Permission to be mediocre

In light of all the New Year’s Resolutions out there, I wanted to share this gem of an article that my sister sent me.  It’s from the Ensign in 1981 and is sure to bring a smile to your face:

The New Me Has Been Cancelled


Happy New Year!


17 thoughts on “Permission to be mediocre

  1. How does Afton know me so well?
    Loved this article, and isn’t it true!
    Thank goodness for small steps forward no matter how many back we seem to take. Our hearts are in the right place when we decide to just hang on and not give up no matter what. Life happens constantly, and usually at a pace I don’t keep up with very well….
    I’m still striving for the good out of good/better/best!!!!

  2. That’s great…doesn’t seem at all like any Ensign article that I’ve ever read…that woman was a blogger before her time!

  3. I don’t know that I have the confidence for an Ensign article. But it helps with frazzled pathetic feeling of being a total loser when the goals don’t happen. Thanks for the reality check.

  4. Love it!
    I can completely relate. I do think setting goals is good, but for some reason “resolutions” seems a daunting word. So, this year, for starters, I called my resolutions goals. Psychological, perhaps.. but it helps me not freak out too much. Then, I made my goals attainable and easily measurable:
    Go to the temple monthly.
    Do my visiting teaching (at very least, write letters monthly)
    Do something physical, resembling a workout, 3 times a week

    I know it’s only 6 days in, but I’m feeling more on top of things … so far

  5. That was hilarious, juist what I needed this morning. Hope all is well, I read your blog faithfully. By the way, you were officially released Sunday – HA!!!

  6. Thanks for sharing this Steph. Did you know the author lived in our stake in GA? She actually lived in my ward (her husband was our bishop) and we were very good friends with her family. She is hilarious in real life too. She and my mom have a running joke about all the things they do because they are “self-sacrificing” mothers–said with heavy sarcasm. She did write some books in the 80s (since they didn’t have blogs then). I never knew she was in the Ensign too. What a fun find!

  7. Thanks so much for posting this. For the first time ever, I have some new year’s resolutions. We’ll see how I do on them. For some reason, I have a feeling they’ll end up like the author’s…..

  8. That was precious. Oh, I love her voice. Maybe the Ensign could go back to a little more of that kind of Real Talk once in a while… Or not. But I love the permission for mediocrity. I started my goals 2 days early, so I’d already be in the habit by 1-1-11. I almost made it through the NY party without eating anything sugared. Almost.

  9. Yep, I definitely liked that article. Some days, my goal is to just get through the day with a smile on my face. And on some days, that is a BIG accomplishment!

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