It’s a list of six achievement-oriented wishes for valuable self-improvement, which, if past is prologue, I’ll likely not see again until I switch purses sometime in July or August.
The truth is, the paper is probably the most enduring aspect of most of my annual to-do list critiques, which I’ve been writing since I was seven or eight. Nevertheless, I write resolutions because I like to write them. I like fresh starts. I like hoping for the best, and I like trying to do better.
I’d like to be queen, too, of course, but my resolutions this year are (as they always tend to be) seriously mundane: Read the Bible through. Save some money. Lose ten pounds. Exercise. Become more proficient with WordPress and Adobe’s Creative Suite. Write an e-book.
Maybe I’ll achieve my goals, and maybe I won’t. But I like thinking that I might succeed. Mine are not impossible goals in anyone’s imagination. I wonder if that might not be part of the problem?
2015 marks the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I haven’t read it since I was a girl, but I have fond memories of this book. It was one of the few novels my dad recommended. He preferred that we kids would read nonfiction over fiction, but he made an exception for Alice in Wonderland, noting that Lewis Carroll was a mathematician. I assumed that Dad felt a kinship with him, but what Dad told me was simply that I’d enjoy the book.
In honor of Carroll’s enduring nonsense and all who practice believing the unbelievable, I’ve made lovely lemon tea cakes. Whether or not the Queen of Hearts stops by for a cup of tea, I hope to learn from her example this year.
Happy New Year and Happy Friday!
Come and get ’em.
P.S. I spent a chunk of yesterday goofing around with Photoshop (although I now realize that I should have used InDesign) to make a Friday Cookie calendar for 2015. I’m getting a few printed so if you’d like one, just let me know. Alternatively, you can download it directly here.