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Our New Year’s Resolutions {And No It Doesn’t Involve Diets}

Author: Lolly Gautier-Ollerenshaw

Happy New Year! 2017 already! How were your festive celebrations? Did everything go to plan? We had a fairly relaxed night in playing multiple board games with the family accompanied by some fizz. And then just like that it was January 2017; sometimes I wish time would slow down a little bit.

That said, the RMS team stopped long enough to jot down a few of our wishes and New Year’s Resolutions for 2017. Rather than write a rather rambling long list of utterly unattainable goals we’ve opted for a selection of mini targets that we know we can smash and then feel uber good about ourselves for doing so… 😉

Shall we get started?


  • Become more like Mary Berry. I made two crumbles last year and this year I’d like to make at least three and a few cakes for good measure.
  • Stop procrastinating and do more instead of whingeing about how much I have to do.
  • Finish the house and start on the garden.
  • Make more time for relaxation and go on a foreign holiday. I really, really missed going abroad last year.
  • Lisa

  • Stop buying maternity clothes.
  • Start doing my pelvic floor exercises.
  • Decide how we are going to make over the kitchen … and stick to that decision.
  • Sort the blinking back garden out.
  • Lolly

  • Move into our own house in 2017… preferably sometime before next Christmas!
  • Address my hoarding tendencies and learn to let some things go (we do not need seed packets from 1989!).
  • Read at least 50% of the gardening books I’ve recently ordered rather than stacking them up and thinking to myself ‘oh don’t they look nice’.
  • Attempt at least one new veggie recipe every week. Crudities and dip does not a dinner make.
  • Grow more fruits and vegetables; I’m feeling pumped up after the success of the raised beds in 2016. SO many peas!
  • Try to visit some of the gardens I’ve always longed to visit; Sissinghurst is just one of them.
  • Charlotte

  • Consume less sugar (I’m not about to give up biscuits completely but my lunchtime menu of a kitkat and a packet of soft mints has GOT to stop).
  • Introduce more colour into my home decor palette.
  • Grow my own vegetables (the beds are all set up in our new garden from the previous owners).
  • Make more time for nights out with the girls.
  • Read more books.
  • Arrange more family weekends away to unexplored places in the UK we have always wanted to go.
  • Follow my dreams.
  • What are your New Year’s Resolutions for 2017 or perhaps you don’t really believe in them. I used to think that they were utterly pointless since most of them are forgotten half way through January but I now I really like them as they give me goals to meet for the year ahead.
    We’d love to hear your ambitions for 2017 so feel free to share them in the comments box below.

    Author: Lolly
    Lolly is a self-professed frustrated florist and styling maven with an endless passion for all things pretty.
    Follow Lolly on instagram @graceandgable

    8 thoughts on “Our New Year’s Resolutions {And No It Doesn’t Involve Diets}

    1. In 2011 I had three life goals, own home, baby, new job. I’ve achieved two of those, baby in 2015 and house in 2016, so I’m hoping my new job will follow this year. Doing what I don’t know!!
      My other main aim is to get our allotment under control. We only got it last spring so rushed into getting it set up, then We abandoned it after moving house in August and it went wild. Now everything has died down and we can really plan what we want to do and get it under control. It’s literally at the end of our road now so we have no excuses.
      Everything needs a general tidy up and we need a frame for the raspberries which were so wild last summer we could barely get close enough to pick any! We need to put something around the composting area as we couldn’t get close for the nettles and comfry that appeared from nowhere come the warmer climate! And I’d like to add some unusual varieties to the mix – I’m currently researching pine berries to mix in with the strawbs.

    2. I always like to have a New Years Resolution, I find them really positive and have managed to stick to them well (‘don’t sweat the small stuff’ and the office tuck shop chocolate embargo were surprisingly two of my most successful!) This year I have decided that I will grow my hair throughout the year then chop it off and donate it to the Little Princess Trust, a charity that makes real hair wigs for sick children. I figured, if I can donate blood then I can definitely donate hair. And I’ll have a swishy bob for Crimbo ’17! ?

    3. My resolutions are very similar to Charlotte’s! It’s the first year I’ve decided to eat less sugar, I’m mad about it but have decided this year it needs to stop and it’s time to cut down. I saw last week that Paul McKenna is bringing out a ‘Stop Eating Sugar’ type of book so I may need that as not sure I have the willpower alone! I’m also hoping to read more books and have earlier nights (so I can retreat to bed with a good book for an hour and not scroll mindlessly though Instagram). But my main goal this year is to actually write a book! It sounds mammoth actually but hopefully I will break it down chapter by chapter and get it done. I’m excited for 2017!

    4. Finish the barn.

      Be nicer to my husband who has put his heart and soul into it rather than snapping and nagging. This is already embarrassingly difficult, poor guy.

    5. I love how “follow my dreams” is a mini-target. No wonder you have such a successful business! I’m hoping to get some headspace to gather together my action plan for the year from the random thoughts in my brain once my children are back at school and I have a break from UN level negotiations and ceasefire agreements.

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