Cake Artist at Zydeco Cakes
in the Piece of Cake Mystery Series
by Jacklyn Brady
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!
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.
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