A new year.

A brand new year.

I love it, especially that weirdly quiet and peaceful week between Christmas and the end of the year when nobody is at work, everyone has a lie-in, bellies are full and the telly is on pretty much all the time.

I always spend that week getting my new diary and calendar prepared; planning my resolutions, filling in all the important dates and colour coding everything to within an inch of its life.  For me, it's one of life's simple pleasures, I afford it great ceremony and I treasure the time it takes to complete the job.  Given that I have a diary, a calendar, my phone planner plus two journals, I can be at it for a while.

I usually look back at last year's resolutions to see how I've done, what, if anything, has changed and what can be carried over.  Embarrassingly last year I only managed to achieve two and one of those was "be a good mum" - seeing as that's my job anyway, it seems a pretty lame effort.  They weren't even the huge, seemingly unachievable kind of resolution, I wasn't planning on climbing mountains or learning Latin, just decorating the house and growing the odd vegetable.

I've therefore decided to get off my bum and make 2014 amazing. This year will be different. I've had a mental sort-out with the help of this fabulous lady and focused in on exactly how I want this year to go, what I want to achieve and how I'm going to do it all without Peppa Pig being the soundtrack!

Don't get me wrong, 2013 was pretty spectacular but I felt like I floundered around a bit and had no direction.  The year sort of zoomed and before I knew it we were discussing the merits of Lily Allen singing a Keane song for John Lewis's Christmas advert.

I've let myself off the hook though because I decided that having a new baby excuses one somewhat from normal, everyday life (watch Peppa Pig on repeat and change nappies for a day and you'll get the idea), and it especially excuses one from keeping resolutions - that's my take on the matter and I'm sticking to it.

Happy New Year to you and may your 2014 be exciting, fun and full of love, luck and adventure.