Wednesday, January 14, 2015

To Resolve or Not to Resolve?

by Estelle Jergens
Cake Artist at Zydeco Cakes
in the Piece of Cake Mystery Series
by Jacklyn Brady

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I hate making New Year's Resolutions, probably because I'm a complete failure when it comes to keeping them. I try. I really do. I give myself pep talks and mentally prepare and the whole nine yards. I go great guns for the first couple of days ... and then pffffft. I fail.

Last year was supposed to be "The Year of Healthy Living." I created charts and graphs and had a Master Plan that was going to help me incorporate one new healthy thing into my lifestyle every month. By the end of the year I should have been pounds thinner and a whole lot healthier.

Yeah. Didn't happen.

I lasted about 3 days. I pulled a muscle walking, had to take time off to heal, and never quite made it back. Oh, sure, I could have switched the order of some items on my list -- like maybe I could have cut out sugar instead of walking four times every week -- but cutting out sugar for a cake artist requires a level of commitment I wasn't prepared for in January, so the whole thing withered up and died right in front of my eyes and I ended up weighing 7 1/2 pounds more at the end of 2014 than I did the year before.

The year before that, I resolved to save money. I wanted an emergency fund for ... you know, emergencies. Like when the car breaks down or your best pair of pants splits at the seams.

I vowed to take more public transportation, stop buying coffee on my way to work, eat out less, cut down the number of drinks I paid for at the Dizzy Duke after work, and a whole host of other things that would have (in theory) helped me build up a healthy nest egg by the end of the year.

I distinctly heard a ka-ching! on January 1st but it was gone by the 9th of the month.

In my defense, we experienced a nasty cold spell in January of that year which, of course, crossed public transportation off my list almost immediately. No way I was going to walk a couple of blocks and stand out in the wind waiting for the bus to arrive. And who is going to give up a hot cup of coffee on the way to work when the temperature has dipped below freezing overnight? Air that cold is unnatural. I had to compensate!

Now that I think about it, maybe I'm doing it wrong. Maybe I should make a different kind of resolution. I could vow to read more. Or I could make a plan to watch more TV. I'd kill at either one of those.

I could set a goal of trying one new restaurant a month and totally succeed. I could decide to add more chocolate to my diet and feel like a winner right away. Then again, what would be the point?

For all these reasons, I didn't bother setting even a single resolution this year. Did you? If so, how are you doing? Are you still on track? Maybe I'd do better if I got advice from successful resolution-keepers. If you are one, I'd appreciate any you could pass my way! And if you're like me, remember misery loves company.

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Jacklyn Brady lives on the Gulf Coast and writes the Piece of Cake Mystery series which is set in New Orleans and features cake artist and trained pastry chef, Rita Lucero. Rebel Without a Cake, book #5 in the Piece of Cake Mystery Series, is available at your favorite bookseller now! Jacklyn loves to hear from readers. Connect with her on the web: Website | Facebook | Twitter

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16 comments:

  1. This is a new to me series so another author and book title to add to my lengthy list. I usually don't make New Years resolutions for the reasons mentioned above. I follow them for a short time and then usually give up.

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    1. Thanks Dianne! So glad to know I'm not alone!

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  2. I own Sheetcake, and Hot Tin Roof in ARC format. For some reason I lost track of you and this series. I think the only resolution I can make and keep this year would be to catch up on the books I've missed reading.

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    1. That sounds like a great resolution. I'm so far behind on so many series, I'm not sure I can ever catch up but I'm willing to give it a try!

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  3. I don't do New Year's resolutions. To me, January 1 is not a magical time. Every day is a time to work on things. Not wait until January 1. That is, if there is something I want to work on. Like reading more of your books.

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  4. I'm with you. I already have enough lists, index cards and spreadsheets without adding things I know I won't finish. I joined a gym with trainer last year to get healthy to nurse my husband after back surgery. Three weeks in I had a stress fracture in my foot. Still getting x-rays, wearing the big boot and waiting for it to heal 4 months later. I think there is some quote about good intentions . . . and hubby is doing just fine.

    But I will resolve to read this new to me series.

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    1. Now isn't that just the way it happens? You try to do a good thing. He's fine and you're still laid up. I'm sorry to hear that, and hope you heal quickly!

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  5. This is a really good series. I have read the first two or three books so far and will check out the next two or three today. I loved the setting of New Orleans and the character of Rita; smart and spunky and isn't that what most people like to read about??? It is for me? And having done some cake decorating years ago, this was the lure to me in the beginning of the series.

    With many medical reasons to stay off my feet, reading has been such a blessing; I don't know what I would have done this past year if it hadn't been for books.

    Thank you for getting me up to speed on the latest in the series.

    Cynthia

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    1. Sorry to hear that you've been experiencing medical issues. I'm glad you're able to read. I'm sure that helps! Hoping you have a healthy 2015!

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  6. I live about 25 minutes from downtown New Orleans. Like I can make any kind of resolution dealing with food, alcohol or partying. It's Mardi Gras season.

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    1. Yes! The season is underway. All good intentions must now wait until Ash Wednesday. I'm pretty sure that's the law.

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  7. I made the resolution last year to not make any, lol. I got tired of feeling guilty for not accomplishing what I had been so enthusiastic about on Jan. 1. So, I have good intentions...and goals...and sometimes I am successful at them and sometimes not, lol. Cute cover, looks like a fun story!

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  8. I would tell you about my new year's resolution but I don't think I could remember it if I tried. There was just one. Sigh. I am all for eating more chocolate in 2015.

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  9. It's more of a vague idea rather than an actual plan... just being healthier and happier. Even just starting with the attitude is a big thing!

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