Let Her Eat Clean’s year in review

The clock struck 9pm. “Happy New Year” we bellowed. There was no way Fi was making it to midnight. There was no way she was missing the last toast of her life. We adapted to accommodate her wishes. We shared a thimbleful of champagne.

2013 – it was the worst of times; it was the best of times

Year in review Collage

January notoriously sucks, doesn’t it? Losing a parent in January double sucks, believe me. But here’s the thing, you can wallow in that kind of suckiness or you can go on to do great things, you can live the life that person would have wanted you to. You can make every effort, every day to do something that person would have been so proud of.

February was the month of getting back on our feet. It was a time for big decisions and gearing up for London farewells.

Not even a hip flexor injury in March was going to stop me in my marathon training tracks. It was medals all round in April with the Three 26.2 mile nailing Musketeers going the distance to collect over £6,000 in sponsorship for Pancreatic Cancer UK.

Peppered with new experiences, it was heads down and in the books for the month of May and the first of many BCNH exams to follow. The beginning of a new era and a pass mark that paved the way for summer fun.

It’s a hard life timing the move to becoming a freelancer with one of the best summers we’ve had in a very long time. It was one of barbecues, outdoor work outs, long coastal walks and balmy evenings. It was a time to get plenty of practical experience and learn from some fantastic folks. It was a chance to share some of my own experience.

Back in the swing of all things academia, the new September term arrived and brought with it a freelance and study juggling act, an important October celebration, a last push through November to a truly memorable holiday and a break away from it all.

2013, you definitely could have been a lot, lot worse.

A huge thanks to every single person that has made the better bits of 2013 quite so memorable. To every blog reader, college tutor, coffee shop barista that served me with a smile, every stable Wi-Fi connection, every invoice payer that allowed the good times to keep on rolling. To friends. To family. Without this epic support network 2013 would have been very different.

How did your year shape up?

10 thoughts on “Let Her Eat Clean’s year in review

  1. You can make every effort, every day to do something that person would have been proud of… THAT right there is why you’re fab. I can not imagine what it feels like to lose a parent but LIVING your life and making them proud is the way to go- no medals in out grieving someone else which appears to be the new “thing”. Obvs I never met your mum but having met/worked with you she raised a good ‘un and would be so proud of you for balls out going for it.

    • Lindy! Thank you for your lovely loveliness. You absolutely fall into the category of “new people I’ve met this year that have made it one to remember”. For your regular check ins, shared “why is bread so evil / tempting” dilemmas, DIY projects and big smiles I’ll be forever grateful. Here’s to all 2014 throws at us both, eh?

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  3. What a wonderfully positive post. So sorry to hear of your loss so early in the year but what a great outlook you have….”you can make every effort, every day to do something that person would be proud of” Hear, hear! And well done you for all your achievements in 2013. I’m a newbie here, popping across from Who’s the Mummy 🙂

    • Hi Suzanne, lovely to hear from you – and especially via the Who’s The Mummy link. I’ll get Sally eating flaxseeds before the year’s out, just you wait… 😉 Thanks so much for the kindness and checking in. Hope there’s enough here to keep you checking back and consider you very much one of the crowd.

  4. Hi Ruth, saw your posts via Facebook – had no idea you were doing all this! So sorry to read about you losing your mum last year but congratulations on doing what you’re doing now. You’ve completely inspired me – I love all this kind of stuff but have been rubbish at it over the last few months and have been feeling crappy as a result. After reading your blog I headed to Wholefiods this weekend and have just prepped a decent lunch for tomorrow and am looking forward to some ‘proper’ breakfasts!
    Quick question – have you found any good online sites that make for a cheaper alternative to the likes of Wholefoods?
    Hope 2014 has started well for you! x

    • Ah Zoe (apologies I’m not smart enough to dig out the correct ‘e’ on my keyboard…)! So lovely to hear from you. Well done for jumping back aboard the clean eating band wagon. You’re certainly in good company here. Wholefoods is wonderful for browsing but pretty painful to buy from – notably often affectionately known as ‘Whole Paycheck’ in the US… I mix up where I get things from between Ocado, Lidl and larger online stockists like Healthy Food Supplies. Think about buying organic meat straight from a farm and sharing kilos of nuts with friends wherever possible. So great to hear from you and thanks again for following the blog. Enjoy!

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