15 for 2015


Continuing a sporadic series (looks like I can only manage the odd years… 13 for 2013 and 11 for 2011 is here) of New Year posting. New Year for me is not only a new calendar year, but a new birth year. January always has been and always will be a new start, a chance to look back and forward, to reflect and to plan.

We celebrated the end of 2014 at home surrounded by some of our dearest friends, preparing and consuming a Szechuan feast and drinking champagne, watching the fireworks on the TV at midnight. Whilst 2014 ended in beautiful sunshine, 2015 started with a dismal grey rainy day but even that couldn’t put us off walking on the Heath with friends and then hunkering down in their flat for a cosy evening of tea drinking.

Looking back over my lists of wishes for the past few years, it occurs to me that nothing much seems to have changed. I still strive and seek a calmer, peaceful, emptier life. I wonder whether I will ever achieve it. Some of the things on my list of 13 for 2013 remain but some, I am secretly pleased to note, could simply be deleted in their entirety. “What to do about career/income” – deleted. Most satisfying.

. more de-cluttering. successful de-cluttering. more must leave than arrives.

. a home for everything (and that doesn’t just mean better storage)

. buy less (but only beautiful things)

. go to bed earlier

. less procrastinating

. read more

. browse internet less (but blog more)

. decide what, if anything, to do about a sibling for Pip

. dancing lessons and actually ride bike to work

. more time for me (on my own)

. more time for me & M (on our own)

. breakfast together every morning

. cook more. bake more. more routines

. less time stressing, worrying and reduce feeling ill through being late (e.g be more organised)

. sign up and finish the 11 mile race I’ve been invited to run in May

To come, a look back over 2014. It’s that post that’s been in draft for weeks…



  1. laura redburn January 7, 2015 / 11:38 am

    hope your 2015 is everything you want it to be! 🙂

  2. Kathryn January 8, 2015 / 2:26 pm

    Good resolutions! I’m echoing a few of these on my blog too. Hope we manage to keep them up. Your Christmas feast sounds amazing by the way! x

  3. Lori January 8, 2015 / 8:12 pm

    Love your list especially the eat breakfast together it’s such a nice way to start the day. I hope you have a fab 2015. x

  4. Laura January 11, 2015 / 3:41 pm

    I think these 15 are really good, practical and doable – I too need more sleep, better routines and cooking/baking more. Looking forward to reading your New Year updates

    Laura x

  5. fritha January 11, 2015 / 4:42 pm

    de-cluttering is on my list too!! I’m getting rid of quite a lot and it feels good x

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