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.