Choose One Thing and Do It Well

How was everyone’s weekend??

We had a great and low key weekend.  I didn’t knock anything off my “to-do” list, but we did play and have fun.  Much more important things were happening than the to-do list.  Right?

In case you didn’t notice, I didn’t list my goals or resolutions for the New Year.  Nothing more marvelous could have happened in 2014.  I mean, we became parents in 2014!!  That had been on my “dream list” for years.

Since becoming parents, Luvy and I have actively been trying to simplify and declutter our lives.   We have always been busy people.  We are on the go all the time!  I hate it, because the first thing friends say when they call is ‘I know you are really busy, but….’.  That is not how I want to be known, and not how I want Baby D to grow up.

So, this year my one big goal is to pick one thing and do it well.

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I have so many things that I do…. I’m a wife, mother, dental hygienist, nutrition and health coach, Certified Health Education Specialist, personal trainer, blogger, Refresh Summit host and planner, friend, daughter, and the list goes on….

I have so many things going in my life that I feel like I’m not great at any of them.  After telling this to Luvy, he encouraged me to pick one thing and do it well.

Being a wife and mother are my main priorities, there is no contest there.  My relationships with my friends and family come next.  After that, I want to pick one of my passions and focus on it.

I don’t want to constantly be getting pulled in 10 different directions.  I only work 2 days a week, so that isn’t a huge issue when it comes to time.  I am very fortunate in that I have a job where my work doesn’t come home with me.  Well, the gross of work comes home with me and straight into the laundry room, but that is another issue.  😉

The last thing I want is my family to suffer due to my stretching myself too thin, because what I do matters!

I have never been good at saying no to things I want to do.  These are all things I want to do, but I just can’t do everything.  If I don’t want to do it, I have no problem turning it down.  If it were only that easy with things I am passionate about too!

So, the decision is mine to make.  How is all this going to look?  What will I choose to do well, and what will I have to close the door on?

Not your typical New Years resolution.  Actually, it isn’t really a resolution at all, but it is what I’m focusing on this year.

What are you focusing on this year?

Do you have a hard time choosing one thing to focus on?  

Or are you like me and have all kinds of things you do and things you are passionate about?

  1. as silly as it may sound THIS is why I dont do pinterest.
    I do what I can. I do it the best I can.
    I cannot add anything else right now.

  2. I need this right now. I am becoming really bad at trying to do too many tasks at one….jack of all trades, master of none. I am trying to let go of it, and just focus on one thing at a time. i think I am improving, but its tough isn’t it!! I would never think that of you though….not sure if thats a complement or not haha, but it is in my eyes. You always look to be so devoted to baby d, in the most beautiful way 🙂

  3. I can totally relate to having so many things going on that none of them are being done 100%. Like you, my number one is my family- I try to make sure that when the boys are home and we are spending time together they get all of my attention not just pieces of it.

  4. I definitely think I have a hard time focusing on one thing at times. I try my best to prioritize but it definitely is hard and can wear me down. I think taking some time to organize my priorities list and refocus could be really beneficial!

  5. When I want to “do it all” I stop and remember my WHY. If it doesn’t support my why I (try) to let it go or say no. When you set your compass it helps clear the clutter.

  6. I can SO relate to this! I love to be busy and do EVERYthing too! But, I’ve learned that this isn’t the best way to go about things. Have you read The Best Yes yet? I haven’t yet, but I really want to, and I think it’d be right up both of our alleys! I’ll be praying for you as you determine what you’ll be saying yes and no to. xoxo

  7. I love this. It’s easy to try to please everyone and do it all, but in the end, it’s so hard to keep that up for a long time, and really just not healthy. I like the idea of just doing one (or a couple) things really well…and I think that will translate into a better you (you = general) 🙂

  8. It’s hard (and impossible) to do everything well at once, that is sooo true! But we do our best. My goal for 2015 is to harness my patented PortaPocket to a bigger ‘engine’ and get a licensing partner for wider distribution. Once it hits that tipping point people will finally “get” it …it’s not a difficult, but you do need to THINK to use it… and understand all the ways it can help you…. 🙂

  9. I definitely applaud you to not having a real resolution this year. I love that you are so happy about becoming a parent in 2014 that it seems like you don’t really need much else right now!

    Decluttering is a big goal of mine right now too before baby gets here and before we move later this year. I’m just focusing on a few pre-baby goals and taking really good care of myself before she gets here, and that is good enough for my resolutions right now.

    • Oh girl! Declutteiring will be great before the baby comes. We did the same, and I don’t regret it at all! Your resolutions sound really perfect!!

  10. You are talking right to me with this post! There are so many things that I want to do, it’s hard to choose just one. This year, I didn’t make traditional resolutions either. I made a list of seven goals (that are all over the place) that I want to work towards. Everything from reading the entire Bible to growing my blog to doing yoga more regularly. I think my focus is simply finding balance. 🙂

    • Yes… balance is KEY! Finding that balance and staying with it is my problem….
      Have you checked out the She Reads Truth bible in a year plan???

  11. I think this is one of the best New Years resolutions I’ve heard of this year! I’m totally with you on having difficulty saying no to things I want and love to do. That being said, I think I need to take Luvy’s advice about choosing one thing and doing it well too!! I guess it goes hand in hand with the saying “quality over quantity”! Sometimes it can be so challenging to find the best balance in life, right?!

    • You know, I never thought about it in terms of quality over quantity. You are SO right girl! Finding the right balance is so tricky, but we can both just work towards it …. right??

  12. Ohhh I like this a lot. I think many of us try to do 85 things because we “can”, but just because we can squeeze something into our busy schedules doesn’t mean we should. I’m not 100% sure what I want to focus on this year, but this is a friendly reminder to not spread myself too thin!

    • YES! and who says you must focus on something??? You can just work on being less busy and decompress this year! (doesn’t that sound nice….. )

  13. LOVE this! It’s so easy to try to do everything, but if that’s the case, we either do nothing to the best of our ability, or we kill ourselves trying to do it all better. Can’t wait to see what you choose!

  14. I think this is going to be just what you need! It reminds me of the Bible verse in which the Lord commands us to, in whatever we do, to do it well – to approach it as if we’re serving the Lord through it, because we are!

  15. What a great thing to focus on! I’d have to agree that we are the same way, always busy! My main goal this year sort of goes along with decluttering. It’s just to be present. As a wife, as a mother, as a friend and as a daughter 🙂

  16. I can’t wait to see what you choose! I am definitely not adding anything new to this year although I did make resolutions. And I totally feel the same way that I have a ton of different roles but don’t feel like I am great at any of them. Well except the mom part. I think I am doing a good job there. So I love this idea!

    • I can’t wait to see what I choose either…. I’m a terrible decision maker. LOL! You are a fantastic mom– that’s where it counts right?

  17. I totally understand where you are coming from. I feel like we glorify being busy sometimes but unfortunately it means that we are often so consumed with 20 things that we don’t feel fully present in each one of them. I can’t wait to hear what you decide to focus on and where God is leading you… I know it’s going to be to do great things!

    • so true! and when I’m so busy I can’t focus on Baby D. Thanks so much girl.. God is definitely showing me where I need to close doors for sure!

  18. I love your focus for the year! I am awful at focusing on only one thing, but maybe my word of “FOLLOW’ is really the same thing. I want to focus most of following Jesus this year and know that the rest will come with that. 🙂

  19. Oh Brittany! So true! Why is it that we all want to do everything? That’s just not possible. Sometimes eliminating things from your life can be harder than adding them. But I think when it comes down to it, family, friends and people have to be top priority, then you throw your work and passion in right behind that. Good luck! 🙂