Dearest Reader,

It’s been the biggest year of my working life. Bugger it, let’s not tone it down. It’s been The Biggest Year of My Life. Also the hardest. Also the best.

Looking forward to 2014, I am!
Looking forward to 2014, I am!

I’m grateful many of you joined me along the way. You kept me honest and steered me where I needed to go. Thank you. By way of a signing off to 2013, just a list of the posts that many of you seemed to quite like. Perhaps you’re after some reflection-reflexive reading tonight/tomorrow.

Yours New Yearly,

Sarah x

PS Anyone feeling disconnected or lonely or suffering FOMO tonight know that you’re no Robinson Crusoe and that there is probably a really good reason to be home alone tonight. Find that reason! Even if it’s “to have a good cry and truly feel the depth of things”.

What Steve Jobs perfectionism has taught me…some thoughts on indecision and the fear that fuels it.

A field guide to dealing with trolls and snippities… tips drawn from being bullied including advice from my Mum that many have told me has helped them with their own pain.

Try this trick: buffering…it might be a good one for establishing a calm start to 2014.

This is why I cook…a bit of a gee-up for anyone resolving to get on top of their health this year.

Laugh and kiss him back… if you’re wanting to back the f*ck off this year and be more playful, based on advice from Cheryl Strayed whose book I’m reading right now.

We must get aligned...we really must. It’s not a choice. It’s a drive, no?

I’m an online dater and it changed me…in which I get real about commitment issues and being a nomad.

I’m an insomniac, get me out of here…some comfort to my fellow non-sleepers…

Have your say, leave a comment.

  • Stella

    i am an avid follower and reader of your blog. I seldom comment, however, the rawly honest posts like your previous one give me a line of support and light in those moments of complete darkness and paranoid confusion – thank you. Wishing you a happier, even healthier and busier 2014. x

  • Rachel in the UK

    I like your listicles. Thanks for showing your humanity and for reminding me there are others out there who struggle and often overcome, sometimes gloriously. Happy New Year to you too!

  • Tanya of Brisbane

    Hi Sarah, I have thoroughly enjoyed receiving your ideas and inspiration this year and look forward to translating your inspiration into action in 2014. Wishing you a happy transition to the new year and hoping success continues to court you as it has done this year.

  • Congratulations on 2013 xxxxx and here’s hoping you have a happier and healthier 2014 🙂

  • rahumathbv

    You are awesome in your own way and please keep inspiring us with your writings….stay the way u are and wishing you a very happy and blessed new 2014 :))

  • Ms Jane

    Thanks Sarah for everything you do. Shine on xxx

  • Petra

    Thanks for being a raw an honest source of inspiration-much needed at so many times during the past year! Sending so much love and happiness your way, and know that I will continue to quietly preach all of the interests we share (health, finding some calm, learning to sleep !, wastefulness…) to anyone interested. Happiest new year to you x

  • Mariam

    Happy new year! A question: I’ve just started my IQS journey and I’m wondering if a) fruit is allowed on the first 2 weeks and b) if stevia and/or ricr malt syrup is allowed after the week 3 stage, a bit confused as there is stevia in many of the recipes in the book.

    • Hi Mariam, a little fruit in week 1 as you adjust is fine. After that, none for 6 weeks. Week 8 you reintroduce a little back in, according to what your body feels is right. Ditto for RMS and stevia. You need to steer away from the sweet recipes during this time.

  • Mary

    Hi Sarah, I very much enjoy reading your honest and humble blog. I often read your blog to find your thoughts are exactly what I need to hear at the time & great way to finish the working week. Always inspiring. Wishing you a very happy 2014.

  • Stephanie in the US

    Hi Sarah, I just read this post. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I was sure I was a freak of nature on New Year’s Eve–alone, lonely and completely afraid the next year would be awful. I had a good cry and felt the depth of things then made a few choices (so powerful for the indecisive person I am) and followed through on them (yes, on Dec. 31). Lo and behold, through that action, I ended 2013 and ushered in 2014 by making a difference to not a few people and leaving a legacy. Sarah, I totally love, appreciate and admire the real, raw, authentic way you share your heart and thoughts with your readers. You’re a gutsy lady and your readers are a gutsy bunch. I learn so much from you and from them. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2014.

  • Aimee

    Hi Sarah, and thanks so much for your honest and inspiring blog! As a long-time singleton of about the same age as you, I particularly relate to your thoughts on relationships and loneliness. I read this piece in the New York Times this morning and thought it encapsulated quite a lot of my feelings and fears over the past few years. And it made me feel hopeful. Here’s to 2014. x
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/05/fashion/Modern-love-The-Hard-Won-Lessons-of-a-Solitary-Life.html