Each January, we’re given the opportunity to reinvent ourselves and evaluate our goals for the coming year.

Sometimes, this reinvention can be a useful tool in accomplishing a longstanding goal or living in better alignment with one’s values. While a clean slate feels fresh, starting from scratch isn’t always necessary, which is why I’m taking a different approach to Kern County.

Ally Soper is the county of Kern's chief communications officer. The opinions expressed here are her own.