For many Calgarians, a shrinking economy, thousands of energy sector layoffs and a spike in suicides are things best left behind in 2015.

But for some Calgarians, there is an optimism about what the year ahead could have to offer.

Nancy Phillips says although for her 2015 was a good year, attitude is something she will focus on this year.

Nancy Phillips

Nancy Phillips (CBC)

"Good health, I think that is the most important thing and to be more positive," Phillips told CBC News Sunday.

Michael Lazarowich says he doesn't really identify with resolutions.

Michael Lazarowich

Michael Lazarowich (CBC)

"I don't really wish for anything, I don't really believe in that, I just think you have to manifest your own stuff," Lazarowich said.

"I think if I keep doing what I am doing I will be able to check a couple of things off."

Tahir Khan said for him, 2015 was a good year.

Tahir Khan

Tahir Khan (CBC)

"I actually got to work for a non-profit in Washington, D.C. called the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, that was a really rewarding job," Khan said.

And he hopes to extend that success into the current year.

"I am actually opening a coffee shop on 17th Avenue … so I am hoping to work really hard on that, that's pretty much my New Year's resolution," he explained.

Derik Storm says he and his family are looking for a better work-life balance in 2016.

Derik Storm

Derik Storm (CBC)

"Getting my wife free from her work so that she can stay home and raise our family full time, and really, isn't that the best dream," Storm said.

Lazarowich, meanwhile, says he wouldn't object to a change in his financial status.

"I would like to win the lottery like anybody else, but I don't think that is going to happen."

A woman takes a photograph from Calgary Peace Bridge

Some Calgarians are looking forward to opportunities in 2016. (CBC)

Storm adds that good fortune for his family and others, is also on his wish list.

"For prosperity for my family, for everybody, for this whole city to bounce back," Storm said.

"And everybody to just be ready to go and jump into 2017."

With files from Mario De Ciccio