Dear Amy: I would like to make some New Year’s resolutions. Can you give me ideas about how to get started? — Julian K., Nashville, Tenn.
Dear Julian: New Year’s resolutions are like goals. You set a goal for yourself and you make a plan to reach that goal. To see how this works, check out 5 Facts About Goal Setting, teenshealth.org/teen/your_mind/problems/
goals_tips.html. For instance, you might have the goal of joining a new club at school. You can make a list of your interests and a list of the clubs that are available, then find one that would be fun for you based on what you’re interested in.
If you’d like to be involved with science activities outside the classroom, you might join the robotics club, or if you like arts and crafts you might join an art or a sewing club. Perhaps you would like to learn a new skill, such as playing an instrument or taking up a new sport. There are many books at the library or sites online that can help you learn to read music or play an instrument. You can also take a class.
Learning to play a new sport can be as easy as asking a friend to teach you in your backyard, or trying out for a team together.