BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - With the fireworks over and the dancing and partying done, for many the start of 2016 means the focus now shifts to fulfilling New Year's resolutions.
In Baton Rouge, resolutions varied from spending more time with family to a focus on education and learning.
"My New Year's resolution is to be a better person in 2016," said Michael Byrd, who started his January 1st shopping at the Mall of Louisiana.
"My resolution is to try to make the world a better place any way I can just by being a little happier this year, trying to bring a little joys to other," Tariem Almond said.
Many want to put the focus on family in the new year, especially those who lost a loved one during 2015.
"I lost my dad, but God is still good. I still got the rest of my family, I got good health, the family has good health. That's really all that counts," Almond said.
"This year, we're coming together as one. It feels so good to have a family next to you at all times," said Tericka Anderson, who lost her father in a car accident.
For others, the new calendar year means more adventures and a chance to learn.
"My resolution is first off to be a better student. I'm in college, my third year of college. I'll be going to southeastern hopefully," said Samih Muhammad, who spent the day shopping with his girlfriend.
"I got an app on my phone and I'm going to read a new word every day and use it as many times as I can," Scott Jarreau said.
Six-year-old Tyree Bridges is excited to try new things in the new year, including sports.
"I'm playing basketball now. After I get older, I'll play baseball, soccer, hockey," Bridges said.
No matter what the goal, however, everyone seemed to agree on one point.
"2015 was a blessed year, but I'm looking forward to 2016. I think it's even going to be a better year," Byrd said.