I have suggestions for some great New Year’s resolutions that are achievable.

I have suggestions for some great New Year’s resolutions that are achievable. 

For example, instead of setting a goal to lose 50 or more pounds by summertime, start small. Cut out sweets and see where you get with that. Then cut half your soda intake.

Slow and steady wins the race. 

If you set your standards too high to begin with, you will never achieve them, so set a smaller goal you know you can achieve — then up the ante.

This way, you guarantee yourself you will see success.

Another resolution many people make is exercising.

If you’re no marathon runner, don’t set a goal to run a 5K in a month. Start small and begin with a run around the block twice a week.

After a few weeks, and you still have some breath from your run, up the ante. 

Run four times around the block, but try four to five times a week. Not only will your stamina improve, but you will notice a difference in weight as well. You will feel a lot more energetic — a plus particularly if you have children.

Another top resolution is to get organized — now this is a hefty feat!

It can be overwhelming when trying to organize your life, family and household items, but fear not: you can do it.

I would begin with my finances. Spend 30 minutes on Saturdays going through that huge pile of papers that has been building up and put the bills where they belong.

Don’t spend more than 30 minutes; you may begin to feel overwhelmed. Once the half-hour is up, you will feel some success — probably when you put that pile away and see a clean, non-cluttered spot.

I bet you will feel like a million bucks!

Remember: this is a process, not a one-day job. Time is precious, so use it wisely. Once you have accomplished one section, move onto another.

Finally, take the pressure off “New Year’s” resolutions. Resolutions can be made daily, not just on Jan. 1.

When you realize you can make changes in your life any day of the year, New Year’s resolutions will be easier to make, stick to, and follow through with.

In 4-H, youth learn life skills they need to make resolutions and follow through with them daily. 

As adults, role models and parents, it is our job to set the example. We need to show them that year round, we have the opportunities to make a difference and Jan. 1 is a great reminder of that!

 Every child should experience what 4-H offers. Have the experience of a lifetime! 

If you have any questions about the 4-H program, call the Okaloosa County Extension office at 689-5850.

Haley Worley is an agent at the Okaloosa County Extension office in Crestview.