New Brunswick

A man who actually sticks to his new year's resolutions

A Florenceville-Bristol man is putting the rest of us to shame by keeping his yearly resolutions, and he’s announced a lofty one for 2018.

Philip Davis is turning back the clock for his 2018 resolution

Philip Davis said he's going to send 100 handwritten letters this year. (Catherine Harrop/CBC News)

Philip Davis has ironclad resolve.

Davis has consistently made good on his annual new year's resolutions since CBC News first heard of him in 2014.

From performing and posting 100 songs on YouTube to quitting eating after 8 p.m and rereading the books on his bookshelf, he's somewhat of an anomaly on the new year's resolution front. He doesn't waver.

"No, he doesn't," said Krystyn Davis, his wife. "Like every time that man sets a goal, he makes it. It's kind of annoying, isn't it?"

The Florenceville-Bristol man is beating the odds, too.

According to a 2015 Ipsos poll, about a third of Canadians make new year's resolutions and, of that group, 73 per cent will break them.

This year's promise

For 2018, Davis has resolved to send 100 handwritten letters to family, friends, coworkers and inspiring community members.

"It's not a lost art yet, but we don't do it as much anymore," he said. "I loved, as a kid, getting letters and writing letters and now with cellphones, people don't seem to write letters. So, I'm going to write 100 letters."

Davis said a friend recently described a new year's resolution as a promise to yourself, not the rest of the world.

"And I said, 'Exactly. You get it.'

"Pick something so at the end of the year you can look back and go, 'I did it and it made a difference. It made my life better, made other people's lives better.'"

For instance, Davis shed 10 pounds the year he stopped snacking after 8 p.m.

Family on board

Krystyn Davis has resolved to make 18 quilts in 2018. (Catherine Harrop/CBC News)

Davis said keeping it reasonable is a good place to start if you're new to resolutions or have trouble keeping them.

He's got the rest of his family on board as well. Krystyn Davis had never made a new year's resolution before marrying Philip, and the couple's children have also joined in on the fun.

Seven-year-old Malcolm resolved to be less of a picky eater.

"I'll just eat whatever my mom and dad put on the plate," he said in what must be music to his parents' ears.

Krystyn Davis has a busy year ahead.

She resolved to make 18 quilts in 2018, a lofty goal that will require the craftswoman to work at double speed.

"I've put it out there in the quilting community and a lot of people have said the same: 'Are you crazy?'" Davis said.

Keeping a new year's resolution is an annual struggle for many people, but Davis said one of the keys to success is making sure you are accountable to someone.

Lucky for her, she married the right man.


  • A earlier version of this story misspelled the last name of Philip and Krystyn Davis.
    Jan 04, 2018 3:39 PM AT

With files from Catherine Harrop