Three-Word New Year Resolution

When I was a child, we were encouraged to make New Year resolutions. Everyone made a big deal out of those resolutions but I never took them seriously. But as I became older and responsible for my life and where I wanted it to go, I began to make resolutions. I am excited at the opportunity for a fresh start at the beginning of every year.


It started with the small things; lose weight, keep in touch with family and friends, smile more, etc. I have certainly failed at some and experienced hiccups at others. However, I am at a point in my life where I believe that to be happy, to be content, to have joy, to have peace, to be a success, to fall in love, to be a good person, to leave a legacy, one has to make a conscious effort to work towards all of those things. I sincerely believe that it is best to try and fail, than never to have tried at all. So yes, I am now one of those people who make vision boards and make New Year resolutions. This blog was a New Year resolution! Thus in response to the Trifecta challenge, my New Year resolution in three words is:

Keep the faith.

For me, this is not necessarily about religion, it is more about working steadily towards what I want out of life. This is about falling and dusting myself off, it is about banging about trying to make those items on my bucket list come to fruition. Keeping the faith to me is about going through life; one solid purposeful step after another. I hold the keys, I am in charge, I am responsible for my lot in life.

Written for this week’s Trifextra Writing Challenge:

Michael Hess inspired us with his three word New Year’s resolution – just be nice. We’re asking for your own resolutions in just three words. Make it count; we’ll be checking back in come 2015.


  1. moi

    I also had made numerous resolutions in the past that failed before they even got to the first hurdle, so I don’t make them anymore. But I think with me it is also because if you make the promise and then fail it reinforces that belief that you are not worthy of it, especially true with esteem issues, so if you don’t promise it, you don’t fail.

    1. Anne Chia

      This is certainly food for thought, I never looked at it from that angle. It can be certainly be distressing when one has made grand plans and nothing comes of it. I guess it’s always been tucked away in my sub-conscious, which is probably why I hesitate to share my dreams and goals; for fear that I’d fail and people will laugh 😦

      That’s why my poor sister bears the brunt of all my crazy ideas; because I trust her and there’s never any judgement from her, just truth. Everyone needs support system like that.

      1. moi

        Yeah it is a good system to have. For em I’ve made the same promises to myself year after year and nothing comes from it. that saying that goes “I am my own worse enemy” lol, that is me.

  2. trifectawriting

    I like it. I, too, am putting more and more stock in those resolutions as I age. Most things, apparently, don’t just happen. You actually have to make them happen. Happy New Year. Thanks for linking up.

  3. KymmInBarcelona

    I’m finding that it gets harder and harder to keep the faith on some levels. An excellent resolution to strive towards.
    Happy New Year, Anne!

  4. Momo

    I really like this, and the way you elaborated on it at the end of your post. One solid purposeful step at a time sounds like a fantastic way to go through life.

  5. Cobbie's World

    I think we all have personal philosophies that colour who we are in life. One of the philosophies that has formed the pillars of my foundation is to keep the faith. I have always had a strong sense of what works for me and what doesn’t and I have never usually anyway, been swayed by trends or peer pressure to abandon my beliefs for short-term gain or popularity. Having long term goals and beliefs is very important, regardless of what those goals or beliefs may happen to be. The important thing is, as you so correctly state, to keep the faith and never waver.

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