The Power of Three and New Year’s Resolutions

When I was a stay-at-home mom, I used to make long to-do lists – 10 items at least. I would get so frustrated because I could never get them all done. Usually, I only crossed off a few of them. I felt like a failure. I mean, I’m home ALL day – I should be able to get more done. Since then, I learned that I wasn’t a failure. My list was just too long. Ten is not the magic number. Three is.

Three is manageable. Three pushes me a little, but not so much that I give up. Three helps me focus better and accomplish the most important things.

So, with that introduction, I’ve chosen three broad goals for 2014.

  1. Health
  2. Home
  3. Happiness

Why these three?

  1. Well, for the past 10 years, I guess, I’ve wrestled with fibromyalgia. Add to this a love of (addiction to) sugar and a recent switch from stay-at-home mom to sedentary accountant. What do you get? Fatigue, headaches, muscle and joint pain, and an extra 30 lbs.
  2. I have my dream home – a little, 1916 farmhouse with nary a picture on the wall and little space for accumulating things. I’ve also noticed that when I’m organized at home, everyone’s day runs more smoothly.
  3. The first two goals started with ‘H’ and really, who couldn’t use more happiness?

I’m planning on sharing what works for me as I work on these goals during the year. I’d love to read your great ideas, too, so feel free to share.

Happy New Year!





4 thoughts on “The Power of Three and New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Here are my goals for this year.
    1. Continue with my weight loss by losing 55 more pounds by June (I have already lost 45 so I am half way there) This weight loss is not for beauty it is for mental and physical health.
    2. Read my scriptures every day on my own and as a family
    3. Family Home evening I have to counter act the worlds influences on my children by teaching them about the gospel at home also.
    I agree that 3 is a good number there are many more changes that I hope to make and many things I pray will end successfully this year but as they say some are out of my control so I put my Faith in God and others will take more then a year to achieve so they are on the work on it list. I put more exactness and time frames because it makes it more measurable which as a teacher we learn that goals should be measurable. I love you my sister and you are often on my mind and in my prayers. I love your stories about the farm and the animals. you are good to roll with what comes and appreciate the good along the way. I can barely keep up with my one crazy dog Chiquis and the presents of a dead mouse on the porch I have to admit I screamed and ran to my room and hid under the covers. Xander said” Chiquis killed Gus” (he watches Cinderella almost every day so he knows the mouse’s name) I laughed when I came out from the covers. Two year olds say the funniest things.

  2. I like it! I think it helps that those will be easier to remember than ten to remember. They can be a mantra to you. During my first husband’s two-year fight with brain cancer, my mantra was Romans 12:12 – Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. It is also a mantra of three.

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