At the beginning of every new year there is an opportunity for a fresh start.

I like to start the year by completing this check list, some of it is practical and some of it is emotional. Most of it is just common sense.





Get yourself checked out!

Before you do anything else catch up with yourself.

Make sure your body is in full working order. These are the obvious three but don’t miss out anything else you need!

  • Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Optician



Organize and cleanse!

  • Closet

Figure out what’s no longer relevant to you.  Have in you mind the idea of what you want to look like before you begin (pinterest can help inspire you) and then follow my five golden rules…

  1. Remove everything from your closet to begin. You want to refill it with only want you love. If you try and take out what you don’t need it’s much harder, when it’s already all out you are gaining every piece not taking things away. I know this seems like a lot of work but it really does work.
  2. Never keep anything too small. Even if you can squeeze into it, the likelihood of looking good in anything that fits this description is low at best. It’s better to take in if you loose weight then hold on to half a closet full of unusable (and depressing) clothes. If you can’t bare to part with it, allow yourself only 5 pieces to put into storage.
  3. If there is an item you have taken from your closet twice or more and not found something to wear it with, returning it to the closet unworn, get rid! We all make shopping mistakes. It’s ok, better to admit it then hold on to the mistake.
  4. Anything stained, with holes (that isn’t cashmere which can be repaired) or damaged (this might be a change in colour or texture… off white is not cute) has to go. You have clearly had your moneys worth so say good-bye happy.
  5. If you come to a piece your not sure about, ask yourself this question… “Would the person I want to be wear this and look fabulous?”  I know sometimes parting with things is hard, so I leave them on the spare bed for a week (allow even a month if you feel you need to) and if I haven’t thought of any of the things there I know they can all go. It’s a great way to rationalize your choices.


  • Fridge and ladder

I really believe the cleaner and more organized your home the more hope you have to free your mind to do wonderful things. So get in that kitchen and sort it out. After the holidays we all collect food, this is the perfect opportunity to do something good and feel great. Giving your unwanted food to charity can really make a difference.

Get rid of any of the below…

  • Anything past it’s sell by date (bin).
  • Anything you don’t know what to do with (donate).
  • Anything that has sat there since last year (donate).
  • Anything half eaten that honestly no one is going to eat (bin).

Then wash out everything and restack, organizing as you go.


  • Desk

A tidy desk will help you to be more productive and feel good about your work. Tidy doesn’t have to be empty but it does have to be organized. I like to treat my desk like swapping handbags. Take everything out before you put it back in.

Follow these steps to a better desk…

  • Remove everything but you computer and your phone.
  • Wipe everything before returning it to your desk.
  • Throw away all unnecessary paper, if your not sure take a photo of it as a record.
  • Tidy and stylise.
  • I don’t like to have anything loose on my desk. Put pens in cups and tie your cables together with ribbon and place them in jars.

Treat yourself to a new desk set. It doesn’t have to be expensive, I love to buy cheap box files and pen pots and cover them with artisan wrapping paper or left-over wallpaper. Work with a colour theme to keep everything in unity. Find inspiration here.

  • Get all your accounts in order and work out your current financial situation.

For example… In order to afford this bag/holiday/school I need to make (x) more this year. Then you can figure out how to do that, maybe a part time job, selling things on eBay or even helping out friends and neighbours can bring you up to your total!






Start a new positive habit!

  • Make a juice or smoothie everyday.

A fresh approach to your daily diet can work wonders on your body and mind.

  • Work out.

Some of you will be gym babies and not need this one. However, I know I could do with a lot more exercise (to be honest any would be an improvement!).

  • Join a voluntary program.

You will feel good while you help others. Find out about your local soup kitchen, kids club or hospital fund raising and see how you can help, whether it’s a donation, fund raising or your time everyone can do a little to make some else’s life better.

  • Take up a class.

Learning is one of the most rewarding things to do with your free time, whether it’s horseback riding, art or a language enjoy improving your body and mind and see how it can make a big different to your self-esteem. Plus it’s a wonderful achievement for the year.

  • Visit family/friends every week.

With the crazy schedules we all have it’s easy to loose site of what really matters. Make a time every week when you invest in your personal relationships. Visit your grandparents, go to church with your mom, have supper with your girlfriends. Whatever it is, make it happen every single week.


Make your own goal list! 

Begin every year with an idea of what you want to achieve that year.

Maybe it’s travel, job related or personal. Whatever you want to make happen. Write it in the front of your diary! To remind you all year what you’re working towards.

Imagine how amazing it will feel to cross things off!

It’s about being positive and looking forward not back.



Even if you only manage one practical and one positive off the check list it can make a difference.

I am aiming for… the the check ups, I have already done my closet at the end of last year so thankfully – check, then my desk and fridge, I’m also aiming to smoothie everyday and workout, finally as you know I’m trying to arrange the sale of my closet as my charity work.

I hope you all have a wonderful 2014 and let me know how you get along with the checklist!


Doodle by me.


Things to help…



Monday, January 6, 2014

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  • Adele says:

    Love the doodle! I’m feeling very positive for 2014 & have already set myself personal goals around diet, organisation etc.
    Happy Monday Peony xoxo