1. Yes, yes, yes to all – I always have my post-it “flags” at the ready when I tuck into a new cookbook borrowed from the library!

  2. Hah! Super cute! What delightful Illustrations! It got a laugh out of me!
    ~Lillian

  3. Graes says...

    I also already have my 2018 planner. This is a definitely optimism! No matter what happened in the year, I always lok forward to the new year – it’s an invisible reset button.

  4. Marie Andrew, if this is how you think, you are one fascinating human.

  5. I bought a planner for 2018 after using one all 2017…and I still view it as more optimistic than realistic. Most of what I write in my planner is added after the fact rather than before…because life changes so quickly that my planner gets to be a mess if it is something I am not sure of! Also, I don’t want to use pencil for some reason.
    Anyway…this is a pretty perfect illustration of optimism! :)

  6. Joy says...

    Haha, are we implying that “packing three times the clothes you need including a winter coat and sweaters of varying weights for a weekend trip” is pessimism? Also, I totally love reading cookbooks.

  7. Lizzie says...

    So lovely.

  8. jeannie says...

    This is my favorite cartoon so far! Right on the mark. :) For me it is also making a graph paper diet chart with the dates on the left and weight loss goals marked out by a beautiful downward sloping (never to be achieved) line!

  9. Love this! Glad to know I’m not the only one left keeping a written planner! :)

  10. Louisa says...

    Adding to the list:

    Calling your Republican senator to ask for safer gun laws.
    Sitting down with a student to come up with a plan to pass the class.
    Expensive surgery for your 14-year-old dog/BFF.
    Keeping the outgrown baby clothes just in case.
    Biking instead of driving.
    Couples therapy.

    • Kim says...

      I love all of these.

    • Megan says...

      Louisa,

      Amen.

  11. Denise says...

    I have done all of these except the New Year’s Eve dress. Which I always browse for online but never buy because I’m not fancy in real life and can’t justify the purchase for what I know from experience will be pizza alone on the sofa watching Call The Midwife at midnight. Perhaps New Year’s Eve Jammies are a better idea. Optimism vs. Realism.

    • Fiona says...

      LOVE this – I’m all about New Years yummy treats, great movies and sofa – I’m ABSOLUTELY buying a New-Years special PJ set – there are some cute cactus ones at Target I’ve been eyeing – thanks for the inspo! :D

  12. The extra concert ticket. Oh that makes my heart hurt. I optimistically spent a lot of money on extra concert tickets that never got used.

    • alison says...

      that one is oh so real.

    • Kate says...

      Just did this (or rather, bought the tickets three months ago). Things fell apart pretty much the week of, and I ended up going with a friend. Much better decision, but oh, it still hurts.

  13. I love this!! And I am totally getting inspired… ;)

  14. Alex says...

    Just love this!!

  15. Cynthia says...

    I’ve already bought my 2018 planner. It’s just a small one, but great for writing down appointments and special things.

  16. I love the idea of a New Year’s dress, though I’ll be on a train on New Year’s Eve! Other than that, yes, nailed it :)

    • Louisa says...

      this is just what I needed to read. thank you.

  17. Suse says...

    Nailed it!

  18. Laura C. says...

    The new planner ❤️

  19. A friend gave me her yoga mat that got a smudge on it—I optimistically had it in my car thinking I would pick up yoga, but now I just use the mat in my car for when I transport wedding cakes for work 😬 opposite use haha