live for now. The present. Taking in every breath, every sight and sound, and holding it dearly. Not thinking about how the good ol’ days have passed us by or how the best is yet to come. But that right now, this very second, this is the gift. These are the days. These are the moments. And I’m gonna breathe them all in.” – Joanna Gaines

“When reading news, take in only what happened, not the think space around what happened. Do this only once for each incident.” – John Mayer

“I will never take another day in life for granted, even the bad ones.” – Demi Lovato

“To the person that lost weight over the holidays…Don’t worry, I found it and I will get it back to you starting January 1st” – Kelly Clarkson

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates

“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each year find you a better man.” – Benjamin Franklin

By Michelle Baldry, PE, PRA, RS and Katie Halfhill, EBP, CMCA, AMS, PCAM

Michelle is Reserve Advisors’ northeast regional executive director. She is a professional engineer and holds CAI’s Reserve Specialist and Educated Business Partner designations. Michelle has ten years of experience in serving community associations and has prepared hundreds of reserves studies.

Katie is an account manager at C&C Complete Services. Prior to entering into the contractor world, she spent 15 years managing community associations. Katie is also an active member on the Quorum Editorial Committee.