I’m not the kind of woman to make a wager, but there are some sure bets in life. That eggshells will find their way into anything I bake, for instance. Or that I will smudge my manicure before I even recap the nail polish bottle. Or that my New Years’ resolutions will get buried and forgotten under the year’s first snowfall, which happened two days ago for Philly. There still is hope, however! This year I’ve decided to pick resolutions with more subjective points of success than years before. I am trying to be more optimistic about life, which means not only believing that things can get better but also knowing that the present is pretty darn good, too. Because my own resolve is shaky, I’m leaning on the elephant, which is regarded in many cultures as a symbol of good fortune and strength, to get my 2014 goals underway and to brighten up my home decor.