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This is Definitely the Year That I Will…

Will you find any you agree with, or that inspire you in this lot? I’d love to hear what your plans are for 2018. To fully commit to and immortalise your resolutions, drop me a line in the comments box below. Just call me your 2018 conscience. I’ll pop up behind you just as you reach for the wine (with a glass, natch).


Hannah Burnett Florist, Plymouth

Hannah Burnett

The Muddy Award-winning florist wants someone to pass her a blanket and turn out the light when they leave…

Oooh, New Year’s Resolutions… My dream one would be to nap more and work less, but that does make me sound like I’m 90! In reality I think I’ll have to aim for being more organised and working less in the evenings (she says replying to this email at 9.30 on a Friday night!).  I also want to read more – I have a stack of books beside my bed (I buy books because I like the cover) that I am going to crack this year!


Catherine Harte, Silk & Slate

New Year's Resolution Silk & Slate

Catherine and twin sons Archie & Joe after their dip. Brrrrr.

The woman behind the rather lovely site for British-designed and made pieces is feeling braver than I am…

I actually do have a resolution. We have a tradition to take a plunge in the sea at Mothecombe on Christmas day, whatever the weather (fully wet suited – I’m not completely insane). The weather was pretty grey and miserable for our dip this time and the water was hardly enticing, however we did it and we all felt amazing.
It was then I made the resolution to take advantage of living within minutes of the sea and take a plunge on a more regular basis – especially through January and February when my instinct is to stay in front of the fire with a large glass of red wine and polish off the Christmas cheese board.
So 2018 is to braving the Devon waters whatever the weather and enjoying a congratulatory hot chocolate ( or something stronger) at the School House whilst I regain feeling in my toes.

Tabitha Amador-Christie, General Manager, Paschoe House

tabitha and truffle at Paschoe House

Tabitha and Truffle (because we always love a pic of Truffle)

Having aced a year of planning for – and opening – Devon’s newest luxury pet-friendly hotel, Paschoe House, owner and manager Tabitha is looking ahead…

I have a work-related resolution and a personal one for this year. After trialling all sorts over the last 4 months – some things worked, other things didn’t – 2018 is all about scrapping or amending and working on everything that we decide to carry on doing here to refine it and make it perfect for our future guests.

On a personal note, after being spoilt by my kitchen brigade for the last 4 months, trying all of our scrumptious food, it’s time to shed some pounds.  It’s generic, but true!


Janice Gordon, owner, Mint Dress Agency, Kingsbridge

mint dress agency

The owner of the fab dress agency is feeling how I reckon a lot of parents feel.

My resolution is to lower my expectation of my children. I have spent the last 20 years pushing and pulling and wanting them to have a similar child /adult hood to me but they are not me, and now is not then. I have to respect their culture, their choices, their life time.


Sue, owner, SeaSports South West, Teignmouth

SeaSports SW

Sue reckons it’s time to live up to expectations and actually ‘live the dream’…

In 2018 I want to ‘be the person everyone thinks I am’  and ‘try something new’. Working on the coast with a water sports company and holiday accommodation, people often think I have a dream life out on the water all day and chatting to lovely holiday guests …but somehow this isn’t quite the case! I am always banging on about the benefits of challenging yourself and trying something new to reinvigorate the mind and body with our customers, but did I try much new in 2017? I’m not so sure…

So in 2018 I am getting out on the water more and trying out some of the new things that I have been wanting to try out for ages, such as foiling (not the stuff you use for the Sunday dinner); a super cool new trend using a hydrofoil board to zip above the water silently –  what could be more fun! I’ve been wanting to try it since my husband Tim got the bug and became an instructor, so let the foil adventure begin!


Kate Webb, Orbis Expeditions, Experiential travel in Malawi specialists 

New Year's Resolutions Orbis Expeditions

Kate is chasing the dream…
One of many resolutions: To find balance in my life that allows me to look after Sam and Emmie full time and be part of our family business…always been the dream!

Amanda Marsden & Hayley Williams, Amanda Marsden Aveda Lifestyle Salon & Spa’s, Totnes & Exeter

Amanda Marsden New Year Resolutions

This super-glam pair are going big on the to-do list this year…
Amanda: So this year is a biggie for me as in August 2018 I turn fifty!!! I intend to complete a list/dream board that I have started to create with fifty things written or stuck on it that I want to do or achieve or at least say I tried!!! in my fiftieth year! Some of them are pretty ambitious, but I love a challenge. Others are easier said than done, like the most basic one I’m starting with: drink more water!
Hayley: One of my New Years Resolutions is to undergo a course of ‘Caci facial treatments’, its something I’ve been trying to commit to doing all year but I have always been too busy to fit it in! Amanda swears by them and look at her – it’s her best kept secret! [err, not any more Hayley].  2018 is going to make me look younger!


Tracy Rist, owner Cliff House, Torcross

Go on, Tracy, jump in!

The Muddy Award-winner for Boutique Stay is fed up of looking at the waterfront; she wants to be IN it!

I think my new year resolution is to explore more of what the water can offer in the locality of the South Hams. From sea or river kayaking, to learning to sail or power boating. Since we moved here, I’ve discovered loads of local firms offering training courses or accompanied tester days to see if you like it. There are also loads of stand up paddle boarding/yoga on a paddle board classes locally, but i cant see me doing that – just yet! All I really fancy is getting out on the water, close up to the local pod of dolphins , watching a Kingfisher and ending up at a great pub.


Darrin Hosgrove, Ashburton Cookery School

Darrin Hosgrove Ashburton Cookery School

I’m just waiting for the super-talented chef to ask me to join him on his resolution [drums fingers]…

I resolve to travel more in 2018. I would love to do a culinary tour around South East Asia, sampling the amazing cuisines, and trying new dishes.


Sophie, Head Therapist at Five Cedars Health & Beauty, Tiverton

New Year's Resolution Five Cedars

This one’s not meaning to blow her own trumpet *cough*, but she’s going into 2018 with a fanfare…

Last year, I finally learned to play the trumpet and this year I’m studying for my Grade 4 exam. Owning a business can be all consuming so I find this a great way to focus on something completely different. I even took part in some concerts over Christmas, with more planned this year,  so watch this space!
Sam Colton, Turtley Corn Mill, Avonwick
New Year resolutions Turtley Corn Mill
As for New Year Resolutions, I don’t really make them as I hate the disappointment when I break them! I am, however, feeling like 2018 is going to be an exciting year, with lots of interesting projects and plans in the pipeline which I’m hoping to bring to life. So, if resolutions were to be made, I guess mine would definitely be to make 2018 the best year yet for the business!
Nick Smith, Home Farm Cafe, at Parke
Cheese Shed Home farm Cafe
The man behind the very brilliant, cosy cafe at Parke near Bovey Tracey is having a word with himself this year…
Quite simply, I’m going to be less grumpy and I’m going to focus more on relationships this year, reconnecting with people I want to see and catch up with.  I’m going to get fit as well this year, because I’ll be turning 45.  It’s now or never!
Ian Renwick, Jaded Palates
Ian’s made it through the tough first years of business; now it’s time to enjoy it…

2018 is all about work/life balance! Managing the set up and fast growth of  Jaded Palates over the past couple of years alongside a young family and a fantastic wife with her own successful career has been a challenge;  fun, but still a challenge! Now Jaded Palates is set up and doing well, the number one priority this year is fitting in a bit more family time and time out for my wife and I too.


Jo Wood, Great Scapes, Garden Landscaping
New year's resolution Great Scapes
The woman behind this brilliant garden landscaping and design company is streamlining things this year…

As a working mum of two little ladies and a house move on the horizon, this year I’m aiming to de-clutter and keep it simple!  Having been lucky enough to reach a happy work-life balance over recent years, I now want to simplify life a little to give us even more time back and a little less to juggle!

The upcoming house move is a great way for me to get harsh and get rid of stuff.  I’m not sure there will ever be the predicted emergency that requires purple lipstick, day glo nail varnish, hard set hair gel, bags full of sample skin care or those gorgeous shoes that are still 2 sizes too big no matter how many innersoles I add)!

Switching off the TV during the week is another resolution, so I can get more sleep or spend time on hobbies, so hopefully I feel rested and fulfilled (I did say hopefully!!!)


Jim & Lucy Fisher, Exeter Cookery School

owners jim and lucy against sign

This lovely duo are taking on the challenge of the work-life balance this year…

Jim: As Head Chef and Tutor, I do love being surrounded by delicious food 24 hours a day, but it can play havoc with the waistline if I’m not careful. One way that helps me combat this is to get out and about on my bike to get some exercise and help clear the mind. One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to get on my bike more often, enabling me to not only burn off some excess calories from the food we are tempted with either from our cookery courses or corporate do’s, but also to allow me to explore more of Devon’s glorious countryside.

Lucy: In terms of our business New Year’s resolutions, we know our current cookery courses continue to be a hit, but we want to offer even more choice and so are busy planning new and exciting cooking courses to add to our calendar very soon. We especially want to incorporate more local food traditions into our repertoire, such as with our special Wassail cooking with cider event coming up on 21st January (you’ll find details on that one over in the Muddy Guide)


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