Remind this dude how much I love him…

I like New Years Resolutions, they are naturally ‘listy’. As a kid my list consists of: clean Jasper (my rabbit) out more often and be nice to my brothers and sisters, oh if only life was still as simple…

Watch out 2016 because this year I am going to:


  • Get the carpets cleaned.

  • Cut the boys fingernails and toenails more.

  • Go to art gallery at least once a month.

  • Visit a country I have never visited before.

  • Throw away underwear that 3 years old or older.

  • Beat the laundry basket. MUST DO ONE LOAD A DAY (repeat). MUST DO ONE LOAD A DAY.

  • Try not to get cross when Ben takes forever taking shit.

  • Stay fit. Body Coach has broken the habit of weighing myself everyday which is excellent, but I really don’t want the weight I have lost to creep back on.

  • Make relaxing a priority. Doing nothing makes me feel anxious, but I know unless I chill the fuck out I am going to crash and burn.

  • Stop buying sweatshirts. Enough is enough.

  • Wear more jewellery. Accessorised people look so much more ‘together’. I think it’s within my power to be one those people…

  • Write letters. A hand-written note in a sea of bills and junk mail is a lovely thing. 

  • Read more. I read every night before bed, but am usually so bloody knackered, I barely manage a paragraph. Perhaps we could have a ‘No TV night’ and just read? Ha! Never. Going. To. Happen.

  • Promotion… it’s a big one. After spending the last 4 years in a blur of being pregnant or in-charge of a tiny baby, it feels nice to go into 2016 with a clear(ish) head – time to make it count…

  • Leave one weekend a month free. Just to wake up and do what takes our fancy/ make the most of London.

  • Remove nail varnish from toes rather than a) paint over it b) leave it so long that I am embarrassed my the sight of my own feet.

  • Buy less. Buy better. I never met a bit of cashmere I didn’t like, yet I own hardly any of it…

  • Do copywriting/creative for more Mummy businesses (and less big corporate machines). 
  • Jazz up dinner. We eat a rotation of about 10 meals on repeat. Must step it up. Maybe ask friends to share their ‘week night classics?’

  • Get the boys eating more Asian food.

  • Help other people. I’ve been really inspired by The Double Mama’s Love Box Campaign and  MADLife’s “One Worn Every Minute” idea. I’d love to do something half as brilliant..

  • Remind  Derek (our wire-haired daschund) that I  love him. Lady & The Tramp was right!! Having a baby and dog is hard. Going to try and make it up to this guy…

  • Put away clothes carefully.

  • Get a book deal. Not sure how? Any advice gratefully received?
  • Stay-out late once in a while. Come 10pm I get The Fear and want to get home to bed. I call it the Cinderella effect, but in reality its can be a bit dull.

  • Get as much sunshine as possible.

  • Print more pictures.

  • No milestones. I am very ‘goals orientated’; meaning I have a tendency to go from one big project (marriage, baby, house-renovation) to the next, I love it. But it come with TONS of pressure. This year we are just going to ‘be’.
  • Do better reactions to stuff. I am very bad at showing appreciation for gifts or opportunities. It’s not that I’m grateful, it’s that I am not good at enthusiasm on demand.
  • Less plans. Less phone. Less social media (panic!). More enjoying the moment.

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  • Reply wayoutfarvicki December 29, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Good list…I am now inspired to try and do less this year and have less big scary goals too! If you want to get a book deal, try Unbound…you put a tester out to users who then crowd-source your book if they like it.
    Happy New Year!

  • Reply vikki01908 December 29, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Ha ha book deal and restful year? 😉 I hope you manage xxx

    • Reply Peckham_Mamma December 29, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      Ha!!! And there-in lies my problem!!! Can’t.chill.out

  • Reply suzanne catron December 29, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Your list sounds fantastic. Saved me a heap of time doing my own, thanks. Only two things for me to modify…the dachshund and that stupid (sorry!) last one of brushing up on your insincerity.

    • Reply Peckham_Mamma December 29, 2015 at 10:59 pm

      You know what? it was daft and actually not entirely true. So have edited according…. XXXX

    • Reply s December 30, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      So much can be lost in careless writing…last comment meant very lightly(insincerity).
      A silly throwaway for a laugh, not a meaningful criticism. Love your lists, keep going.

      • Reply Peckham_Mamma December 30, 2015 at 3:53 pm

        No I don’t mind at all… Always good to stop and think once in awhile xxx

  • Reply Hannah Martinig December 30, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Definitely agree with the Nail Varnish and Printing pictures! I have about 100 empty frames….or still with the obligatory ‘random happy family/married couple/unrelated child’ factory photo in it! I really need to pick up my 40×40 list and achieve some of those this year! I also just purhcased the Body Coach recipe book so well worth trying that if you haven’t already for your meals. Start a ‘recipe club’ – we can all give a recipe idea, then we all cook one we haven’t before that week and review how it went down with the fam? Good luck! 🙂 x

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