Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018!

Have a Happy New Year!


Well, it’s that time of year again … the very end of it! Let’s say a fond farewell to 2017 and look ahead to what 2018 has in store. There are lots of possibilities for the new year, and we thought we’d take a moment to list a few of our favorites.

But first!

A look back at 2017 on the Darlene Reeves-Kline blog:

We found some awesome natural beauty right under our feet in this Tennessee caves post! We also looked at a few great reasons (including great cost of living!) for retirees to come on up here to, well … retire. And, we looked at some of the reasons that young families have to love our area.

We checked out some great Christmas gifts from right here in Tennessee. (Hint: these still make great gift for birthdays or late holiday surprises!)

2017 in Tennessee has been pretty nice. We brought our water table back up, so our risk of another devastating wildfire, like the one that burned through Gatlinburg last year, went way down. The economy is pretty good, overall—including the housing market. We think people are getting the word that our area is a pretty nice place to call home.

We spent time with neighbors and family, and made some new friends (some through this blog!) 2017, we cheers you with an uplifted cup of hot cocoa!


And now, on to 2018!

We don’t know what the most popular resolutions for 2018 will be, but on a Google search quoted by, the top New Year’s Resolutions for 2017 are probably pretty close to what you’d predict:

  • Get Healthy: 62,776,640 searches, a 13.77 percent increase over last year during the same time period, when it was searched 55,177,290 times.

  • Get Organized: 33,230,420 searches, dipping by 7.41 percent compared to last year’s tally of 35,888,700.

  • Live Life to the Fullest: 18,970,210, spiking by 13.04 percent from last year, when it maxed at 16,782,030.

  • Learn New Hobbies: 17,438,670 searches, up 4.72 percent from last year’s total searches of 16,652,950.

  • Spend Less/Save More: 15,905,290 searches, up 17.47 percent from 13,539,500 in 2016.

  • Travel: 5,964,130 searches, down by 0.82 percent from 2015’s 6,013,550,

  • Read More: 4,746,560 searches, down 5.63 percent from last year’s 5,029,790.

East Tennesseans already have great ideas for achieving these popular New Year’s Resolutions! We’re all for making the most of every year! If this list of resolutions looks good to you, then let us make a suggestion or two:


How about hiking?

Hiking in the Smokies is an excellent hobby, and it can help with getting healthy. Hiking is also virtually free (after you get the initial investment of good boots!) It’s definitely a great form of travel. While hiking won’t get your closet in order, it’s a great way to get a little organization to your thoughts, and some peace of mind.

And reading more?

Well, this blog has you covered! Browse around for some great articles on stuff to do, lifestyle highlights and cost of living comparisons for our vibrant, lovely part of Easts Tennessee.

Of course, when you’re ready to browse for your new home in the New Year, stop by Happy New Year!